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COVID-19

Outbreak reported at FD prison

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility reported 39 cases of COVID-19 among inmates and another five among staff Monday, just five days after the facility’s first case was discovered Wednesday. The new outbreak outnumbers all COVID-19 cases that were documented in Iowa’s entire prison system up ...

FD inmate dies from COVID-19

IOWA CITY — The first Fort Dodge Correctional Facility inmate to be hospitalized from COVID-19 this week died Monday evening. Ray Allen Vanlengen, 71, was pronounced dead at the University of Iowa Hospital at 10:59 p.m. He had been transported to Iowa City from the Fort Dodge prison due to ...

COVID-19 surge continues in Webster Co.

Webster County’s COVID-19 total rested at 262 Monday after another spike over the holiday weekend, amounting to an increase of 71 cases in five days. That increase is the largest increase over less than a week that Webster County has seen since the pandemic began. The surge punctuated the ...

COVID-19 outbreak reported at FD prison

A total of 39 inmates and five staff members at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19 after the first positive inmate was discovered on Thursday, according to new data from the Iowa Department of Corrections. On Thursday, the count was one inmate and two staff ...

Webster County Fair 4-H, FFA canceled

Webster County's Iowa State University Extension office canceled the 4-H and FFA portions of the 2020 Webster County Fair Monday evening after staff were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The Extension office was notified Monday that a person who was in the office last week ...

Webster Co. sees spike in cases over holiday weekend

Webster County saw a spike in positive COVID-19 cases entering Fourth of July weekend. The total number of positive cases reported from Friday through Sunday totaled 47, according to the state’s coronavirus website. Twenty-six new cases were identified on Friday, the highest one-day jump ...

First COVID-19 death reported in Wright County

Wright County Public Health confirmed the first COVID-19 death in the county Thursday evening. The first victim was in the 61-80 age range. “We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Wright County Supervisor Karl Helgevold. Wright County, home to the ...

Target confirms employee positive test

Public relations for Target Corporation confirmed one employee at the Fort Dodge store tested positive for COVID-19 this week. The confirmation came in response to a Messenger inquiry sourced from a current employee. Management at the Fort Dodge location has not publicly acknowledged the ...

Marian Home employee tests positive for COVID-19

One employee at the Marian Home and Village has tested positive for COVID-19, Tracy Trotter, the nursing home’s administrator confirmed. That employee tested positive on Thursday. Trotter said that person has not worked since Sunday. All families and residents have been notified of the ...

Clay County Fair canceled

The Clay County Fair Association announced that this year's county fair will be postponed until 2021, the latest regional event to cancel amidst the pandemic. "After weeks of exploring various options, it became clear that the Fair could not protect the health and safety of fairgoers, staff, ...

Wright County confirms first COVID-19 death

Wright County Public Health confirmed the first COVID-19 death in the county Thursday evening. The first victim was in the 61-80 age range. "We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to this individual's family," said Wright County Supervisor Karl Helgevold. Wright County, home to the ...

Webster County COVID-19 cases quadrupled in a month

Webster County gained 25 new COVID-19 cases between Monday and Wednesday, a 15% jump that brought the caseload to 191. The 25 new cases represent the largest increase reported by Webster County Public Health since the pandemic started. The increase over two days punctuated a month in which ...

FD inmate tests positive for COVID-19

One inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, prompting concern about more cases surfacing due to the nature of the facility. Two staff members have also tested positive at the facility so far, according to Iowa Department of Corrections ...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe closes after positive test

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is the next to join a growing list of Fort Dodge restaurants and businesses closing due to new COVID-19 cases. The cafe announced on social media Wednesday that one employee tested positive for COVID-19 and that they would be closed for deep cleaning until further ...

Same-day results

The parking lot on the west side of Community Health Center of Fort Dodge was plenty busy Wednesday afternoon. Many of the vehicles there represented patients needing to be tested for COVID-19. Community Health Center staff had COVID-19 test kits, personal protective equipment and ...

FD Correctional Facility inmate tests positive for COVID-19

An inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has tested positive for COVID-19, the Iowa Department of Corrections announced on Wednesday afternoon. The inmate is an adult male between the ages of 18 and 40. He has been in medical isolation since he told prison staff he was not feeling ...

Webster Co. marks 2nd COVID-19 death

Webster County Public Health marked the county’s second COVID-19 death Monday as the county’s positive case load jumped over the weekend to 166. The death was one of three reported in Iowa Monday, as the state’s death toll rose to 707. The individual that died was between the ages of 61 ...

Calhoun County marks first COVID-19 deaths

ROCKWELL CITY — Amid a recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases, Calhoun County Public Health confirmed the county’s first two coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday. Both victims were described as elderly and with having risk factors that increased their chances of complications due to ...

Hamilton Co. sees first COVID-19 death

WEBSTER CITY — The first COVID-19 death in Hamilton County has been reported to the public health department. Shelby Kroona, Hamilton County Public Health administrator, said her department learned of the death Sunday morning. She declined to give any information as to age of the ...

Finding outdoor recreation during COVID-19

Editor’s note: Today we continue our weekly series highlighting how the economy is reopening, taking a specific look at outdoor recreation activities available. The great outdoors remains a viable option for breaking up the monotony during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as events ...