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COVID-19

Recreational activities opening in most states

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air as well as the ability to easily maintain social distance. A number of state parks have already opened while others plan to do so later this week, just in ...

Second COVID-19 death in Webster County

A second Webster County resident has died due to COVID-19, the Webster County Public Health said today. The individual is an older adult, aged 61-80. No other information is available at this time.

Lost in translation

I had a conversation with a friend the other day about civility. It started with sports, shifted to politics, and landed on society. Generally speaking, we just aren’t treating each other very well these days. I see it constantly at ballgames in behavior toward umpires and officials, ...

Restaurant temporarily closed after COVID-19 scare

Lefti’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon as it awaited an employee’s COVID-19 test, according to the restaurant’s social media posts. “Out of an abundance of caution we will be closed tonight and until further notice due to potential COVID-19 exposure ...

Webster County COVID-19 cases up to 132

Webster County Public Health has confirmed that the county’s COVID-19 positive cases are now at 132 as of Wednesday afternoon, up from 111 positive cases reported on Friday. Of the positive cases in the county, nine are children ages 17 and under, 71 are adults ages 18 to 40, 34 are middle ...

Iowa Central fitness center closes after COVID-19 contact

Iowa Central Community College’s REC fitness center closed Friday after the school was notified that a patron tested positive for COVID-19, according to college President Dan Kinney. The REC is in the process of deep cleaning, Kinney said, and will continue to remain closed until further ...

UnityPoint relaxes visitor restrictions

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center began to ease some visitor restrictions in its clinics and hospital Monday. “As healthcare providers, we have seen up close how difficult it has been for our patients, as well as their families, to be separated from each other in an ...

Pocahontas Co. marks first COVID-19 death

Pocahontas County marked its first COVID-19 death Monday, the fourth county in The Messenger’s coverage area to do so since the pandemic descended on Iowa. The death comes even as the county’s case load remains lower than most of its neighbors. Pocahontas County now has 38 cases of ...

FD city fireworks canceled

There will be no city-sponsored fireworks show this Independence Day, the City of Fort Dodge and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance announced on Monday morning. The decision was made following the disbanding of the volunteer committee that has overseen the event for the past eight ...

Community Tap and Pizza employees test positive for COVID-19

Community Tap and Pizza closed Monday morning after two of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, according to owner Sally Hart. All of the restaurant’s 30 employees are in the process of being tested through Webster County Public Health, she said. A reopening date has not been ...

Together in spirit

Though many Fort Dodge churches disagree on the path forward to normalcy as the fight against COVID-19 continues, some local pastors say that the spirit of their congregations remains strong, even after remaining physically apart for months. Churches like First United Methodist have ...

Webster County has 111 COVID-19 cases

Webster County ended at 111 cases Friday, up three from Thursday, according to Webster County Public Health. The cases fall into the following age categories: • Child (age 0-17): 8 • Adult (age 18-40): 59 • Middle age adult (age 41-60): 29 • Older adult (age 61-80): 14 • ...

Wright County hits 300 COVID-19 cases

Wright County hit 300 COVID-19 cases Thursday, less than two weeks after it surpassed 200 cases. It had 310 cases by the end of Thursday. Webster County added five new cases, totaling 108 Thursday. Hamilton County went from 124 Tuesday to 140 Thursday as it continues to outpace Webster ...

COVID-19 increases continue

Webster County added three COVID-19 cases Wednesday, ending at a total of 103 by the end of the day. The vast majority of the cases in the county have come in the last month. On May 18, the county’s total was 13. On June 3, the total was 47, less than half of what it is now. June 4 was ...

Webster County hits 100 COVID-19 cases

Webster County has entered triple-digits with its total of COVID-19 cases, passing 100 on Tuesday. Webster County Public Health confirmed 100 cases. The Iowa Department of Public health has tallied 101, as of Tuesday at 3 p.m. Of those, 75 have recovered. The cases fall into the following ...

FD firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

A Fort Dodge firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced Tuesday. It’s the first confirmed case of COVID-19 for the 46-member Fire Department. The affected firefighter is in self-quarantine at home, according to officials. Due to health privacy rights, the city is ...

Webster County hits 100 COVID-19 cases

Webster County has entered triple-digits with its total of COVID-19 cases, passing 100 on Tuesday. Webster County Public Health confirmed 100 cases. The Iowa Department of Public health has tallied 101, as of Tuesday at 3 p.m. Of those, 75 have recovered. The cases fall into the following ...

Webster Co. COVID-19 cases just shy of 100

Webster County gained four new COVID-19 cases since Friday, ending at 99 total by the end of Monday. Hamilton County gained 11 during the same time, ending at 123 cases. Wright County gained another 15, ending at 293. Neighboring Buena Vista County lost its number one hot spot distinction in ...

FD firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

A Fort Dodge firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced Tuesday. The affected firefighter is in self quarantine at home. Due to health privacy rights, the city is unable to provide any information about the employee’s identity.

A different season

Editor’s note: Today we continue our weekly series highlighting how the economy is reopening, taking a specific look at recreation and destination locations. Local recreational destinations are preparing for a different kind of summer than most years. As more COVID-19 restrictions ...