Archives for December 2020

Activities Will Resume at Kirksville R-III

The Kirksville school board voted this week to allow activities to resume. It was decided that when the district is at Level 3 of its Return to Learn plan, activities will operate at Level 2. The district recently pivoted their Return to Learn model back to Level 3, with students returning to virtual learning this week. With that pivot, activities scheduled through Dec. 12 continued but stopped until the board decided on how activities would be impacted. While activities will resume, a date has not yet been set. The school district will share that information once determined.

Adair County Reports 25 new Cases

The Adair County Health Department confirmed 25 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, which brings the total to 1,560. There are 179 active cases and 1,378 people who have left isolation. A 13-year-old male reported in Wednesday’s count was removed because it was determined he resides in Sullivan County. Ten of the new cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. Three of the new cases are in the K-12 schools sector. A 62-year-old male previously reported as an admission to University Hospital in Columbia was discharged to home on December 11th.

Community Rallies Behind Family Who Lost Home in Fire

The community is rallying behind a local family who lost their home in a fire. The fire broke out Saturday night at the residence southeast of Kirksville. The occupants, Jackie and Billy Durham, were able to get out safely. They were not able to rescue their four dogs. The couple lost everything in the blaze. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Durham family get back on their feet, and as of last night, over $8,000 of the $10,000 goal had been raised. Find the Durham’s House Fire Fund here:

Steve Farnsworth Drive Dedication Ceremony This Saturday

A dedication ceremony for a street that will be renamed after former Police Chief Steve Farnsworth will happen this weekend. The Kirksville R-III School District and the City of Kirksville will host the ceremony Saturday, at 10:00 am, to dedicate the section of roadway between South Cottage Grove and East Normal Avenues “Steve Farnsworth Drive.” The naming of this roadway is meant to be a lasting tribute to Kirksville Chief of Police Steve Farnsworth. Those who wish to attend this outdoor event are asked to park in the Kirksville High School Parking Lot.

2 More COVID-19 Related Deaths in Macon County

2 more COVID-19 related deaths have been confirmed in Macon County. The health department’s latest update shows the total deaths at 19, with 76 active cases and 10 people hospitalized.

Cases and Testing Continue Upward in Adair County

COVID-19 cases and testing continue upward in Adair County. According to the health department, more than 20,396 tests have been conducted in Adair county and some of the surrounding counties. The CDC recommends the positivity rates be maintained at less than 5%. But the positivity rate reflected in results from the December 7 drive-through testing event at NEMO fairgrounds, conducted by the Missouri National Guard, was much higher. There were 273 people tested with 35 resulting positives for a rate of 12.8%. The positivity rate among the 244 Adair County residents tested was roughly 12%.

The Adair County Health Department announced twenty new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed yesterday, bringing the total number to 1,535. There are 172 active cases, 1, 360 people who have left isolation and three deaths. The Adair County Health Department has topped 3,000 contact tracing calls. On Tuesday, 2 people were discharged from Northeast Regional Medical Center, while a 60-year-old male was admitted, but has not required a ventilator. Ten of the new cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. Six cases are in the K-12 schools sector and one is in the skilled nursing facility sector.

Cooperation Between KDP and Adair County Sheriff’s Office Continues with Agreement

A long-standing tradition of cooperation between the Kirksville Polce Department and Adair County Sheriff’s Office will continue. The Kirksville City Council unanimously approved a intergovernmental agreement for mutual aid between the county and the city. This gives KPD officers commissions to also operate in the county. This agreement was also approved by the Adair County Commissioners.

Adair County Climbs to 1,515 Cases

Another 24 new COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday by the Adair County Health Department brings the total number of cases to 1,515. There are currently 180 active cases, 1,332 people who have left isolation and three COVID-related deaths. A previously identified 79-year-old female was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Dec. 14. She has not required use of a ventilator. Eleven of the new cases reside at addresses with at least one other case. There are two cases each in the higher education and K-12 schools sectors and one case in the skilled nursing facility sector.

Ameren Suspends Disconnections for the Holidays

Ahead of the holiday season, Ameren Missouri will voluntarily suspend service disconnections for residential and business customers through Jan. 5, 2021. While the temporary suspension is in place, the company is urging customers who are struggling to pay their bill to take action now to avoid unmanageable balances next year. Help is available for customers needing assistance with their energy statements. Tara Oglesby, vice president, Customer Experience, Ameren Missouri, says they understand this time of year can be particularly difficult for families facing financial hardship, and this year is no exception as many have been affected by COVID-19. She says Ameren has several solutions available to help, so customers needing help with their energy bill should contact Ameren today. Learn more at

COVID-19 Case Count Update from Monday

Eleven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Adair County on Saturday, eight on Sunday and 30 yesterday brings the county’s count to 1,491. On Sunday, a 21-year-old female who was hospitalized on December 9th was discharged from Northeast Regional Medical Center. The 82-year-old female confirmed on Sunday was admitted to NRMC on December 12th and is not requiring use of a ventilator. Among Monday’s cases are five cases each in the K-12 schools and skilled nursing facility sectors and 17 cases residing at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.