Archives for December 2020

Governor Announces Partnership With Vizient to Expand Hospital Capacity

As hospitals across Missouri continue to face staffing challenges due to COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson yesterday announced a 12-week partnership with Vizient, the nation’s leading health care performance improvement company, to bring in additional staff and further expand statewide hospital capacity. The Governor says staffing continues to be one of the biggest challenges right now, and officials are doing everything they can at the state level to assist. Through the partnership, Vizient will deploy up to 760 additional staff members through its contracted agencies to multiple, geographically dispersed hospitals across the state, including registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and certified nurse assistants. When fully deployed, the plan will add nearly 600 hospital beds to Missouri’s statewide bed capacity. The state will fund the first phase of the project through the end of this year using CARES Act funding, and hospital partners will fund the remainder.

Ten New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Adair County

Adair County’s total COVID-19 case count rose to 1,250 yesterday with confirmation of 10 new cases. There are 101 active cases and 1,149 people who have left isolation. The new cases involve females ages 20, 29, 42, 54, 57, 77, 87 and 89, and males ages 44 and 64. One case is in the higher education sector. Two are in households with at least one other confirmed case.

Scotland County R1 School District Returns to In-Person Learning

The Kirksville R-III school district wasn’t the only on in Northeast Missouri to resume in-person learning this week…the Scotland County R1 School District did as well. The school board voted to move to distance learning last month which was in effect from November 20th through the 30th. Students returned to the classrooms on Tuesday. Extracurricular activities also resumed this week. As for Kirksville R-III, only Kindergarten through 8th grade students are at Level II Learning this week. High school students will resume in-person learning starting Monday.

Police Arrest Stolen Vehicle Suspect

Kirksville police arrested a man yesterday after a vehicle theft. Just after 10AM, Kirksville Police responded to the parking lot of Hy-Vee Foods in reference to a vehicle stolen from the lot. Police were informed a customer parked their maroon 2007 Ford Focus in the lot and entered the store. When the customer returned outside, the vehicle was gone. Police were informed the vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys inside. Soon after, an officer located the stolen vehicle in an apartment complex parking lot in the 1500 block of South Jamison Street. Officers located the 29-year-old male suspect and took him into custody and the stolen vehicle was returned to the owner. Kirksville Interim Police Chief Justin Jones reminds residents to secure your vehicle while you are away from it and do not leave any items of value inside.

KV Activities Winter Sports Update

The Kirksville R-III Activities Office announced an update yesterday for winter sports. For all home events, KV will allow one spectator per participant until further notice. The spectator will give their name and the players name upon entering. There will not be tickets. For away events, every game will be different. Most require tickets. Some do not allow spectators. Some clear the gym after each game. Coaches will send the details/tickets home with the players. Schedules are continuing to change. Coaches will send those changes and the details out to their respective teams.

Adair County Confirms 590 Cases in November

Adair County closed the month of November with 590 cases of COVID-19, more than 48% of the rest of the year combined. Total cases now stand at 1,221 with an uptick predicted following the Thanksgiving holiday. The health department says not only did residents see a surge of cases in November, but also an increase in hospitalizations, use of a ventilator and two COVID-related deaths. The range of ages of those who tested positive during the month was 5 months to 95 years old. The 23 cases confirmed yesterday include two in the skilled nursing facility sector, three in the K-12 schools sector, and one employee of an area meat-processing plant. Of the 13 cases at addresses with at least one other confirmed case, two addresses account for seven of yesterday’s cases.

Adair County Confirms 590 Cases in November

Adair County closed the month of November with 590 cases of COVID-19, more than 48% of the rest of the year combined. Total cases now stand at 1,221 with an uptick predicted following the Thanksgiving holiday. The health department says not only did residents see a surge of cases in November, but also an increase in hospitalizations, use of a ventilator and two COVID-related deaths. The range of ages of those who tested positive during the month was 5 months to 95 years old. The 23 cases confirmed yesterday include two in the skilled nursing facility sector, three in the K-12 schools sector, and one employee of an area meat-processing plant. Of the 13 cases at addresses with at least one other confirmed case, two addresses account for seven of yesterday’s cases.

Macon County Adds 90 New COVID-19 Cases and 1 New Death

Macon County Health reported 90 additional positive COVID-19 cases since last week. The county currently has 133 active cases, 2 people are hospitalized. One new death was also reported, as the total rose from 11 last week, to 12 this week.

Patrol Reports 10 Fatalities Over 2020 Thanksgiving Holiday

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 10 people died in traffic crashes during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period–from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 29. None of the fatalities were in the Troop B area in Northeast Missouri. Statewide there were 321 crashes with 72 injuries, 100 DWI and 78 drug arrests. Last years report included 404 traffic crashes with 7 fatalities and 166 injuries.

Winterizing Your Water Meter

As colder temperatures have arrived, the City of Kirksville is reminding residents that now is the time to winterize your water meter. If your water meter is prone to freezing, there are precautions you should to prevent the meter from freezing and breaking including: Making sure you have a tight-fitting lid on your meter pit, filling the meter pit with fiberglass insulation, especially if your lid doesn’t fit well, and placing a blanket or straw bale on top of the lid for insulation.