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COVID-19

Six months in

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series examining the impact of COVID-19 on our community six months into the pandemic. As the United States surpassed 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday, the numbers have been difficult to wrap one’s head around — staggering, confusing and ...

Reynolds: ‘some of the toughest decisions’

In an exclusive 45-minute interview with The Messenger, Gov. Kim Reynolds explained the decisions she has made to guide the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. Excerpts of that interview are presented here. What have been the principles that have guided your response to the COVID ...

Webster County sees 35 new COVID-19 cases

Webster County Public Health said on Tuesday that the county’s COVID-19 positive case number has increased by 35 since Friday, for a cumulative total of 1,241. Of the 1,241 cases, most have met the CDC’s requirement for public health release from isolation and are considered recovered, ...

COVID forces Eagle Grove schools to close

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

Gael volleyball program sidelined

The St. Edmond volleyball team has entered a two-week quarantine period after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case, activities director Zach Steinhoff confirmed on Monday. The test was officially reported to school officials last Friday. If all goes as planned, the Gaels will return to the ...

Webster Co. sees 37 new COVID-19 cases since Monday

Webster County Public Health reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 between Monday and Friday, bringing the county’s total caseload to 1,206. In the last month, the total number of cases has increased 33%. On Aug. 19, the county had 912 cases. Of the cases, 61 remain active. No new cases have ...

Webster Co. reports 57 new COVID-19 cases

Webster County has gained 57 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths in the last five days, according to data from Webster County Public Health (WCPH) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Webster County now has a total of 14 deaths, six of which have accumulated since Aug. 20, ...

Wallace: we need to be more diligent

As residents of Webster County continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, opinions have formed about the seriousness of the virus, the ways in which it spreads and if protective measures like masks truly make a difference. Dr. Lincoln Wallace, of UnityPoint Health — Trinity ...

Webster County adds more COVID-19 cases

Webster County gained 31 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, according to Webster County Public Health, as the White House coronavirus task force moved Webster County into a “red zone” in its latest report to Iowa state officials. The new increase brings Webster County’s total to 1,112 ...

Day care center closes after one COVID-19 case

A Fort Dodge day care closed Monday after it was notified that an employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to its administrator. Parents and children affected by the ChildCare Discovery Center closure were notified with an email Monday saying that the center at 2329 First Ave. S. ...

PICKING UP THE PIECES

The words still ring loudly in the ears of Taylor Hartley and Andrew Fierke, nearly three weeks after a stunning announcement made it official. And the emotions remain raw. Anger. Frustration. Confusion. Disbelief. Whatever adversity swimmers at the University of Iowa faced both before and ...

COVID-19 outbreak balloons at Villa

The COVID-19 outbreak at Fort Dodge Villa Care Center has grown 20 cases since it was first identified last week, according to Administrator Lisa Eastman. As of Friday, a total of 19 residents and eight staff had tested positive for COVID-19, taking the initially reported total of those ...

When to come back?

With almost two weeks of face-to-face classes in the books for Fort Dodge schools and already some COVID-19 cases confirmed, many parents are wondering how long their child should stay home if they get the virus or any other illnesses that may develop during the year. “We have been ...

FEELING LIKE HOME

It’s been an emotional year for all the wrong reasons at Ames High School. On Thursday in the Dodger pool, Fort Dodge did its best to finally give the Little Cyclones a reason to smile. Head coach Ashley Beaumont’s program surprised its visiting CIML opponent with a “Senior Night” ...

2 FDCSD students test positive for COVID-19

One middle school student and one high school student in the Fort Dodge Community School District have tested positive for COVID-19, the district told parents this week. On Tuesday, Jennifer Lane, director of communications for the FDCSD, confirmed that a fifth-grader and a high schooler had ...

Webster Co. reports 47 new COVID-19 cases

Webster County Public Health acknowledged 47 more COVID-19 cases in the county since Friday, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 1,056. The increase comes two days after White House coronavirus experts warned state leaders that Iowa has sustained the steepest outbreak in the ...

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Patrick Sullivan succeeded beyond his wildest dreams during his “Coronaman 140.6” challenge on Saturday. The 2002 Manson Northwest Webster graduate recorded a time he never would have expected during his own individual Ironman Triathlon around the Fort Dodge area. More importantly, ...

7 COVID-19 cases found at Fort Dodge Villa Care Center

Seven COVID-19 infections among residents and staff members have been discovered since Saturday at Fort Dodge Villa Care Center, Administrator Lisa Eastman reported Thursday. Discovery of the outbreak was initiated when one resident, transported to the emergency room for symptoms unrelated to ...

County gains 59 new COVID-19 cases

Another 59 COVID-19 infections have been reported to Webster County Public Health in the last week, the agency said Tuesday, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 971. All 69 active Webster County cases are in the community, with no open cases remaining at Fort Dodge Correctional ...

DIFFERENT LOOK

As expected, the 2020 athletic season will look much different for local fans supporting their Dodgers and Gaels this fall. School is back in session this week, but the COVID-19 global pandemic hasn’t relented. Rules and regulations have been established to try and best mitigate both risk ...