Briefs

Missouri facing ‘exponential and unyielding’ COVID spread. White House urges stricter measures

BY: - November 18, 2020

The spread of the novel coronavirus in Missouri is “exponential and unyielding,” according to a Nov. 15 White House Coronavirus Task Force report urging the state to take stricter measures to help slow the virus’ spread. Recommendations include Missourians wearing masks while in public, limiting indoor dining capacity to less than 25 percent and reducing […]

Lake of the Ozarks-area hospital asks for help from public to reduce COVID patient load

BY: - November 18, 2020

As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to surge, a small hospital in central Missouri is asking residents of the area it serves to honor the work of health providers and take precautions during holiday events. In a letter posted to the Lake Regional Medical Center website, Dane Henry, CEO of the Lake Regional Health System, said the […]

Missouri GOP Senators weighed risk before Branson retreat, Rowden says

BY: - November 17, 2020

Amid speculation that a Republican state Senator and staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 contracted it at the GOP Senate retreat last week, Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said members discussed the risk but felt the need to set an agenda for 2021 was too important to delay. The infections in the Senate forced […]

Missouri hospitals plead with Gov. Parson for statewide mask order

BY: - November 16, 2020

Missouri hospitals warned “the wolf is at the door” in a letter to Gov. Mike Parson pleading for him to issue a statewide mask order to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19. Over the past two weeks, hospitals across the state have admitted an average of 65 to 75 more COVID-19 patients daily than they […]

St. Louis County bans indoor dining as COVID growth continues unchecked

BY: - November 13, 2020

St. Louis County will ban indoor dining at restaurants, and Cole County wants people who test positive for COVID-19 to do their own contact tracing, as case tallies and hospitalizations continue to soar across Missouri. St. Louis County has added 6,187 new cases so far in November, according to data posted Friday morning by the […]

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 […]