Number of Southeast Missouri coronavirus cases increases (3/30/20)As numbers and information regarding confirmed cases of the new coronavirus continue to change in most Missouri counties, many health departments have begun publishing daily updates to websites and social media accounts. The State of Missouri currently has 903 positive cases and 10 deaths as of 3 p.m. Sunday, according to the most-recent numbers published by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services...
Heeter performs online after live shows canceled because of COVID-19 (3/30/20)As many musicians all over the world are doing, Cape Girardeau singer-songwriter Jason Heeter is taking his music online in lieu of live gigs, but it hurts, he said. Heeter said for the last two weeks, every gig has canceled, including a St. Patrick's Day party in Chester, Illinois, and other celebrations closer to home...
SUNDAY REPORT: 3 new cases of COVID-19 in Cape County; second case in Bollinger County (3/29/20)Three new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Cape Girardeau County and a second identified in Bollinger County, according to new releases from county health centers on Sunday.
Trump says feds developing new guidelines for virus risk (3/29/20)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to the nation's governors, Trump said the new guidelines are meant to enable state and local leaders to make “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other measures they have put in place.” States and municipalities would still retain authority to set whatever restrictions deem necessary.. ...
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Alma Schrader Day celebrated from afar (3/25/20)Faculty and staff members at Alma Schrader Elementary School did not let social distancing stop them from celebrating Alma Schrader Day on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Cape Girardeau. The event featured 1950's music and fashion in recognition of the Cape Girardeau elementary school's founding in 1959.
Virtual Sunday services at Cape Bible Chapel (3/22/20)In accordance with federal and state regulations and suggested precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Cape Bible Chapel held its inaugural broadcast of a Sunday service March 22, 2020, in Cape Girardeau. Pastor Eric Coher said the church was already in the process of acquiring a system to provide its services via a live-streamed broadcast, but recently expedited the process of installing the system.
Jefferson Elementary neighborhoods visited by parade of teachers in cars (3/22/20)Staff members and school administrators from Jefferson Elementary School travel through their students' various Cape Girardeau neighborhoods Sunday afternoon, March 22, 2020, for a local parade of teachers in cars. The parade began at the school going east on Jefferson Avenue and took the following turns: south onto South Sprigg Street, west onto Maple Street, south onto South Ellis Street, west onto Hackberry Street, north onto South Pacific Street, west onto Maple Street again, south onto South Benton Street, through Hackberry Apartments and continuing to LighthouseCape, then west onto Southern Expressway and north onto South West End Boulevard with one last lap through Brenda Kay Court before concluding back at the school.
Meals for kids (3/18/20)Cape Girardeau School District started providing meals to children Wednesday, March 18, 2020, while schools are closed due to concerns over COVID-19. Kristin Tallent, communications director for Cape Girardeau Public Schools, said there are five locations (all of the elementary schools) operating from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Tallent said the food, for any kids 18 years old and younger, consists of a hot lunch and a breakfast item to take home for the next day. “We know that so many of our families depend on us to provide meals for their children and so we want to make sure we continue that even though we’re not, you know, able to be back in school right now,” Tallent said. In an email after the first day of the service, Tallent said 636 children were served Wednesday from the five locations. Tallent said the plan is to provide the service as long as school is out. “And hopefully we’ll be able to continue to provide it,” she said. Tallent said the service is available for any children 18 and younger not just students of Cape Girardeau Public Schools.
Seniors-only shopping hour at Schnucks (3/18/20)In an effort to provide senior shoppers with easier access to groceries amid coronavirus-related supply shortages, Schnucks made its first hour of business limited to customers of ages 60 and older beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The grocery store has also implemented reduced operating hours with daily closures from 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. to allow staff members to restock shelves and perform additional cleaning measures.
Democratic leader dies as Missouri coronavirus cases top 900 (3/30/20)CLINTON, Mo. -- A Democratic Party leader in western Missouri died Sunday after contracting COVID-19 as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state exceeded 900 and the death toll reached 12. The death of William "Al" Grimes, the Henry County Democratic Party chairman, was announced in a tweet from state chairwoman Jean Peters Baker. It came after the Henry County Health Center in Clinton, about 60 miles southeast of Kansas City, announced that a man in his 70s had died...
Trump adds 30 days to distancing guidelines as virus spreads (3/29/20)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S. The initial 15-day period of social distancing urged by the federal government expires Monday and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing the national guidelines at least in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic. But instead he decided to extend them through April 30, a tacit acknowledgment he'd been too optimistic. Many states and local governments have stiffer controls in place on mobility and gatherings.
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