Tuesday, June 16 summary
The number of positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boone County is currently 224 with 183 who have been released from isolation at the time of publishing. There are 8 new cases from the previous press release update and the number released from isolation has increased by 3. There are currently 39 active cases. Below is information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about keeping children healthy during the pandemic. Also below is information about changes to parking enforcement.
Cases in Boone County
|Total positive cases||Active||Released from isolation||Deaths|
<15: 22 cases
15-24: 62 cases (4 additional cases)
25-44: 74 cases (1 additional case)
45-64: 44 cases
65+: 22 cases (3 additional cases)
Travel-related: 34 cases
Contact to a confirmed case: 120 cases (3 additional cases)
Community transmission: 60 cases (1 additional case)
Unknown: 10 cases (4 additional cases)
The CDC offers the following recommendations to keep children healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Watch your child for any signs of COVID-19 illness
- COVID-19 can look different in different people. For many people, being sick with COVID-19 would be a little bit like having the flu. People can get a fever, cough, or have a hard time taking deep breaths. Most people who have gotten COVID-19 have not gotten very sick. Only a small group of people who get it have had more serious problems.
- CDC and partners are investigating cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. Learn more about COVID-19 and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
- Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands. Explain that handwashing can keep them healthy and stop the virus from spreading to others.
- Be a good role model-if you wash your hands often, they’re more likely to do the same.
- Make handwashing a family activity.
- Learn more about what you can do to protect children.
- Encourage your child to play outdoors-it’s great for physical and mental health. Take a walk with your child or go on a bike ride.
- Use indoor activity breaks (like stretch breaks or dance breaks) throughout the day to help your child stay healthy and focused.
- Reach out to friends and family via phone or video chats.
- Write cards or letters to family members they may not be able to visit.
- Some schools and non-profits, such as the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning and The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, have resources for social and emotional learning. Check to see if your school has tips and guidelines to help support social and emotional needs of your child.
- Excessive worry or sadness.
- Unhealthy eating habits.
- Unhealthy sleeping habits.
- Difficulty with attention and concentration.
- Parents can find more information about supporting their children during a COVID-19 outbreak on CDC’s Helping Children Cope page.
- Talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Learn more about common reactions that children may have and how you can help children cope with emergencies.
Changes to City services
On Monday, June 15, the City of Columbia City Council approved the reinstatement of charging for parking and the enforcement of parking meter payments beginning Tuesday, June 16.
Council also approved a pilot program wherein metered spots around the downtown community will be designated solely as curbside pick-up or carryout spots to assist businesses and their customers.
Parking enforcement was originally suspended on March 19, at the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Columbia. This was done to assist in not overwhelming the Municipal Court system once operations went back to normal and to help the downtown business community in their efforts to provide carry-out services and curbside pick-up.
Official information from the City of Columbia and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) can be found at CoMo.gov/Coronavirus. The City will also be utilizing City and PHHS official social media accounts to post updates. They can be found at @CoMoGov on Facebook and Twitter and @CoMoHealthDept on Facebook and @CoMo_HealthDept on Twitter.