As news about the novel coronavirus continues to evolve, the News Tribune wants to ensure the community is up-to-date. Below are links to up-to-date local event announcements, business closings and changes, and news articles about COVID-19.
Announcements and Resources
Cole County Health Department: Virus cases from unknown sources growing: At this time, 70 percent of positive COVID-19 cases in Cole County can be traced back to travel and/or contact to a known case, but the number of cases from an unknown source is increasing in Cole County, according to the county Health Department.
Paycheck Protection Loans brought nearly $100M into Jefferson City, retained more than 14,000 jobs: Thousands of Mid-Missouri jobs were saved during the economic tumult of the COVID-19 pandemic so far through the Paycheck Protection Program, according to the latest update from the federal government on the business aid program.
Stakeholders discuss road to Missouri Medicaid expansion: Tuesday’s passage of Amendment 2, which expanded Medicaid coverage in Missouri to adults making up to 138 percent of the poverty level, set wheels in motion.
Absentee ballot requests increase in 2020: Missouri voters were able to cast a vote by mail for the first time in Tuesday’s primary election, and they’ll be able to do so again for the Nov. 3 general election.
St. Mary’s Hospital adds a limitation to COVID tests it conducts: The lines at Capital Region Medical Center’s mobile COVID-19 testing site are growing.
Four more Capitol workers test positive for COVID-19: Four people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the more than 200 tested at the Missouri Capitol in recent days, but the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said the cases are not evidence of any clustering, outbreak or transmission inside the Capitol.
Parson: Testing, contact tracing will be critical for campuses: Colleges and universities might not test every one of their students for COVID-19 upon returning to their campuses this fall, Gov. Parson stated.
State higher education department to release reopening guidance: The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development plans to privately release a checklist to support colleges and universities in their planning for reopening for in-person classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Volleyball player at Helias tests positive for COVID-19: The Cole County Health Department informed Helias administration about the positive case, Hentges said, and administration notified volleyball families Tuesday when the player tested positive and Wednesday when the Cole County Health Department completed contact tracing.
COVID-19 concerns cancel Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival: For the first time since 1993, there will be no Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival.