Northern Missouri hospital worries rural COVID surge may lead to rationing care

BY: - December 1, 2020

An expected surge of COVID-19 cases may be treated like a “mass-casualty event,” with the patients most likely to live receiving the most care and those likely to die made as comfortable as possible, the chief medical officer of a small Missouri hospital said Monday. In an interview with, Dr. Jeff Davis of Scotland […]

Democratic U.S. Senators urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID vaccine

BY: - November 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution. “Dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution is especially critical now as jurisdictions are facing historic budget shortfalls amid the pandemic and funding for health departments had […]

COVID-19 cases double in Missouri in November

BY: - November 30, 2020

At the beginning of November, more than twice as many Missouri school districts were conducting all classes in-person as were providing education remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Because the in-person districts were generally smaller than those in virtual education, the number of students learning online was about 50 percent higher than the number in […]

Health departments are ‘slammed.’ Missourians asked to contact trace on their own

BY: - November 30, 2020

New cases of the novel coronavirus are so rampant that Missouri’s local health departments can’t investigate them all, meaning some residents may never hear from public health officials. It’s far from ideal. Case investigations and contact tracing are “a core disease control measure” that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points to as one […]

Missouri Senate to vote next week on COVID funding. Fate of liability bill uncertain

BY: - November 27, 2020

The Missouri Senate will meet next week to consider a $1.3 billion COVID-19 spending bill, but the timeline for debating pandemic liability protections is not clear. The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, and the full Senate will spend Wednesday debating the spending bill as the special session called by Gov. Mike Parson […]

How state political parties helped big money pay for this year’s elections

BY: - November 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — State parties played an unprecedented role in financing the presidential election this year, making it possible for the national political parties to raise eye-popping sums from individual donors — and keep more money than they might otherwise be allowed.  That’s all thanks to a 2014 Supreme Court decision that eliminated the overall limit […]

Rural areas in Missouri and Kansas send their sickest patients to cities, straining hospitals

BY: - November 25, 2020

Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has spent the past eight months treating COVID patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. But when she returns home to her small town of Spring Hill, Kansas, she’s often stunned by what she sees, like on a recent stop for carryout food. “No one in the entire restaurant was […]

Some Missouri counties offering COVID relief funds to support business

BY: - November 25, 2020

Facing a deadline for using federal coronavirus relief funds or returning the money, some Missouri counties are offering grants to support small businesses struggling to keep their doors open. Those efforts come as the state approaches 100,000 new COVID-19 infections for the month, more than 40,000 more than were reported in October, which until November […]

Federal judge denies ACLU request to halt Missouri eviction proceedings

BY: - November 25, 2020

A federal judge on Tuesday denied the ACLU’s request to halt eviction proceedings in Missouri courts for the next five weeks. The ACLU and ACLU of Missouri filed a federal lawsuit in late September on behalf of KC Tenants, a grassroots organization that advocates for safe and affordable housing. The suit claims that a Jackson […]

With no statewide mandate in Missouri, more local governments are requiring masks

BY: - November 25, 2020

In early July, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance requiring everyone over 10 years old to wear a face mask when in close contact with someone from outside their household. Since that vote, a requirement for face masks has been in every health order issued for the city of 123,000 by the Columbia-Boone County […]

Immigration advocates push Biden to not just bring back DACA but expand it

BY: - November 24, 2020

WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden is promising to reinstate an Obama-era program that shields deportation for some undocumented people who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. But immigration advocates are pushing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to not just be reaffirmed but expanded, and written into law. […]

Missouri hospital bed capacity in ‘dire state,’ association warns

BY: - November 24, 2020

Deaths from COVID-19 in Missouri are much higher than previously reported, and available hospital capacity is much lower, after two adjustments to statewide data were made on Monday. The grim news comes as many cities and counties are considering ordinances requiring face masks, following action last week by Joplin and Franklin County and as KFVS […]