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
Organization of educators protest school reopening: Before state lawmakers met to talk this week about reopening plans of school districts during the COVID-19 pandemic, a newly formed organization of educators came to Jefferson City on Monday evening, saying the state should not allow in-person classes to begin later this month.
Advocates: Low-income Missourians will be hit hard by utility shut-offs: When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit Missouri, several utility companies like Ameren and Evergy pressed pause on disconnecting services for nonpayment.
Moniteau County reports possible COVID-19 exposure at Nic-Nac Cafe: The Moniteau County Health Center has notified community members of possible coronavirus exposure at Nic-Nac Cafe in California.
Moniteau County R-1 approves detailed re-entry plan: The Moniteau County R-1 School District approved a re-entry plan Aug. 5, two and a half weeks out from the first day back to school in person since March.
Extension Council announces Fall Festival cancellation: The Cole County Extension Council announced in a Facebook post Saturday its 2020 Fall Festival has been canceled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Missouri reports confirming another 1,027 COVID-19 cases: Missouri health officials reported another 1,027 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, continuing a trend of nearly 1,000 new cases every day since last week.
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.