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The Franklin County Health Department will no longer issue quarantine or isolation orders after a Nov. 22 ruling determined that certain local health orders designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 are unconstitutional.

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The Washington School Board debated a resolution at its meeting last Wednesday that would have asked the Franklin County Health Department to develop more options for the school district’s COVID-19 quarantine policy. The board tabled the resolution in a 4-3 vote.

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LE GOSIER, Guadeloupe (AP) — Schools closed across the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on Monday and France's prime minister appealed for calm and dialogue after protests against COVID-19 rules and vaccinations descended into days of rioting and looting.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Tuesday to authorize its experimental pill for COVID-19, setting the stage for a likely launch this winter of a promising treatment that can be taken at home.

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There were 176 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Franklin County from Nov. 6-11, according to an update from the Franklin County Health Department.

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In a sometimes contentious special meeting last week, the Union R-XI School District Board of Education agreed to add “test to stay” as an option to the district’s 10-day COVID-19 quarantine policy.

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Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Tuesday to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older, a step that comes amid concern about increased spread of the coronavirus with holiday travel and gatherings.

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The Franklin County Health Department reported 129 new COVID-19 cases from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5. That’s slightly higher than the previous week, when the health department reported 112 new cases. 

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The Franklin County Health Department is getting even more money to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic while also working to devote more time to other health issues.

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No additional quarantine options are coming to the Washington School District after a motion during the district’s board of education meeting Wednesday to approve the “test-to-stay” option fell dead without a second.

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Health leaders in Franklin County were happy to hear the news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the mixing of COVID-19 booster doses this week.

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Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Friday as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it is wrestling with whether and when recipients of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine need another dose — at six months or as early as two months.

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The number of reported new COVID-19 cases fell this week in Franklin County. From Oct. 2 to Oct. 8, there were 170 new cases of the virus, down from the 242 new cases reported last week, according to a weekly update from the Franklin County Health Department. 

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Eleven more Franklin County residents’ deaths from COVID-19 were reported Friday as part of a weekly update from the Franklin County Health Department. The news comes as the number of new virus cases and hospitalizations declined for the second week in a row.  

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) corrected errors to its vaccination data this past week, resulting in changes to its reported vaccination rates.

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Artisans and craftspeople will be lining Washington’s Main and Elm streets this weekend as part of Downtown Washington’s annual Fall Festival of the Arts & Crafts. 

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Some of the people who successfully lobbied against face mask requirements in Union R-XI schools are now taking aim at COVID-19-related quarantines.

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Across the country, doctors have reported people taking ivermectin, a medicine used to deworm horses and cattle and fight some parasites in humans, to treat COVID-19. 

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A St. Clair man who was accused of leaving harassing and threatening messages with one of his neighbors’ children and at the home of another neighbor was sentenced last month to five years of supervised probation in lieu of spending four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  

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The number of students from local school districts quarantining at home totals over 300, according to information provided by the districts to The Missourian on Wednesday.

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MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The COVID-19 surge is stretching oxygen supplies and sending hospitals scrambling for more ventilators, even as there are signs of hope that the spread of the virus is slowing down in pockets of the U.S.

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The Franklin County Health Department reported 225 new cases of COVID-19 from Aug. 21-27, slightly more than the 210 new cases reported last Friday. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Franklin County to 10,945, with an additional 2,696 probable cases, since the pandemic began.