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Editor's note: Following the publication of this story in Friday's issue, The Missourian spoke with Presiding Franklin Commissioner Tim Brinker about updated vaccination registration plans. The story below has been updated to include that additional information.

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Editor's note: Following the publication of this story in Friday's issue, The Missourian spoke with Presiding Franklin Commissioner Tim Brinker about the new reporting metrics and vaccination efforts for long-term care facilities. The story below has been updated to include that additional i…

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Washington city leaders took the next step Monday night toward establishing a citywide fiber-optic network after unanimously voting to award a $3,500 contract to a company to act as its internet service provider consultant.

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Agreement Includes Plans For$600 Stimulus Check To Every AmericanWASHINGTON (AP) — Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal Sunday on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines …

The first coronavirus vaccine has been administered in England. Missouri is scheduled to receive more than 50,000 doses of the vaccine around Dec. 12. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told Axios that every American will be able to get a coronavirus vaccine by the second …

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Fifty-nine new Franklin County residents were reported as COVID-19 positive Friday, among them a newborn girl in Beaufort, a 7-year-old child in Robertsville (sex not reported), an 83-year-old woman in St. Clair, an 83-year-old man in Villa Ridge and an 86-year-old woman in Washington. 

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A 12-year-old girl from Robertsville, a 13-year-old girl from Washington and a 92-year-old woman from St. Clair are among the Franklin County residents who tested positive for COVID-19, according to Tuesday’s report from the county health department. 

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A new mask mandate is now in effect in the city of Washington after members of the city’s governing body approved the COVID-19 mitigation effort in a 5-2 vote Monday night.

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The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine administered to Missourians will likely come in December, according to Gov. Mike Parson. 

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A countywide mask mandate will likely cause a swift shift in the county’s positivity rate, if 80 percent of Franklin County residents and visitors to the county adhere to the mandate, according to a new study from St. Louis University. 

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*This story has been updated to include comments from Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy, Franklin County Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker and information from Mercy Hospital Washington.* 

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The Scenic Regional Library system will require patrons ages 2 and older to wear face masks beginning Friday, Nov. 20.Library Director Steven Campbell said the decision came after the library’s board of trustees voted unanimously (13-0) at its Nov. 17 meeting to implement the new policy.“The…

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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday announced new guidance aimed at keeping more kids, teachers and staff in school, even those who have been exposed to the coronavirus, citing concerns that quarantines interrupt learning and create staff shortages.But the change was q…

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The Franklin County Health Department reported 170 new COVD-19 cases Saturday, Nov. 14, breaking the record for highest number of new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period.

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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With the number of new COVID-19 cases soaring and hospitals nearing capacity, St. Louis County's executive, Dr. Sam Page, on Friday announced strict new regulations that seek to slow the spread of the disease.

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The Franklin County Health Department reported its highest day for new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, Nov. 10, with a total of 109 cases.

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The Franklin County Health Department reported 108 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, Nov. 7, breaking the record for the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period.  

The Franklin County Health Department (FCHD) reported eight deaths Friday, Nov. 6, the highest number of deaths reported in a 24-hour period since the pandemic began. The death toll for COVID-19 in the county now stands at 57.

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Union Mayor Rod Tappe has tested positive for COVID-19, according to other city officials. Union Police Chief Andrew Parker is also in quarantine. 

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Dr. Karen Sobers loves working in long-term care facilities. When she graduated from medical school in her native Barbados, she joined the staff of a nursing home there until she came to the U.S. in 2011. She worked in hospitals in Mount Vernon, Ill., and Ann Arbor, Mich., and after residenc…

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‘Peyton Always Had A Smile’

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COVID-19 cases continued their upward trend this week, with 48 new cases reported by the Franklin County Health Department Tuesday, Nov. 3, including a 4-year-old girl from Labadie and a 93-year-old man from New Haven.

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Sunday, Nov. 1, marked the highest number of new COVID-19 cases reported by the Franklin County Health Department, totaling 70.

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An infant from Union and a 100-year-old woman from New Haven are among the 111 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two days, according to the Franklin County Health Department.

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The Sullivan School District will make a temporary switch to distance learning next week for its middle and high school students, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 27.