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
LU outlines plans for in-person graduation events: With graduation less than a month away, plans for Lincoln University's in-person commencement are coming into focus.
Missouri to begin $5M vaccination ad campaign: Missouri is preparing to launch a $5 million ad campaign to urge residents to get the coronavirus vaccine as appointment times begin to go unfilled in some places even though the state expanded eligibility to everyone age 16 or older.
Missouri chiropractor accused of false COVID-19 cure claims: A Missouri chiropractor and his company are facing a federal complaint over their claims zinc and vitamin D products were more effective than vaccines in treating or preventing COVID-19.
Westminster planning for in-person classes, activities in fall: As they near completion of an in-person academic year altered by the coronavirus pandemic, Westminster College officials are looking ahead with optimism.
Vaccine appointments begin to go unfilled in Missouri: Coronavirus vaccine supply is starting to outpace demand in Missouri, even after the state expanded eligibility, raising worries among some health care providers.
William Woods plans return to in-person graduations: William Woods University will once again be able to celebrate the joy and triumph of its graduates in a gathering, though structured differently due to COVID-19.
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.