Health Care

Missouri vaccine rollout continues as counties face deadline for spending COVID funds

BY: - December 16, 2020

Rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccine continued in Missouri on Tuesday with a veteran who will celebrate his 100th birthday on Christmas getting a shot and the University of Missouri receiving its first shipment. The rush to get the vaccine to frontline caregivers and high-risk individuals isn’t the only thing accelerating as the end of […]

Lawsuit targets residency requirement for Missouri medical marijuana licenses

BY: - December 15, 2020

A federal lawsuit filed last week seeks to strike down a Missouri requirement that medical marijuana licenses go to businesses owned by residents of the state.  A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018 that legalized medical marijuana requires facilities to be “majority owned by natural persons who have been citizens of the state of […]

The coronavirus vaccine: A doctor answers 5 questions

BY: - December 15, 2020

Editor’s Note: With the Food and Drug Administration issuing emergency use authorization for a vaccine to limit the spread of coronavirus, you might have questions about what this means for you. Here, Dr. Jason McKnight, a primary care physician at Texas A&M University, answers five questions about the rollout and distribution underway. I hear that […]

‘I got butterflies’: Missouri’s healthcare workers receive first doses of COVID vaccine

BY: - December 14, 2020

Sarah Kiehl, an intensive care unit nurse who has been treating patients with the novel coronavirus at the Truman Medical Center, had no idea when she arrived for work Monday that she would be one of the first in Kansas City to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “To be honest, I got butterflies,” Kiehl told reporters […]

Missouri’s first COVID vaccine doses are on the way. How do you get people to take them?

BY: - December 14, 2020

Nestled in the pages of Missouri’s initial plan for how to distribute the highly-anticipated coronavirus vaccine was a paragraph touting that “Missouri’s population understands the importance of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.” A month later, in a revised version of the report, the paragraph was gone.  Instead, the updated plan featured a new section that targeted […]

Missouri health care workers expected to start getting COVID vaccine next week

BY: - December 11, 2020

The first vaccinations for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will likely be Thursday, state health Director Randall Williams said during a conference call Friday with reporters. With a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech awaiting final approval from federal regulators, Williams said Missouri is expecting a shipment of 51,000 doses that will be used to […]

COVID recession erases 20 years of Missouri workforce growth

BY: - December 11, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Missouri, Craig Bergthold and Mark Swearingen were employed removing old fixtures and signs from commercial buildings. “We would go in and strip the store down and then the new store will go in and put their badging on it,” Bergthold explained as they leaned against the aging Lincoln they drove […]

COVID report shows at least 100 cases in every Missouri county

BY: - December 11, 2020

Missouri reached a milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic Friday when as new cases in the state’s most sparsely populated counties showed that all 117 local health jurisdictions have had at least 100 coronavirus infections. The Department of Health and Senior Services reported four new cases each in Mercer and Worth counties, both on the Iowa […]

States just one step away from COVID-19 vaccine rollout after federal panel OK

BY: - December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel on Thursday gave the green light to a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer, completing the next-to-last regulatory step before states begin a massive national vaccination effort. The Food and Drug Administration still must give its approval on the Pfizer vaccine’s emergency use, but the agency is […]

Federal eviction moratorium ends Dec. 31. Missouri rental aid program begins in January

BY: - December 10, 2020

Missourians who have fallen behind on their rent due to the pandemic can seek relief through the Missouri Emergency Rental Arrears Program (ERAP) beginning in January. But housing advocates fear that the help won’t come soon enough to prevent thousands of Missourians from being evicted on January 1, when the federal moratorium will be lifted. The […]

Consumer groups seek Missouri utility shut off moratorium

BY: - December 9, 2020

A coalition of consumer and health care advocates are asking the Missouri Public Service Commission to impose a moratorium on utility cutoffs for the winter to help control the spread of COVID-19. The Consumers Council of Missouri, with support from the Missouri Hospital Association, Empower Missouri and the National Housing Trust, filed the request Tuesday […]

During White House summit, governors describe preparations for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

BY: - December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Practice runs for distributing COVID-19 vaccines to Louisiana hospitals. A plan to have every Florida nursing home resident vaccinated by the end of the year. And in Tennessee, building off of a statewide system already in place to boost vaccination rates. Governors from Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida and Texas on Tuesday shared how their […]