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Coronavirus

Health department cancels J&J clinic

Hamilton County Public Health has announced that its vaccine clinic scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled. Shelby Kroona, health department administrator, made the announcement at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning. “Out of an abundance of caution, our Johnson ...

Vaccine clinic planned for WCHS

Webster City High School students age 16 and older will have an opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic proposed by Hy-Vee pharmacy. The Webster City School Board approved a vaccine clinic that will be held April 23 at the high school. “Hy-Vee Pharmacy reached out to one of ...

IDPH announces upcoming vaccine information sessions

The Iowa Department of Public Health along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Iowa will collaborate to host information sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine later this month. The sessions will provide a virtual forum for Iowans to learn about the safety and ...

Clinic held at public health

Three hundred individuals took advantage of a vaccination clinic held Thursday at the Hamilton County Public Health offices, 1610 Collins St. Those attending had a chance to receive the Johnson and Johnson single dose COVID-19 shot. The health department received an unexpected allotment ...

ABCM Corporation continues to ease visitor restrictions

HAMPTON - For more than a year, visitor restrictions have been in place throughout the ABCM Corporation locations in Iowa, including Southfield Wellness Community and Southfield Independent and Assisted Living in Webster City. On March 11, 2020, entry points at locations were locked per the ...

Need help getting food?

In the months since COVID struck, we have encountered many challenges. Iowans lost precious work hours or their job altogether. Kids were home with school closures and senior citizens became even more shut in. As the state started its economic recovery, a historic storm ripped across ...

WCHS seniors to take part in graduation week

Webster City High School is working to provide a memorable experience to the Class of 2021 during what has been an unusual and highly challenging school year. Graduation week for seniors will kick off with final exams on May 17-18. The last day of classes will be Wednesday, May 19, when ...

Kroona: Keep those second appointments

Hamilton County health officials gave an update on the progress of its COVID-10 vaccine program Tuesday during the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors meeting. Shelby Kroona, public health administrator, told the board that as of Tuesday, 4,390 residents of Hamilton County have received at ...

Ramping up clinics

About 4,600 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far in Hamilton County and clinics are continuing to ramp up this month. On Wednesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced she was opening up the vaccine queue for all adults, beginning April 5, provided supply projections are ...

‘Just a minor cough’

No two COVID-19 experiences are alike. Some people may experience only mild flu-like symptoms. For others, it can be a life-threatening situation requiring a stay in an intensive care unit. For one Webster City native, now a physician, it started off with the sudden onset of a cough. Just ...

Day one of year two

Shelby Kroona warned the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning that she might get a little choked up as she read her bi-weekly COVID-19 update. This report was much different than others presented over the past year. This report looked toward a more hopeful future “Today is day one of ...

Supervisors pay tribute to public health workers

Just a day after national Public Health Thank You Day, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors offered thanks Tuesday morning to the staff and administration of Hamilton County Public Health. Meeting in a socially-distanced meeting in the basement of the Hamilton County Courthouse, Board ...

‘Spreading the virus like wildfire’

A local public health official on Tuesday urged Hamilton County residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to not travel or gather in groups outside of their household for the coming Thanksgiving holiday. “I know that this will be hard and it’s ...

Board votes to submit waiver for remote learning

The Webster City school board voted Monday to submit the waiver application to the Department of Education which would move the district to remote learning for the period of Nov. 30 through Dec. 11. The board met at the school administration building with some board members and the public ...

WC Schools seek waiver for remote learning

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 for requesting ...

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 needed ...

Hybrid learning from a teacher’s perspective

As of October 29, Webster City High School has finished their first quarter of Hybrid learning. Students took 3 or 4 blocked classes that were 90 minutes long. They met in person for 22 days and were at home with remote work for 22 days. We covered the same content and standards that we ...

‘A crisis moment’

“We’re in a crisis moment in Hamilton County. We’re in a crisis moment at the health department. We need everyone to help us.” Those attending or listening to the live-streamed Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning heard a noticeably frustrated Shelby Kroona, public health ...

Masks required in city buildings

Masks will be required for the public and staff in all city buildings, following a resolution passed Monday night by the City Council of Webster City. The resolution comes from the city’s COVID-19 committee. The committee asked that the measure be put into place until further notice. The ...

Record numbers vote early in Hamilton County

More than 4,700 voters of Hamilton County’s approximately 10,000 registered voters have already cast their ballots or submitted absentee ballots as of Monday afternoon. “We went over the 4,700 mark today. It’s been nonstop here at the courthouse,” Kim Schaa, county auditor ...