Humboldt native Dr. Will Baker stuck in Spain

Dr. Will Baker wearing a mask while stuck in Spain.

UPDATE March 26:

Will arrived in Denver today. As he is quarantined, he cannot go home (his wife and daughter are health professionals) or back to work.
So, thanks to Air bnb, they set him up in a short term rental they call his “Quarantine Condo.”
They stocked it with his favorite foods and fresh clothes. After he gets some sleep, he will go thru the
drive-thru coronavirus testing procedure.

Dr. Will Baker had landed in Chicago on Wednesday night, March 25.

With the help of the U.S. Embassy, Dr. Will Baker has made arrangements to fly out starting on Tuesday, March 24. and if all goes well, arriving in Denver Wednesday evening.



The Humboldt Recreation Center closed on Tuesday, March 17, as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Humboldt appreciates the patience of members of the Rec Center and will let the public know when the facility reopens.

March 16
Humboldt, St. Mary's and Twin Rivers Schools are cancelled until April 14. Spring sports/activities are on hold until then.
Wine and Dine
The third annual Wine and Dine trivia night planned for March 20 for Relay for Life has been postponed.
“Due to the concerns of COVID-19 and being in large groups, we are going to postpone the event at this time. I will be working to set another date and we will still have this event. It’s a great event, however, we are concerned about everyone’s health and well-being and we want to follow the suggested guidelines provided by the state and CDC,” Tina Coleman of the American Cancer Society said.
Humboldt County Community Foundation
The Humboldt County Community Foundation check presentation ceremony scheduled for March 19 has been cancelled. Checks will be mailed to recipients.
Town Hall Meeting


Peyton returns from study abroad program in Spain

Cassie Peyton and some of her classmates hiked up a mountain just outside Cáceres where they were able to see over the whole city on one of the first days she was in Spain.

The Coronavirus changed Cassie Peyton’s study abroad program in Spain very quickly.
The 2018 Humboldt High School graduate is a sophomore at Iowa State University. She was studying at the University of Extremadura at Caceres, Spain, a program that started at the end of January.
On March 12, Iowa State University notified students studying abroad that they would have to come home. They said they would need to return home by March 23. So Cassie and her roommates booked a flight back on March 19. But on March 13, the President of Spain put the entire country on lockdown and Cassie’s group re-booked their flight for Monday, March 16. They had to wait on hold for three hours just to talk to someone to change their flights because so many people were calling to rebook their flights.


BREAKING NEWS: Courthouse closed except by appointment

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Monday agreed to lock the doors to the courthouse after limiting access the past few days. The courthouse will accept visitors on an appointment only basis by calling the department ahead of time on the phone numbers listed. Some type of drop back will be placed outside for citizens to leave county correspondence, bills, etc. Humboldt Independent file photo.

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors have made the decision to close the county courthouse to the public effective noon on March 23, to limit the spread of COVID-19. This will continue until further notice. "Our goal is to protect the citizens and employees of Humboldt County. Our employees will continue to perform essential county services only by appointment. Please contact the Department you need by phone if you have questions regarding services or to make an appointment," Humboldt County Auditor Peggy Rice said in a prepared release. During its regular Monday meeting, the Board discussed future meetings and the format those meetings should take, all while seated a few feet in distance from one another. After some discussion the Board agreed to continue weekly meetings, but the meetings beginning next week will be conducted through teleconference, using a cloud platform for video/audio conferencing like Zoom.


County prepares for COVID-19

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Michelle Sleiter said the hospital staff is prepared, equipped and has the training to take on the COVID-19 outbreak.

By Kent Thompson
City Halls, the county courthouse, restaurants and movie theaters may be closing, but important facilities like the North and South Care Centers, Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) and UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine Humboldt, will remain open, and are the first line of defense in protecting the local population from the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, a viral infection that is being called a global pandemic. In the case of the hospital and clinic, their professionals will be charged with the responsibility of treating the sick.
Both North and South Care Centers, Springvale Assisted Living and HCMH Long-Term Care have instituted "no visitor" policies for the time being in order to protect vulnerable populations of our community.
“We are following the guidelines of the Iowa Department of Public Health, CMS and our local health officials,” Care Center Administrator Leslie Smith said.


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We apologize for the inconvenience.


Lunch available

The Humboldt School District will provide free meals for all children between the ages of 0-18 starting on Tuesday, March 17.
Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch meals can be picked up at the Taft main entryway between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
The District will deliver meals to students that do not have access to transportation. Please call Taft at (515) 332-3216, if you need this service. If no one answers, please leave a message at extension 6429.
Twin Rivers
The Twin Rivers School District will provide free meals for all children between the ages of 0-18 starting on Wednesday, March 18, in two locations. Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch meal pick up times will be 8:30- 9:30 a.m. (breakfast) and 12-12:30 p.m. (lunch). The Bode pick up site is at the main entrance of the elementary school. The Livermore pick-up is in front of the old school site next to the Catholic church. A school vehicle will be at the Livermore location for disbursement.


BREAKING NEWS: Care Centers institute 'no visitors' policy

Lisa Minor (left) and Leslie Smith (right) with the North and South Care Centers in Humboldt announced that beginning Friday, March 13 until further notice, there will be a 'no visitors' policy at the Care Centers. Exceptions will be essential staff and approved vendors. There will be a screening protocol for all who enter the Centers. The policy is being enacted as a precautionary measure to protect the residents. Humboldt Independent photo.

Local government, businesses, schools and churches are taking precautions regarding the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.
Beginning today (Friday, March 13) at 6 a.m., the Humboldt North and South Care Centers are instituting a “no visitors” policy until further notice.
“We have a no coronavirus or signs of the illness in our facility. We are doing this strictly as a precautionary measure to be proactive because the elderly are susceptible,” said Lisa Minor, Infection Preventative and registered nurse with North Care Center.
“We are following the guidelines of the Iowa and Department of Public Health and our local health officials,” Care Center Administrator Leslie Smith said.

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