• Saturday COVID-19 Coverage: Confirmed cases increase to 2,291 and 413 hospitalized [embedded content] Posted on 4 April 2020 at 10:00am

    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.

  • Ex-trooper gets final legal payment after Iowa man drowns Posted on 3 April 2020 at 10:47pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who was driving a boat when a handcuffed Iowa man fell out and drowned has received the final payment of a legal settlement he reached with state officials.

    In February, Anthony Piercy accepted a $201,000 settlement of lawsuits he filed against the patrol, the Department of Public Safety and the department’s director. In exchange, he agreed to stop efforts to have his law enforcement license returned and to get his job back.

  • Missourians feel economic pain of record unemployment numbers Posted on 3 April 2020 at 7:33pm

    COLUMBIA – Julia Griffin is in the same situation as millions of Americans. She doesn’t know when she’ll be able to go back to work.

    “It’s stressful,” Griffin said. “I’ve got bills that are due, and how do you call and set up a payment plan if you don’t know if you have income?”

  • Home buyers and sellers turn to virtual tours during pandemic Posted on 3 April 2020 at 7:30pm

    COLUMBIA - Stay-at-home orders and fears of catching or spreading COVID-19 means fewer people are leaving their homes unless they have to take care of essential business.

    But for some people, buying and selling their homes simply cannot wait until the virus passes. Now, they are relying on technology to get the job done.

  • Veterans United will donate $1 million to help COVID-19 efforts Posted on 3 April 2020 at 4:14pm

    COLUMBIA - Veterans United Foundation is donating a total of $1 million to several communities for COVID-19 relief starting April 6.

    The foundation is a “non-profit charitable organization created and driven by the employees of Veterans United Home Loans,” according to its website.

  • Students from one MU college making masks for MU Health Care Posted on 3 April 2020 at 4:01pm

    COLUMBIA - The MU College of Textile and Apparel Management is making Personal Protective Equipment for MU Health Care.

    Lida Aflatoony, a graduate student and volunteer, has been making masks since the start of spring break. Aflatoony said each day, the college hopes to make at least 1000 masks.

  • Ragtag Cinema introducing a new way to watch movies Posted on 3 April 2020 at 3:43pm

    COLUMBIA - One local business is finding a new way to stop that feeling of isolation. 

    Ragtag Cinema shut down on March 17 due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. But now the theater is offering an online streaming service through its website. 

  • Cole County Health Department reports first COVID-19 death Posted on 3 April 2020 at 3:31pm

    COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Health Department announced on Friday the first death of a Cole County resident due to COVID-19, according to a press release.

    The department was notified of the death at 1:41 p.m. Friday, April 3.

  • Health Department reports over 2,000 COVID-19 cases in Missouri Posted on 3 April 2020 at 3:30pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - As of 2 p.m. Friday, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services reported that the state had over 2,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

    At this time, approximately 21,191 patients have been tested in Missouri, with 2,113 of those cases confirmed positive. The state has also had 21 COVID-19 related deaths.

  • Gov. Mike Parson announces statewide stay-at-home order Posted on 3 April 2020 at 3:16pm

    MISSOURI - Governor Mike Parson announced a statewide stay-at-home order for the state of Missouri on Friday afternoon.

    Parson announced the order during his daily media briefing. The order will start at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6, and last until Friday, April 24, at 11:59 p.m. Parson said he made this decision to "stay ahead of the battle."