News to Know 3/18/21

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden Administration announces it will distribute $10 Billion in federal funds for coronavirus testing in schools. That comes as the CDC considers reducing guidelines for distance in classrooms to three feet and as 18 states report at least a 10 percent rise in new cases.

MIAMI, Okla. – Multiple Native American tribes in the state of Oklahoma have an excess of covid-19 vaccine and they’re looking to share with their friends and neighbors. That includes the eight tribes represented by the Northeastern Tribal Health System in Ottawa County. The Northeastern Tribal Health System says any adult living in the county, or anyone of Native American ancestry, is welcome to schedule a vaccination appointment at their clinic in Miami, Oklahoma.

JOPLIN, Mo. – As states move forward in their vaccine plans, more people become eligible for the covid vaccine. But some people, are hesitant to get it for a number of reasons. Dr. Eden Esguerra, an infectious disease specialist at Mercy, says she knows it’s unlikely we’ll reach 100% of people vaccinated, but she’s hopeful we may get to 90%. Dr. Esguerra says the most common concern she encounters is people believing the vaccine was developed too quickly.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Area Agency on Aging is opening its senior centers in southwest Missouri. Starting May 3rd, the agency says it’ll have a “soft opening” for the centers in Barton County, Webb City, Carl Junction, Joplin, Neosho and McDonald County. They say it’s due to a decrease in covid-19 cases in the region. The center will hold activities like card games and bingos. They ask that visitors call ahead before coming in.