COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Columbia and Boone County leaders are keeping an eye on COVID-19 numbers to decide what restrictions need to be in place in order to keep people safe.
Monday night, the Columbia City Council heard an update from staff with the Columbia/Boone County Health Department on the status of the virus.
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The Columbia/Boone County Health Department extended the current health order Friday for another three weeks, meaning it will expire on Dec. 8.
The decision came as hospitalizations have continuously increased and Boone Hospital Center warned of an increase in patients. Local hospitals announced they would begin surge plans in order to continue providing care.
Cases have passed 8,000 in Boone County and the county reached a record 222 new cases reported on Nov. 5.
Scott Clardy, assistant director of the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, said leaders did discuss tighter restrictions, but they…
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