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New coronavirus vaccines were developed and tested on expedited and unprecedented timelines of less than a year, but that shouldn’t dissuade Carroll County residents from getting the shots when they are eligible.

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Coronavirus vaccinations at long-term care facilities began this week in Carroll County with the goal to protect the residents who are most vulnerable to serious symptoms or death if they are infected.

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A dozen residents at Accura HealthCare of Carroll who have been infected by the coronavirus have died, the company said Friday.

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County health officials are awaiting new supplies of coronavirus vaccines after exhausting their initial 800 doses, which largely were used in the past two weeks to inoculate healthcare workers at the county’s two hospitals and the McFarland Clinic in Carroll.

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The deaths of four more Carroll County residents who were infected by the coronavirus were recently reported, which takes the county's total number of confirmed deaths to 31, according to state data.

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It’s been more than nine months since the coronavirus pandemic reached Iowa, and at least one out of every 10 residents of Carroll County has been infected by it, according to state data.

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There was a celebratory mood and a sense of relief Tuesday at St. Anthony Regional Hospital when the first doses of a long-awaited coronavirus vaccine were administered to doctors, nurses and others who have been on the front lines of the battle to contain the virus and heal those infected by it.

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Most of Carroll County’s roughly 110 employees do not want to be injected with a vaccine to protect them from infection by the coronavirus, including about half of the staff of the county’s ambulance service.

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Editor’s note: This is the last story in a three-part series about a group of friends infected by the coronavirus. Part one is here, and part two is here.

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This is the second story in a three-part series about a group of friends who were infected by the coronavirus. Part one is here.

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This is the first story in a three-part series about a group of friends who were infected by the coronavirus.

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Iowans will be required to wear masks at businesses and other public buildings when they cannot keep a sufficient distance from others and are inside the buildings for at least 15 minutes, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced tonight.

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The Carroll County supervisors enacted a county-wide mask mandate this morning to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, although those who violate it will not face a penalty.

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The Carroll County supervisors should impose a temporary, county-wide mask mandate for people in public to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, the county's board of health suggested today.

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Carroll County leaders will meet Friday morning to discuss how the courthouse and county offices will operate in light of the recent statewide surge in coronavirus cases.

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Carroll Area Child Care Center and Preschool, the largest childcare provider in the county, closed Friday after a significant increase of confirmed coronavirus infections among its staff members.

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COON RAPIDS: He knew them by their eyes. That’s about all Wiltsie Cretsinger of Coon Rapids could see of the physicians and nurses who shepherded him through a brutal, 21-day, take-his-breath-away fight with COVID-19 at St. Anthony Regional Hospital.

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The number of Carroll Community students in quarantine at home because of potential exposure to the coronavirus reached 134 this morning, the highest it's been in two months.

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It has been increasingly difficult to protect older residents of long-term care facilities from the new coronavirus as its spread in the community has accelerated, according to Ed Smith, president and chief executive officer of St. Anthony Regional Hospital and its nursing home, which has an…

There are plenty of questions swirling around in relation to the coronavirus pandemic — why treatments keep changing, if doctors are misdiagnosing the virus for money, if you have to delay your wedding, if masks really work.

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St. Anthony Nursing Home has 13 residents and staff with confirmed coronavirus infections, which marks the third outbreak at a long-time care facility for older residents in Carroll County, according to state data.

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The number of Carroll Community School District students who have been required to quarantine at home has continued to increase, but school leaders are declining to reconsider a mask mandate that could help quell the rise.

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Another Carroll County resident who is older than 80 years has died after being infected by the coronavirus, and the county's total number of deaths is now 13, according to county health officials.

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In an effort to give Carroll County residents more information about the coronavirus pandemic, physicians from McFarland Clinic and the St. Anthony Clinic, in conjunction with staff from Carroll County Public Health, will host a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall Meeting on Monday, November 2.

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An additional Carroll County resident has died after contracting the new coronavirus, Carroll County Public Health announced Thursday. The person was between 41 and 60 years old.

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