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Audio: Missouri doctor talks about vaccine hesitancy among black and brown communities

Black and brown communities have been hit hard by COVID-19, but polls say many are also hesitant to get a coronavirus vaccination. Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis, an infectious disease specialist at Washington University in St. Louis, is African American and understands why her community is timid.     Dr. says there has been a bad […]

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Audio: If you have had COVID-19, should you still wear a mask and get vaccinated?

An infectious disease specialist at Washington University in St. Louis says if you have already had COVID-19, wearing a mask and getting the vaccine are still advised. Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis says you could still infect others after your symptoms subside. Plus, she says wearing masks and getting the vaccine are two of the most […]

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Audio: Infectious disease doctor says new COVID-19 strain believed to transmit virus at higher rates

A new strain of COVID-19 has made its way to the United States. Dr. Mati (Maw-tee) Hlatshwayo (Hlaht’-shway -yo) Davis, an infectious disease specialist at Washington University in St. Louis, says there have been other strains of the virus but they have not had a significant impact like this latest one.     Davis, an […]

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Audio: CDC and Missouri officials begin work on first-ever COVID-19 study within K-12 schools

The CDC continues its work in Missouri to help local K-12 schools and public health leaders review current COVID-19 measures. Schools participating in the first-of-its-kind pilot project are being identified in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Greene Counties. During a Missouri Board of Education meeting this week, State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman […]

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Missouri schools allowed to relax COVID-19 quarantine rules if both people properly wearing masks

Governor Mike Parson and state education director Margie Vandeven have loosened the guidelines for making students and staff quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID-19 if both people were properly wearing masks. Vandeven explained at a press conference Thursday: “Under the updated guidance, proper mask-wearing may now prevent individuals from being identified as close contacts in […]

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Missouri partners with Washington University for roll out of new COVID-19 saliva tests

The state of Missouri is working with Washington University in St. Louis to offer its new COVID-19 saliva test statewide soon. Officials reportedly hope to launch the tests later this month or in October. During a press conference in St. Louis, Missouri Economic Development Department Director Rob Dixon says the state is working alongside the […]

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Parson defends out-of-state firm’s role in Missouri’s COVID-19 response

Missouri has paid a consulting firm more than $829,000 so far in federal coronavirus aid to help coordinate the state’s pandemic response. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports payroll records show the McChrystal Group has received federal funding from the state. The contract bypassed the normal bidding process. During a press conference at Washington University in […]

Coronavirus Concerns

7,000 college-age people in Missouri test positive for COVID-19 in August

During August alone, nearly 7,000 college-age people in Missouri have tested positive for COVID-19. At a press conference Thursday at Washington University in St. Louis, Gov. Mike Parson urged young people to take precautions to protect their communities. “In some Missouri college communities, positivity rates have soared as high as 45% in one day just […]

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Governor Parson signs Executive Order 2002 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri

Today, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 2002 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Parson announced the emergency declaration in a press conference on Friday. The following individuals were also present at the press conference: Dr. Randall Williams, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) […]