As news about the novel coronavirus continues to evolve, the News Tribune wants to ensure the community is up-to-date. Below are links to up-to-date local event announcements, business closings and changes, and news articles about COVID-19.
Announcements and Resources
Cole County Courthouse limits proceedings after employee tests positive for COVID-19: Cole County judges announced Wednesday morning the County Courthouse is returning to its policy of no in-person proceedings after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
Jefferson City pastor tests positive for COVID-19: A Jefferson City church is adjusting its service schedule after one of its pastors tested positive for COVID-19.
Missouri Gov. Parson announces approval of saliva-based COVID-19 test: A new, saliva-based test for COVID-19 developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday.
Cole County Health reduces clinical hours Friday: The Cole County Health Department’s clinical hours will temporarily be 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m.-noon Fridays.
Reserve deputy tests positive for COVID-19: A Maries County reserve deputy sheriff has tested positive for COVID-19.Sheriff Chris Heitman said in a post on his department’s Facebook page the deputy was volunteering this past Saturday.
Census takers to shorten collection of field data: U.S. Census takers will end field data collection a month earlier than planned in an effort to ensure the safety of staff and the public amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced Wednesday.
Jefferson City restaurant closes for cleaning after COVID-19 cases among employees: Some employees of the McAlister’s Deli restaurant on Missouri Boulevard in Jefferson City have tested positive for COVID-19, the company’s corporate office confirmed Tuesday.
Cole County approves $140,000 in CARES Act funds: The Cole County Commission approved more applications for distribution of federal COVID-19 relief funding Tuesday.
Jefferson City sports to open with 20% attendance capacity: The Jefferson City School District released its fan attendance policy for Jefferson City High School and Capital City High School fall sports and activities Tuesday.
Number of spectators to be limited at Blair Oaks game: There will be limited spectators at Friday’s football season opener for the Blair Oaks Falcons against Maryville at the University of Central Missouri’s Walton Stadium in Warrensburg.
COVID-19 may stress staffing for nursing facilities, hospitals: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, questions may arise about hospitals’ and nursing homes’ ability to maintain adequate staffing.