Archives for October 2020

Drive-Through Flu Clinic

The Adair County Health Department says getting your flu vaccine is even more important during the pandemic. The health department is hosting its annual drive-through flu clinic from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m today at the NEMO Fairgrounds. Vaccines will be administered at no cost to Adair County residents, although those with Medicare and Medicaid coverage should bring their cards to the clinic. No pre-registration is required, and vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis until doses run out.

Adair County Approaching 450 COVID-19 Cases

The Adair County Health Department confirmed eight new cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents yesterday. The total number of cases is now 444 with 58 active cases and 386 people out of isolation. The new cases include females ages 20 and 53, and males ages 18, 35, 40, 48, 59 and 61. All new cases are attributed to community spread with three of those cases in the higher education sector.
An 81-year-old male readmitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on October 2nd was discharged yesterday to The Pines.

New Utility Poles Going Up in Kirksville

New utility poles are going up in Kirksville. SQF, LLC, has been approved to place thirty-one new 40-foot utility poles in City rights-of-way for U.S. Cellular small wireless facilities. These sites were identified based on their analysis of local context, the needs of wireless users, and U.S. Cellular’s network requirements. The contractor, True North Management Services, LLC, is scheduled to begin construction mid-month and complete the project by the end of November. See a list of the approximate locations for these small wireless facilities with this announcement on the City of Kirksville’s Facebook page.

Macon County Route DD Gets Bridge Replacement at Billy’s Branch

The new bridge on Macon County Route DD is open at Billy’s Branch, located just west of Ten Mile. The new bridge is 24 feet wide, which is 4 feet wider than the old bridge. Guardrail was also added to increase the safety of motorists crossing the bridge. This bridge was included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at HHES New Recycling Facility

The City of Kirksville and High Hope Employment Services, Inc., will host a ribbon cutting and open house at HHES’s new recycling facility and store, located at 2819 Halliburton, Kirksville, today at 10:00 am. In January 2020, the City was awarded a Missouri Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant on behalf of HHES for the property acquisition of the former Pepsi Cola Memphis Bottling Company building. Andrea Rowland, Executive Director of HHES, stated their organization is proud to have been able to partner with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the City of Kirksville, and Adair County Senate Bill 40 to be able to finalize this project that will allow crucial services to those with disabilities. City of Kirksville Mayor Zac Burden said the expansion of High Hope Employment Services serves the public good through increasing employment opportunities for residents with disabilities and creating additional options for recycling in our community.

Adair County Public Library Suspends In-Building Browsing Appointments

The Adair County Public Library has suspended in-building browsing appointments. In response to the level of Covid-19 positive cases in Adair County, the library yesterday decided they will no longer offer browsing appointments or computer appointments at this time, but curbside pickup will continue. And while the building will be closed for entry, copying, remote printing, and faxing are still available. Books may be ordered for curbside pickup. The curbside process will not change. Materials will still be quarantined for four days before being cleaned and checked in. Fines are not being charged at this time. Curbside will last until at least Saturday, October 17. LIbrary management says if Covid-19 cases continue to increase, curbside will continue. Curbside hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For questions call the library at 665-6038.

City Mourns The Passing Of Chief Of Police Steve Farnsworth

Community leaders and members are expressing their condolences to the family of Kirksville Police Chief Steve Farnsworth, who passed away. News of his sudden passing was announced yesterday. The city issued a statement that Chief Farnswoth was a champion of community policing and will be sorely missed by the community he served. The City asks that residents join them in keeping Farnsworth’s family – and especially his sons – in your thoughts. Farnsworth was 57-years-old. Deputy Chief of Police Justin Jones will serve as interim Chief of Police.

Knox County R-I Makes Adjustments After Positive COVID-19 Case

Some students in the Knox County R-I School District will be going all virtual learning for the next few weeks after a positive COVID19 case and possible exposure to some of the students and staff in the elementary school. The Knox County R-I School District in collaboration with the health department have conducted contact tracing and determined that for the health and safety of students and staff, all second grade and fourth grade students will be going to virtual learning for the next two weeks.

Adair County Reaches 429 COVID-19 Cases

The highest 24-hour total of new COVID-19 cases to date was reported on Friday by the Adair County Health Department with 16 new cases. Then Saturday, another 13 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed bringing the county’s year-to-date total to 429. There are currently 63 active cases and 366 people who have left isolation. Seven Adair County residents hospitalized in Kirksville and Columbia. None have required a ventilator.

Six of Friday’s cases are in the higher education sector and seven reside at addresses shared by at least one other confirmed case. One case is in the K-12 sector. Two youngsters are home schooled. Five of Saturday’s cases are in the higher education sector and one is in the K-12 schools sector. All cases are attributed to community spread. Two cases are in households with at least one previously confirmed case.

Kirksville Stays Out of Red Zone for COVID-19 Cases

Kirksville is still out of the red zone for COVID-19 cases. In this week’s report to governors from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Missouri continued to be in the red zone with the 11th highest case rate in the country. Red zone states exceed 101 cases per 100,000 people for a seven-day period. Missouri’s rate was 155. Kirksville was listed in the yellow zone among localities in the State of Missouri.