Health Care

Missouri tops 11,000 reported COVID deaths, doubling total from 2020

BY: - September 17, 2021

The number of Missouri deaths from COVID-19 reported since Jan. 1 has exceeded the number reported during 2020. As of Dec. 31, 2020, the Department of Health and Senior Services reported 5,519 deaths from the coronavirus that killed its first Missouri victim on March 18, 2020. On Friday, the total reached 11,046. The grim report […]

Donald Kauerauf

Missouri’s new health director says ‘masks work’ as COVID cases rise, school in session

BY: - September 16, 2021

As the fight over mask mandates in schools continues, and the state’s attorney general wages lawsuits to block them, Missouri’s new health director had a clear message on Thursday: masks work. “I rely (on) the experts at the CDC on that. Everything I’ve read, everything I’ve seen: masks work,” Donald Kauerauf, the director of the […]

A man with a microphone is addressing a crowd of about 200 to 300 people in the rotunda of the Missouri Capitol.

Missouri lawmakers look to undermine Biden COVID vaccine mandate

BY: and - September 15, 2021

Members of the Missouri House on Wednesday floated the idea of pursuing legislation to undermine a mandate from the Biden administration meant to increase vaccination rates in the U.S.  The House Judiciary Committee held what Rep. David Evans said was the first in a series of discussions about vaccine mandates, including an executive order President […]

‘Dangling by a thread’: Nursing home industry warns of staff exodus over vaccine mandates

BY: and - September 15, 2021

A federal mandate requiring nursing home staff members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 could worsen an already severe worker shortage, an advocate for the industry warned Missouri lawmakers Tuesday. Nikki Strong, executive director of the Missouri Health Care Association, told members of a Missouri House subcommittee on Tuesday that she didn’t believe the federal mandate […]

University of Missouri curators vote to continue rule for masks in classrooms

BY: - September 13, 2021

The University of Missouri will continue to require masks in classrooms as part of its COVID-19 policy but visitors to campuses for indoor social and athletic events will not have to cover their faces. By a 5-4 vote Monday afternoon, the Board of Curators extended the current policy through Oct. 15. The vote came after […]

A man in a red shirt is shown standing and speaking to a woman seated at a table outside a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday in Columbia.

Once upon a time in Missouri: Republican attorney general backed mandatory vaccination

BY: - September 13, 2021

In December 1921, with memories still vivid from the flu pandemic that ravaged the world in 1918, health officials in Missouri were confronted with an even more sinister and deadly threat – smallpox. From Sept. 1 to Nov. 29, 1921, there were 271 cases and 96 deaths in Kansas City. Determined to check the contagion, […]

The Danieley siblings on their first day back to school

Missouri schools must prioritize in-person class. In first weeks, thousands quarantined

BY: and - September 13, 2021

Teddy Danieley was devastated.  Three weeks ago tears streamed down the five-year-old’s face when he learned he couldn’t attend the first-day of school in St. Louis because his dad had tested positive for COVID-19. Instead, he and his two older sisters — 10-year-old Lucy and 9-year-old Ruby — spent what would have been their first day […]

Missouri GOP vow to push back against Biden’s announced vaccine mandate

BY: - September 10, 2021

Missouri Republicans assailed President Joe Biden’s push to require employees of private businesses to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing, vowing a legislative response and legal action. Gov. Mike Parson promised to “fight back against federal power grabs and government overreach” in a tweet Thursday afternoon, calling Biden’s plan “an insult to our […]

Study: Saint Louis University face mask policy reduced quarantines, COVID cases

BY: - September 9, 2021

Tying quarantine requirements to the Saint Louis University face mask requirement successfully reduced the number of students sent to isolation and helped cut COVID-19 infections this spring, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the university’s rules, students without masks who had close contact with an infected […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an […]

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors, reports say

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with no opt-out for testing under an executive order that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Thursday, according to several news outlets. The new requirement will be rolled out as Biden gives a major address Thursday afternoon on new national strategies for combating […]

In court, drug middlemen fight to limit pharmacies insured patients can use

BY: - September 8, 2021

In the first test of a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, drug middlemen last week argued that federal law gives them a right to limit which pharmacies patients with health insurance can use — or at least make it more expensive if patients get their medicine at a shop that isn’t preferred by the corporations. […]