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 eyes ways to ease COVID-19 strain on hospitals: Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday the state's health care system is meeting the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, but his administration is looking at how to relieve strain off large hospitals by expanding the capacity of rural hospitals to handle more COVID-19 patients.
3 local schools opted out of rapid COVID-19 tests: Many schools and districts recently requested BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 tests to save time and effort — but for some, it would require more time and effort.
Area county clerks offer curbside voting: Several Mid-Missouri county clerk offices are making special accommodations to help residents who have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a positive case vote.
Pandemic shaped campaign approaches for candidates: Campaigning for local office has been very different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.While local candidates usually go door to door, visit church picnics and host campaign dinner events, they haven't been doing much or any of that this time around.
City Council to meet virtually in November: The Jefferson City Council will only meet virtually for the month of November.
Moniteau County reports 12th COVID-19 death: Moniteau County reported its 12th death of a resident due to COVID-19 on Thursday.
Maries County R-1 extends virtual learning: The Maries County R-1 School District in Vienna has extended its virtual learning period by another week.
Eugene school district expands virtual learning to all grades: The Cole County R-5 School District in Eugene is switching to virtual learning for all grades Friday due to a staffing shortage.
Mid-Missouri school districts to receive rapid COVID-19 tests: Several Mid-Missouri school districts are among those in the state that requested rapid-result COVID-19 tests from a shipment by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.