covid-19

Community Partnership of Southeast Missouri

The pandemic has caused problems of housing insecurity, with factors such as financial strain and the end of a moratorium on evictions. The Community Partnership of Southeast Missouri assists with issues such as housing. Executive Director Melissa Stickel and Housing Coordinator Calvin Garner told KRCU about what they’re seeing while assisting those in need. 

Southeast Missouri State University / KRCU

On Monday, Southeast Missouri State University released its “Protect the Nest” plan in preparation for students’ return to campus. To get more information about the plan and the context around it, KRCU’s Clayton Hester spoke to Southeast President Carlos Vargas. 

“This plan is the result of a number of conversations we’ve had across the campus from the beginning of the spring when we actually had the pandemic hit us,” Vargas said. 

 

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas wants all schools, public and private, to delay opening for in-person instruction until after Labor Day.

“We have no intention, if we can avoid it, to close all schools in Kansas City, Missouri, as we saw last spring,” Lucas said at a news conference Tuesday morning. “However, we are always measuring new infections, hospitalizations and deaths.”

Washington University and St. Louis University will soon begin a series of clinical trials to test potential vaccines in humans. 

The universities plan to recruit thousands of people in the St. Louis region to test whether these vaccines provide protection against the coronavirus.

Dozens of inmates at a women’s prison in northern Missouri have fallen ill after contracting the coronavirus.

At least 189 inmates and nine employees at Chillicothe Correctional Center are now infected — in what has become the worst coronavirus outbreak at any prison statewide. The facility has isolated the infected inmates, but some criminal justice reform advocates say the outbreak is endangering prisoners and the surrounding community.

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