COVID active cases showing 'uptick' in Cape County, trending younger (5/7/21)Cape Girardeau County Emergency Management Agency director Mark Winkler told the County Commission on Thursday about an increase in new active coronavirus cases from 16 to 39 in a week's time. "We're starting to see the virus being more prevalent among younger folks, those under the age of 22," said Winkler, who has been the county's EMA director since 2018...
Parson issues 'return to office' directive (5/6/21)Noting the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Mike Parson issued a directive Wednesday calling for all state workers to return to their offices for "in-person" work no later than May 17. The directive also called for all state buildings to be open and accessible to the public during normal business hours...
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