Safe, Not Scared: Novel Coronavirus

  Coronavirus cases jump in worst-hit trio of US, Brazil and India

The virus isn't slowing in the three worst-affected countries: the United States, Brazil and India. They account for more than 60% of new cases globally.

  True toll of COVID-19 in nursing homes still unknown

Graves County COVID-19 cases increase to 280

Cape Girardeau County Health Department reports 16 new cases of COVID-19

Reynolds County Health center confirms 1 new COVID-19 case

  4,524 total COVID-19 cases in the Heartland as of 7/09

  Mask requirements put in place in Cape Girardeau

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Mississippi Co. Health Dept. encourages COVID-19 screenings

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

$36.2 million in additional CARES act funding to go to Kentucky health departments

Eight more COVID-19 cases reported in Bi-County area

Mo. officials address questions on school reopening guidance

Three new cases of COVID-19 reported in Jackson County Ill.

Gov. Beshear announces mandatory mask requirement in Ky.

Governor Andy Beshear announced new mandatory health requirements to combat COVID-19 in Kentucky on Thursday, July 9.

City of Jackson PD to modify police response due to COVID-19 increase

For non-emergency calls, like crimes that already occurred, with no suspect present, and no immediate threat, a police officer will take police reports over the telephone instead of a physical response.

Murray State installs plexiglass barriers on campus to promote social distancing

On Thursday, July 9, the university said the facilities management team installed the barriers.

  Why are face masks important? Just ask Bill Nye

The “Science Guy” is out with a couple of face mask videos on TikTok that have captured the attention of millions.

Ill. Dept. of Public Health announces 1,018 new confirmed cases of COVID-19

Gov. Parson discusses education in Mo. during pandemic recovery

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

TDH: More than 1,600 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Tennessee

WHO: Indoor airborne spread of coronavirus possible

Cape Girardeau PD lobby to close due to rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in area

Mo. officials release CARES Act funding ‘toolkit’ for local governments

Federal funding was made available to state and local governments for COVID-19-related expenses.

  Burrito-ville to reopen Monday, require masks for entering building

According to its Facebook page, the last of the COVID-19 test results came in and all the employees at Burrito-Ville were negative.

Perry Co. Memorial Hospital on-duty ER physician was asymptomatic, tested positive for COVID-19

He said the doctor was tested because another physician, who was off-duty at the time, had tested positive.

  CDC head sticking to school-opening guides Trump criticized

Redfield commented a day after Trump complained the reopening guidelines were “very tough and expensive."

  Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices amid pandemic

Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. That's the latest thinking from some public health experts.

  Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible

Researchers from Italy said Thursday that they studied 31 women with COVID-19 who delivered babies in March and April.

  Cape Girardeau Public Schools re-entry plan for fall 2020 includes online, in-person learning

School leaders said parents and guardians should look for more information from individual buildings as it gets closer to the first day of school, which is set for Monday, August 24.

  US economy may be stalling out as viral outbreak worsens

The persistently elevated level of layoffs are occurring as a spike in virus cases has forced six states to reverse their move to reopen businesses.

  Mask, face coverings to be required in Cape Girardeau city facilities

Visitors to City of Cape Girardeau facilities will be required to wear a mask or face covering beginning Friday, July 10.

  Medical-grade masks offer far better protection than cloth ones, study says

Cloth masks are better than nothing at protecting people from disease, but they don’t compare to medical-grade masks.

Tokyo Games face skeptics, 1-day COVID-19 infection record

The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Perryville youth sport leagues to continue

Youth baseball and softball is still on.

  Atlanta mayor defies governor, requires masks in city

Atlanta's mayor says she will sign an executive order mandating masks in Georgia's largest city Wednesday, defying Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings.

Shelby County restaurants asked to help with contact tracing

Your next restaurant experience in Shelby County will look different in the coming days.

  Trump to America’s schools: Reopen or may lose federal funds

The president unleashed his threat on Twitter.

  SIH creates new position to help hospitalized patients connect with loved ones

Being in the hospital alone can be scary and isolating, whether you have COVID-19 or some other kind of medical issue.

  US virus cases top 3 million, Americans face frustrating test delays

Labs are reporting shortages of materials and don’t have enough workers to process the tests, leading to severe backups that could worsen as economies reopen and new infections emerge.

  18 more Cape Girardeau County residents test positive for COVID-19

The Cape Girardeau Public Health Center has reported 18 more COVID-19 cases, on July 8.

  Coping with stress during COVID-19 pandemic

The pandemic has altered every aspect of life, according to the American Psychological Association. People in the Heartland are finding ways to cope.

  Cape Girardeau Public Schools will hire a contact tracer

The contact tracer will notify students and staff who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

  Ivy League suspends fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Ivy League will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge

President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa that drew thousands of people in late June, along with large protests that accompanied it, “likely contributed” to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

US consumers reduced their borrowing by $18.3 billion in May

U.S. consumers reduced their borrowing for a third straight month May as the millions of jobs lost because of the coronavirus pandemic made households less eager to take on new debt.

402 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Kentucky

At least 4,912 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

  Man yells at elderly woman over face mask at Fla. Costco

The man who took the video said the individual started to yell at and harass the elderly woman. When he cut in, the man started yelling at him.

S7HD reports 1 newly recovered COVID-19 patient

The region has had 18 deaths.

Perryville Youth Baseball/Softball League to continue with modifications

The Youth Baseball/Softball League in Perryville will continue with modifications.

Two more COVID-19 cases reported in Williamson County

Of the positive cases, 84 have recovered in Williamson County and 16 have recovered in Franklin County.

980 new COVID-19 cases reported in Illinois

As of July 7, 1,518 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.

Illinois to expand COVID-19 mobile testing program

Governor JB Pritzker has announced the expansion of Illinois’s mobile testing operation with 12 COVID-19 teams.

Bollinger County reports 19 total COVID-19 cases

There are currently eight active cases.

Federal agencies, hazmat crews respond to Florida church selling COVID-19 ‘miracle solution’

Multiple agencies were called to the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing in Bradenton in connection with search warrants.

Brooks Brothers, worn by Lincoln and Kennedy, goes bankrupt

The coronavirus pandemic pushed the 200-year-old company to seek Chapter 11 protection Wednesday.

  United will warn 36,000 workers they could be laid off

The outlook for a recovery in air travel has dimmed in just the past two weeks, as infection rates rise in much of the U.S. and some states imposed new quarantine requirements.

Reynolds County reports 3 new cases of COVID-19

The total number of confirmed positive cases in Reynolds County is five.

Perry County, Ill. reports one new case of COVID-19

There are currently seven active cases, 52 recoveries and one death.

  Bailout or raise prices? The battle over how to save the Postal Service

Deciding how to save USPS is a complicated and decade-long fight in Washington. Some are calling for Congress to bail it out, but new leadership at the postal service could mean changes for the historic institution.

  Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

Renters are nearing the end of their financial rope.

Gov. Pritzker testifies before U.S. House Committee on examining national response to worsening COVID-19 pandemic

The governor testified at 11 a.m. on examining the national response to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

NerdWallet: 4 expert tips to get hired from home

Millions of newly out-of-work Americans are chasing employment simultaneously.

  COVID patients: Less than half know where they got it

A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows only 45% of COVID-19 patients studied in nine states knew they had been in contact with someone who had the virus.

  FDA warns labs of COVID-19 test with false positives

The BD Max System COVID-19 diagnostic test from Becton Dickinson is showing an error rate of 3-percent false positives.

  Union County, Ill. fair canceled

County board members voted during a special meeting to cancel the fair.

Sanity trial in newspaper shooting postponed amid pandemic

Hearings and a jury trial to determine criminal sanity for a man who pleaded guilty to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history.

  Drive-thru COVID-19 testing event held in Butler Co., Mo.

The free virus testing will be held at Three Rivers College-Libla Family Sports Complex from Tuesday, July 7 through Thursday, July 9.

  Texas county warns of arrests for COVID-19 positive residents who don’t self-isolate

Texas has seen a resurgence in coronavirus cases, recently surpassing 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time.

  Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge coronavirus can spread in air

The World Health Organization has long maintained that COVID-19 is spread via larger respiratory droplets, most often when people cough or sneeze, that fall to the ground.

38 new COVID-19 cases in Graves Co.

On July 7, the Graves County Health Department reported 38 new COVID-19 cases.

  McConnell eyes virus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom

An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing.

  Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again

A national nursing union is concerned that gear has to be reused.

587 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ill.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 587 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 37 additional confirmed deaths on July 7.

17,519 COVID-19 cases reported in Ky.

Currently, 17,152 Kentuckians have tested positive for COVID-19, including 593 deaths and 4,785.

  161 active COVID-19 cases in Cape Girardeau Co.

The Cape Girardeau County Health Department reported 161 active cases in the county on July 7.

  Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren interviews President Trump

In his interview with Van Susteren, President Trump discusses the treatment and vaccine timeline for COVID-19 and if the Republican Convention can still be held in Florida.

  Home improvement stores struggle to keep shelves full during pandemic

With more people at home during the pandemic, hardware stores are seeing an increase in customers and a shortage in products.

At least 8 Mississippi lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

At least eight Mississippi lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus after working several weeks in a Capitol where many people stood or sat close together and did not wear masks.