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No mask mandate coming to St. Joseph

With Kansas City and St. Louis reinstituting mask mandates in the wake of a new federal advisory, St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray told News-Press NOW that St. Joseph will not follow suit. McMurray said in an email that he does not have the votes within the council to institute another...
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Missouri among the nation's worst COVID-19 diagnosis rate

As COVID-19 hospitalizations climb, St. Louis is offering incentives for some city employees to get immunized, while thousands are registering for a statewide vaccine lottery. St. Louis said in a news release Tuesday that nearly 6,000 of its workers will be eligible to receive $100 in gift cards and can use paid time off to get vaccinated. The announcement comes one day after a mask mandate took effect in the city and St. Louis County.
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Bonds to Bridges contracts awarded, bidding process scrutinized

A $5.8 million contract awarded to replace four bridges in town as part of the Bonds to Bridges program raised some questions about the bidding process among members of the St. Joseph City Council. Phillips Hardy Inc. was awarded the contract at Monday’s council meeting. The overall Bonds to Bridges...
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Health department struggling to keep up with contact tracing

With the rolling averages for cases trending upward in Buchanan County, the St. Joseph Health Department has seen an increase in contact tracing. Connie Werner, health department clinic coordinator, said staff has needed to assist their contact tracing crew. “We’re making our greatest efforts. We’ve kept a very small contact-tracing-specific...
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Buchanan County joins Missouri financial transparency page

Buchanan County has joined a statewide trend toward financial transparency, becoming the latest county to be included in the Missouri State Treasurer’s Local Government Checkbook. Presiding County Commissioner Lee Sawyer says the move became official when State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick paid a visit to the Buchanan County Courthouse. “There are...
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Proposals for inmate tablets being reviewed for Buchanan County Jail

The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department is reviewing proposals for inmate tablets. These would be correctional-grade devices that are heavily protected from damage and serve specific communication or educational purposes. Buchanan County Sheriff, Bill Puett, said inmates would be able to access religious, legal and educational texts. This would also allow...
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Missouri vaccination incentive part $5 million dollar vaccine education plan

While Missouri is still below the national threshold of vaccination rates, Gov. Mike Parson, R-Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services are looking to encourage COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccination incentives will end with 900 Missourians winning $10,000. Local health departments will give individuals $25 for getting the vaccine...
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COVID-19 rebound continues locally

Our renewed surge in COVID-19 cases continues. The St. Joseph Health Department reports a total of 254 new cases in Buchanan County since last issuing a report on Monday; 73 on Tuesday, 84 on Wednesday, and 97 on Thursday. The county now has a 15.43% positivity rate. The department also...
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Buchanan county has lowest vaccination rate in NW Missouri

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) With a population at just more than 87,000, Buchanan county currently has only 17,000 people fully vaccinated, that's only 19 percent. That puts the county dead last in vaccination rates across all of northwest Missouri. A little more than 19,000 or about 22 percent of the population,...
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Estimated one-third of local residents without health insurance

Missouri’s level of uninsured residents is above 10% for the first time since 2014, according to the most recent data from nonprofit organization KFF, formerly Kaiser Family Foundation. But life without insurance can create a major financial strain for residents. That rate is estimated at closer to a third in...
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Covid-19 case numbers and hospitalizations continue to rise

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Locally, new Covid-19 case numbers and hospitalizations continue to rise. The St. Joseph Health Department says 166 cases were reported over the weekend with Mosaic reporting 56 in the hospital. 53 in St. Joseph and 3 in Maryville. Another woman has died from Covid. She was in...
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Board gets update on construction

Progress at the East Buchanan football field has been clipping along this summer, with the sod going down this week and last. It’s expected to be playable by the first game, which is just over 50 days away. Photo Courtesy of Doug Miller | EBHS. The East Buchanan C-1 Board...