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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.

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Mid-Missouri community resources during COVID-19

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Most Missouri mass vaccination events last week had unused doses, but waste was rare: Out of the 28 mass vaccination events supported by the Missouri National Guard last week, all but five had unused doses remaining at the end of the day, ranging from as few as 18 to nearly 1,500.

Lawsuit alleges Missouri House staffer was fired for complaining about lack of masks: A former employee of the Missouri House of Representatives filed a lawsuit this week alleging he was fired for raising concerns to legislative leadership about the lack of a statehouse mask mandate.

Missouri prepares for arrival of single-dose COVID-19 vaccine: Coronavirus activity in Missouri has declined for the seventh consecutive week, Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday.

Cole County COVID-19 vaccination event to prioritize school staff: The Missouri National Guard will host another mass COVID-19 vaccination event in Cole County this month.

Parson expresses optimism at vaccination event: Gov. Mike Parson visited a St. Louis vaccination site Thursday and sounded optimistic about getting shots as soon as possible to all residents, even as critics in urban areas have complained rural parts of the state are getting more than their proportional share.

MU Health Care opens additional COVID-19 vaccine appointments this week: MU Health Care hopes to fill hundreds of open COVID-19 vaccine appointment slots this week by opening scheduling to anyone who meets current eligibility requirements.

NAACP, partners ask DOC officials to address COVID in Missouri Corrections Facilities: Although there have been 45 COVID-related deaths of prisoners, along with six staff, in the Missouri Department of Corrections since the pandemic began, DOC officials said they have done everything within their power to keep the virus from being as problematic as possible.

Lake of the Ozarks agencies to host mass vaccine event Sunday: Organizers are using names already on waiting lists to fill appointments for a mass COVID-19 vaccination event Sunday in Osage Beach.

Abortion concerns prompt archdiocese warning on vaccine: In its statement late last week, Roman Catholic leaders stopped short of advising Catholics not to take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but adds Catholics should choose coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna or Pfizer — if they are available.

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