Friday COVID-19 coverage: Columbia mayor calls for mask ordinance
qAs 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.
Updates for Friday, June 26 will be posted below:
6:30 p.m.: Columbia mayor calls for mask ordinance
Columbia mayor Brian Treece tweeted on Thursday that he asked the city manager to draft an ordinance requiring masks in all public settings. Columbia has seen a steady increase in case numbers over the past several weeks.
Today I asked the City Manager to have an ordinance drafted to require masks in all public settings. With rising cases of coronavirus, this is a responsible & simple public health initiative to curb the spread of COVID-19, protect public health and keep our economy open.— Brian Treece (@BNTreece) June 26, 2020
5 p.m.: Boone County reports 15 new cases
The Columbia/Boone County public health department reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 in the county since Thursday.
The increase brings the total number of cases in the county to 334. Of these cases, 97 remain active, 235 were released from isolation and two people have died.
2 p.m.: 493 new cases of COVID-19 in Missouri
Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services has reported an increase of nearly 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Thursday. As of 2 p.m. Friday, the department has confirmed 19,914 cases of the virus in the state. Eight more deaths from the virus have been reported since Thursday as well, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus in the state to 990.