Here’s a roundup of news developing Thursday due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. There have been no reported cases in Texas County. It will be updated throughout the day:

‪SCHOOL TESTING CANCELLED: “There is a time and a place for statewide required assessments and now is not the time. Effective immediately, Missouri will be cancelling statewide required assessments for this school year,” said Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven.

•Southwest Baptist University will move classes online for the rest of the semester.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced Missouri State Parks will temporarily close visitor centers, park offices and site offices to walk-in foot traffic through April 30. The closures are effective  Friday,

•The first case of the coronavirus in this region is reported in Pulaski County.

•Texas County Technical College announces new procedures.

•Here’s a resource to track the situation in our state. It includes information from media, communities, government, first responders and Missouri elected officials. 

•Starting Thursday, March 19, Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until further notice. This will help ensure workers can clean and stock products.  Find more information here.

•Here’s a map to track cases.

•One of the largest churches in the region, Faith Fellowship,  said it would cancel services until school resumes or the local medical professionals feel the threat for transmitting COVID-19 has passed. It will provide online ministries. 

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