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Live Coverage: COVID-19 Updates for Mid-Missouri

KBIA will be maintaining this post as a place to update you with new information as it arises about COVID-19. Here is some of the primary info you need to know: *There have now been 2,367 positive COVID-19 tests in Missouri, including 69 cases in Boone County. 27 of the Boone County cases are travel-related, 21 were through contact to a confirmed case, 21 are community transmission, 0 are unknown, and 0 are pending investigation. There have been 34 fatal cases in Missouri, and one of them was...

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When Ireland's acting Prime Minister decided to go into politics, he put his medical career behind him. But Leo Varadkar will be working as a doctor once again as the country battles the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Varadkar reregistered as a medical practitioner with Ireland's Health Service Executive in March and will begin work one shift a week.

Los restaurantes de toda la zona metropolitana han sufrido el cimbronazo por el estado de emergencia en Kansas City. Muchos han cerrado, lo que ha resultado en cientos de trabajadores despedidos. Y ahora, con el servicio limitado a comida para llevar y entregas a domicilio, los meseros están perdiendo tanto sus ganancias por horas como las propinas. Mientras tanto, los restaurantes mismos se están enfrentando a una amenaza existencial que aumenta cada día que la epidemia del coronavirus continúa.

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Los restaurantes de toda la zona metropolitana han sufrido el cimbronazo por el estado de emergencia en Kansas City. Muchos han cerrado, lo que ha resultado en cientos de trabajadores despedidos. Y ahora, con el servicio limitado a comida para llevar y entregas a domicilio, los meseros están perdiendo tanto sus ganancias por horas como las propinas. Mientras tanto, los restaurantes mismos se están enfrentando a una amenaza existencial que aumenta cada día que la epidemia del coronavirus continúa.

Segment 1: Tips for talking to children about the ongoing crisis.

Parents are under a lot of pressure these days as their kids ask questions about this new world they're living in. It's a lot of change all at once. But respect, honesty and understanding can go a long way when broaching the subject with young minds.

Segment 1: Tips for talking to children about the ongoing crisis.

Parents are under a lot of pressure these days as their kids ask questions about this new world they're living in. It's a lot of change all at once. But respect, honesty and understanding can go a long way when broaching the subject with young minds.

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Nearly 500 people are hospitalized in the St. Louis region for the coronavirus, including 139 requiring ventilators.

Dr. Alex Garza, head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, said Sunday that 468 patients are hospitalized in the St. Louis area, including 164 in intensive care units, the vast majority of whom are on ventilators.

The patients have either tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, or are showing symptoms and awaiting test results. Garza says the worst is yet to come because the peak is still two to three weeks away.

As Missouri lawmakers prepare to consider emergency funding in response to the coronavirus crisis, the state’s budget director has offered more evidence of the pandemic’s toll on the economy.

Budget Director Dan Haug said Monday that net general revenue collections for March dropped 4.2% compared to March 2019. Lawmakers are scheduled to convene Tuesday and Wednesday.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson needs their approval to spend what could amount to billions of dollars in federal funding to fight the virus.

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Gov. Mike Parson has instituted a statewide stay-at-home order — something many of us have been doing for a while now under the guidance of local governments. And while many of us struggle with the changes, the fact is: If you’re sheltering in place - you’re fortunate.

There are people among us who do not have the luxury of staying at home, perhaps because they don’t have a home. Others have suddenly lost jobs.

If you head downtown in Columbia, you’ll find the sidewalks and parking garages are nearly empty, the schools have closed and many of the systems we have in place to care for the most vulnerable in our community are scrambling to meet the needs of those most in need under this new normal.

What is it like for you if you already were struggling before this crisis, or if you’ve now had the rug and your livelihood pulled out from under you?

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Walker Claridge is trying his best to supply local ranchers, farmers and vegetable growers with an income during a global pandemic.

As the owner of the farm-to-table restaurant Broadway Brewery, he typically buys products from local farmers. But stay-at-home orders and increasing social distancing policies due to COVID-19 have changed Claridge’s business. As a farmer himself, he’s also navigating how to sell 60 to 80 pounds of vegetables and greens a week to his regular buyers.

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