Briefs

University of Missouri moving online after Thanksgiving due to COVID spread

BY: - November 12, 2020

In an effort to reduce student population in the Columbia region during a surge of COVID-19 cases, the University of Missouri announced Thursday that classes would be moved online after Thanksgiving break. “While our experts say that MU students have not presented a direct burden to the local hospitals because they have not needed hospitalization, […]

Missouri sets new record for COVID cases. Health director warns to avoid holiday gatherings

BY: and - November 12, 2020

Missourians should not hold big family Thanksgiving or Christmas gatherings this year, but they will likely be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine by the spring, the state health director said Thursday. In an interview on KCMO radio, Randall Williams said the rapid spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, especially in outstate Missouri, is […]

Columbia hospitals launch color-coded system to warn of COVID stress to services

BY: - November 11, 2020

The state Department of Health and Senior Services reported the fourth day of more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as the coronavirus continued to infect more Missourians faster than it has at any time of the pandemic. Hospitalizations continue to increase rapidly, up more than 31 percent statewide this month and creating stress […]

Missouri adds more than 4,000 new COVID cases for only third time

BY: - November 10, 2020

Missouri reported its second highest daily total for COVID-19 cases Tuesday, with 4,256 new infections, just an hour before the state health director began a report to lawmakers on the status of the virus’ spread in the state. The Department of Health and Senior Services also found 138 previously unreported COVID-19 deaths in reviews of […]

Eric Schmitt joins Republican AGs in challenging Pennsylvania mail-in ballots

BY: - November 9, 2020

Two days after former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has signed on to a court brief with other Republican attorneys general challenging mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. The brief is in support of a lawsuit by the Pennsylvania Republican Party asking the U.S. […]

St. Louis County mulls new COVID-19 restrictions as cases set new peaks

BY: - November 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to rage out of control in Missouri over the weekend as the St. Louis metro area considers new coronavirus restrictions and lawmakers travel to Jefferson City to vote on a $1.3 billion package of relief aid. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, at a news conference Monday morning, urged everyone in […]

COVID precautions ordered for northwest Missouri hunting site

BY: - November 6, 2020

Hunters stalking ducks and geese in northwest Missouri’s Holt County will have their spots at the Nodaway Valley Conservation Area selected through an online system to reduce spread of COVID-19. The 3,900-acre conservation area was placed on COVID Red Level by the Department of Conservation after consulting with health officials in the county of 4,400 […]

Missouri reports new daily peak in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

BY: - November 5, 2020

Missouri reported a new daily high for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations Thursday as the spreading infection created staffing shortages that are straining school districts around the state and forcing some to shift to online education. The 3,553 new cases reported Thursday is almost 500 more than the previous daily high, set Oct. 29, and is […]

Tishaura Jones announces bid for St. Louis mayor

BY: - November 4, 2020

St. Louis city is divided by one long road — Delmar Boulevard.  Walk south of Delmar, and you’ll find a vibrant business district and affluent residential neighborhood. Walk north, and it looks like a country that’s been bombed out in a war decades ago and never rebuilt.  This inequity is at the heart of the […]

White House recommends Missouri reduce restaurant capacity, urges residents to wear masks

BY: - November 4, 2020

In a Nov. 1 report, the White House Coronavirus Task Force urged Missouri to implement stricter measures, including reducing indoor dining and always wearing a mask in public, to curb “unrelenting spread and increasing new hospital admissions” of the novel coronavirus. Missouri was one of 11 states that fell into the “red zone” last week […]

BJC cuts back on elective procedures as Missouri COVID-19 hospitalizations surge

BY: - November 4, 2020

The surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations is forcing one of Missouri’s largest health care providers to cut back on elective procedures to preserve bed space. St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare, in a statement issued Tuesday, said it would delay elective procedures that require inpatient or overnight stays at four hospitals. The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force […]

U.S. Justice Department monitoring polling places in 18 states

BY: - November 3, 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Justice will have staffers on the ground in 44 counties and cities across 18 states on Election Day, monitoring for violations of federal voting-rights laws—fewer states than in 2016. The localities this year are in battlegrounds like Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The deployment of personnel […]