Covid-19 updates

The latest you need to know about the coronavirus and its affect in this area:

The Rolla City Council ordered nonessential businesses Monday to cease operations and individuals to stay home beginning next week to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The ordinance, read and passed Monday evening, orders nonessential businesses, operations or government functions to cease operations as of 8 a.m. April 6. 

•Monday’s briefing by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. (starts at about 10:00)

•Drury University students send a shoutout on the first day of virtual school.

•West Plains Council on the Arts announced the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival scheduled for June 5 and 6 is canceled. 

•More than 2,000 meals were distributed Monday at the Houston School District to help students have food this week.

• As of 10 p.m. Sunday, Wright County has four positive cases of Covid-19. One in the Hartville area, two in the Mansfield area and one in the Mountain Grove area, according to the health department there.

•The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a guide to help small businesses, independent contractors and gig economy workers prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES) Act. The U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Small Business Guide (available at uschamber.com/sbloans) outlines the steps small businesses should take now and prepare to access much-needed funds to help keep their workers on the payroll during this disruptive period. Further guides will be developed as the CARES Act becomes implemented.

•The April meeting ​of the Texas County Genealogical ​and Historical Society has been cancelled.  ​The ​genealogy ​library will not be open on Thursdays.

•The Houston Area Chamber of Commerce will not hold its luncheon meeting on Wednesday, April 1.

•An updated list of resources for businesses and resources for workers impacted by layoffs can be found at ded.mo.gov/coronavirus.

•The City of Cabool lobby is closing to foot traffic. Payments can be made at the dropbox, mail or over the phone. Persons can call 417-962-3136 if an appointment is needed.

•Dollar General stores in the area will offer special discounts to some.  

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