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
Jefferson City hospitals offer antibody treatment for COVID-19: An antibody treatment for COVID-19 is now being offered at both Jefferson City hospitals.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November issued an emergency use authorization for bamlanivimab for treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients.
Capital Region Medical Center changes hours for drive-thru COVID-19 testing: Capital Region Medical Center is reducing hours for its COVID-19 drive-thru testing unit beginning today.
IRS warns of another round of COVID-19 scams: The Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division in St. Louis sent out warnings Friday to taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19-related scams as the agency delivers the second round of Economic Impact Payments.
Missouri Senate to stay in session next week as House pauses amid COVID-19 cases: The Missouri Senate has vowed to try to keep working, despite the decision of their colleagues in the Missouri House of Representatives to cancel next week's legislative work because of COVID-19 infections at the State Capitol.
House cancels work due to COVID-19: The leadership of the Missouri House of Representatives called off the body's legislative work for next week because of COVID-19.
Survey finds rural towns hesitant to get vaccine: During the first week of January, the Missouri Hospital Association had a firm survey 800 Missourians and found only about 58 percent were very or somewhat likely to seek a COVID-19 vaccine when it comes available for them, according to a report released Monday.
Local health officials hail news of vaccine expansion: Local health care providers welcomed the news from the state Thursday that Missouri will move into the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations next week.
Missouri police, more health staff now eligible for vaccine: The latest eligible group includes public safety workers and remaining health care workers who don't interact with patients and weren't previously able to get the vaccine.
A committee advises Missouri's vaccine rollout. Now the public can watch its meetings: As state health officials rolled out Missouri's plan to distribute the coronavirus vaccine, decisions were informed by a group called the Advisory Committee on Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution.
Nearly a quarter of Missourians would 'definitely not' get COVID-19 vaccine, poll finds: As the state works through the first phases of its coronavirus vaccine rollout, a new poll released Monday finds that about 23 percent of Missourians would "definitely not get it."
Free COVID-19 testing returns to Cole County: A free community COVID-19 testing event is planned in Jefferson City next week.