Adair County Health Department voted to end its mask mandate effective May 1st. With cases continuing to remain low in the county, and only four active cases as of yesterday, the board of trustees voted unanimously to end the mask mandate. The board can bring it back if COVID-19 cases rise. Private businesses can still opt to require customers and employees to wear maskes if they wish.
Troop B investigated 7 injury crashes for the week of April 4 thru April 10. With 4 injuries being classified as moderate or serious injuries a result of those crashes. 3 occupants of those vehicles were unrestrained or not wearing a helmet on a motorcycle. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In addition, Missouri’s new strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, provides information and strategies for all Missourians to help promote four key messages: buckle up, phone down, slow down and drive sober. The plan can be viewed in full at www.savemolives.com.
A.T. Still University and Kirksville Family Medicine will host a public COVID-19 vaccine clinic tomorrow, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It will be held at the Gutensohn Clinic. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered at no cost to anyone 18 and older. To register, email email@example.com to request a time or call 660-626-2191. More than 500 people were vaccinated at ATSU in similar clinics last week. The Adair County Health Department will offer curbside vaccinations on Thursday.
The Macon County Health Department is holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic tomorrow from 1-3:30 pm. The clinic is open to all adults 18 and older. Call the health department at 660-395-4711 to schedule an appointment. The Health Department has 100 doses of vaccine for this clinic. Once appointments are full, those who want a vaccine will be added to the wait list for the next vaccine clinic.
Last week, the Kirksville R-III School District received a faxed message from the Missouri State Attorney General’s office regarding a complaint alleging a Sunshine Law violation. According to the Missouri Attorney General’s office, the Sunshine Law declares Missouri’s commitment to openness in government. The law sets out the limited instances when meetings, records, and votes may be closed, while stressing that these exceptions are to be strictly interpreted to promote the public policy of openness. Public meetings, including meetings conducted by telephone, internet, or other electronic means are to be held at reasonably convenient times and must be accessible to the public. The Kirksville R-III School District says they immediately sought clarification from the Attorney General’s office about the complaint and are continuing in the process of responding to their request for additional information.
Crews will begin on the Missouri Route 15 resurfacing and sidewalk project today. The entire project includes resurfacing from U.S. Route 136 west junction at Memphis to Missouri Route 6 north junction in Edina with sidewalk work in Edina north of Missouri Route 6, the total length of improvement being just over 22 miles. The project will also have added shoulders from U.S. 136 west junction at Memphis to Missouri Route 6 north junction in Edina, the total length of improvement is just over 21 miles.
During last week’s City Council Meeting, Kirksville Mayor Zac Burden signed a proclamation declaring April 11 through 17, “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” in the City of Kirksville. Public safety telecommunicators perform mission critical tasks behind the scenes to support police, fire and EMS. The Kirksville Police Department says this week is a way to recognize the hard work of these valuable members of public safety and thanks the women and men of the Adair County E911 Center and public safety telecommunicators nationwide.
The Macon County Clerk’s Office conducted a recount yesterday following a tie for one of the races in Tuesday’s Municipal Election. In the Ward 3 City Councilman race in the City of Macon, both Chris Walk and Jeff Skjeveland received 23 votes each. The recount showed the same results. Once the results aer certified by the Secretary of State, the City of Macon will move forward with tie break pursuant to state statute. One of two things can happen, a special election can be called or if both candidates agree, a drawing can take place to break the tie.
Scotland County Hospital’s Population Health Care Team has been recognized as “Top Performers” by Crossriver Quality Health Partners. The team was recognized for completing the highest monthly percentage of Annual Wellness Visits within all of CQHP entities for the month of February. CQHP is an organization of healthcare providers in the region. Its mission is to unite physicians and other healthcare providers to improve the patient experience, the health of populations, reduce the cost of healthcare, and improve provider satisfaction.
Due to COVID guidelines for social distancing, Saturday night’s Truman Football game against William Jewell will have limited attendance at Stokes Stadium. No general public tickets will be available and since the stadium does not have a separate visitor’s section, no visiting team fans will be allowed. Two gates will be open, one a Truman player pass list gate and one for Truman students, the other, faculty and staff presenting their Truman ID (one ticket per ID) to cap the capacity at approximately 700 spectators. Face masks and social distancing is expected at all times in the stadium. In addition, no tailgating will be allowed, no concessions will be sold. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and free online coverage can be found GLVCSN.com/Truman.