Safe, Not Scared: Novel Coronavirus

North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about coronavirus

In recent weeks, North Korea has fired a slew of missiles and artillery shells into the sea in an apparent effort to upgrade its military capability amid deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States.

Reynolds County Health Center confirms first positive COVID-19 case

Illinois extends cannabis application deadlines

Trump: No quarantine, but travel advisory for NY, CT and NJ

  Heartland residents join in with Quarantine Karaoke

  Humane society hopes for more adoptions during COVID-19 pandemic

Illinois creates action plan to expand and expedite medicaid coverage

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COVID-19 positive infant dies in Illinois

Five deaths, 409 positive tests of COVID-19 reported statewide

3 more national parks close to prevent coronavirus spread

Parson gave daily COVID-19 update, 10 deaths, 838 cases

34 deaths, 3,026 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois

1,373 COVID-19 cases across Tennessee, 1 death confirmed in Shelby County

3rd positive case of COVID-19 in Jackson Co.

The Jackson County Health Department was notified on March 28 of a Jackson County resident who tested positive for COVID-19

Mo. speeds up COVID-19 testing for first responders and healthcare workers

he Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is speeding up COVID-19 testing and test results for some first responders and other public health and safety professionals by processing their specimens through the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory.

Gov. Beshear gives daily update, 92 new cases of COVID-19, 9 deaths. 64 recovered

On Friday, March 27 the state of Kentucky reported 302 positive cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths.

Google donates $800 million, provides ad grants as part of coronavirus response

The tech company says it is giving the World Health Organization and global government agencies $250 million in ad grants.

Highlights of Trump-signed $2.2T economic relief package

  Cape Girardeau County declares public health emergency; 6 positive cases

  Trump seeks to force GM to produce ventilators; Infections worldwide top 590,000

  Farmer double whammy: Coronavirus and wet fields

US government looks to continue feeding students

Illinois in need of medical volunteers

Carter County reports second COVID-19 case

The Carter County Health Center has reported a second positive case of COVID-19 in the county.

Peeps production stops, but Easter is taken care of

No more Peeps are being hatched for at least a couple of weeks — but it shouldn't affect Easter baskets.

Changes to Mo. A+ program amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development has issued guidance about temporarily reducing or suspending certain A+ Scholarship eligibility requirements.

Centerstone moves to tele-health, video and and telephone services

Centerstone will be providing services to clients and communities through virtual care, such as the use of video and telephone, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Caruthersville declares state of emergency, establishes curfew

The City of Caruthersville has declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

  Marion United: free benefit concert

Does a free concert with a beneficial turn out sound good to you?

  Heartland schools close, take precautions as COVID-19 outbreak spreads

Heartland schools have announced precautions and closures.

More than 1,000 cases of coronavirus in Tennessee, including 6 deaths

Officials with the City of Memphis have announced 254 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Shelby County.

  COVID-19 impacts on Heartland businesses

The Cape Chamber has resources for businesses on its website and

2 more COVID-19 positive cases in Scott Co.

That makes a total of three in the county, as of Friday, March 27.

  Feds, states crack down on price gouging and hoarding of coronavirus supplies

Attorneys general at the state and federal level begin cracking down and investigating reports of price gouging and hoarding of critical supplies.

Illinois to provide support for working families, people experiencing homelessness, child care providers

Illinois will be increasing SNAP benefits, funding to support people experiencing homelessness, and a stipend to child care providers who have provided child care to essential workers during this crisis.

Illinois tornado shelters during COVID-19 pandemic

During the pandemic, social distancing is paramount, but what do you do if you rely on tornado shelters?

  Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the nation's history.

302 total positive cases, 8 deaths in Kentucky on Friday

Governor Andy Beshear held a daily briefing at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

  Apple releases COVID-19 app, opens pandemic website

Apple released a new coronavirus screening tool on Friday, along with a COVID-19 website.

  Gov. Parson activates Mo. National Guard; 670 total positive cases, 9 deaths in Mo.

Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order to mobilize the Missouri National Guard.

Iowa professor charged in gagging death released from jail

An Iowa college professor accused of murder in the gagging death of her husband has been released from jail because of concerns about the coronavirus.

  Stocks drop, but hold on to weekly gains after a big rally

Stocks had soared over the previous three days as the relief bill moved closer to becoming law. It passed the House Friday afternoon and President Donald Trump signed it later in the day.

3,026 total cases, 34 deaths reported in Ill. on Friday

Governor JB Pritzker will hold a daily news briefing at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

4 passengers dead aboard cruise ship anchored off Panama

Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship now anchored off the coast of Panama and two people aboard the ship have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

  Kristen Bell hosts Nick pandemic special for kids, families

Kristen Bell is hosting a Nickelodeon special with a “kid’s-eye view” of the coronavirus pandemic to address youngsters' concerns and help families weather the crisis.

2nd confirmed case of COVID-19 at Fort Campbell

A second dependent of a military retiree at Fort Campbell has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Park in Charleston, Mo. closed after authorities say large groups continued to gather there

The park at the Bowden Center will be closed at night until further notice.

  Boeing may get billions in coronavirus stimulus aid

The aerospace giant qualifies because it's "businesses critical to maintaining national security."

Heartland healthcare workers to receive 3D printed face shields

Approximately 300 shields will be printed and completed at Murray State by early next week.

  Heartland restaurants offering drive-thru, curbside services

With some states closing restaurants and bars, several businesses are now offering drive-thru or curbside services.

  New flu cases drop; death toll tops 24K

While the number of confirmed flu cases in the United States is going down, the number of Americans seeking care for flu-like illness is increasing.

‘Baby Shark’ reworked for the coronavirus outbreak

Sorry parents, ‘Baby Shark’ is making a comeback — for a good cause.

  British Prime Minister Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Downing St. says Johnson is self-isolating and continuing to lead the country’s response to COVID-19.

Heartland business, facility, event changes, cancellations due to coronavirus concerns

The restrictions and cancellations are in accordance with the recommendations from state health departments.

  Cape Girardeau Co. Public Health Center releases updated case numbers

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center released new case numbers on Thursday, March 26.

  Pants optional? Walmart has more sales of tops, not bottoms in new work-from-home era

With so many people adapting to working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, Walmart said it is seeing an interesting new trend.

  Multiple COVID-19 cases reported overnight in Perry Co., Mo.

Three new COVID-19 cases were reported overnight in Perry County, Mo.

Mo. prisoners making face masks for healthcare workers

According MODOC, participants in the Restorative Justice programs inside Bonne Terre and Vandalia prisons are making the face masks.

Resources for elderly, children, people in need during COVID-19 outbreak

Below are some ways you can find help.

Exercises you can do while you are self-quarantining

Fitness instructors say there are plenty of ways to get moving without leaving your living room.

R Kelly seeks release from jail, cites coronavirus risk

A Thursday court filing by his lawyers saying scant precautions to stem the spread of the virus behind bars put Kelly’s life at risk.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  1st COVID-19 case reported in Jefferson Co., Ill.; Patient traveled from Texas

The man is in isolation at a local hospital.

  More than $35,000 of groceries tossed after woman allegedly coughed on them, saying she had coronavirus

Police said Margaret Cirko went into Gerrity’s Supermarket on Wednesday afternoon and deliberately and violently coughed and spit on food throughout the store before trying to steal a case of beer.

  Arkansas man caught licking couple’s doorbell camera amid coronavirus crisis apologizes

“I was kinda showing out and putting on a show for the camera. And that’s not okay," the man said. “I apologize for that.”

  A New York doctor’s story: ‘Too many people are dying alone’

While the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, it can lead to more severe illnesses, including pneumonia and death for some, like those who are older or have underlying health issues.

  Virus test results in minutes? Scientists question accuracy

The tests could reveal the true extent of the outbreak and help separate the healthy from the sick. But some scientists have challenged their accuracy.

  PPE equipment distributed to Fredericktown police officers

Fredericktown Police officers will be wearing new PPE gear to protect them from COVID-19.

  This is how much money you could get from the stimulus bill

The income levels are based on tax returns for 2019. For those who have not yet filed their taxes, it will be based on 2018 returns.

  US leads world in confirmed coronavirus cases

The number of coronavirus infections were set to top a half-million worldwide on Thursday as both Italy and the United States appeared poised to surpass China, where the pandemic began, and Spain’s death toll climbed to more than 4,000.

  Families in the Heartland go “bear hunting”

Bear hunting in the neighborhood.

California man arrested in tout for coronavirus ‘cure’

he FBI has arrested a Southern California man who officials said falsely claimed to have developed a cure for the coronavirus and solicited investments in a company he said would market the medication, federal prosecutors said.

Teen tests positive for COVID-19 in Jackson County, Ill.

The Health Department was notified this evening of a Jackson County resident who tested positive for COVID-19.

  Washington set to deliver $2.2 trillion virus rescue bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the massive $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief bill approved by the Senate will pass the House on Friday with “strong bipartisan support.”

Trump says feds developing new guidelines for coronavirus risk

President Trump said the new guidelines are meant to enable state and local leaders to make “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other measures they have put in place.”

  Klobuchar’s husband back home after virus hospitalization

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's husband has been released from a hospital where he was being treated for low oxygen and pneumonia as a result of the coronavirus, the senator said Thursday.

President Trump approves Missouri major disaster declaration

Governor Parson requested the federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 24.

SEMO refunds parts of Spring parking, room and board fees

SEMO refunds parts of Spring parking, room and board fees

On NYC’s front lines, health workers worry they will be next

At New York City-area hospitals that are on the front lines of the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the nation, hospital workers are increasingly concerned about the ravages of the illness in their own ranks.

IDES takes steps to address unemployment claims

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced that they are taking additional steps to address the large volume of unemployment benefit claims as a result of COVID-19.

  Sidewalk chalk messages of support for Heartland healthcare workers

Healthcare professionals wrote notes for staff at Heartland hospitals, nursing homes and clinics.