• 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."

  • How experts suggest handling stress at home during the COVID-19 pandemic Posted on 3 April 2020 at 1:48pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change parts of our everyday lives. Living rooms have turned into offices and schools, businesses have temporarily closed and the CDC is advising the public to practice social distancing.  Lois Michler works with family services in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She says it's normal to feel stressed right now, but how we manage it is important. 

    "As much normalcy I think as we can for adults as well as kids, I think is really going to be important right now,"  Mischler says. 

  • Local ballet students raising the bar while staying home Posted on 3 April 2020 at 12:54pm

    COLUMBIA - You've probably heard it just about everywhere: staying active while staying home is important. 

    It's especially important for kids like Eleanor Golda. Ever since she was 2 years old, she said she has loved ballet. 

  • SSM Health in Audrain County to open drive-thru COVID-19 testing site Posted on 3 April 2020 at 12:36pm

    AUDRAIN COUNTY - SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Audrain County will open its own drive-thru COVID-19 testing site starting Monday, April 6.

    The site plans to be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, to test people who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. They ask those seeking other services at the hospital to enter through the emergency room entrance to restrict possible exposer to the virus. 

  • Friday COVID-19 Coverage: No new COVID-19 cases in Boone County Posted on 3 April 2020 at 11:34am

    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.