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The Jefferson County Health Department has reported eight more COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number of people in the county who have died from the virus to 406 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

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Festus Fire Chief Kevin Cremer has been hospitalized with COVID-19 since Jan. 2. As of Tuesday, he was sedated and on a ventilator battling the virus and pneumonia at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City, City Administrator Greg Camp said.

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Because of the recent surge in new COVID-19 cases, the Fox C-6 School District will again require students, staff and visitors to wear masks in buildings. The requirement, which is temporary, will begin Thursday (Jan. 13) and is expected to end Jan. 21.

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The Arnold Walmart Supercenter remains closed today (Jan. 10) while the store is being sanitized to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The temporary closure is part of a corporate program to clean stores, the company said in a written statement.

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The Jefferson County Health Department has reported seven more COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number of county residents who have died from the virus to 378 since the pandemic began.

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Jefferson County Health Department officials have agreed to file a motion to intervene in the Robinson vs. Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services lawsuit and stay a Nov. 22 ruling from Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green that strikes down public health officials’ abilities to i…

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