As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community.
Layered bar/line charts with the daily change in newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in each county and a 14-day rolling average of the changes in new cases is available here.
Updates for Friday, Oct. 9 will become available below.
10:30 a.m.: MU announces a virtual fall graduation
The University of Missouri’s planned in-person commencement ceremony for December 2020 graduates is cancelled, according to the MU Office of the Provost.
The university said it will hold an in-person commencement in the future, but given the current COVID-19 conditions, it can’t be held this semester. The Provost Office said, however, that a date cannot be set.
“This is a difficult message for our students and families to receive. They serve to be celebrated and have earned their status as a successful graduate, completing their studies under extraordinarily challenging circumstances,” Latha Ramchand, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs said. “We’ll look forward to the moment when we can finally gather in-person to honor their achievements.”
A virtual ceremony will be held this semester in replacement of the in-person celebration.
7 a.m.: Missouri adds 2,008 cases to daily counts
Missouri added 2,008 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday along with 136 new deaths. The state health department reported these numbers on the Missouri COVID-19 dashboard.
Missouri has now seen 139,164 COVID-19 cases and 2,395 deaths related to COVID-19.
Friday’s number update also showed over 2 million COVID-19 tests have been administered in the state.
UPDATE: The state also clarified the high increase of deaths. According to Missouri Health and Senior Services, the state performs an analysis weekly on death certificates. Most of the deaths reported Friday actually occurred in September.
Today, we sadly reported 136 deaths. On a weekly basis, analysis of incoming death certificates is performed. This was done yesterday and results are shown below. Most of the deaths reported today occurred throughout the state in September. pic.twitter.com/NE8sVoHlEY
— Mo Health & Sr Srvcs (@HealthyLivingMo) October 9, 2020