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COVID-19

UnityPoint hospital has been filling up

In recent days, staff and providers at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center have been overwhelmed as beds have filled up with patients suffering from not just COVID-19, but other illnesses as well. “This last month but especially the last two weeks, we have seen a high ...

WCHD to host Pfizer booster clinic Wednesday

The Webster County Health Department will be hosting a booster clinic for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain individuals on Wednesday. The clinic will be held at the Iowa Central Community College East Campus from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Residents are asked to bring their COVID-19 vaccination ...

WCHD will test for individuals seeking travel clearance

COVID testing needs throughout Webster County and throughout Iowa have increased in recent months as school has started, residents gathered for events, and people traveled and took vacations. According to the state of Iowa dashboard, 152 positive tests were reported in Webster County in ...

Additional COVID testing site offered

CVS Pharmacy in Fort Dodge has joined the list of organizations providing COVID-19 testing in Webster County. The company announced Wednesday that its store at 2029 Fifth Ave. S. will provide drive-up testing for free. A self-swab test will be available there for individuals meeting the ...

COVID-19 vaccine is best safeguard while pregnant

Pregnant women and recently pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared with non-pregnant people, according to the Webster County Health Department. Severe illness includes illness that requires hospitalization, intensive care, need for a ventilator ...

COVID positivity rate increases in Webster County

The Webster County Health Department reported on Friday that there have been 124 positive COVID-19 tests in the past seven days. The county’s positivity rate is at 10%, which is an increase of 2% from the state’s last update. According to Kelli Bloomquist, WCHD public information ...