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Cole County will not extend local stay-at-home order, statewide order still in effect


Cole County Health Department Director Kristi Campbell told commissioners Tuesday that her stay-at-home order will not be extended past the 12:01 p.m. Saturday expiration date.

Campbell also announced Cole County's restrictions on local bars, restaurants and clubs to slow down COVID-19 will be rescinded immediately, but those establishments are still under a statewide order limiting their activities until May 3.

Gov. Mike Parson's statewide order requires establishments to allow no more than 10 individuals in a building at a time, including employees. It also restricts restaurants and bars from having customers eat or drink inside.

Cole County has reported a total of 45 cases, with nine still considered active and 35 recoveries.

Major health care providers said they have adequate resources to handle the number of COVID-19 cases in the county without any problems.

Campbell said as restrictions are being eased, it's important that the public remain vigilant and careful to avoid a resurgence of the virus in Cole County.

Campbell said her department will monitor the conditions and continue to track new occurrences of the virus.

Boone County also remains under a local order. Health department Director Stephanie Browning told the Columbia City Council on Monday that she will likely extend the order through May 3 to coincide with the state order.

A demonstration of the redesigned Cole County website was also presented at Tuesday morning's meeting by GIS manager Melissa Johnson.

The commission also approved contracts on a large-format printer, elevator maintenance and Cole County Jail inmate welfare products.

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Joe McLean

Joe reports stories all across mid-Missouri, including our WasteBusters series of reports, and co-anchors ABC 17 News at 9 a.m. with Zara Barker.


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