• Columbia City Council set to vote on emergency measures Monday Posted on 5 April 2020 at 10:44pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is expected to vote on a number of emergency measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus on Monday night. 

    The series of ordinances touch a number of issues in the city. They include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Lake of the Ozarks neighbors prepare for statewide stay-at-home order Posted on 5 April 2020 at 7:54pm

    LAKE OZARK - People are preparing for the governor's stay-at-home order, which begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

    The governor's stay-at-home order will last until Friday, April 24, at 11:59 p.m., but may be extended by the Department of Health and Senior Services.  Governor Parson said on Friday he made this decision to "stay ahead of the battle."

  • US Surgeon General posts tutorial on making your own face mask [embedded content] Posted on 5 April 2020 at 6:56pm

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has urged the usage of cloth face masks when leaving the house.  The White House announced this recommendation on Friday, April 3. 

    As a response to the instruction, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tweeted an informational tutorial on how to make a cloth mask at home. 

  • Wearing face masks becomes more popular among local shoppers Posted on 5 April 2020 at 6:00pm

    COLUMBIA - Many people wore face masks and gloves out to shop at Lucky's Market on Sunday afternoon.

    The CDC and White House have recommended people wear face masks in public.

  • Surgeon General: Americans brace for 'hardest, saddest' week of their lives Posted on 5 April 2020 at 4:38pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are bracing for what the nation's top doctor warned would be "the hardest and saddest week" of their lives.

    Surgeon General Jerome Adams told "Fox News Sunday" that deaths from the coronavirus would make this moment reminiscent of Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11.

  • Missouri goes under a stay-at-home order tomorrow. Here's what will still be open. Posted on 5 April 2020 at 3:12pm

    MISSOURI — Missouri will be under a “stay at home” order starting at 12 a.m. Monday. The order, signed by Gov. Mike Parson, referred to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland security when it comes to determining what businesses are deemed essential enough to stay open through the shutdown. The stay at home order runs through April 24, but may be extended by the Department of Health and Senior Services. 

    Here’s how the  Department of Homeland Security categorized essential businesses

  • Grocery workers are key during the virus. And they're afraid Posted on 5 April 2020 at 12:17pm

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Every day, grocery workers are restocking toilet paper, eggs, produce and canned goods as fast as the items fly off the shelves.

    They disinfect keypads, freezer handles and checkout counters as hundreds of people weave around them, sometimes standing too close for comfort amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some work for hours behind clear plastic barriers installed at checkout counters, bulwarks against sudden sneezes or coughs that can propel germs.

  • Sunday COVID-19 Coverage: UK Prime Minister hospitalized with virus Posted on 5 April 2020 at 10:26am

    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.

  • Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday without the public Posted on 5 April 2020 at 9:59am

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public, since the traditional ceremony in St. Peter's Square was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Normally, tens of thousands of faithful, clutching olive tree branches or palm fronds, would have attended outdoor Mass. Instead, Francis on Sunday led the ceremony inside St. Peter's Basilica, which seemed even more cavernous than usual because it was so empty.

  • Easter bunny spreads cheer to Columbia neighborhoods Posted on 4 April 2020 at 11:41pm

    COLUMBIA- Shannon Patterson dressed up as the Easter bunny to greet and take   pictures with families in the Thornbrook neighborhood in Columbia. Thornbrook's Easter egg hunt was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Patterson and her kids also tossed out candy to kids in the neighborhood. Patterson greeted families by waving out of the back of a truck, following safe social distancing practices.