2020 In the News

Clarinda sees first COVID-19 case

CLARINDA, Iowa — The Page County, Iowa, health department announced in a Facebook post Wednesday that it had confirmed the county’s first case of COVID-19.

The case had not been announced by state authorities as of Wednesday afternoon, but was to be added to the totals today. 

More information about the individual who had tested positive would also be available at that time. 

The positive test was returned Wednesday and immediately announced by the county health department.

The positive test will bring Iowa’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to more than 150.

OATS Transit adjusts to COVID-19 crisis

MARYVILLE, Mo. — As OATS Transit continues to adjust to the COVID-19 crisis, the organization has announced it will  only offer essential service trips at this time.

“We are limiting the number of individuals on our buses to facilitate social distancing, and drivers are cleaning buses on a routine basis,“ noted a company news release.

The essential trips only service will remain in effect until further notice. Individuals may call the OATS office at 816-279-3131 or 800-831-9219 for information on local service. For more information, visit the OATS website at oatstransit.org/health.

Low-interest loans available through SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Missouri’s request for assistance through its disaster loan program in reference to the coronavirus.

According to a Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments publication, this approval makes low-interest disaster loans available to small businesses and private nonprofits severely impacted by COVID-19.

The SBA’s economic injury disaster loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business or nonprofit. 

For more information, visit sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

Hazardous waste collection suspended indefinitely

MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments announced Wednesday that household hazardous waste collection at the Nodaway County maintenance barn has been suspended indefinitely due to concerns surrounding the potential spread of coronavirus.

The Northwest Missouri Regional Solid Waste Management District will advertise prior to the next collection.

Contact Cassie Hasekamp at 660-582-5121 extension 4 or email cassie@nwmorcog.org for more information.

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