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COVID-19

ARL welcomes adopters back

The Animal Rescue League announced its partial reopening on Monday. The facility closed its doors to the public on July 9 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Visits are restricted to adoptions, with visitors required to schedule an appointment and have an approved adoption ...

Marshalltown in yellow zone for new COVID-19 cases

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit newsroom based in Washington, D.C., released a report about a July 14 document prepared for White House Coronavirus Task Force. According to the document, 18 states — including Iowa — are considered red zone states. That means those states have ...

Parents can choose how children will attend school

Parents can let the Marshalltown Community School District know how their children will attend school in the fall — either on-site or remotely. Superintendent Theron Schutte said the district released a survey on Sunday on its website and on its Facebook page, asking parents about their ...

East Marshall softball team forced to forfeit after positive COVID-19 test

LE GRAND — The thought will likely linger in their heads forever. “What if?” The East Marshall softball team was denied the chance to answer that question on Monday as the 12th-ranked Mustangs, en route to their Class 2A Region 4 final at No. 3 Ogden, received word from athletic ...

Staying open as cases climb

With a recent uptick in positive COVID-19 cases, officials maintain that staying reopened will take teamwork, ‘everybody doing their part’ As states began the process of reopening over the last six weeks, some areas across the country saw an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases. As a result, ...

22 new cases since Thursday

Twenty-two additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Marshall County since Thursday. Marshall County is in the top 10 counties in Iowa with the highest COVID-19 cases. The others are Polk with 8,415, an increase of 339 since Thursday; Woodbury, 3,471, increase of 53; Black Hawk, 2,699, ...

Nurse urges personal hygiene to combat virus

As new cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, some governments are taking steps to protect citizens once again. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said she does not want another shutdown and urged residents to take personal responsibility in a video on July 13. “Not because it’s mandated, but because ...

Iowa health official reports backlog of COVID-19 tests

DES MOINES — Iowa health officials said Sunday that a “significant number” of coronavirus tests were not reported over the weekend due to a backlog in the department’s electronic reporting system. The Iowa Department of Public Health said its COVID-19 website will continue to update, ...

Congress confronts new virus crisis rescue as pandemic grows

WASHINGTON — It stands as the biggest economic rescue in U.S. history, the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill swiftly approved by Congress in the spring. And it's painfully clear now, as the pandemic worsens, it was only the start. With COVID-19 cases hitting alarming new highs and the ...

Virus rebounds around the world, deaths top 600,000

BERLIN — The coronavirus pandemic has found fresh legs around the world, as confirmed deaths pass 600,000 and countries from the U.S. to South Africa to India struggle to contain a surge of new infections. Hong Kong issued tougher new rules on wearing face masks, Spain closed overcrowded ...

Parents do not need to make decision yet

The Marshalltown Community School District Return to Learn plan is presenting parents with two options on sending children back to school — on-site learning or remote continuous learning. However, the plan is not yet set in stone, so parents do not need to worry about the process of making ...

Performing during a pandemic

The future of theatre depends on creativity. The Marshalltown Community Theatre board has started to meet twice a month to figure out new ideas to continue offering entertainment, one way or another. Last month the group released a video of board member Pete Grady performing “Unconditional ...

Tama County Fair cancelled for 2020

The 2020 Tama County Fair is canceled. The Board announced earlier in June that an adjusted plan was in place to allow 4-H and FFA shows to take place but for the event to be closed to the public. In a statement released yesterday, the Fair Board updated their earlier decision to cancel all ...

Care centers hit hard by COVID-19

Nursing homes across the country have been facing frequent COVID-19 outbreaks. Marshall County has seen its third care center outbreak with 33 people testing positive at Grandview Heights Rehab and Healthcare. Marshall County Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson said it comes down to the weakened ...

Oktemberfest board makes call to cancel event

The Oktemberfest board announced Thursday the beloved fall festival is canceled because of the pandemic. President of the board Duane Dixon said it was a combination of many challenges that led to the cancellation of the entire event. These challenges include downtown construction, safety ...

Mayor orders masks worn in city buildings

As Marshall County sees a rise in COVID-19 cases, the city has mandated the wearing of masks in all municipal buildings. Starting Monday all persons going into city buildings will be required to wear a mask to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Joel Greer acted under the ...

Marshalltown listed in COVID-19 yellow zone

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit newsroom based in Washington, D.C., released a report about a July 14 document prepared for White House Coronavirus Task Force. According to the document, 18 states - including Iowa - are considered red zone states. That means those states have had ...

Iowa governor overrides schools, requires in-person classes

VAN METER — Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday she would override local school districts and require students to spend at least half of their education time in classrooms despite concerns the move could endanger children and teachers as the number of coronavirus cases increase in the ...

Businesses can legally require masks

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some businesses have made the decision to require customers to wear face masks. That decision could have been made toward the beginning, or recently. Walmart announced it would require all customers to wear masks starting Monday. Brandon Buck, an attorney at ...

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Marshall County

Marshall County saw a large increase of active COVID-19 cases this week — 66 — and a slower recovery rate. Only 14 more people recovered from COVID-19 in the last week, increasing from 953 to 967. There are 174 active cases in Marshall County, which is a 49 percent increase compared to ...