• UPDATE: Air, land and water search underway for man in Missouri River [embedded content] Posted on 29 March 2020 at 7:24pm

    BOONVILLE - A land, water and air search was underway for a man who jumped over the side of a bridge.

    Around 7:30 p.m., MSHP Troop F said in a tweet that they are suspending the search until tomorrow.

  • Trump extends federal social distancing guidelines to April 30 Posted on 29 March 2020 at 6:37pm

    (CNN) -- President Donald Trump said Sunday he would extend his "slow the spread" social distancing guidelines to April 30 as novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout the US.

    "The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end," the President said at a White House news conference. "Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30th, to slow the spread. On Tuesday we will be finalizing these plans and providing a summary of our findings, supporting data and strategy to the American people."

  • 19 people in Boone County recovered from COVID-19 Posted on 29 March 2020 at 3:46pm

    COLUMBIA - 19 people in Boone County have recovered from COVID-19, according to the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services on Sunday afternoon.

    34 cases are still active in the county, according to Lucio Bitoy, a spokesperson for the county health department. One person has died due to the virus in Boone County, making it a total of 54 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Local chefs to provide free meal for those in need Posted on 29 March 2020 at 2:38pm

    COLUMBIA— Columbia chefs are donating food and resources to provide "Scrappy Meals" for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    People can pick up take-home meals  from 2-4 p.m. Monday, March 30 at 220 N. Tenth Street— the parking lot of Cafe Berlin. 

  • New York state nears 1,000 coronavirus deaths Posted on 29 March 2020 at 2:18pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York state's coronavirus death toll is nearing 1,000.

    The state accounts for more than 40% of coronavirus deaths in the U.S.

  • Columbia, Boone County first responders confront challenges of COVID-19 Posted on 29 March 2020 at 11:58am

    COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN —Outside a hospital’s confines, providing medical care as a first responder in the wake of COVID-19 adds another challenge — an environment that can be as infectious as the patient. Homes can be potential virus-laden incubators. And its inhabitants, even the ones who aren’t showing symptoms, can carry the disease.

    “We pretty much assume every surface in the house is contaminated,” Joshua Stilley said. “We may have to get on their bed to move them, or we’re hitting the walls in their house where they’ve touched.”

  • Up to 200K deaths foreseen in US as Spain, Italy demand help Posted on 29 March 2020 at 11:07am

    AP—The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday, as authorities urged people in and around the nation's deadliest hot spot, New York City, to limit their travel to contain the scourge.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the dire prediction on CNN's “State of the Union,” adding that millions in the U.S. could become infected.

  • Sunday COVID-19 Coverage: Missouri nearing 1,000 confirmed cases [embedded content] Posted on 29 March 2020 at 7:27am

    COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community.

    KOMU 8 News is tracking all positive cases broken down by county here and all closings and cancellations here.

  • Morgan County confirms its first COVID-19 case Posted on 28 March 2020 at 10:32pm

    MORGAN COUNTY - Morgan County Health Center (MCHC) posted to their Facebook page to let residents in the area know that they have their first confirmed case of COVID-19. 

    MCHC said the case was not related to travel, and they are not releasing any information about the individual for privacy reasons. They also said they notified the individual to ensure they are following the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Center for Disease Control guidelines for isolation. MCHC also said they are working to identify any close contacts of the individual to monitor their symptoms as well. 

  • State representative continues COVID-19 recovery at home [embedded content] Posted on 28 March 2020 at 7:39pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - State Representative Joe Runions is continuing his recovery from COVID-19 at home.

    On March 20, the Bipartisan House Leadership announced Runions tested positive for COVID-19.