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More Missouri Counties Pass Mask Orders

More Missouri Counties Pass Mask Orders More Missouri counties are passing mask orders as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increase. Last week, Franklin County passed a mask order. Boone County, passed a similar requirement this week. In addition to those counties, the cities of Fulton, and Rolla both passed mask mandates this week. On Thursday, the…Continue Reading

Free-COVID-19 Testing in Cole, Cooper and Saline County

Free-COVID-19 Testing in Cole, Cooper and Saline County The State of Missouri will host free COVID-19 testing in Cole, Cooper and Saline County starting Monday through December 12th. Missourians can register for these events at health.mo.gov/communitytest. The only requirement is that you have Missouri residency.Continue Reading

Audrain County Health Department Reports COVID-19 Related Death

Audrain County Health Department Reports COVID-19 Related Death One new COVID-19 related death is being reported in Audrain County today (Wednesday). According to the Audrain County Health Department the total number of deaths in the county is now at 12. Twenty five new cases of the coronavirus is also being reported today (Wednesday) by the…Continue Reading

Fulton City Council Approves Emergency Mask Ordinance

Fulton City Council Approves Emergency Mask Ordinance An emergency mask ordinance is now approved by the Fulton City Council after a 6-2 vote during a meeting last night (Tuesday). It is set to go into place on December 1st and will require masks and physical distancing in the City of Fulton. The ordinance will now…Continue Reading

Missouri Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Website

Missouri Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Website Missouri is launching a new COVID-19 vaccine website. Governor Mike Parson announced yesterday (Tuesday) the website will have information about vaccines, research, production processes and when Missourians can expect to be eligible for vaccination. Parson says the website, covidvaccine.mo.gov, was launched as research and development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines…Continue Reading

SSM COVID-19 Testing Site Announces Closure During Thanksgiving Holidays

SSM COVID-19 Testing Site Announces Closure During Thanksgiving Holidays The SSM Health COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Mexico will be closed on Thursday November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The testing site will reopen on Monday, November 30th. Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 9am until noon.Continue Reading

County Wide Mask Requirement Issued in Boone County

County Wide Mask Requirement Issued in Boone County A county wide mask requirement will go into effect tomorrow night (Wednesday) for Boone County. The Columbia Boone County Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning issued the order which requires everyone 10 years of age and older that is within Boone County outside of Columbia…Continue Reading

Over Four Thousand New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Missouri on Sunday

Over Four Thousand New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Missouri on Sunday Four thousand, two hundred and fifteen new cases of the coronavirus are being reported in Missouri yesterday (Sunday) by the Department of Health and Senior Services. The department also reported 4 new deaths related to the virus. Missouri ranks 11th in the nation for…Continue Reading

Missouri Businesses and Residents Urged to Comply with Public Health Guidelines

Missouri Businesses and Residents Urged to Comply with Public Health Guidelines Missouri residents and businesses are being asked to comply with public guidelines after Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Department have issued a public health warning. The warning was issued on Thursday and asks individuals to wear a…Continue Reading

More Than 20 New COVID-19 Cases in Audrain County Reported Friday

More Than 20 New COVID-19 Cases in Audrain County Reported Friday Total cases of the novel coronavirus rise by 24 in Audrain County this afternoon (Friday), according to the Audrain County Health Department. As of 3:30, there are 821 total cases with 128 active, including 83 in Mexico and 14 in Vandalia. Twenty-three more residents…Continue Reading

Community R6 Schools is Making Several Changes to Their COVID-19 Plan

Community R6 Schools is Making Several Changes to Their COVID-19 Plan The Community R6 School District is making several changes to their COVID-19 plan. One of the changes approved at the Board of Education meeting this week was a resolution declaring staff as essential workers. Superintendent Cheryl Mack says COVID-19 has had a major impact…Continue Reading

Thursday COVID-19 Update From Audrain County Health Department

Thursday COVID-19 Update From Audrain County Health Department Nine new cases of COVID-19 being reported in Audrain County today (Thursday). According to the Audrain County Health Department, as of 3:00 there are 797 total cases in the county with 127 active cases. Of those active cases, there are 88 in Mexico and 12 in Vandalia.…Continue Reading

Audrain County Health Department Warns Against Holding High Risk Gatherings

Audrain County Health Department Warns Against Holding High Risk Gatherings The Audrain County Health Department is warning about the high risk of spreading the coronavirus in gathering of crowds in close proximity. The health department is asking organizers of such events in Audrain County to re-think holding events, both indoors and outdoors follow strict public…Continue Reading

New Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Audrain County

New Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Audrain County Eighteen new cases of the novel coronavirus in Audrain County as of 3:30 this afternoon (Wednesday). According to the Audrain County Health Department, the total number of cases in the county is 788 with 128 still active. Of the active cases, 97 are in Mexico and 13…Continue Reading

Audrain County Health Department Urges Residents to Take Extra Precautions for Thanksgiving Holiday

Audrain County Health Department Urges Residents to Take Extra Precautions for Thanksgiving Holiday The Audrain County Health Department is urging residents to take extra precautions this Thanksgiving holiday. In a press release sent out today (Monday) the health department says Audrain County is continuing to see record numbers of new COVID-19 cases and is urging…Continue Reading

Audrain County COVID-19 Cases Continue to Increase

Audrain County COVID-19 Cases Continue to Increase Nearly forty new cases of COVID-19 being reported in Audrain County since Friday. According to the Audrain County Health Department, as of 3:00 this afternoon (Monday), there are 768 total cases in the county, up 9 since Friday’s report. Thirty-six new active cases bring that total to 138,…Continue Reading

University of Missouri Will go to Online Learning After Thanksgiving Break

University of Missouri Will go to Online Learning After Thanksgiving Break The University of Missouri will go to remote learning after the Thanksgiving week. The University released a statement this (Thursday) afternoon saying due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the Columbia/Boone County Community, they have made the difficult but necessary decision. In-person instruction…Continue Reading

Governor Parson Announces Change to Missouri’s K – Twelve School Quarantine Guidance

Governor Parson Announces Changes to Missouri’s K – Twelve School Quarantine Guidance A change is being announced to Missouri’s K-12 school quarantine guidance. Under the updated guidance that was announced today (Thursday), proper mask wearing may now prevent individuals from being identified as close contacts in K-12 schools that have implemented a mask mandate. This…Continue Reading

Boone County Reports Record Number of Hospitalizations

Boone County Reports Record Number of Hospitalizations A record number of 149 hospitalizations reported yesterday (Wednesday) in Boone County. According to the Columbia/Boone County Health Department of those hospitalizations, 47 are in the ICU, 20 are on ventilators and 30 are Boone County residents. The county also added 175 new cases yesterday, marking a total…Continue Reading

Jefferson City’s Public Transportation Temporarily Suspended

Jefferson City’s Public Transportation Temporarily Suspended Jefferson City’s public transportation, JeffTran is suspending service as of noon today (Thursday) due to COVID-19 related staffing shortages. Handiwheels service is also being suspended at noon today (Thursday). According to the news release, staff will reassess the situation on Monday.Continue Reading

Community R-6 School District Reporting One Case of COVID-19

Community R-6 School District Reporting One Case of COVID-19 A high school student at Community R-6 has tested positive for COVID-19 according to the school district. In a letter posted on the district’s Facebook Page, this student is the only positive case in the district and the district was notified of it today (Wednesday). Community…Continue Reading

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Audrain County

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Audrain County Eight new cases of the novel coronavirus in Audrain County this afternoon (Tuesday). According to the Audrain County Health Department, as of 3:15 there are now 671 total cases in the county with 110 still active. Of those still active, 69 cases are in Mexico and 12 are in…Continue Reading

Audrain County Health Department Issues Mask Advisory

Audrain County Health Department Issues Mask Advisory A Mask Advisory is now issued by the Audrain County Health Department. The goal, according to the release from the agency, is to stem the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the county. CEO Craig Brace stresses that it is not a mask mandate, but is following public…Continue Reading

Nearly 50 New COVID-19 Cases in Audrain County

Nearly 50 New COVID-19 Cases in Audrain County Nearly fifty new cases of the novel coronavirus being reported this afternoon (Monday) by the Audrain County Health Department. As of 3:30, there are 663 total cases, an increase of 47 since Friday with 115 still active. Of the active cases, 67 are in Mexico and 13…Continue Reading

Pettis and Cole County Reporting New COVID-19 Cases

Pettis and Cole County Reporting New COVID-19 Cases Pettis and Cole County is reporting new COVID-19 that are over 100 yesterday (Friday). In Pettis County, the health department reported 102 new cases. 735 cases are active in the county. In Cole County, the health department reported 125 new cases yesterday (Friday). Cole County has a…Continue Reading