Missouri’s coronavirus spread is “exponential and unyielding,” according to the latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report to the state.

“There is now aggressive, unrelenting, expanding broad community spread across the country, reaching most counties, without evidence of improvement but rather, further deterioration,” the document states. “Current mitigation efforts are inadequate and must be increased to flatten the curve to sustain the health system for both COVID and non-COVID emergencies.”

Updated at 4 p.m. Nov. 16 with policy changes from the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Thanksgiving break will mark the end of in-person classes for tens of thousands of college students in the St. Louis region.

The Missouri Senate is postponing its portion of the special legislative session related to COVID-19 liability and federal funding because of positive coronavirus cases in the chamber.

Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, tweeted on Monday that the decision is “in the best interest of protecting members, staff, and the public.”

Minority Leader John Rizzo, D-Independence, said that on top of the special legislative session, the Senate was supposed to hold orientation for new members, which also has been postponed.

Dozens of doctors and nurses from across Missouri have issued an urgent plea to Gov. Mike Parson: Issue a statewide mask mandate before it’s too late.

With thousands of new cases of COVID-19 being diagnosed each day and patients crowding into Missouri hospitals, some intensive care units are nearly full. But health care workers say the worst is yet to come, and they warn more lives will be lost without a coordinated statewide response.

Following a significant increase in coronavirus cases throughout the Southeast Missouri region, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center held a press conference this morning. 

Case counts have been increasing exponentially over the past month and especially over the past two weeks; Cape County is currently at 4,210 cases. 76% of those have recovered, with 60 deaths, and 940 active cases. 154 new cases were reported on Wednesday, and 127 new cases reported Thursday.