COVID-19

Courtesy of Bob Dixon, Greene County Comissioner

This week, host Lisa Langley speaks with Greene County Commissioner Bob Dixon.

Today’s discussion discusses ongoing recommended safety measures related to COVID-19, reviews the masking ordinance, and disbursement of Cares Act funds that were distributed by December 31st deadline.   

Courtesy of Family Justice Center

This week, host Erika Brame speaks with Jamie Willis, project coordinator with the Greene County Family Justice Center.

Today’s discussion explores local and national increase in domestic violence this year during the pandemic.  Willis talks about what has changed with COVID this year regarding operations.

Springfield Police Department

This week, host Debbie Good speaks with Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams.

Today’s discussion explores the impact of COVID-19 regarding department operations.   Chief Williams addresses safety, the masking ordinance, impact on public engagement events, and additional adaptations made by the department.

Courtesy of Andrea Bishop-Executive Director of Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center

This week, host Hue Ping Chin speaks with Andrea Bishop, Licensed Professional Counselor and Executive Director of the Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center, a nonprofit United Way affiliate offering mental health services regardless of the client's ability to pay.

Courtesy of Community Foundation of the Ozarks

This week, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Bridget Dierks, vice president of programs at Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO).

Today’s discussion explores CFO response and recovery grant programs designed to help local agencies remain sustainable during the pandemic.

Watch the latest press briefing from the White House Coronavirus Task Force for April 27, 2020.

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Mallory Snodgras

The City of West Plains is waiving late fees for people having trouble paying their utility bills.

Because of COVID-19, the City of West Plains says it’s making it a point  to work with individuals and their personal situations.

According to a news release, the city has developed an application where residents can request some help, including on late and delinquency fees, suspension of disconnected services, and unique payment options.

When the application has been received, city staff will call to discuss the application and decide on a custom payment plan.

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Missouri lawyers are helping to answer legal questions about COVID-19 and its impact during this uncertain time. 

Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org is a virtual legal clinic produced by The Missouri bar and the American Bar Association

Ozarks Public Television

With so many children out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ozarks Public Television has begun broadcasting a new, over-the-air educational channel so that high-quality learning can continue at home. The free programming will serve viewers across the Ozarks region, including the many families who do not have internet access or computers at home.

 

OPT's WORLD Channel is for students in grades 6-12, and it is now airing from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. locally on weekdays.

 

Carl Long

Springfield-based humanitarian relief organization Convoy of Hope is known for its large-scale operations.  For example, it sent out 60 tractor trailers of mostly food and paper products across the United States last week alone in response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the charity is also remembering rural towns closer to home, too.

Carl Long is a pastor and the mayor of Humansville, Missouri, in Polk County.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department
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To fight the spread of COVID-19, Greene County is implementing visitor restrictions to hospitals and health care facilities.

Children 12 and under, as well as anyone who is sick, will not be allowed in Greene County hospitals and health care facilities unless they are seeking care. That policy is now in effect, according to county officials.

Clay Goddard, Director of the Greene County Health Department, compares these restrictions to those taken during a tough flu season.