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
State officials remind Missourians to watch for child abuse and neglect: Data shows a sudden drop in child abuse and reports coming into the Missouri Department of Social Services when schools closed their doors in early 2020 because of the pandemic. But the data is alarming.
Long-term limit sought on governors' emergency power: As governors loosen long-lasting coronavirus restrictions, state lawmakers across the U.S. are taking actions to significantly limit the power they could wield in future emergencies.
Lincoln University nursing program prepares students amid coronavirus: A year ago, most of Lincoln University's students were asked to stay home after spring break once the COVID-19 virus spread across the United States.
Missouri opens up COVID-19 vaccines to all 16 and older: Everyone 16 and older in Missouri is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.State officials had announced last month that vaccines would be opened to everyone old enough to receive one on April 9.
Gerbes to administer COVID-19 vaccine: Gerbes announced Friday it has received a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine via the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership and will begin administering the vaccine in its six Gerbes pharmacies in Missouri.
Senate votes to ban vaccine passports for travel: Missouri lawmakers are proposing prohibiting vaccine passports. As more people are being vaccinated around the world, airlines and federal governments are considering requiring proof of coronavirus vaccination for travel.
Cole County vaccination site prepared to serve 4,000 per week: The Cole County Community Central Vaccination Site is prepared to offer 4,000 COVID-19 vaccinations per week.
Under short-lived committee, some jump ahead in vaccine line: In the span of 10 minutes in late February, a panel of state officials signed off on nearly 1,300 people skipping ahead in Missouri's COVID-19 vaccination line to receive a shot sooner.
State expects fewer doses of vaccines next week: Missouri officials expect to see hundreds of thousands of fewer vaccine doses than anticipated next week, just days after eligibility will open up to all adults in the state Friday.
Drop in Missouri COVID-19 cases stalls, creates some worry: After weeks of declining COVID-19 transmissions across Missouri, experts worry the drop has stalled and caseloads could start to rise again.