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 are available here.
Updates for Friday, Oct. 16 will become available below.
12:30 p.m.: MU reports 17 new COVID-19 student cases
The University of Missouri is reporting 17 new COVID-19 cases among students in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of active student cases to 73.
There are currently two active COVID-19 cases among faculty members, 16 active cases among staff and one active case from UM System staff.
1,705 students have recovered from COVID-19.
11:15 a.m.: Boone County says it may take more than 24 hours to contact positive cases
Due to an increase in positive cases, the Boone County Health Department may take longer than 24 hours to contact positive cases.
Have you recently tested positive for COVID-19? If so, please watch this video that walks through your isolation instructions. Due to the recent increase in cases it may be more than 24 hours before we are able to contact you. https://t.co/oY32TeEHFh
— Columbia/Boone Co. Public Health & Human Services (@CoMo_HealthDept) October 16, 2020
In a tweet on Friday morning, the county released a video with guidelines on how to properly isolate.
The video states the criteria for ending isolation includes having no fever for over 24 hours, other symptoms improving and isolating for at least 10 days since the first symptoms appeared.
9:30 a.m.: Missouri reports 2,017 new cases in the last 24 hours
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior services added 2,017 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of cases in the state to 152,571.
The state also reported 17 new deaths in the past 24 hours. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 is now 2,459.
8:30 a.m.: William Woods University alters spring schedule
William Woods University canceled Spring Break and moved up the start of the spring semester by one week, according to a news release from the university.
The semester will now begin Jan. 19 and go through April 30. Finals will be held April 26-30.
According to the release, all classes will be taught in-person with social distancing. All classes will also be taught virtually so students can choose which option is best for them. The release also mentioned other precautions, such as increased cleaning, limited capacity in the dining hall and requiring face masks when social distancing is not possible.
There are no active cases of COVID-19 among staff and only one cases among students, according to the release. That student is in self-isolation off campus, according to the release.