Columbia eating places, bars, leisure venues can keep open till midnight | COVID-19

Restaurants, bars with alcohol and entertainment options can stay open until midnight Stephanie Browning, director of public health and human services for Columbia, Boone County, announced a press conference Thursday noon.

Previously, according to the health ordinance, these facilities had to close from September 18 until 10:30 p.m. The Order’s social distancing and masking areas are still present.

“It is still crucial that we pursue disease control strategies like wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding gatherings, washing hands regularly, and staying home when sick to limit the spread of new infections,” said Browning in a press release.

The county has reached another milestone: The number of people vaccinated in the county has exceeded the total number of people who tested positive for COVID-19. In the county, 17,036 people tested positive, and 22,096 people received the first dose of the vaccine. Mayor Brian Treece said this was an important metric that the city was monitoring.

MU Health Care held a Mass vaccination clinic last week distributed 4,000 cans from the state. It is slated to have another round of dosing in the week of February 15, said Mary Beck, chief nursing officer.

The Boone Health Center is also ready to hold mass vaccinations if needed, said Robin Blount, chief medical officer. Local Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies are also available Hand out vaccines this week.

Supply remains the limiting factor in vaccinating Boone County’s residents. Treece said while the vaccination process may not be ideal, he doesn’t see anything sinister in the state’s plan.