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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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Texas Department of State Health and CDC confirm Monkeypox in U.S. traveler

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed on July 15 a case of human monkeypox in a U.S. resident who recently traveled from Nigeria to the United States. The person is currently hospitalized in Dallas. CDC is working with the airline and state and local health officials to contact airline passengers and others who […]

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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 […]

Audio: Parson responds to Chicago travel restrictions on Missouri; says Missouri is not in COVID-19 crisis mode

Chicago has reinstated its COVID-19 travel order for Missouri. The windy city is requiring any unvaccinated people traveling from Missouri to get a negative coronavirus test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period upon arrival. During an event Tuesday in Jefferson City, Governor Parson weighed […]

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Livingston County Health Center reports Delta, Alpha and Iota variants of COVID-19 confirmed in county

The Livingston County Health Center reports four COVID-19 cases have been added since July 8th, bringing the total to 2,030. The number of active cases remained at 33. The health center reports Delta, Alpha, and Iota variants have been confirmed in Livingston County, but the office does not have a “concrete” number on variants. Not […]

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Delta variant spread means Missouri COVID cases may ‘double or triple’ in July

(Missouri Independent) – During June, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 took hold in Missouri, the seven-day average of new cases doubled. And now that the easily spread mutation has reached every corner of the state, July will be a repeat of June, or worse, according to the University of Missouri professor monitoring wastewater for the […]

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Harrison County adds four cases of COVID-19 to their tally; no COVID variant detected

Four COVID-19 cases have been added in Harrison County, bringing the total to 1,057. Harrison County’s COVID-19 dashboard indicates11 cases are active, 888 cases have been confirmed, and 18 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported. The Harrison County Health Department reports there have been six breakthrough cases in the county since vaccination began, and three of […]

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Grundy County Health Department reports on COVID Delta Variant, breakthrough cases and spread of COVID by water

As of June 29th, 16 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Grundy County since vaccination began in the county. One of the 38 active cases on June 29th was a breakthrough case. Health Department Administrator Elizabeth Gibson says that is about typical for breakthrough cases.     Two thousand four hundred eighty-four Grundy […]

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Biden-Harris administration extends moratorium of residential evictions in USDA multifamily housing communities

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended through July 31, 2021, the moratorium on evictions of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who live in multifamily housing communities supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “The United States is recovering from a nationwide housing affordability crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s […]

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Missouri prison healthcare contract won by a company accused of bid-rigging in Tennessee

(Missouri Independent) – The long-time contractor for medical services in Missouri’s prisons is protesting the state’s decision to award the business to a company that will charge more than lawmakers appropriated and is accused of bid-rigging to obtain a contract in Tennessee prisons. Centurion Health, a Virginia subsidiary of St. Louis-based managed care company Centene, beat […]

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Missouri hospitals sue to block changes in Medicaid payments

(Missouri Independent) – After obtaining some relief from lawmakers for revenue cuts likely from a change in the way Medicaid pays for outpatient services, Missouri hospitals are asking the courts for relief from a coming change in payments for inpatient care. The Missouri Hospital Association on Friday filed a lawsuit in Cole County alleging the Department of […]

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services urge continued vaccination as close monitoring of Delta variant continues

Missouri is experiencing a rise in individuals contracting the Delta variant (B.1.617.2, first detected in India) of the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2. It was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday that the Delta variant has been reclassified as a “variant of concern” in the United States. The Missouri Department of […]

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Gallatin teenager charged after cutting through gun safe and stealing contents

A Gallatin teen faces charges after he allegedly cut through a gun safe and took several guns and other items from inside without permission. Seventeen-year-old Austin Smith-Parker has been charged with the felonies of stealing with a value of $750 or more and attempted stealing of a firearm, an explosive weapon, or ammonium nitrate. He […]

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COVID-19 detected in wastewater from Linn County sewershed

Results from community sewershed surveillance in Brookfield indicate possible increases in COVID-19 transmission. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services saw increasing and elevated trends of concentrations of COVID-19 genetic fragments in wastewater from the Brookfield (Linn County) sewershed during the weeks of May 17th and 24th. During the week of May 17th, the […]