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Coronavirus

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 ...

Mayor proclaims Veterans Appreciation Days

Mayor John Hawkins signed a proclamation Monday night declaring Nov. 2 through 11 as Veterans Appreciation Days in Webster City. The proclamation, signed during the regular City Council session, comes just days before the observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. “In honor of these dedicated ...

Encourages self-care during COVID-19

To the Editor: With everything that is happening in the world, the nation, and Iowa in regards to COVID-19 it is possible to feel overwhelmed, confused, numb, or any other emotion imaginable. During this challenging time it is more important than ever to set aside time for yourself, a ...

WC Schools launch COVID-19 data dashboard

Webster City Community Schools has launched a COVID-19 data dashboard, available to families, staff and community members on the District website. The data will be updated frequently. It includes the current COVID-19 positivity rate in Hamilton County, along with the current number of ...

Pandemic isolation

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit back in March, area nursing and care centers locked down their doors to prevent a spread of the novel coronavirus through the facilities. For the past six months, for most residents of care facilities, visits with family have been via telephone, through video ...

Donations sought for school district

Tiffany Larson, a member of Rotary After Hours (RAH) poses with some of the donated detergent headed to the Webster City School District. The club is collecting fragrance free All detergent and Dreft laundry soap which will be donated to the schools to help launder cloth face masks for ...

VDMC releases updated visitor guidelines

New guidelines for visitation at Van Diest Medical Center were released Wednesday afternoon. VDMC officials said the faciloity remains committed to safety as a priority and works diligently to protect patients, staff and communities from exposure to COVID-19. The hospital continues to follow ...

Children’s flu clinic set; adult clinics continue

Hamilton County Public Health will be holding flu clinics for children ages 6 months through 18 years every Wednesday from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. during the month of October. Family clinics will be offered by appointment only on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 from 12 ...

WC Schools report two positive COVID-19 cases

One staff member and one student in the Webster City School District tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, according to district officials. The announcement came at the board of education meeting Monday night. School Nurse Lea Ahrens reported that 7 staff members were in quarantine ...

Keeping patients, staff safe in a pandemic

It’s been six months since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived. Since that time, health care systems have been put to the test. Hospitals, clinics, public health agencies and others organizations concerned with the well being of Iowans, formed collaborations to prepare for a possible influx of ...

Mask or no mask?

To mask or not to mask, that is the question as Hamilton County citizens face the continuing threat of COVID-19 and debate the ways to combat it. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention advocates prevention techniques such as maintaining a six foot social distance between yourself and ...

COVID forces Eagle Grove schools to close

EAGLE GROVE — 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 ...