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School metrics for requiring masks

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) We asked Peacock Pediatrics about the St. Joseph School District's decision Monday night to use Buchanan county's positivity rate to determine their masking policy. The board members voted to add a line to its current policy that masks would be an option not a requirement once the...
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Mask mandate to continue in SJSD

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Mask wearing will continue to be mandatory in the St. Joseph School District. By a 6-1 vote, the board passed a measure to continue requiring the use of masks by staff and students in its facilities until Covid test positivity rates in Buchanan County fall to below five percent for two consecutive weeks.
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USD 409 acts on budget, plans COVID testing

There were no comments heard during either of the two special hearings for comment before USD 409 Board of Education members unanimously adopted the budget as presented for the 2021-2022 school year. Prior to the vote, Business Manager Lori Lanter explained the proposed budget reflects a quarter of a mill...
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Health Department hours to change for COVID-19 vaccine clinic

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The city of St. Joseph Health Department staff will be off-site conducting COVID-19 vaccine clinics September 14 through 16. The Health Department clinic will be closed Tuesday, September 14, the morning of Wednesday, September 15, and the afternoon of Thursday, September 16. COVID-19 vaccine clinics will take...
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SJSD adopts plan for possible mask-optional rule

The St. Joseph Board of Education has voted to sustain its current mask mandate until the event that Buchanan County test positivity rates fall below 5% for a two-week period. Per a 6-1 vote, Kenneth Reeder dissenting, a “mask-optional” rule would then ensue. Until that happens, all persons will still be required to wear a face covering in most indoor situations on all district property. Exceptions apply for temporary removal to, for example, enable oneself to be better heard while speaking and during meal times.
BUCHANAN COUNTY, MO
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Chemical leak at Triumph Foods contained

An ammonia leak in the refrigeration engine room at the Triumph Foods facility in St. Joseph has been contained, according to Mishael Barton, the company’s communications manager. On Sept. 11, the leak was detected, emergency protocols were initiated and employees were evacuated from the facility. There were no injuries. Buchanan...
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Pediatricians urge those unvaccinated to protect kids from COVID-19 infection

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Area pediatricians urge parents and community members to get vaccinated as emergency departments see increase in child admissions. In an interview on CBS's Face The Nation, top U.S. Health officials said COVID-19 vaccine trials for children aged 5-11 years old are underway and the vaccine could be ready for authorization by Halloween.
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SJSD to revisit mask policy

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Tonight, the St. Joseph school board will take up its mask policy. Currently all school students and staff are required to wear masks but the board promised to revisit the mandate on a monthly basis. The school board is holding true to that promise with a discussion...
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CDC Reports COVID-19 Vax Improves Chance of Survival

New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests getting the COVID-19 vaccine could be a lifesaver. Missourinet’s Brent Palm has more. Currently, Buchanan County has had 14,367 cases with 212 deaths. Nodaway County has 3,158 cases and 32 deaths. Clinton County has Clinton County 2,603 cases (an...
CLINTON COUNTY, MO
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Platte County Health Department hires new director

PLATTE COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- The Platte County Health Department has officially hired a new director to take over following the current director's retirement. Mary Jo Vernon, the current director, is set to retire at the end of the year. After that, Andrew Warlen will take over. Most recently, Warlen...
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Buchanan County COVID-19 numbers trending down

St. Joseph health officials report a bit of an easing of coronavirus trends in Buchanan County. St. Joseph reports 52 new COVID-19 cases since last issuing a formal report, 33 on Wednesday and 19 on Thursday. The county positivity rate has dropped to 8.17%. Hospitalization numbers have fallen as well....
BUCHANAN COUNTY, MO

SBA enhances COVID loan program for hard-hit business sectors

WASHINGTON – On Friday, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support our small business communities still reeling from the pandemic, especially hard-hit sectors such as restaurants, gyms, and hotels. The SBA is ready to receive new applications immediately from small businesses looking to take advantage of these new policy changes.
SAINT JOSEPH, MO
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COVID-19 trends seen in St. Joseph sewage

The contents of St. Joseph's sewers are helping predict COVID-19 trends in Missouri. The City of St. Joseph is a part of a statewide sewershed project that can correlate increases in viral loads with increases in COVID-19 cases a week in advance. The data is used to inform communities of upward trends before local tests identify positive cases.
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Council approves Covid relief spending plan

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) -- St. Joseph's city council approved a committee's recommendations on how to spend almost $14 million in federal Covid relief funding. By an 8-1 vote Tuesday evening, council members approved the plan for 24 agencies and organizations to share in the money. A volunteer committee had reviewed...
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1 in 4 COVID-19 cases are children according to AAP

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A new study shows the coronavirus is infecting more children. According to a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 1 in 4 COVID-19 cases are among kids which is the largest number of cases in children since the global crisis began. The study shows children usually...
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New report indicates pandemic will cause Social Security funding shortage

The pandemic presents some future funding challenges to benefits for older Americans, according to the 2021 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Reports. Walt Dawson, assistant professor in the School of Public Health at Oregon Health and Science University, said the programs are foundational to Americans’ health and economic security as they age. While the reports are troubling, he noted they are not exactly surprising because a number of challenges to the Social Security program have been known for a long time. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation slightly worse,” Dawson explained. “And increased by one year when Social Security, for example, will no longer be able to pay out all benefits.”
OREGON, MO
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Rural school temporarily closes due to COVID-19 infections

As rural Northwest Missouri schools continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, one facility closed for two days after an overwhelming number of students were placed in quarantine. South Nodaway R-IV Superintendent Dustin Skoglund announced a two-day shutdown last week after more than 25% of the student body fell ill or...
SAVANNAH, MO