Coronavirus Update

Area health departments report on COVID-19 cases; announce dates of vaccine clinics

The Putnam County Health Department reports it has been notified of two female residents dying from complications of COVID-19. That brings the total number of deaths to 16. There have been 589 total cases, and five are active. Forty-three COVID-19-related hospitalizations have been reported for Putnam County. The Grundy County Health Department reports it received […]

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Missouri ICUs filling as Delta variant wave moves into northeast, southeast regions

(Missouri Independent) – New cases from the Delta variant wave that has killed more than 1,150 Missourians since June 1 have plateaued, but hospital ICUs continue to fill — and small, rural hospitals are among the hardest hit. There were 690 patients in ICU beds across the state on Tuesday, the most recent day reported by the state Department of Health […]

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FDA gives full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. has its first fully approved vaccine against COVID-19, with federal health officials announcing Monday the approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose vaccine. The green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to move Pfizer’s vaccine from emergency use to full approval is a milestone in the national pandemic response, and one that comes as the […]

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Fight over mask orders growing at rate to rival Missouri Delta variant cases

(Missouri Independent) – Politicians are fighting over masks. Public health officials are begging people to get vaccinated. And meanwhile, the Delta variant continues to spread almost unchecked in the state. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones defended their mask mandates during separate appearances Wednesday. Page held a press conference […]

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Missouri hits new peak in Delta variant summer surge with almost 3,000 COVID cases

(Missouri Independent) – The summer surge of infection tied to the easily spread Delta variant of COVID-19 is accelerating in Missouri, with state health officials on Wednesday reporting the highest case total since mid-January. The Department of Health and Senior Services reported 2,995 additional cases, with at least one case in 105 of the state’s 117 local […]

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New cases of COVID-19 reported in Putnam, Livingston and Linn counties

The Putnam County Health Department reports seven new COVID-19 cases since July 15th, making the total 535. Five of the new positive cases are linked through close contacts. Eight cases are active. There are 14 COVID-19-related hospitalizations and 13 deaths. The Putnam County Health Department requests close contacts self-quarantine for at least seven days. On […]

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As COVID-19 causes hospitals to fill, Springfield asks Missouri for temporary care site

(Missouri Independent) – Facing a looming shortage of beds caused by rapidly rising COVID-19 cases, healthcare providers in Springfield are asking the state to set up temporary hospital beds so existing hospital space can be dedicated to caring for the most severely ill. The alternate care site would treat patients stable enough to be removed […]

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Audio: Missouri ranks third for most coronavirus cases in last seven days

Another national ranking is out about Missouri’s coronavirus case count. Alisa Nelson reports.     The New York Times’ nationwide coronavirus tracker ranks Missouri third among all states for the most COVID-19 cases per 100-thousand residents in the last seven days. Four Missouri counties with a population of more than 10-thousand are in the top […]

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COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Livingston and Linn counties; COVID-19 related death reported in Daviess County

The Livingston County Health Center reports 11 COVID-19 cases have been added since June 9th, bringing the total to 1,885. The number of active cases dropped by seven to 115. The health center is conducting a survey regarding how Livingston County residents feel about COVID-19 vaccination. The 15-question survey is anonymous. Vaccinated and unvaccinated residents […]

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Livingston County adds 20 cases of COVID-19 in 24-hours; Caldwell County to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinic

COVID-19 cases have increased by 20 in Livingston County since June 3rd, which makes the total 1,811. The health center notes 132 cases are active, which is down one. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ website shows Livingston County’s PCR positivity rate at 20.6% for the last seven days using the Centers for […]

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Update: Livingston County Health Center reports 22 more cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours

In an update provided on Thursday afternoon, the Livingston County Health Center reports 22 COVID-19 cases have been added since May 26, making the total 1,685. One hundred fifty-two cases are active. Livingston County’s positivity rate is 28.5% of all PCR tests performed and 25.8% of all rapid antigen tests. Two hundred fourteen PCR and […]

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Hy-Vee issues allergy alert on undeclared egg in “Chicken Street Taco Kit” due to Reser’s Fine Foods recall

Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling its Chicken Street Taco Kit due to a recall issued by its supplier Reser’s Fine Foods. Hy-Vee received bulk Chicken Taco Kits from Reser’s Fine Foods and repackaged them into Hy-Vee Chicken Street Taco kits. These bulk kits contained Chipotle Crema Sauce which contains […]

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Livingston County becomes #1 in Missouri for number of COVID-19 cases in last 7 days; another COVID-19 related death reported as well

The Livingston County Health Center on Thursday, May 20th reported another COVID-19-related death, bringing the total to 57. The number of active cases, 99, was also the highest it has been since the beginning of the pandemic. Seventeen cases were added since May 19th for a total of 1,578. The health center noted Livingston County […]