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COVID-19

Since November, 47 dead from COVID in Webster County

As 2020 came to a close Thursday, Webster County celebrated a new year with at least 64 fewer residents, all lost to COVID-19. The death increases over the last week have kept almost the same pace with the rate of increases through most of November and December. Since Nov. 6 alone, 47 ...

Supervisors finalize county mask mandate

A mask mandate passed in a split vote Tuesday by Webster County Supervisors brought the county in line with a similar mandate passed by the City of Fort Dodge in November. The regulation, first drafted and passed by the Webster County Board of Health Dec. 3, requires masks or face coverings to ...

Webster County COVID-19 deaths up 380% in two months

As the positivity rate continues to slowly drop in December, the death toll for victims of COVID-19 continues to hit new heights in Webster County. In less than two months, the number of people who were killed by the coronavirus nearly quadrupled, from 15 deaths on Oct. 27 to 57 deaths by ...

Supervisors pass county mask mandate

In a follow-up to a mask mandate passed by the Fort Dodge City Council in November, Webster County Supervisors approved the county Board of Health's mask regulation Tuesday, making masks and face coverings in most public places mandatory for the rest of the county. Supervisors passed the ...

Lessons learned on teaching in a pandemic

Editor’s note: This is the second part in a series highlighting the work of Fort Dodge teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a year that has been anything but normal, teachers like Julia Hatcher have strived to provide the same educational opportunities for students — whether ...

WCPH asks for continued vigilance with first vaccine doses

As Webster County Public Health ations the first precious shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the public is urged not to abandon the precautions while Iowa remains on high alert with recent waves of cases. “While we celebrate the first shipment of vaccine, we are many months ...

141 new cases, 9 deaths since this week

Webster County Public Health (WCPH) reported 141 new cases of COVID-19 in the last week, as nine more people died from the virus in the county. The county’s cumulative case count is now 4,498. With the new cases, WCPH said there were 194 open cases being monitored on Friday. The county has ...

On the way

Health care workers in Webster County could receive COVID-19 vaccinations as early as next week, according to a local physician. Dr. Mike Willerth, chief medical officer at UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge, said hospital leaders have been working closely with state and local public health ...

COVID toll continues to rise in Webster Co.

A total of 146 Webster County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 and five more have died of the disease since Webster County Public Health last provided an update on Monday. This brings Webster County’s cumulative case total to 4,357. The death toll for the county is now ...

Hy-Vee to offer rapid COVID testing

Local residents will soon have another place to go when they worry they may be getting sick. Starting on Monday, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 115 S. 29th St., will offer rapid antigen COVID-19 testing with patients receiving same day test results in as little as one to two hours, according to a press ...

WCPH asks residents to not gather for holidays

With active COVID-19 spread in the community, Webster County Public Health is asking residents to avoid gathering in large groups for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations to help curb future exposures to the virus. The department encourages residents to plan virtual celebrations ...

Mask mandate OK delayed

The Webster County Board of Supervisors will not yet be voting on a resolution to approve a mask mandate enforcement regulation that was passed by the Webster County Board of Health last week. On Monday, the county announced that the Board of Health is taking another look at the regulation ...

Webster County sees 29 new virus cases since Friday

There has been an increase of 29 new COVID-19 cases in Webster County since Friday, according to Webster County Public Health. The county’s cumulative case total is now 4,240 with 198 currently open and in isolation. Also since Friday, Webster County Public Health reported that three ...

Operation Warp speed demonstrates the best of American innovation

Last week, Moderna asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize use of its COVID-19 vaccine after reporting 94 percent efficacy in its trial. This comes on the heels of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca announcing that their respective coronavirus vaccines are 90 percent or more ...

Officials: 177 new cases, 4 deaths this week

Webster County Public Health reported 177 new COVID-19 cases in the last four days. In the same week, the Iowa Department of Public Health said four more in the county have died from the virus, bringing the county’s death toll to 39. Well over half of the county’s total number of deaths ...

No mask, no service

After critiques that the Fort Dodge and state mask mandates had no mechanism for enforcement, the Webster County Board of Public Health passed a regulation Thursday that could implement penalties for businesses that allow customers to enter without face coverings. The measure passed 3-1 with ...

Board of Health passes mask mandate with penalties

The Board of Health passed a mask mandate regulation Thursday afternoon, to be sent for approval to Webster County Supervisors, that includes civil penalty provisions for businesses that allow customers to enter without masks. The regulation, passed three to one, would impose fines of up to ...

Tracing COVID contacts

For a COVID-19 contact tracer, every phone call is different. A contact tracer may be using the same worksheet form and may be asking the same questions, but each conversation they have with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those who had close contact with a positive ...

Webster Co. cases, deaths double in last month

It took Webster County nearly eight months to reach 2,000 COVID-19 cases, but about one month to gain the last 2,000 cases, leaving the total caseload doubled at over 4,000 now. On Oct. 28, the county had 1,940 cases. On Monday, Webster County Public Health (WCPH) said the total had increased ...

200 new COVID-19 cases since Monday

Webster County saw an increase of 203 additional COVID-19 positive cases between Monday and Wednesday, according to the Webster County Public Health Department. The new cases bring the county’s cumulative total to 3,867, with 348 cases current open and in isolation. “We have had more ...