Almost a year ago, on March 23, 2020, the Jefferson County Health Department announced the county’s first three COVID-19 cases, a man in his 60s, a woman in her 60s and a woman in her 70s. Read more
COVID-19 Anniversary Section
For many people, the COVID-19 vaccine represents the light at the end of a dark and lonely year. Read more
As the COVID-19 pandemic set in across the region, law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians had to figure out how to protect the public they serve, as well as themselves. Read more
After the COVID-19 pandemic reached Jefferson County last spring, county and city officials were fearing the worst for their bottom lines. Read more
Steve Blaha of the Hillsboro area was one of the first to be hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jefferson County. Read more
When the spread of COVID-19 forced nearly every school to switch to virtual instruction near the end of the 2019-2020 school year, educators scrambled to figure out how to teach students who weren’t sitting in front of them in classrooms. Read more
COVID-19 Anniversary Section
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life in many ways, including the way we mourn our lost loved ones, honor their memory and begin the process of healing from their loss. Read more
In addition to seeing hundreds of thousands of people die from COVID-19 over the past year, health professionals also have seen a rise in heart conditions and heart disease, said Souheil Khoukaz, interventional cardiologist with Mercy Clinic Cardiology at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City. Read more
After I received my second COVID-19 vaccination on Feb. 26, I had a sense of relief and satisfaction knowing I had taken a step toward protecting my health. Read more
How does one go about spending $26,406,492 in six months? Read more
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.
The Jefferson County Health Department has reported six more COVID-19-related deaths and a record number of new cases.
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.
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.
The Jefferson County Health Department has reported 14 more COVID-19-related deaths since its last report on Dec. 22.
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…
The Jefferson County Health Department has reported four more COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number of county residents who have died from the virus to 371 since the pandemic began.