Delta variant

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 […]

COVID cases among children rising as Missouri Delta variant wave enters fifth month

BY: - September 1, 2021

Clay LaRue, superintendent of the Van Buren R-1 School District, made a tough decision Sunday. With COVID-19 cases spiking in Carter County in southeast Missouri, and many of those infections among very young children, LaRue shut down the district’s pre-kindergarten program for two weeks. He had previously directed faculty, staff and students to wear masks […]

Lack of vaccine mandate becomes competitive advantage in hospital staffing wars

BY: - August 31, 2021

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News. In the rural northeastern corner of Missouri, Scotland County Hospital has been so low on staff that it sometimes had to turn away patients amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. The national COVID staffing crunch means CEO Dr. Randy Tobler has hired more travel nurses to […]

Missouri ICUs filling as Delta variant wave moves into northeast, southeast regions

BY: - August 28, 2021

New cases from the Delta variant wave that has killed more than 1,150 Missourians since June 1 have plateaued but hospital ICUs continue to fill — and small, rural hospitals are among the hardest hit. There were 690 patients in ICU beds across the state on Tuesday, the most recent day reported by the state […]

What Missouri learned the hard way about rapid COVID testing in schools

BY: - August 26, 2021

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News. Early in the tumultuous 2020-21 school year, Missouri officials made a big gamble: set aside roughly 1 million rapid COVID tests for the state’s K-12 schools in hopes of quickly identifying sick students or staff members. The Trump administration had spent $760 million to procure 150 […]

Missouri attorney general seeks court order blocking school mask mandates

BY: - August 24, 2021

Mandates that require children, staff and faculty to wear masks in school to prevent spread of COVID-19 are next on Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s list of targets for lawsuits challenging local responses to the pandemic. On Tuesday, Schmitt filed a lawsuit against Columbia Public Schools alleging that the central Missouri school district and more than […]

Missouri students head back to the classroom in the shadow of the Delta surge

BY: , and - August 24, 2021

Fourth graders Addison, Reagan and Lauren Harper are no strangers to catastrophes or challenging circumstances.  Five days after they were born in May 2011, a tornado swept through Joplin and leveled their home, destroying a chance at normalcy for their family — along with the entire community — for a long time.  Ten years later, […]

Shannon County vaccination clinic sign

Missouri nears 500 July deaths from Delta surge as hospitalizations continue to rise

BY: - August 18, 2021

July was the deadliest month for COVID-19 in Missouri since January, data released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Senior Services shows. The weekly review of death certificates, where 75 percent of deaths in the state are identified, found that 52 of 86 newly confirmed deaths occurred last month as the Delta variant surge […]

Student Wearing Mask in Classroom

As schools reopen, an epidemiologist on what works — and what’s not worth the effort

BY: - August 16, 2021

Just when schools were getting ready to reopen for the new school year, cases of COVID-19 started surging in the United States, driven in large part by the more contagious Delta variant. School administrators around the country are working to bring students back into the classroom safely, while still providing kids an enriching learning environment. […]


In our mad, polarized, COVID surge summer, the only way out is through

BY: - August 13, 2021

It all kind of piled up this week: COVID hospitalizations and deaths are up. We’re still trying to convince the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, even as intensive care units fill beyond capacity. As the Delta variant of the implacable virus attacks our children. Florida’s governor threatens the withhold the wages of educators who want to […]

A large group of people, some wearing masks and some bare-faced, hold signs with slogans like "no mask, my choice" and "mandates are unconstitutional" along the back wall of the Columbia City Council meeting room.

Delta variant surge appears to be peaking in Missouri

BY: - August 11, 2021

Missouri is seeing the first signs that the Delta variant surge may have crested, though many areas still suffer from rising COVID-19 case numbers while hospitalizations hit new highs for the summer.  On Wednesday, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases reported by the Department of Health and Senior Services declined week-over-week for the first time […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at University Hospital.

KC health officials work to increase COVID vaccination rates as Delta variant spreads

BY: - August 2, 2021

This story was originally published by The Kansas City Beacon. Health care leaders in Kansas City are working to get more people vaccinated to slow the recent surge of cases in the metro area as the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announced that masks will again be required in public spaces […]