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Wright Memorial Hospital CEO speaks at Trenton Rotary meeting

Wright Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Steve Schieber spoke to the Trenton Rotary Club on January 21st about the hospital’s response to the pandemic. He reported the number of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 went from zero in the first and second quarters of 2020 to 141 at Wright Memorial and Hedrick Medical Center during the […]

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Feds tell states to give COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 65 and older in bid to speed rollout

(Missouri Independent) – The Trump administration on Tuesday directed state officials to expand who is getting vaccinated for COVID-19, and announced that all available doses will be distributed to states instead of holding back a reserve of follow-up doses. Under the policy changes outlined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, states should begin […]

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Audio: Governor Parson reacts to investigative report into recent COVID deaths at Missouri veterans homes

Missouri’s governor said Thursday in Jefferson City that he wants some answers, after reading a 53-page independent investigation into recent COVID deaths at Missouri veterans homes. Governor Mike Parson ordered the investigation, which was conducted by St. Louis-based Armstrong Teasdale. The governor emphasizes that he’s limited in what he can say because he doesn’t know […]

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Audio: Vaccines are a light at the end of a tunnel for nursing homes

Nursing home patients and staff are among the most anxious to see a COVID-19 vaccine.  Nikki Strong of the state healthcare association that represents nursing homes says community spread is still a challenge.     It could take another two weeks to find out if the FDA approves Pfizer’s vaccine. Photo licensed via Envato Elements

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109 veterans have died of COVID-19 in Missouri veterans homes since September 1

The Missouri Veterans Commission’s Veterans Homes continue to fight COVID-19, and according to spokesman Jamie Melchert, they are continuing daily testing using PCR and antigen testing; training on the proper use of PPE and enhanced PPE; cleaning and disinfecting and enhanced training in these areas; infection control inspections and additional training; additional supervision, including from […]

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Audio: Federal data shows COVID has killed 1,400 Missouri nursing home residents and 20 workers

The latest federal information shows the coronavirus has killed more than 1,400 Missouri nursing home residents and 20 workers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report shows the figures make up nearly half of the state’s 3,100 COVID-19 deaths. Missouri has 521 federally licensed nursing homes. The report does not include assisted living centers […]

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Audio: Missouri submits 111-page COVID-19 vaccine plan to CDC

Missouri has submitted its plan for administering the impending COVID vaccine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state will receive feedback from the CDC on the 111-page plan by October 26. State Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams tells Capitol reporters that the plan’s hallmark is collaboration […]