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MU Looks at Antibody Testing for Students for Fall Semester

May 8, 2020
Columns on MU campus.
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To prepare for the fall, MU is developing a task force for COVID-19 antibody testing and contact tracing, UM System President Mun Choi said Thursday.

University officials are determining whether MU should provide tests to students or ask them to get antibody tests where they reside, Choi said at a meeting of the MU Faculty Council.

Coronavirus Forces Columbia Budget Cuts

May 4, 2020
Columbia City Hall.
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Declining revenue from sales tax and other sources, along with spending in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, will force city staff and the Columbia City Council to amend the general fund budget for fiscal 2020.

The council will discuss budget adjustments at a work session before its regular meeting Monday night. At the regular meeting, it also will discuss whether to shift federal money from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development toward more help for small businesses and people struggling to keep their housing.

CARES Act Funding Group Discusses County Funding

Apr 29, 2020
Missouri's Capitol Building in 2017.
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Boone County will receive $21.2 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act sent to Missouri.

That money should be distributed to entities within the county, according to state Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick.

The six independently standing columns in front of Jesse Hall serve as a major landmark at the University of Missouri.
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The topic for the UM System Board of Curators news conference Thursday was COVID-19.

The curators held the news conference after their public session meeting, during which UM System President Mun Choi fielded questions about the university’s financials and the challenges that come with staying on top of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Choi talked about how unique this pandemic situation has been in comparison to issues in years past.

Columbia Motel Becomes Homeless Shelter During COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 30, 2020
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A low-cost hotel has become the front line for assisting the homeless residents of Columbia during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Welcome Inn is hosting the CoMo Crisis Shelter, which is housing homeless people in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the population. 

Each room houses two people, which isn't ideal, the CoMo Crisis Shelter website states, but allows it to house more people while still lowering the risk of transmission overall.

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Two more people in Boone County have tested positive for COVID-19, the city of Columbia reported in a Thursday evening news release.

The two new positive cases involved people in their 60s and 70s. Both are related to out-of-state contact with another person who had tested positive.

This brings the total number of positive cases discovered in Boone County to three. The first person diagnosed, who was in their 60s, died Wednesday.

UM Campuses to Shut Down Through April 12

Mar 20, 2020
Jesse Hall and MU columns.
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Starting Monday, all four campuses in the University of Missouri System are closing. No one will physically work on campus unless directed otherwise, UM System President Mun Choi said in a systemwide email Thursday afternoon.

The shutdown will continue through April 12 and is meant to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Randall Williams, Mayor Brian Treece and Governor Mike Parson stand together.
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Just hours before announcing the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Boone County, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece hosted Missouri Governor Mike Parson at Columbia City Hall to discuss the local and state response to the ongoing pandemic. 

Parson and Treece, along with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams, heads of area hospitals and emergency response personnel talked testing and economic relief, among other things.

First Positive COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Mid-Missouri

Mar 18, 2020
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Two people, one in Boone County and one in Cole County, have tested positive for COVID-19, making them the first confirmed cases of the virus in mid-Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.

The individual who tested positive in Boone County is in their 60s and is currently self-isolating at home, according to MU Health Care, where the patient has been treated. The case — one of 16 known in Missouri as of Tuesday night — is related to travel from another country.