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COVID-19

Farm News Ag Show is canceled

The 19th annual Farm News Ag Show has become a victim of COVID-19. The show set for Dec. 9-10 at the Webster County Fairgrounds has been canceled in response to new statewide measures intended to curb the spread of the virus. ‘‘With Gov. Reynolds announcing enhanced public health ...

‘The curve’ is en route

Eight months after officials started telling Iowans to flatten the curve of coronavirus infections to avoid overwhelming health care resources, Webster County saw a record increase in new COVID-19 cases this week. At least 400 new positive cases arrived in a viral tsunami over the last six ...

Supervisors mull alternative to mask ordinance

A small business owner who started a petition for a mask mandate in Fort Dodge and Webster County posed challenges to Webster County Supervisors Tuesday that have, until now, never been considered publicly in the pandemic. Approaching 700 signatures on her Change.org petition, Megan Secor ...

Mask Mission

When Webster County saw an increase of 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day on Friday, Megan Secor was fed up. “Going over 100 in 24 hours was definitely my breaking point,” she said. Secor was tired of seeing Webster County’s COVID-19 numbers rise at such an alarming rate, ...

Wright County mandating masks as of Tuesday

CLARION — The Wright County Board of Health has issued a mask mandate in the county as part of a series of new emergency measures approved on Tuesday. Masks are now required in all public indoor spaces in Wright County. If a mask must be removed for eating, like at a restaurant or bar, the ...

Hybrid learning

Starting on Wednesday, the Fort Dodge Community School District will shift to using a hybrid instruction delivery model due to the current “public health landscape,” according to an email sent to parents on Monday afternoon. “It should be of no surprise to our families that at a ...

Public Health asks those testing positive to call

As cases of COVID-19 rapidly increase, the delay between test results and Webster County Public Health’s notification of new cases has impeded contact tracing’s ability to quickly mitigate the spread of the virus. In a news release Monday, Webster County Public Health (WCPH) asked every ...

Mask use encouraged in FD

A proclamation encouraging — but not requiring — people to wear face masks has been issued in Fort Dodge. The proclamation was read during Monday’s City Council meeting by Councilman Dave Flattery, who was filling in for Mayor Matt Bemrich. Flattery is the mayor pro tem. It emphasizes ...

WCPH asking recent COVID-19 patients to call COVID hotline

The Webster County Public Health Department is asking any Webster County resident who tested positive for COVID-19 between Nov. 5 and today AND HAVE NOT BEEN CONTACTED BY WEBSTER COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH to call the WCPH COVID hotline immediately. Individuals are asked to leave their name and cell ...

FD schools to go to hybrid model

Starting on Wednesday, the Fort Dodge Community School District will shift to using a hybrid instruction delivery model, with half of students in school for two days, with half learning from home, and then vice versa. The district made the announcement on Monday afternoon in an email to ...

Webster Co. officials plead for public cooperation

With renewed urgency from increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations, public health, hospital and elected officials are begging Webster County residents to wear a mask and refrain from large gatherings as current trends run the risk of exhausting county resources. “As community service ...

UnityPoint Health: Hospitalizations up

As COVID-19 hospitalizations rapidly rise across the state of Iowa, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center also saw an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout October, according to Shannon McQuillen, vice president of people excellence. On a daily basis, she said, the ...

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 ...