• Columbia doctor leads effort to tighten regulations to combat COVID-19 Posted on 7 August 2020 at 11:01am

    (Missourian) - Longtime Columbia physician Elizabeth Allemann is leading an effort — joined, so far, by 49 other health professionals, community members and one Nobel Prize winner — to persuade decision-makers in Boone County to take a stricter approach to combating COVID-19, according to an open letter.

    The letter urges the closing of all bars; limiting all restaurants to outdoor seating and take-out only; and shutting down all indoor movie theaters, arcades, bowling alleys, exercise facilities and concert and music halls.

  • Missouri's opioid crisis receives three milion in grant funding Posted on 7 August 2020 at 10:50am

    JEFFERSON CITY - Three organizations received $1 million each through the U.S. DHSS to "continue fighting the opioid crisis in rural areas," a news release said on Friday.

    The Senate passed the fiscal year 2020 Labor/HHS appropriations bill in December 2019, and the organizations were chosen and received in 2020.

  • Coronavirus stresses Americans more than others, study finds Posted on 7 August 2020 at 10:28am

     (CNN) -- The coronavirus pandemic has turned life upside down around the world, with many workers losing their jobs, economies plummeting and parents worried about reopening schools.

    But the US is being hit harder in more than one way. Not only does the US have the highest number of cases and deaths; the US population is also suffering more mental health consequences than people in other countries, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund released on Thursday.

  • US economy added 1.8 million jobs in July but still down nearly 13 million jobs during the pandemic Posted on 7 August 2020 at 9:07am

     (CNN) -- The US economy added another 1.8 million jobs in July, a sharp slowdown from June and a small step for an economy that's still down 12.9 million jobs during the pandemic.

    It was the third-straight month of improvement after the spring lockdown that decimated the labor market. But the economy last month added far fewer than the 4.8 million jobs that America added in June.

  • Friday COVID-19 Coverage: 27 new cases in Boone County Posted on 7 August 2020 at 6:51am

    As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. 

    You can find an active map of confirmed COVID-19 cases county by county here, COVID-19 cases in Missouri broken down by county. 

  • Cardinals return to play after COVID-19 outbreak Posted on 6 August 2020 at 9:28pm

    ST LOUIS –  The St. Louis Cardinals are set to face the Chicago Cubs Friday after a COVID-19 outbreak among the Cardinals team. 

    Seven players and six staff members tested positive for the virus and each member of the team quarantined in hotel rooms in Milwaukee for six days. 

  • Record-breaking hurricane season may become busiest on record Posted on 6 August 2020 at 9:27pm

    Not only is there a global pandemic in the year 2020, we’ve also been dealing with a very active start to the hurricane season, breaking records well before the peak of the season arrives.

    On August 6, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said an "extremely active hurricane season is possible for the Atlantic Basin" in 2020 and it "has potential to be one of the busiest seasons on record."

  • COVID-19 Town Hall: MU Health Care talks prep for college students return Posted on 6 August 2020 at 7:57pm

    COLUMBIA - With just over two weeks until Mizzou's fall semester begins, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talked with MU Health Care's Associate Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Wakefield about thousands of students returning to Columbia.

    Dr. Wakefield said MU Health Care is ready for the increase in the local population. He said health system leaders talk weekly, if not more frequently, with the University of Missouri administration about plans to handle the pandemic and opening campus to students this fall.

  • Columbia business loan programs will prioritize minority-owned businesses Posted on 6 August 2020 at 7:03pm

    COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia will host a virtual information meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to discuss new loan programs to help small local businesses. 

    Columbia Housing Programs Division plans to give $575,000 to small businesses who are still struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Columbia/Boone County health department issues new order Posted on 6 August 2020 at 5:47pm

    COLUMBIA — Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services director Stephanie Browning issued a new health order on Thursday.
    "The reopening plan has been modified under this order due to the increase of active cases in Boone County," the health department said in a news release. "The seven day rolling new cases rate for the period of July 29 through Aug. 4 was 106 cases per 100,000. Many of the limitations outlined in the previous order are still in effect.
    The order will run from Aug. 10 through Aug. 31. 
    Changes from the previous order include:
    • Requiring face masks for those over the age of 10 when social distancing requirements cannot be met, when within the city limits of Columbia. "This is included to align with the City of Columbia mask ordinance that went into effect on July 10," the news release clarified.
    • Requiring restaurants and bars to continue to operate with social distancing between tables. Face masks are required whenever a patron is not seated. Groups of patrons are limited to a maximum of 10 people. 
    • Requiring businesses, large venues and any organizers of public gatherings to submit a proposed operational plan to the health department at least 30 days in advance of any proposed activity or event. 
    Questions about the new order can be emailed to coronoavirus@CoMo.gov