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MONDAY UPDATES: Jefferson City extends emergency declaration

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COVID-19 case numbers might differ among state and local health authorities because of issues with reporting and address verification.

UPDATE 7:30 P.M.: The Jefferson City Council extended the mayor's emergency declaration and several other proclamations at its meeting Monday night.

The Council extended them through May 5.

City leaders said a mayor's declarations and proclamations are good for 30 days and then the City Council can choose to extend them.

Officials said they chose May 5 because there is a City Council meeting the night before which would give them the opportunity to extend the measures again if needed.

UPDATE 5:50 P.M.: The Jefferson City government said Monday that it will waive late fees on March sewer bills.

Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin signed an order Monday waiving the fees for the March service period in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home orders have forced several businesses to shut down or reduce their staffing levels, leading to a financial crunch for many workers.

Cole County health officials reported 32 COVID-19 cases on Monday. One person, a Jefferson City orthodontist, has died of complications of COVID-19.

The county health department says 19 cases are active and 12 people have recovered.

Tergin also signed an order Monday waiving late fees on liquor license renewals.

UPDATE 2:20 P.M.: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced Monday afternoon that 2,722 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

The update from the state health department said at least 41 people have died related from coronavirus. The state website does not include at least two deaths reported in Cole County and Pulaski County.

Since Sunday, 355 more people have tested positive for COVID-19.

The state website said there are 76 confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Boone County. It included there are more than 1,800 COVID-19 cases reported across the St. Louis metropolitan area and more than 350 novel coronavirus cases reported across the Kansas City metropolitan area.

State health workers say people between the ages of 50-55 have the highest concentration of coronavirus cases with 302 cases confirmed.

UPDATE 1:55 P.M.: The Cole County Health Department said Monday that at least 32 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the county.

According to the county's website, it's the first novel coronavirus case reported since Friday, April 3.

County health officials say there are 19 active coronavirus cases in the county and that 12 people have recovered.

UPDATE 1:35 P.M.: The Callaway County Health Department confirmed its first coronavirus-related death Monday afternoon.

The health department posted on its website the person who tested positive was hospitalized on Saturday, April 4.

As of Monday afternoon, 18 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the county. Health officials said Saturday there were seven active cases of novel coronavirus and that 11 people had recovered.

At least five people in Mid-Missouri have died related to COVID-19. Health officials in Boone, Cole, Camden, as well as Camden counties, have all reported one death from coronavirus.

UPDATE 12:14 P.M.: Health officials in Osage County and Saline County said more people have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Saline County Health Department said at least five people have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday.

The Facebook post from the health department said that two more people tested positive for coronavirus since Sunday.

The Osage County 911 Emergency Management Agency posted on Facebook that at least four people have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday. The post said there are two active coronavirus cases and two people have recovered.

UPDATE 11:32 A.M.: Miller County leaders announced Monday a countywide stay-at-home order went into effect in response to COVID-19.

It follows similar orders from Gov. Mike Parson and other Mid-Missouri counties. The order allows residents to leave their homes for essential business.

The Miller County Health Center posted on Facebook that its order could allow some non-essential business to stay open. The post said that if non-essential businesses cannot provide adequate space for social distancing they are ordered to cease business unless they receive a waiver from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Health officials said there are no positive cases of COVID-19 in Miller County, as of Monday.

The order is in effect until at least April 24.

UPDATE 9:53 A.M.: Columbia Public Schools and University of Missouri officials announced updates to their learning plans on Monday, April 6.

CPS school leaders said its alternative learning plan is scheduled to go back into effect on Wednesday, April 8. It had been on pause since April 1.

District students will have learning opportunities throughout the end of the spring semester. According to an email sent out to district parents, letter grades won't be recorded for middle school and high school students.

MU officials said in-person classes will be canceled through the summer session. The summer term classes will be held online.

UPDATE 8:12 A.M.: The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said Monday that the peak for COVID-19 in Missouri was moved up to April 19.

Data from the same organization said the peak was previously expected to hit in mid-May.

The data projections assume Missouri will have full social distancing measures in place through May 2020. Gov. Mike Parson issued a statewide stay-at-home order on April 3 that's expected to last through April 24.

According to the data, the state is expected to have resources available to battle novel coronavirus. The report said Missouri will need at least 562 hospital beds and 112 ICU beds on April 19, it also shows the state has 7,933 hospital beds and 558 ICU beds available as of Monday, April 6.

The website said as many as 12 people could die per day around the expected peak date. At least four COVID-19-related deaths reported on April 4. The data expects Missouri to have 147 total deaths o April 19.

UPDATE 7:46 A.M.: The Missouri State Budget Director released a report Monday morning that shows general revenue collections for March 2020 were down by more than $30 million dollars compared to March 2019.

The report from budget director Dan Haug said general revenue collections over last month were around $726.5 million versus $759.5 million reported in March 2019.

Gov. Parson and Haug said during a COVID-19 briefing last week that the state is expecting a $500 million reduction in revenue because of COVID-19.

It's not clear if the coronavirus pandemic caused the decrease in revenue collection. Haug said multiple factors could have led to the reduction in general revenue collection.

Despite the lagging revenue report for March, Haug said year-to-date general revenue collections were up through March 2020.

According to the report, year-to-date general revenue collection was reported at $6.8 billion through March 2020 compared to $6.43 billion through the same time period in 2019.

ORIGINAL: Missouri is now under a statewide stay-at-home order.

Gov. Mike Parson announced the order Friday and it went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday until April 24.

The order asks Missourians to stay home except for essential business like grocery shopping, health care needs or outdoor activities as long as social distancing is practiced.

The order also restricts the number of people allowed inside any one place at a time. For businesses under 10,000 square feet, only 25 percent or less of the buildings capacity can be inside. For those over 10,000 square feet, only 10 percent of the capacity is allowed in.

Gov. Parson asked local public health authorities to act on and enforce the order by "any legal means."

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