Archives for November 2020

Free COVID-19 Drive-Thru Event Today

There is still time to register for the free drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic coordinated by the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The testing is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., today at the NEMO Fairgrounds. Typically, you cannot be tested for COVID-19 unless you’re having symptoms of the virus, but for today’s event, you do not have to be symptomatic to get tested. Any Missouri resident can participate in this free testing. Register for the drive-through clinic at or by calling 877-435-8411.

Latest COVID-19 Cases Adair County

28 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Friday in Adair County. On Saturday, 16 new cases were confirmed, but it was later determined that one case reported – a 45-year-old male – was actually a Schuyler County resident – so that case was removed from Adair County’s case count. Yesterday,
Five new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. The total case count is now 769 with 169 active cases.

KCR-1 School District Transitions to Virtual Learning

The Knox County R-I School District announced on Friday that due to the increasing number of staff impacted by the pandemic and the shortage of people to cover them, the district will have to transition to Virtual learning for this week. Today is a no school day to allow everyone to prepare for the virtual setting. Meal service for all students will begin tomorrow.

Details about Meal Service for Kirksville R-III Students

Last week, Kirksville R-III, announced a move to Level 3 learning starting this week, and said more details would follow regarding meal service, which will continue for students. The District Food Service along with Weber Bus Service will deliver breakfast and lunch to several sites throughout the county for parents or students to pick up. A school bus will be at each site this morning from 9:15 am to 9:40. See the locations on the school district’s website or facebook page.

Meals will also be available at each of the schools daily at 11:00, Call 660-626-1441 by 9:00 to arrange for meals picked up at any of the schools to be consumed off site.

Kirksville R-III Pivoting to Level 3

Kirksville R-III is pivoting from Level 2 to Level 3 learning. In a statement issued yesterday, the district cited the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Kirksville area – 40 new cases were reported yesterday in Adair County – 8 in the K-12 schools sector. Plus, with the high numbers of staff and students required to quarantine, it is not now possible to meet the needs of the students in onsite learning. Beginning next week, District schools will be closed to in person learning. Additionally, on Monday and Tuesday November 9th and 10th, all students will remain at home, but there will not be any planned instructional activities, as staff will use those days to finalize plans for full off site learning that will begin on Wednesday November 11th.

COVID Outbreak form Athletic Event

There’s a possible COVID-19 outbreak from a recent athletic event. The Kirksville High School Athletic department was notified yesterday that during the State Quarterfinal Volleyball games they hosted on Saturday October 31st, 4 athletes, 2 coaches, and one of the officials all tested positive and may have been symptomatic at that time. Parents and students who were present are encouraged to monitor for COVID related symptoms.

District to Continue Providing Meals When In-Person Learning Ends

When the Kirksville R-III School District moves to all online learning next week, they will continue to provide meals for all students. Beginning Monday November 9th meals will be delivered to various locations around the community, similar to what took place during the spring of this year. Exact locations have not yet been determined but watch the District webpage and Facebook page for more information.

Stolen Bench Back at Sue Ross Arts Center

A missing bench at the Sue Ross Arts Center is back. The Kirksville Arts Association announced on Wednesday that the custom made bench had been stolen and appealed to the public for help finding it. Yesterday, the Arts Association posted on Facebook that thanks to amazing work by the Kirksville Police Department the bench is back home.

Adair County Records 1st COVID-19 Related Death

An 84-year-old male is the first COVID-related death in Adair County. The gentleman was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center Oct. 28 and died on November 3rd. Although he reportedly was never intubated for a ventilator, he did receive oxygen via a BiPAP machine to increase oxygen saturation.

New One Day High of COVID-19 Cases in Adair County

A new one-day high of 21 cases of COVID-19 was confirmed yesterday by the Adair County Health Department. These cases come on the heels of Monday’s report to governors from the White House Coronavirus Task Force which listed Kirksville and Adair County in the red zone for case rate over the previous seven-day period. Missouri ranks 10th in the nation for case rate, putting it firmly in the red zone.

Adair County’s current active case count is 114, meaning those individuals are in isolation. There are between 10 and 20 other people for every active case who have been advised to quarantine for at least 14 days. That means there could be between 1,100 and 2,200 other people who have been potentially exposed in the community.