Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide
Local Ordinances & Mandates
On Monday, July 6, 2020, the Columbia City Council passed a mask ordinance in a 6-1 emergency vote. Under the ordinance, everyone 10 years of age and older that is within Columbia city limits will be required to wear a mask when around people who are not household members. The ordinance goes into effect on Friday, July 10 at 5 p.m. This ordinance is in place for 90 days unless otherwise rescinded or extended.
Mask Ordinance FAQ
Ordinance No. 024284
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) Director Stephanie Browning issued Public Health Order 2020-15.1(c), which incorporates a countywide mask mandate that will go into effect at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2020 unless extended, rescinded or modified. Under the order, everyone 10 years of age and older that is within Boone County outside of Columbia city limits will be required to wear a mask when around people who are not household members. This is similar to the mask requirement that was put into place within the city limits of Columbia on July 10, 2020.
Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 1, face coverings will be required when indoors in the City of Fulton. The Fulton City Council passed the emergency ordinance by a 6-2 margin during their Nov. 24 meeting.
Ordinance and Information
Case Counts & Statistics
- Boone County, MO COVID-19 Information Hub
A clearinghouse of up to date COVID-19 case counts, statistics and hospital status for Boone County.
- Callaway County COVID-19 Update
A joint effort by Callaway County and the City of Fulton to keep Callaway County citizens informed about COVID-19, including regular updates on case numbers.
- Columbia Public Schools 14-Day Tracker Information
Tracks the 14-day case rate per 10,000 people in the portions of Boone County served by Columbia Public Schools. This is a significant benchmark Columbia Public Schools is using to determine changes to in-person learning.
- Coronavirus Tracker
Resource for accurate and updated numbers on this global pandemic.
- Maps & Visuals
A collection of links to different maps and data visualizations of the evolving pandemic from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
- Missouri Public Health Dashboard
Statewide COVID-19 information for Missouri- Definitions, statistics, case counts, hospital status and other up to date information can be found here.
- Student cases at Mizzou
Source for the number of MU students who test positive for COVID-19. Figures are updated on a weekly basis.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Information from the leading national public health institute of the United States.
- Columbia/Boone County Public Health & Human Services
Up-to-date information on emergency preparedness and downloadable signs for workplaces and schools.
- How to “Flatten the Curve”
Excellent explainer from the Washington Post about how social distancing can slow the spread of the coronavirus.
- Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Missouri news related to the outbreak and a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus). Call the hotline at 877-435-8411.
- The Path to Zero: Key Metrics for COVID Suppression
A collaboration of top scientists at institutions around the country, lead by the Harvard Global Health Institute, who have joined forces to create a unified set of metrics for the coronavirus pandemic, including a shared definition of risk levels — and tools for communities to fight the virus.
- Reopening Metrics from Propublica
The nonprofit, investigative journalism organization Propublica created this tool to track the trajectory of cases in each state. The tracking metrics are derived from a set of guidelines published by the White House for states to achieve before loosening restrictions.
- World Health Organization
Health topic page from the World Health Organization (WHO), an agency of the United Nations that focuses on world public health. Includes a “myth busters” page that addresses COVID-19 rumors.
- Your pets and COVID-19
Information on the health and welfare of domestic animals, including pets, during the COVID-19 pandemic from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Hotline: 877-435-8411
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- COVID-19 Testing Sites
List of locations, including their contact information, where COVID-19 testing is available in the state of Missouri.
- Boone Hospital Center Coronavirus (COVID-19) Page
Information on screening and testing through Boone Hospital Center.
- MU Health Care Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Page
Information about what to do if you’re sick and how to get tested through MU Health Care.
- Columbia/Boone County COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Survey
Information on vaccine, including a survey from Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services that residents can fill out to receive updates on the vaccine distribution.
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
A kid-friendly comic explaining the facts about the coronavirus and tips for prevention from NPR
- Resources for K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs From the CDC
- Talking to Children About COVID-19
A parent resource from the National Association of School Psychologists
- Ameren Missouri COVID-19 Clean Slate Program
Multiple community partners and agencies will participate in administering this program and determining income eligibility. Once the agency determines your eligibility, the program can help you clear the remaining balance on your account after you make a down payment of 25% of your current balance owed.
- COMO Crisis Shelter
The temporary website for Columbia, Missouri’s Covid-19 Crisis Shelter for the unhoused. There are opportunities to volunteer or donate supplies.
CoMoHelps is a joint effort of Heart of Missouri United Way, City of Columbia, Boone County and Community Foundation of Central Missouri, offering assistance to those who are struggling in the COVID-19 pandemic and to those who wish to help.
- COVID-19 FAQs for Businesses and Workers
Coronavirus information from the Missouri Department of Labor. Includes information about unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation and discrimination.
- Get Help (COVID-19)
The City of Columbia and Boone County are coordinating the community’s mass care and human services response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here you can find up to date information about social service and healthcare resources for residents of Boone County.
- Mental Health for Essential Workers
Boone County residents who are teachers, childcare providers, caseworkers, social workers, counselors, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who are in the healing field and dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for no-cost mental health services through HeartSpace Clinic. funded through the Boone County Community Health & Medical Fund.
- Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
COVID-19 resources from the Small Business Administration.
- Student Loan Forbearance
To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers can be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment.
- Tax Relief
Special section of the IRS website focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.