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
Senior nutrition centers continue distributing meals amid pandemic: Dining in is still not an option at Cole County's two senior nutrition centers because of COVID-19, but the centers' carry-out and home delivery service continues.
Missouri Education Department releases recommendations to address learning loss: Students could return to school with a learning loss of 30 percent in reading and more than 50 percent in math as a result of COVID-19-related school closures — nearly a full year behind in math for some grades, according to a Northwest Evaluation Association study.
People released from prison during pandemic face added challenges: For people released from prison or jail, returning to their communities is a challenge in the best of times.
Missouri universities plan for students to return amid virus: Students moving back to campus at the University of Missouri this week are being asked to avoid back-to-school parties and crowded bars and restaurants to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
Memorial to Missouri COVID-19 victims a political call to action: A St. Louis woman who lost her mother this summer to COVID-19 has organized a photo memorial for Missourians lost to the disease, and she and the leader of Democrats in the House of Representatives called upon Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday to do more to address the pandemic.
Officials: Reopening schools, keeping students home both carry risk: Missouri's health and education leaders acknowledged Tuesday there are risks to sending students back to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but those risks have to be weighed against the long-term consequences of students not returning to school, they said.
Possible COVID-19 exposure reported at Moniteau County Fair: The Moniteau County Health Center has reported a possible community coronavirus exposure at the Moniteau County Fair.
JC Schools to livestream Q&A on school reopening: The Jefferson City School District will provide an opportunity this week to share questions or concerns regarding the district's re-entry plan for the 2020-21 school year.
Cole County to accept applications for CARES Act funding: The Cole County Commission is preparing to distribute federal funds to local entities to help them pay for expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.