• Up to 200K deaths foreseen in US as Spain, Italy demand help Posted on 29 March 2020 at 11:07am

    AP—The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday, as authorities urged people in and around the nation's deadliest hot spot, New York City, to limit their travel to contain the scourge.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the dire prediction on CNN's “State of the Union,” adding that millions in the U.S. could become infected.

  • Sunday COVID-19 Coverage: Missouri nearing 1,000 confirmed cases [embedded content] Posted on 29 March 2020 at 7:27am

    COLUMBIA - 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.

  • Morgan County confirms its first COVID-19 case Posted on 28 March 2020 at 10:32pm

    MORGAN COUNTY - Morgan County Health Center (MCHC) posted to their Facebook page to let residents in the area know that they have their first confirmed case of COVID-19. 

    MCHC said the case was not related to travel, and they are not releasing any information about the individual for privacy reasons. They also said they notified the individual to ensure they are following the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Center for Disease Control guidelines for isolation. MCHC also said they are working to identify any close contacts of the individual to monitor their symptoms as well. 

  • State representative continues COVID-19 recovery at home [embedded content] Posted on 28 March 2020 at 7:39pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - State Representative Joe Runions is continuing his recovery from COVID-19 at home.

    On March 20, the Bipartisan House Leadership announced Runions tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Maryville judge appointed to Missouri Court of Appeals Posted on 28 March 2020 at 7:05pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson is appointing Nodaway County Associate Circuit Judge Doug Thomson of Maryville to the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District.

    Thomson will replace Judge Victor C. Howard, who retired in November 2019. Thomson has a bachelor's degree from Missouri State University and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

  • Fulton church holds drive-in services to fight coronavirus Posted on 28 March 2020 at 6:55pm

    FULTON (AP) — A church in Fulton held its first drive-in services in its parking lot as it practices social distancing to slow down the coronavirus pandemic.

    Roughly 35 people gathered in their cars outside Ebenezer Baptist Church on March 22, with more joining the service via Facebook.

  • Chariton County signs stay-at-home orders after third confirmed COVID-19 case Posted on 28 March 2020 at 6:24pm

    CHARITON COUNTY - As more testing is done, more people are confirmed positive for COVID-19. Chariton County placed a stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of the virus.

    According to a news release, the order will start on Monday, March 30 at 8 a.m. and goes until April 24.

  • UPDATE: Medical supplies are being sent across the state to help with COVID-19 [embedded content] Posted on 29 March 2020 at 3:00pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - More surgical masks, gloves, gowns, face shields and other equipment is being sent to healthcare facilities around the state.

    The Personal Protective Equipment Program (PPE) requested more medical equipment on Tuesday to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Hail damage destroys cars and windows around mid-Missouri Posted on 28 March 2020 at 5:17pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - People in Jefferson City and the surrounding communities woke up to damage that some have never seen in their entire lives. The size of hail hitting the community last night was comparable to the size of golf balls.

    Gioia Driskell is a resident in Jefferson City and said Friday night's hail storm was something she'd never expected.

  • Coronavirus claims 10th Missouri victim as cases increase Posted on 28 March 2020 at 4:52pm

    O'FALLON (AP) — The death of a person in St. Charles County from the coronavirus is the 10th in Missouri.

    As the number of confirmed cases escalates, some of the state's biggest hospitals are being forced to “examine what all our options are” to maintain enough protective equipment.