Thursday COVID-19 coverage: Callaway county reports 7 case decrease

3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago Thursday, September 24 2020 Sep 24, 2020 Thursday, September 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM CDT September 24, 2020 in News
By: KOMU 8 Digital Staff

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

Previous coverage:

Updates for Thursday, Sept. 24 will become available below:

7 p.m.: Callaway county reports 7 case decrease

Callaway county reported 90 active cases on Thursday. On Wednesday, the county reported 97 active cases.

6 p.m.: Cole County reports 33 new cases

The Cole County Health Department reported 33 new active COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing their total number of active cases up to 128.

5:45 p.m.: Southern Boone School District reports positive case, 17 others quarantining

In an email to parents, the Southern Boone School District reported a positive case in the Early Childhood Special Education Program.

The district determined 15 students and seven employees came into close contact with the positive case and are currently quarantining for 14 days. Parents have been notified.

In the email, Superintendent Chris Felmee called the situation "very concerning" but will "continue to provide in-seat instruction for preschool through 12th grades. 

5:25 p.m.: DHSS adjusts statewide COVID-19 hotline hours, begins Oct. 1

Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services announced an adjustment in the COVID-19 hotline Thursday. 

The 24/7 hotline will shift to a new schedule beginning Oct. 1. Calls will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. 

In late March, the hotline received a peak of 15,000 calls in one week. Currently, approximately 3,000 calls are handled in a week.

According to the release, the schedule adjustment allows the state to use resources more efficiently. 

4:45 p.m.: Callaway County Court moves back to phase one after employee tests positive

Due to a positive COVID-19 test of a court employee, the Callaway County Court is moving back to phase one. 

Changes include limiting the number of people who can be in a courtroom at a time and/or moving cases to a later date. 

Cases set Friday and the next two weeks that were supposed in be in-person may now only be by video or postponed to a later date. 

4:40 p.m.: Boone County adds 65 new COVID-19 cases

The Boone County Health Department added 65 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the active case total to 367. There are currently 55 hospitalizations. 

There have been nine deaths in the county. 

2:15 p.m.: Update from Gov. Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson

In a press release, Gov. Mike Parson's office provided an update on his and his wife Teresa's health after testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

"At this time, Governor Parson feels healthy, and the First Lady's symptoms remain mild," it said.

The release said that Parson would continue to participate virtually in scheduled events, calls, and interviews over the next ten days while he isolates. Governor's Office staff, Mansion staff, and security have also been tested and are awaiting results.

Gov. Parson released this video on Twitter Thursday. 

2 p.m.: MO reports 1,365 new cases

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 1,365 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases up to 118,311. The department also reported a 11.7 percent 7-day positivity rate.

2 p.m.: 2 individuals test positive in Hallsville School District, around 70 in quarantine

In a press release from the district, they state that an individual tested positive Monday night and a second person on Wednesday.

The district was also notified on Tuesday that an individual in the middle school tested positive. 

Contact tracing with these three individual positive cases has the potential to quarantine about 70 of Hallsville's students and a few of their staff.

1 p.m.: MU reports 25 new students cases

The University of Missouri reported 25 new COVID-19 student cases Thursday, bringing the active student total to 95.

Since Aug. 19, there have been 1,531 COVID-19 cases on campus.

According to MU's COVID-19 dashboard, there are 3 active faculty cases and 14 active staff cases. 

11 a.m.: Boone County records ninth COVID-19 related death

The Boone County Health Department announced it's ninth COVID-19 death Thursday morning.

The department reports the individual was over the age of 80. No other information will be released.

10 a.m.: Centralia High School announces homecoming game moved to South Shelby, homecoming dance canceled

Centralia High School's homecoming is October 9th this year, but many of the traditional activities will not occur due to COVID-19.  

In a press release, they state that the student dance, pep assembly, bonfire, flashlight parade, parad, and alumni group visits are a list of events that are cancelled. 

However, they will have the opportunity to participate in events like spirit week and classroom door decorating. 

The school's homecoming theme this year is "Welcome to the Danger Zone."

CHS has also moved their homecoming football game to South Shelby, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 9.

Interactive COVID-19 dashboard

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. 

This map, developed by staff at the Columbia Missourian, reflects the latest numbers from the Department of Health and Senior Services. Case counts are normalized with population numbers to show the number of cases per 100,000 people in each county. Numbers update daily. 

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