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
County Commission approves pay increase for county health director: In light of additional duties she has taken on during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cole County Commission approved a temporary pay increase for Cole County Health Department Director Kristi Campbell.
Missouri to immediately pause use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after rare blood clots: Missouri will pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as recommended by federal authorities who are investigating six instances of blood clots that have arisen after its use.
Local educators make their cases for stimulus funding: These kinds of opportunities don't come around often. Missouri is to receive $2.8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds through the American Rescue Plan.
Scramble starts for Missouri's share of COVID cash: With Missouri in line for almost $3 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds, cities, schools and other agencies are lining up to give state lawmakers ideas on how to spend it.
County COVID vaccination site opens: The Cole County Community Vaccination Site opened for business Monday, and any Missouri resident interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination can now come to the site.
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.