COVID rates lower in Boone County than other counties in Missouri

1 month 1 week 4 days ago Monday, June 29 2020 Jun 29, 2020 Monday, June 29, 2020 2:33:00 PM CDT June 29, 2020 in News
By: Josiah Schueneman, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Despite the increase in number of COVID-19 cases nationally and statewide, Boone County has seen lower rates of the virus compared to other counties.

The infection rate in the county is half that of the state with only two deaths, which is far less than expected.

Scott Clardy, assistant director of the Columbia Boone-County Department of Public Health and Human Services, said that the county was not the first area of the state to be impacted, so it was able to get ahead in terms of preparation.  

He said one of those partners was the University of Missouri.

"They were fantastic partners back in March," Clardy said.

He said they also worked with MU Health Care, Boone Hospital and the VA.

"We established really clear lines of communication, expectations, roles, and responsibilities among our partners very early," he said.

He was also very impressed with how nursing homes in the county have been able to contain the spread.

"When they found out that they've had a positive case, they quickly tested every other resident and all their staff to identify all the positive cases very quickly," he said.

He said they've been isolating right away any cases of the residents that they found, and if any cases were found in their staff, they were told not work.

"It's really just the same thing that we're trying to do at the community level only they did it in a very enclosed environment," he said. "They've really done a great job."

More News

Grid
List
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — State Rep. Jon Carpenter is the likely winner of a Democratic primary for a Clay County... More >>
2 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 5:13:00 PM CDT August 07, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — The SEC has announced two more games of the 2020-2021 football season. Mizzou will play Alabama in... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 4:12:00 PM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA —American Outdoor Brands partnered up with The Job Center Staffing in order to make applying for jobs accessible during... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 4:01:00 PM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Over the past two weeks, MU has laid off an additional 13 employees and furloughed 34 according to... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 3:51:00 PM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA —Local artist and MU alum David Spear finished his newest project on the wall outside of Harpo's: a tiger.... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 3:26:00 PM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — MU's College of Engineering has been producing face shields for professors to wear on campus this fall since... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 3:07:00 PM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY— State senators on Friday passed a bill proposed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson to address a surge... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 3:00:27 PM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
PETTIS COUNTY — A group of eight Pettis County residents filed a petition for declaratory judgement against the Pettis County... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 2:13:00 PM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Lawyers representing citizens across Missouri argued in Cole County Circuit Court Friday that the proposed ballot title... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 2:13:00 PM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS — Friday's Cardinals game against the Cubs is canceled after an additional Cardinals player tested positive for COVID-19,... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 12:55:00 PM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — Back to school shopping? This weekend, sales tax won't apply. From Friday through Sunday, certain back to... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 11:10:00 AM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
( Missourian ) - Longtime Columbia physician Elizabeth Allemann is leading an effort — joined, so far, by 49... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 10:01:51 AM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Three organizations received $1 million each through the U.S. DHSS to "continue fighting the opioid crisis in... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 9:50:33 AM CDT August 07, 2020 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- The coronavirus pandemic has turned life upside down around the world, with many workers losing their jobs, economies... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 9:28:00 AM CDT August 07, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
MEXICO - Prosecutors filed charges Friday against a teenager in connection with Wednesday's shooting that left one 17-year-old dead and... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 8:28:00 AM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The US economy added another 1.8 million jobs in July, a sharp slowdown from June and a small... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 8:07:00 AM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
3 days ago Friday, August 07 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Friday, August 07, 2020 5:51:00 AM CDT August 07, 2020 in News
ST LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals are set to face the Chicago Cubs Friday after a COVID-19 outbreak among... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 06 2020 Aug 6, 2020 Thursday, August 06, 2020 8:28:00 PM CDT August 06, 2020 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 71°
6pm 75°
7pm 77°
8pm 83°
9pm 80°