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COVID-19

Public health confirms 19 new COVID cases in Webster Co.

Nineteen new COVID-19 cases were confirmed by Webster County Public Health over the last weekend. This brings the county’s cumulative total to 823 cases. Of that total, 469 cases have been confirmed in communities. Of those patients, 380 have met the requirements for recovery and have been ...

Prepared for education during a pandemic

With school fast approaching during a global pandemic, St. Edmond Catholic School is allowing parents to decide how their children will be educated. The three models of instruction available include: onsite learning, hybrid learning and distance learning. “To honor our partnership with ...

Webster County holds highest positivity rate for COVID in state

On Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds pointed to Webster County, citing it as the one with the state’s highest positivity rate for coronavirus. According to statistics from the Iowa Department of Public Health released this week, 22% of people tested in the county over the last 14 days have been ...

28 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

Webster County has gained 28 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday, according to Webster County Public Health, bringing the county’s total to 778. One additional death brought the county’s death toll to seven. Since the pandemic began, 11.4% of all people tested in Webster County have tested ...

Webster County COVID-19 cases continue to rise

The number of COVID-19 cases in Webster County are continuing to rise, reaching 750 total cases as of Tuesday afternoon. This is an increase of 49 since the last report from the Webster County Public Health Department on Friday. Of the 750 total cases, 409 are members of Webster County ...

Webster County hits 700 COVID-19 cases

Webster County surpassed 700 COVID-19 cases Friday, according to Webster County Public Health, ending the week at 701. Webster County surged 510 positive cases over the month of July. On July 1, the county’s cases totaled 191. Friday’s new total is an increase of 29 from Tuesday’s ...

Third FD inmate dies from COVID-19

A third inmate with COVID-19 at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility passed away Monday, according to an Iowa Department of Corrections news release. Timothy Louis McGhee Jr., 48, died due to complications related to COVID-19 Monday evening at the University of Iowa Hospital. McGhee had ...

Prison cases drive COVID-19 spike in Webster County

The number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Webster County is nearing 700. As of Tuesday afternoon, Webster County Public Health has reported 672 total cases in the county since the pandemic began earlier in the spring. The age breakdown of positive cases is as follows: • Children ...

COVID-19 cases continue to multiply

Webster County reached 608 COVID-19 cases Thursday, just 10 days after it surpassed the 400 mark, according to Webster County Public Health. The new number has increased by triple-digits since last Friday. Cases in the county have more than quadrupled in the last month. On June 24, Webster ...

COVID-19 cases continue to multiply

Webster County reached 608 COVID-19 cases Thursday, just 10 days after it surpassed the 400 mark, according to Webster County Public Health. The new number has increased by triple-digits since last Friday. Cases in the county have more than quadrupled in the last month. On June 24, Webster ...

UnityPoint announces new visitor restrictions

As Webster County and Iowa experience a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, UnityPoint — Trinity Regional Medical Center announced new visitor restrictions in a press release Tuesday. As of Monday, UnityPoint started requiring visitors to: • Be screened upon entry, check in at nurse stations ...

COVID cases increase in Webster County

Over 150 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Webster County since July 10, according to Webster County Public Health. It wasn’t clear as of Friday night how many of the new cases have come from the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, which experienced a spike in cases during the past ...

DIFFERENT FEEL

The 2020 state softball tournament will be unlike any other as the event’s 50th anniversary is celebrated at the end of the month. Parks and recreation director Lori Branderhorst and her staff continue to diligently prepare Rogers Sports Complex for the tourney, which is scheduled to take ...

Walmart to require face masks at all stores

Walmart is going to require all customers to wear face masks at its stores, the company announced on Wednesday. The requirement will go into effect on Monday. "While we’re certainly not the first business to require face coverings, we know this is a simple step everyone can take for their ...

Iowa Central shifts focus to 2021

The National Junior College Athletic Association took a proactive step toward salvaging some semblance of a 2020-21 athletic season on Monday, postponing all but one of its fall sports campaigns and adjusting the winter schedule as well in an effort to buy time as the country continues to ...

Webster Co. COVID-19 cases surpass 400 mark

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Webster County continue to rise this week. As of Monday, the county had 428 individuals who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the state of Iowa’s COVID-19 website. Across the state, 35,577 Iowans have tested positive for ...

Prison COVID-19 cases rise by 67

The number of inmates with COVID-19 at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has increased over the weekend. As of Monday afternoon, 186 inmates at FDCF have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an increase of 67 since last reported on Friday. According to the Iowa Department of ...

Local day care closed after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

A Fort Dodge day care has temporarily closed its doors after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Community Early Childhood Center, 1315 S. 24th St., was informed of a staff member testing positive on Friday, according to a letter sent out to parents on Saturday. “It is in ...

Fifth COVID death reported in Webster County

A fifth person has died related to COVID-19, Webster County Public Health announced on Saturday. The individual was a middle aged adult (41-60). “Our condolences go out to this individual’s family,” Public Health said in a written statement. “It is important to continue frequently ...

FDCF inmate dies

An inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has died, according to a release from the Iowa Department of Corrections. The Iowa DOC said that Ronald Eugene Holdsworth, 62, was pronounced dead at 4:43 a.m. on Saturday morning. Holdsworth was experiencing a medical emergency and was being ...