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DES MOINES — Another 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were announced Friday by the Iowa Department of Public Health, bringing the state’s total to 699 cases. Iowa did not announce any additional deaths.

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OTTUMWA — Students in Wapello County won’t be making up school days due to the extended closure of schools through the end of the month.

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FAIRFIELD — Nate Weaton is a high school football coach, so he understands the notion of springing everyone around him into action.

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OTTUMWA — A movement called “Heart Hunters” is making its way to Ottumwa and surrounding communities. The idea is for families to put hearts on their windows and front doors for all to see to symbolize hope and “spread a little love and compassion.”

FAIRFIELD — Jefferson County health and emergency-management officials provided a COVID-19 update to Fairfield Mayor Connie Boyer during a virtual roundtable discussion Thursday at Fairfield City Hall, outlining the county’s status and strategies for dealing with the new coronavirus.

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DES MOINES — State officials announced 66 more cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing Iowa’s total to 614 confirmed cases.

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OTTUMWA — A study by the University of Washington suggests the COVID-19 pandemic could peak in the United States in the next two weeks, but Iowa’s toughest times could arrive in May. But both estimates come with considerable uncertainty.

OTTUMWA — With gyms and the YMCA closed, it may be tough for some to find ways to stay active and healthy during social distancing, but Kathy Sisler, YMCA health and member services director, said it doesn’t have to be difficult.

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OTTUMWA — With social distancing protocols in place, the children in Vicki Palm’s neighborhood found a way to brighten her spirits as she grieves for her husband, Bob Mosher.

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OTTUMWA — Judge Lucy Gamon denied requests from some defendants in high-profile cases for their release from jail but granted others for inmates who said the COVID-19 outbreak posed an unreasonable risk to their health.

DES MOINES — Officials announced 73 new COVID-19 cases in Iowa on Tuesday, including one in Keokuk County. The state also reported one death.

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OTTUMWA — Wapello County’s response rate to the 2020 Census is lagging behind that in some other neighboring counties, a reverse of the situation from 10 years ago.

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DES MOINES — The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the National Weather Service’s storm spotter sessions in Iowa this year. But with severe weather season still looming, the NWS needs people who are trained to report what they see.

FAIRFIELD — The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors on Monday agreed to perform a traffic study of Vetch Boulevard before construction crews begin resurfacing county roads later this spring.

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DES MOINES — I’m wearing a vintage flannel of orange, blue and green, looking out at 2,700 empty seats. It’s time for soundcheck at the Des Moines Civic Center. It occurs to me that my shirt matches the wave of 1970s theatre chairs. I chuckle at this realization while my castmates snap photo…

DES MOINES — The number of COVID-19 cases in Iowa topped 300 on Sunday. But the 38 new cases represented a far smaller increase than that announced the previous day.

OTTUMWA — United Way of Wapello County has suspended Volunteer Income Assistance (VITA) tax services, a program available to those who make $54,000 or less, for two weeks.

DES MOINES — Iowa announced another 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as the number of cases statewide approached 300.

OTTUMWA — City officials confirmed Friday afternoon an Ottumwa business has reported an employee tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. It was later confirmed the employee works for JBS

OTTUMWA — The Iowa 4-H Program has made adjustments to this year’s livestock identification process, including the cancellation of all county livestock weigh-ins through May 9 due to the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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OTTUMWA — Staying at home during the virus pandemic doesn’t have to be limited to sitting on the couch and watching TV. It could be a great time to get creative by pursuing a new hobby, like gardening.

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DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld an earlier ruling that ordered plaintiffs in a suit to reimburse the defendants for their costs.

OTTUMWA — Here are the cancellations the Courier has received for local events. We will update as notices come in. If you have an event to add, please email it to news@ottumwacourier.com.

OTTUMWA — Here are the cancellations the Courier has received for local events. We will update as notices come in. If you have an event to add, please email it to news@ottumwacourier.com.

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OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Community School District announced Wednesday evening that classes will resume April 13. That is not a new date, nor is it one the district came up with on its own.

DES MOINES — With COVID-19 diagnoses rising in Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered another round of closures for Iowa businesses.

OTTUMWA — Milestones Area Agency is looking for volunteers to help with their Meals on Wheels program.

OTTUMWA — Two major Iowa-based grocery chains have announced plans that will help their employees financially during the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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OTTUMWA — Tom Shafer and his wife weren’t really supposed to look out the window when they did.

OTTUMWA — A local effort to help businesses deal with the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic began this week with a special offer from Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will give final approval Friday to the massive $2.2 trillion economic rescue bill with robust backing from both parties, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, a vote that would cap Congress' tumultuous effort to rush the relief to a nation battered by the coronavirus.