News to Know 12/1/20

The news you need to know before you head out the door

JOPLIN, Mo. – Local healthcare professionals brace for a surge in cases following Thanksgiving. They say they expect surges following thanksgiving gatherings just as there were at Memorial Day and Halloween. So right now, they’re preparing by increasing the number of beds in their covid units and asking 4-staters to follow recommendations, like wearing masks and social distancing.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The CDC recommends that people get tested three to five days after traveling -and that they quarantine for seven days, even if that test comes back negative, just to be safe. The Newton County Health Department says covid’s incubation time is about two to 14 days. That means over the next two weeks, surrounding counties could see a spike in cases.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas’ election results are official after Monday’s meeting of the State Board of Canvassers. Governor Kelly, Secretary of State Scott Schwab, and Deputy Attorney General Athena Andaya met at the statehouse to certify the state’s election results. With every county passing, the results for Kansas are now final.

JOPLIN, Mo. – An increase in online shopping during this pandemic could also mean an increase in porch pirates. A study done by found that more than 75 percent of package thefts from the past year occurred during the pandemic. The Joplin Police department is concerned about an increase in property theft during this holiday season with more people staying home and ordering online.


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