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
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.
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.
Vaccine passport efforts draw opposition from GOP lawmakers: Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America's perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices.
Drops in COVID transmission rates stall in St. Louis area: Drops in coronavirus transmission rates in the St. Louis area are beginning to stall, raising concerns residents are dropping their guard too soon and caseloads could soon rise again.
No immediate impact in Missouri from J&J vaccine problem: The loss of up to 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine due to a manufacturing mistake should have no immediate impact in Missouri, according to a state health official.