Audio: Missouri could ban hospitals and long-term care centers from restricting visitors

Missouri could ban hospitals and long-term care centers from restricting visitors, including during an emergency. A state House committee is reviewing the bill sponsored by State Representative Brian Seitz, a Republican from southwest Missouri’s Branson.     State Representative Ashley Aune, a Democrat from Kansas City, says medical professionals should be making the health care […]

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Governor Mike Parson touts Missouri’s COVID-19 response in annual State of State address

(Missouri Independent) – Gov. Mike Parson praised his administration’s handling of the still-unfolding COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, telling a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly that the state has emerged ready to make long-term investments in its future.  “The bottom line is Missouri’s economy is strong,” Parson said in his annual State of the State […]

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Daviess County reports COVID-related death; four area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

A COVID-19-related death has been added for Daviess County since January 6th. The health department reports the total as 23. COVID-19 cases increased by 110 from January 6th to 18th, raising that total to 1,411. Seventy-six of the cases were active and 22 active cases were fully vaccinated. One of the eight current COVID-19-related hospitalizations […]

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University of Missouri President Choi won’t ask curators to reconsider vote against mask rule

(Missouri Independent) – The University of Missouri’s Columbia campus will begin the spring semester as planned Tuesday with no option for online classes, masking, or vaccination requirements, UM System President and campus Chancellor Mun Choi wrote to faculty leaders Friday. Choi’s response to concerns raised in a letter from the Executive Committee of the campus […]

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Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general […]

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Five area health departments report on new COVID-19 cases; COVID-19 related death reported in Harrison County

A COVID-19-related death has been added for Harrison County. The county’s COVID-19 dashboard indicates that, as of January 12th, there were 29 deaths total.  There had also been an increase of 13 cases since January 11th, raising that total to 1,777. Forty-four cases were active for Harrison County. There had been 1,363 confirmed cases and […]

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Missouri businesses oppose ban on COVID vaccine mandates, argue it’s their choice

(Missouri Independent) – Proposals that would bar COVID-19 vaccine mandates and provide greater exemptions for vaccinations more broadly faced a wave of opposition from Missouri business groups Wednesday. Representatives for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Associated Industries of Missouri, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and other business associations made clear to lawmakers […]

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Four area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19; Daviess County to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinic

The Harrison County COVID-19 dashboard shows an increase of 20 cases since January 10th. There were 1,764 total cases as of January 11th, and 36 were active. There had been 1,352 confirmed cases and 410 probable cases. The Livingston County Health Center on January 12th reported 18 COVID-19 cases had been added since January 11th. […]

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Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain […]

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Three area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

The Grundy County Health Department reports 46 new COVID-19 cases since December 10th, raising the total to 1,950. Fifty cases are active. More than 100 COVID-19 cases have been added since December 1st. Seventy-seven percent of those cases were unvaccinated. The Grundy County Health Department notes studies have shown that vaccines are effective against severe […]

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Four health departments report on new cases of COVID-19; Grundy County Health Department reports two COVID-related deaths

The Grundy County Health Department reports two additional COVID-19-related deaths. That brings the total to 56. Fifty-seven cases have been added since December 1st, making that total 1,904. There are 44 active cases. The Putnam County Health Department reports it has been made aware of 17 new COVID-19 cases since December 2nd. Two of those […]

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COVID-related death reported for Mercer County; Two health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

A COVID-19-related death has been added for Mercer County. The health department reports 13 deaths total.  Confirmed cases increased four since December 7, bringing that total to 257. Probable cases increased by five to 293. There are 23 active cases for Mercer County. The Sullivan County Health Department confirms one COVID-19 case since December 7th, […]

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Three area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon

Twenty-one COVID-19 cases have been added for Daviess County since November 30th. The health department reports 1,128 total cases. Of the 50 active cases, 17 involve residents 20 to 39 years old, 15 involve those 19 or younger, 10 involve those at least 60, and eight involve residents 40 to 59. Ten of the active […]

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Three area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon

Twelve COVID-19 cases have been added for Grundy County since the health department’s update on the morning of December 1st. Health Department Administrator Elizabeth Gibson reports a total of 1,859 cases through December 1st. There have been 30 new cases this week. The number of active cases increased by nine to 36. Grundy County’s positivity […]

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Five area health departments report on COVID-19 cases

The Livingston County Health Center reports an additional COVID-19-related death, bringing the deaths to 79 total. Eighteen cases were also added since November 29th’s update, making that total 2,435. There are 36 active cases. The Sullivan County Health Department confirms five additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,302. There are 13 active cases.As of […]

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Hawley, Blunt press VA for plan to protect veterans in long-term care facilities from impact of vaccine mandate

Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley today sent a letter to the Veterans Administration demanding answers on how veterans in long-term care facilities will be impacted by the COVID-19 federal vaccination mandate and what is being done to protect them. “We are concerned that implementation of these federal vaccine mandates will cause Missouri’s long-term […]