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COVID-19

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 ...

Hy-Vee installs cart sanitizers

With community spread of COVID-19 rising in Webster County, one local grocery store is taking extra steps to limit possible points of exposure in its store. Last week, Hy-Vee installed two Sterile Cart sanitizer machines at each entrance to the store. “It’s a nice machine that we ...

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Webster County

Webster County Public Health would like to make sure everyone has all the necessary information for receiving testing for COVID-19. WCPH is not a testing site. The department analyzes and acts on the testing information provided by medical providers and then provides CDC guidance and contact ...

Webster County COVID-19 numbers increase by 124 over weekend

The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Webster County has increased by 124 between Friday morning and Monday morning, according to Webster County Public Health. The county now has 3,664 cumulative COVID-19 cases, with 267 still open and in isolation. “We remain at a critical point in our ...

FD City Council says mask up

Face masks that are already a common sight throughout Fort Dodge are now required in most public spaces thanks to a mandate approved Monday by the City Council. The council voted 5-2 to pass the mandate, even though City Attorney Mark Crimmins told the elected officials that it cannot be ...

FD schools to continue hybrid learning

The Fort Dodge Community School District will continue using its hybrid model of instruction for the rest of November and December. Earlier this month, the school district had moved to the hybrid model because of the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in the community. This model included ...

Public Health will be contact tracing during holiday

Webster County Public Health staff will be working through the Thanksgiving holiday in order to continue contact tracing and providing quarantine and isolation guidance. It is imperative that residents answer their telephone if public health calls.

FD City Council passes mask mandate

The Fort Dodge City Council has passed a resolution mandating the use of masks or face coverings in public indoor spaces. Locations include, but are not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores, businesses and city buildings. The mask mandate will remain in place until 11:59 ...

UnityPoint Health to offer new treatment for COVID-19

A new type of medicine designed to prevent high-risk patients with COVID-19 from developing a severe disease is now being administered at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center. The Fort Dodge hospital announced on Friday that it has opened an infusion area to provide the ...

Public Health: Risk of contracting COVID-19 now ‘severe’

Webster County reached a total of 3,540 COVID-19 cases Friday, according to Webster County Public Health (WCPH), bringing the rampage of new cases in the last two weeks to 1,266. Webster County is now seeing 80 to 90 cases per day, according to WCPH — double the daily average it was seeing ...

Public Health: Rethink Thanksgiving plans

With about 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 in less than two weeks, Webster County Public Health is advising residents to seriously rethink their Thanksgiving plans in a holiday season that will look different for many as the virus continues to saturate Iowa. On Nov. 7, Webster County totaled ...

Childcare Discovery Center remains open

While many essential workers such as nurses and other health care professionals are busy trying to keep the community healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, some of their children are being cared for at Childcare Discovery Center. But keeping children and staff at the child care facility ...

Webster City schools seek waiver for remote learning

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City Community Schools is seeking a waiver from the Iowa Department of Education to temporarily move to remote learning. Officials cited the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the area and the increasing numbers of staff and students in quarantine as the reason ...

Governor’s mask mandate spurs local chain reaction

A limited mask mandate announced by Gov. Kim Reynolds Monday spurred a chain reaction in Webster County, where some say the new state rule’s exemptions are not reacting strongly enough to a crisis hitting Iowa hard. Following the governor’s announcement in a sober televised address, ...

COVID testing site is on the move

Citing a high demand for COVID-19 testing, Community Health Center of Fort Dodge has moved its test site to the east side of the city. Rapid testing will now be offered at the Iowa Central Community College East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., beginning today. “A larger indoor space was ...

Much different look to upcoming winter season

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Fort Dodge Senior High athletic and activities director Kevin Astor believes now is a perfect time to step back and appreciate the good. With the COVID-19 global pandemic surging in Iowa, the 2020-21 winter sports season is undoubtedly on thin ice. ...