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The Missouri Department of Social Services announced Monday that Pandemic SNAP benefits will be extended through December.

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The Jefferson City Police Department will not be receiving body cameras this year.

The city’s Public Safety Committee met Tuesday morning to discuss getting the department body cameras. Members of the committee determined there was not enough money in the budget to get them for the department.

Carlos Graham represents Jefferson City’s Fourth Ward on the city council. He said the Jefferson City community brought the issue to his attention.

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Boone County hospitals are reaching capacity for COVID-19 patients. I

n a statement released Tuesday, MU Health Care, Boone Hospital Center, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital and the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services said rising case rates are straining healthcare resources and staffing.

In response to the influx of new patients, the hospitals will begin to enact their individual surge plans. Boone Hospital Center increased its COVID-19 unit capacity from 20 to 32 beds on Monday after weeks of meeting that capacity.

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Incumbent District 47 State Representative Chuck Basye has won a final term as state representative against opponent Adrian Plank.

Basye, a Republican from Rocheport, was elected in 2014, defeating John Wright and successfully defending his seat in every election since. He and Plank previously faced off in the 2018 midterms, with Plank losing by a margin of about 2,000 votes. This year’s election was not as close; Basye held 10,825 votes at the end of the night, while Plank held 8,045, for a margin of 2,780. 

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The City of Columbia is starting a loan fund for local small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The Small Business Recovery Loan Program will give eligible businesses up to $15,000 in loans to cover expenses and adjustments caused by the pandemic. The program comes from the Housing Programs Division and will be open to locally owned Columbia businesses that have between six and 49 employees.

The loan is 0 percent interest and will be forgiven so long as the business can prove it has had at least one low-to-moderate income employee for the past year. The funds for the program are coming from the CARES Act, which provided extra money for recovery efforts through community development block grants.

Randy Cole is the housing programs manager for the City of Columbia. He said at the beginning of the pandemic, local businesses were struggling to stay open.

“We had 161 businesses report how long they could operate under the current state of conditions,” Cole said. “At that time, seven and a half percent were less than a month, 11 percent were one month and 27 percent were two months. And that was back in April.”

Cole said that even though Columbia’s begun to reopen, businesses continue to need help and relief.

“Certainly, we’ve reopened, but there’s still additional restrictions in place, still additional issues with consumer confidence in going out, so there’s a significant number of businesses that have contacted us that are still interested and need that assistance,” Cole said. “So, I think that need is still there.”

The initial fund will be able to support 26 businesses, but Cole said they have plans to try and help out more businesses, possibly expanding outside of the city of Columbia.

“So, we applied for funds through the county to help fund additional businesses here in Columbia and potentially help some businesses that are out in the county area, or non-city,” Cole said. “So, we’re still waiting to hear back from the county on that, but I would anticipate hearing something here within the next week or two.”

Applications for the loan will open on October 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Mayor Brian Treece commended Columbia and Boone County’s stay-at-home order in a livestreamed community briefing held Wednesday afternoon.

The mayor was joined by four local health and public officials. They praised Columbia’s quick response to the pandemic and the community’s social distancing efforts. Mayor Treece said as of April 8, there are only eight active cases in Boone County, with 63 recoveries and 1 death. MU Health Care Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Stevan Whitt also said there are enough ventilators at University Hospital for 150 people.

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