Archives for August 2020

New COVID-19 Cases in Adair County Includes a Student

Five more cases of COVID-19 were reported over the weekend. On Friday, The Adair County Public Health Department announced three new cases of community spread involving an 11-year-old female, a 57-year-old male and a 35-year-old female. The 11-year-old is a student at an Adair County K-12 school. On Saturday, two more cases were confirmed from community spread. The cases are two males, ages 44 and 33. The 33-year-old lives in a household with a previously confirmed case. The number of cases year to date as of Saturday was 227, 31 of which are active. One hundred ninety-six people have left isolation.

Kirksville R-III Positive Covid-19 Test Statement

The Kirksville R-III School District received confirmation on Thursday evening of two students, one positive and the other presumed positive for the COVID virus.  Working in conjunction with the Adair County Health Department, those impacted have been notified. 

The school district, in their statement online about the positive COVID-19 test says, “the safety of our students and staff is our top priority and we will continue to work diligently to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff.”

Hog Building Catches Fire Near Shelbina

A hog building caught fire Saturday morning near Shebina. The Shelbina Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched to Latchford Farms at Lakenan and found a hog building fully engulfed in flames. There were several other structures in immediate danger. There were no pigs in the building at the time of the fire.
The Latchfords expressed their appreciation for the fire department online. Barbara Baker Latchford said that while the fire was a terrible thing, no one was injured. Shelbina firefighters were assisted by the Shelby Community Fire Department, Monroe City Fire Protection District, Shelby County Sherriff’s Department, Salt River Ambulance District, Monroe City Ambulance District, Shelby County E911 & Monroe County Joint Communications.

Foul Play Not Suspected in Death of Shelbina Woman

Police say foul play is not suspected in the death of a Shelbina woman. The 39-year-old was found yesterday morning in the 600 block of East Walnut. An investigation is still underway and an autopsy will be performed. The Police Department was assisted by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Salt River Ambulance District and Shelby County Coroner.

MoDOT Concerned Over Alarming Rise in Work Zone and TMA Crashes

The state is experiencing an alarming rise in work zone and TMA crashes. MoDOT reports they’ve already had 39 truck/trailer-mounted attenuators hit in work zones across the state this year. That compares with 19 hits at this time in 2019. Attenuators are like giant, crushable shock absorbers which absorb momentum and reduce the force of the impact. Damage to drivers and vehicles involved is lessened. MoDOT Director Patrick K. McKenna says a 100% increase in TMA hits at a time when traffic on Missouri roads has decreased by nearly 50% for much of the year is an overwhelming figure. He adds that it’s also completely avoidable with appropriate driver attention.

“Distracted driving has been recognized as a major factor in work zone crashes,” said Nicole Hood, state highway safety and traffic engineer. “Since 2014, cell phone related crashes in MO have increased by 35%. Using a cellphone in a car is potentially one of the most dangerous actions you can take while driving.”

COVID-19 Case Count Updates

Three residents infected by community spread bring the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Adair County since March to 222. The three new cases involve a 39-year-old female, a 29-year-old female, and a 25-year-old male. There are now 31 active cases while 191 have left isolation.

Four new positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Macon County yesterday. The Macon County Health Department reports the new cases involve two women, age 20-29 and age 60-69, and two men age 30-39. Two of the new cases were infected by community spread, one was a household contact to a positive case, and one is due to out of county work. Macon County reports there has been an increase of 40 positive cases for the month of August.

Knox County announced yesterday that there are currently no active cases of COVID-19 there.

Missouri to Begin Paying $300 a Week in Extra Unemployment

The state of Missouri will begin paying $300 a week in extra unemployment this week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this month approved Missouri’s application to participate in a program restoring half of the $600 weekly supplement approved by Congress that expired at the end of July. President Trump restored the extra unemployment benefits via executive order two weeks ago after an extension was not approved by Congress. The payments are retroactive to August 1st.

Adair County Confirms 7 New Cases of COVID-19

After a quiet three days, seven new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among Adair County residents yesterday, bringing the year-to-date total to 219 cases. Thirty-two cases are active (in isolation) and 187 have left isolation. The seven cases are all attributed to community spread with only one involving a
household with a previously confirmed positive case. Three of the new cases are related to the higher education sector. One of the new cases is a 21-year-old male. The other five cases are females ages 34, 47, 33, 20, 19, and 31. An Adair County resident hospitalized at the VA Hospital in Columbia was discharged yesterday. Another resident remains hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center. That patient was admitted on August 20.

Mask Up Kirksville Campaign

The city has a message for residents and visitors – Mask Up Kirksville. It’s not a mandate, but rather a public information campaign to encourage everyone to wear a mask out of consideration to protect their neighbors, loved ones, and themselves. City leaders are masking up too – one example is the City Council who wears masks during public meetings to protect resident’s ability to participate in their local government. The city asks you to mask up too to keep businesses, schools, churches, and public institutions open and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Kirksville R-III Students Go Back to School in Hybrid Model

Students in Kirksville R-III are back in the classroom. The first day of school under Level 2 of the Return to Learn Plan got underway yesterday. Students will continue with this hybrid model for two weeks. The district will reevaluate the learning level at that time. Under Level 2, Students in grades 6-12 attend in-person school on alternating days, while students in grades kindergarten through 5th report to school each day.

Additional changes for students this fall to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include the use of face coverings, reporting to a classroom or designated area upon arrival, instead of gathering in common areas, altered cafeteria procedures, and classrooms designed for social distancing.