COVID-19 Local Updates

  • Boone Health Warns That COVID Vigilance Must Remain Strong

    Boone Health Warns That COVID Vigilance Must Remain Strong Dr. Robin Blount, from Boone Health, reminds us that even if the president said the pandemic is over it’s not time to relax our guard. A public health emergency declared over COVID-19 is in effect until at least October 13th. The immunity that we receive from…Continue Reading

  • COVID Vaccine With Broader Effect Approved and Available

    COVID Vaccine With Broader Effect Approved and Available After review, recommendation and authorization from the FDA and CDC, a new bivalent formulation booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available. The vaccine is from both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech and is recommended as a single dose booster at least two months following primary or booster vaccination.…Continue Reading

  • More Traditional Type of COVID Vaccine Available by Appointment

    More Traditional Type of COVID Vaccine Available by Appointment MU Health Care has a limited number of Novavax doses under emergency authorization, and will offer a special vaccination event Tuesday, August 23rd from 5:15pm until 7:45pm at South Providence Medical Park in Columbia by appointment only. The second dose of the two-dose series will be…Continue Reading

  • Mizzou Researchers Say COVID Shots Likely to Become Annual Event

    Mizzou Researchers Say COVID Shots Likely to Become Annual Event Researchers from the University of Missouri say that new research supports the idea that the COVID-19 boosters may not be able to keep up with the rapid evolution of the virus. They emphasize that the vaccines do work, and should help even as the virus…Continue Reading

  • COVID Cases Show Recent Rise in Boone County, Audrain Steady

    COVID Cases Show Recent Rise in Boone County, Audrain Steady Cases of COVID-19 in Boone County hospitals went up about 20% between Wednesday and Thursday, according to the county health department. The Columbia/Boone County Department of Health and Human Services reported 41 COVID-19 patients in our local hospitals. Of those, 3 patients are in the…Continue Reading

  • Coronavirus Rises Nationally, While Staying Low in Central Missouri

    Coronavirus Rises Nationally, While Staying Low in Central Missouri Coronavirus is on the rise, both nationally and state-wide. Missouri is reporting 12,749 new coronavirus cases for the week of July 21 through Wednesday. The state reported 998 patient hospitalizations and 135 patients in the ICU for the week ending July 20. The central region and…Continue Reading

  • COVID Levels Rise in Boone and Audrain Counties

    COVID Levels Rise in Boone and Audrain Counties The community level for COVID in Boone and Audrain counties is on the rise. Boone county is now back in the red or high level after being in the medium level, while Audrain is rising from low to medium. As of Sunday, there were 29 hospitalizations, four…Continue Reading

  • COVID in Decline, Marks 2 Year Anniversary

    COVID in Decline, Marks 2 Year Anniversary As mid-Missourians celebrated Spring this past weekend, many also took steps to heal from two years of loss and isolation. Last Friday marked the second anniversary of Boone County’s first COVID-19 death. Since that time, the virus has killed 222 people in the Columbia area, 139 of them…Continue Reading

  • Audrain County Health Department Shifting the Way They Report COVID-19 to the Community

    Audrain County Health Department Shifting the Way They Report COVID-19 to the Community The Audrain County Health Department is shifting the way it reports COVID-19 in the Audrain County community. With the shift announced by the CDC earlier this week to an endemic mode of tracking, the Audrain County Health Department will now rely on…Continue Reading

  • Audrain County Seeing Decreasing COVID-19 Case Counts

    Audrain County Seeing Decreasing COVID-19 Case Counts The number of COVID-19 cases in Audrain County is continuing to drop, according to the Audrain County Health Department. In their weekly report released this afternoon (Friday), there are 11 cases in the county, down 4 from last Friday. Active probable cases are down by 5 from last…Continue Reading

  • New CDC Masking Recommendations for Mid-Missouri Counties

    New CDC Masking Recommendations for Mid-Missouri Counties New recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a majority of Americans no longer need to wear a face mask while indoors. The CDC classifies counties by 3 different community levels which are classified as low, medium and high. These community levels are determined by…Continue Reading

  • Audrain County Health Department Weekly COVID-19 Numbers

    Audrain County Health Department Weekly COVID-19 Numbers The number of active COVID-19 cases continues to see a sharp decline in Audrain County. According to the weekly report released by the Audrain County Health Department this morning (Friday) there are 15 active cases of COVID which is a 26 case decline from last weeks report which…Continue Reading

  • Audrain County Health Department Offering Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Event

    Audrain County Health Department Offering Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Event The Audrain County Health Department will once again be hosting a free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test clinic this Wednesday, February 23rd from 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4pm at the health department. The testing is only for those county residents 11 years of age and…Continue Reading

  • Audrain County Health Department Releases Weekly COVID-19 Numbers

    Audrain County Health Department Releases Weekly COVID-19 Numbers Audrain County is continuing to see a significant decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases. According to the weekly release from the Audrain County Health Department sent out this morning (Friday), the number of active cases in Audrain County is 41. That is 56 fewer active cases…Continue Reading

  • Audrain County Health Department Cancels Event at Presser Due to Impending Winter Storm

    Audrain County Health Department Cancels Event at Presser Due to Impending Winter Storm The Audrain County Health Department is canceling their scheduled At-Home COVID-19 Test Distribution event at Presser Arts that was scheduled for tomorrow afternoon (Thursday). According to a news release from the health department the cancelation is due to the anticipated winter storm…Continue Reading

  • Audrain County Health Department Now Offering COVID-19 Self-Reporting and At-Home Test Kits

    Audrain County Health Department Now Offering COVID-19 Self-Reporting and At-Home Test Kits The Audrain County Health Department is announcing the launch of a new self-reporting page on their website and a home COVID-19 test kit giveaway event. In a press release today, the department says they are launching the self-reporting page in response to the…Continue Reading

  • Weekly COVID-19 Numbers From Audrain County Health Department Released

    Weekly COVID-19 Numbers From Audrain County Health Department Released The Audrain County Health Department is releasing the latest COVID-19 numbers. The last release from the agency was January 28th when they changed from releasing numbers on Wednesdays to Fridays. There are 97 active cases in the county, a decrease of 190 from the most recent…Continue Reading

  • Audrain County Health Department Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Event

    Audrain County Health Department Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Event The Audrain County Health Department is offering a COVID-19 drive-thru rapid testing event at their facility this Wednesday and Thursday. The testing is for Audrain County residents 11 years or older that are either showing COVID-19 symptoms or have come in close contact with someone with COVID-19…Continue Reading

  • First COVID-19 Death In Child Between Birth & 9 Years Old Reported In Boone County

    First COVID-19 Death In Child Between Birth & 9 Years Old Reported In Boone County Boone County is reporting their first death from COVID-19 in the birth to 9-year old age range. The child died January 14th according to the Columbia / Boone County Public Health & Human Services’ daily update yesterday (Friday). The agency…Continue Reading

  • Audrain County Health Department Moving Release of Weekly COVID-19 Data to Friday

    Audrain County Health Department Moving Release of Weekly COVID-19 Data to Friday The Audrain County Health Department is moving the day they release weekly COVID-19 data from Wednesday to Friday. According to a press release from the department yesterday (Wednesday) the move is due to the marked increase in COVID-19 cases in Audrain County over…Continue Reading