Health Care

Missouri relaxes rules on when students must quarantine after COVID exposure

BY: - November 12, 2020

Students and teachers in Missouri school districts may no longer have to quarantine from the classroom for a full 14 days if they have come into contact with a positive COVID-19 case, under new guidance released by the state on Thursday. If both the close contact and individual who tested positive were wearing masks “appropriately […]

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 […]

Biden wants mask mandates nationwide: ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’

BY: - November 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place would […]

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 lawmakers likely to consider COVID liability protection in special session

BY: - November 10, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY—The special legislative session called to provide new spending authority for federal COVID-19 relief funds will likely be extended to include a bill providing liability protections for businesses and schools, House Speaker Elijah Haahr said Tuesday. In a brief interview after the Missouri House passed a $1.3 billion spending bill on a 133-4 vote, […]

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 […]

The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON—The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should be kept […]

Rep. Sheila Solon

Kids reported abuse at schools where Missouri has no oversight. Lawmakers want to change that

BY: - November 10, 2020

Despite dozens of students coming forward sharing allegations of abuse they suffered at Christian reform schools across Missouri, the state Department of Social Services said Monday that they have no oversight over such facilities. That’s because they’re unlicensed — and allowed to be under a Missouri law that exempts facilities operated by religious organizations. And […]

Missouri House budget committee approves $1.3 billion COVID spending bill

BY: - November 10, 2020

Missouri intends to spend every federal coronavirus relief dollar it can by the Dec. 30 deadline, and is using previously received funds to obtain more, state Budget Director Dan Haug told lawmakers Monday. Haug spent most of the first three hours of a hearing of the House Budget Committee explaining the individual items Gov. Mike […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY

Mike Parson faces opportunities, challenges in new term as Missouri governor

BY: - November 9, 2020

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made history last week.  He became the first Republican in more than three decades to win a second term as governor, winning a landslide victory by nearly 500,000 votes.  And just like his first go round — after he took over following Eric Greitens’ June 2018 resignation — Parson will take […]

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 […]