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COVID-19

COVID-19 cases up by 104 in Webster County

Webster County Public Health has reported 104 new COVID-19 cases and one new death since Friday, bringing the county’s total caseload to 1,940. In the last 25 days, Webster County has gained 504 new cases, a 35% increase that has accelerated the county’s movement toward the 2,000 case ...

FDSH students will learn from home for week of Oct. 19

All Fort Dodge Senior High students will be kept home to learn virtually next week as the school has experienced an increase in COVID-19 activity, the Fort Dodge Community School District announced in an email to families on Saturday. The virtual learning only applies to high school students, ...

4 new COVID-19 cases identified at the Beacon

Four more people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Beacon of Hope men’s shelter, 1021 First Ave. N., according to its executive director, Steve Roe. After an initial positive test was reported on Wednesday, Roe feared that additional positives would follow. “Because of our ...

1 at the Beacon tests positive for COVID

One person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Beacon of Hope men’s homeless shelter, according to its executive director, Steve Roe. Roe reported the positive test on Wednesday. The shelter, 1021 First Ave. N., will be locked down until further notice. He said the person who tested ...

Preschool partially closes after COVID-19 case

Community Christian School’s preschool for 4-year-olds will be closed for the next two weeks after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last in the classroom on Monday afternoon, according to CCS Principal Stephanie Coble-Day. Those affected will be contacted by ...

67 more COVID-19 cases

Webster County Public Health announced another 67 COVID-19 cases since Friday, bringing Webster County’s total caseload to 1,641. The increase comes after similarly high case increases announced by WCPH — a trend of steady levels of new cases week after week. In the last month, the total ...

FD schools to require masks

Wearing masks while in class will no longer be optional for students in the Fort Dodge Community School District starting next week. The district’s Board of Education approved the new requirement for students to wear masks at all times when social distancing is not possible during Monday ...

Webster Co. Public Health reports 90 more COVID cases since Tuesday

Webster County Public Health’s cumulative COVID-19 case count was at 1,574 as of Friday. That represented an increase of 90 cases since Tuesday’s report. Of the total cases, 1,466 individuals have met the CDC’s requirements for public health release and are considered recovered. One ...

Webster County Public Health reports 48 new COVID-19 cases

Webster County Public Health has reported 48 new COVID-19 cases in the last five days, bringing the county’s total to 1,484. Of the total cases, 94 remain open under public health monitoring. The cases fall into the following age categories: • Children (age 0-17): 87 • Adults (age ...

New COVID-19 cases hit triple digits

Webster County Public Health announced 195 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Webster County Thursday, the first update since Sept. 22. The new cases mark a 15% increase in total cases over the last nine days for the county, bringing its total to 1,436. Of those, 112 remain open under ...

Public health implements new mask, quarantine guidance

Webster County Public Health started implementing new guidance Tuesday regarding mask use and COVID-19 quarantine requirements immediately following changes announced by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Now, those exposed through close contact to others who test positive for COVID-19 ...

CSS solicits grants to distribute pandemic funding

County Social Services is asking for help from mental health and disability service providers in Webster County to distribute over $4 million in federal coronavirus relief funds under the CARES Act. The ask is simple: Submit a grant application showing how an organization could put the funds ...

Webster County Jail reports COVID-19 outbreak

The Webster County Jail reported an outbreak of COVID-19 among both inmates and staff Tuesday morning after 15 people tested positive. The jail identified its first positive COVID-19 case last week, according to Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs. Since then, all 68 inmates and staff were ...

Isolated by COVID

As COVID-19 spread through Iowa in March, the doors of long-term care facilities in Fort Dodge closed to visitors. For months, nursing home residents have been able connect with their families only by phone, internet or perhaps through a window. And even when outdoor visits were allowed, ...

Faith in a pandemic

Churches and ministers across Fort Dodge have spent the last six months keeping their faith and finding ways to serve the spiritual needs of their congregants during a global pandemic. When Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation on March 17 prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more ...

COVID-19 outbreak reported at jail

Webster County Jail reported an outbreak of COVID-19 among both inmates and staff this morning. The jail identified its first positive COVID-19 case last week, according to Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs. Since then, all 68 inmates and staff were tested. A total of 15 have tested positive: ...

School board OKs emergency policy

By KELBY WINGERT kwingert@messengernews.net The Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education has given the district superintendent more latitude in making decisions regarding school closures during a public emergency. The board passed a new policy during its Monday night meeting ...

No playbook for fall sports as schools navigate pandemic

Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the impact of COVID-19 on our community six months into the pandemic. Flexibility and patience have been cornerstone components of managing the fall sports season during a global pandemic — among student-athletes, coaches and ...

Doctors: masking up helps stop COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has made an impact on the wardrobes of Iowans. People now routinely go out and about wearing masks. Some have even made their masks a fashion statement that declares their loyalty to a sports team or a cause. Masks, both fancy and plain, are a key tool in stopping ...

COVID forces EG schools to close

EAGLE GROVE — The Eagle Grove Community School District has cancelled school for today and Friday due to multiple COVID-19 exposures within the district, Superintendent Jess Toliver confirmed on Wednesday. He said the district is preparing to go to an online model for one week starting on ...