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A “database extract error” resulted in an incorrect inflation of the number of reported COVID-19 cases in Missouri going back over several days, Missouri health officials said Sunday.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said in a news release that it is in the process of migrating all COVID-19 testing and case data into one new consolidated system.

The state launched a new version of its coronavirus dashboard on Sept. 28 to integrate pandemic response across public health, economic, employment and social impact indicators.

Missouri incorrectly reported Saturday on its coronavirus website more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases, more than double the previous single-day record.

The agency said Sunday it is working urgently to resolve the issue and will update its website with the correct numbers once that is done. It said the problems with the data were limited to cumulative reporting on its Show

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Merideth says the change confounds him. He, too, has been unable to get any clear answers. “They have the revenue,” he says of the Department of Social Services.

For Merideth, the story of Missouri government not doing a good job funding services for poor people is an all-too-common refrain, whether it’s 100,000 children being dropped from the Medicaid rolls, leading the nation in the dubious statistic, or its low pay for state workers, or low unemployment benefits, all of which have been compounded during the pandemic.

But this is a problem he doesn’t understand. The state has the money to keep these facilities open until the city is able to safely increase building capacity. And for a governor who has claimed that local control is the best way to deal with the pandemic, instead of any statewide mask mandates or other moves, this one specifically punishes people who can least

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Always ask questions before hiring a contractor.


The Better Business Bureau on Thursday issued an alert warning Missourians not to enter into a business deal with Missouri Fence Company-Springfield LLC, owned by Republic resident Justin Schmidt, without exercising caution.

The BBB reported that over the summer, multiple consumers sent complaints that Missouri Fence Company failed to start projects, didn’t issue refunds when services weren’t rendered and offered poor customer service.

For example, a woman living in Clever told BBB she gave Schmidt’s company a $4,800 down payment in March. Schmidt never built her a fence, BBB said.

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The now-defunct Springfield location of Missouri Fence Company was photographed on Oct. 1, 2020. The Better Business Bureau issued an alert warning consumers to exercise caution when working with the company, which the BBB says did not always perform services or issue refunds when requested. (Photo: Gregory Holman/Springfield News-Leader)

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ST. LOUIS ( — While lawmakers in Washington D.C. debate assistance for small businesses, there is some online help coming at the state level.

Small business owners are encouraged to sign up for a seven-week-long webinar designed to help them through the pandemic.

The series is called Managing Forward and is being put on by the Missouri Small Business Development Center.

It was supposed to begin last week but has been delayed until the first week of October to try to get the word out.

The program is a free series of weekly, 90-minute long sessions to help small businesses navigate through the changes and challenges brought about by the pandemic.

The U.S Small Business Administration said about half of American workers are employed by small businesses and more than 80,000 small businesses have shut down permanently during the pandemic.

“You can hear from other business owners, get some great

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The Associated Press filed open-records requests in May seeking copies of communications between governors’ offices and health, business and local government organizations during the period when they were considering reopening plans. The AP received records at no cost from at least 15 states, including Missouri. A few states sought to charge the AP hundreds or thousands of dollars. Many others still haven’t provided records, citing delays in complying with open-records laws because of the coronavirus.

Records provided by Parson’s office included a survey of 146 businesses conducted by Associated Industries of Missouri from April 15-20. About two-thirds of respondents said their business had significantly declined during the pandemic. The survey results also included extensive comments from business leaders.

Some urged caution and a gradual approach to reopening.

“We would love to be back to normal, but not if it creates a second wave of risk,” wrote one person. Another warned:

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By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — With Missourians under a stay-at-home order this spring as a coronavirus precaution, the Associated Industries of Missouri began surveying businesses to gauge how they were affected and gather suggestions for reopening the economy.

The results went straight to Gov. Mike Parson’s top staff, according to email records provided to The Associated Press under the state Sunshine Law. Less than a week later, the Republican governor announced that all businesses could reopen — one of the quickest restarts nationally.

The Missouri business survey is just one of many examples of how governors across the U.S. were inundated with reopening advice from a wide range of industries during a critical early juncture in the nation’s battle against the worst pandemic in a century and the resulting recession.

Many governors chose to reopen before their states met all the nationally recommended health

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Missouri Virtual Academy (MOVA), a tuition-free online public school, serving students in grades K-12 throughout the state, is ready to get back to work providing Missouri students with the safe and comprehensive education they need during these historic times. Students and teachers will open up their laptops to log on and start the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, August 24th.

With innovative technology, inspiring teachers, and a dynamic and interactive curriculum, MOVA gives students the opportunity to pursue their academic goals in an environment that recognizes their individual learning styles.

MOVA students access a rich curriculum facilitated by Missouri-certified teachers in virtual classrooms. All students are offered the core subjects of math, science, English language arts, history, art, and music. MOVA’s teachers regularly communicate with students and their families via email, phone, and during one-on-one online meetings to ensure academic and personal success.

Through the Destinations Career Academy

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