• Non-essential businesses can be open, "but must comply with state guidelines" Posted on 6 April 2020 at 5:30pm

    COLUMBIA - Governor Mike Parson answered citizens questions about the "Stay Home Missouri" order, specifically why non-essential businesses can remain open.

    "Businesses that are not covered by the guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) may remain open but must comply with the social gathering and social distance requirements of the Order," he said. "This means that no more than 10 individuals can occupy a single space, this includes both employees and customers."

  • Temporary homeless camp in Columbia shut down after neighbor complaints Posted on 6 April 2020 at 5:25pm

    COLUMBIA - A temporary camp that was set up to help homeless people deal with the COVID-19 outbreak has been shut down just three days after it opened.

    Mike Trapp, city councilman for Columbia's 2nd Ward, started the camp Friday on a piece of land at the intersection of Blue Ridge Dr. and Providence Rd.

  • Mid-Missouri pet shelters close amid COVID-19 pandemic, increase in fosters Posted on 6 April 2020 at 4:39pm

    COLUMBIA – Animal shelters are looking for alternative ways to allow adoptions and find foster homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Many shelters have already closed their doors due to CDC guidelines on quarantine. Places like the Jefferson City Animal Shelter and Sam and Daisy Grabb Animal Shelter in Fulton are not making animals available for adoption at the moment.

  • Local hospitals enacting limit of one visitor in delivery room Posted on 6 April 2020 at 3:38pm

    COLUMBIA - Before the pandemic, women going into labor had the option to bring more than one person into the delivery room.

    Dr. Melissa Terry, OBGYN at Women and Children's Hospital in Columbia, says that will be changing due to the virus. 

  • With statewide order in effect, communities without prior orders adjust Posted on 6 April 2020 at 3:16pm

    MEXICO – On the first day of Missouri’s statewide stay-at-home order, communities without prior orders in place are now falling in line. 

    One of those cities is Mexico. While the Audrain County Health Department had been recommending social distancing in accordance with DHSS guidelines in previous weeks, there was no official order for residents to stay home until the statewide order took effect Monday morning. 

  • CPD asks for help identifying man who damaged police station windows Posted on 6 April 2020 at 2:15pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is asking for help to identify a suspect who threw rocks at windows of the police station on the corner of 7th and Walnut St.

    There is one broken window, and one window with minor damage.

  • Deputies arrest man found unresponsive in a car with a 5-year-old Posted on 6 April 2020 at 12:10pm

    CAMDEN COUNTY - John D. Varvera, 48, of Gravios Mills is charged with two felonies and denied bond after deputies found him unresponsive with a hypodermic needle in his arm on Saturday. He was found in a vehicle on Bear Paw Rd. with a 5-year-old child. 

    Varvera was taken into custody after he become responsive. Deputies found suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Varvera is charged with one felony possession of a controlled substance and one felony first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

  • Monday COVID-19 Coverage: Parson asks for medical volunteers Posted on 6 April 2020 at 9:59am

    As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community.

    KOMU 8 News is tracking all positive cases broken down by county here and all closings and cancellations here.

  • MU to hold classes online during the summer Posted on 6 April 2020 at 9:45am

    COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri will continue remote learning for the summer term due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, officials announced Monday.

    In an e-mail to university staff and students, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Latha Ramchand said no in-person classes will be held during summer sessions.

  • CPS announces updated plan for student learning Posted on 6 April 2020 at 9:44am

    COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools announced updates to its learning system for students and staff, who have been working from home since mid-March.

    The plan will begin on Wednesday, April 8.