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The community is holding on to an unenviable national ranking when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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With the area continuing to make national headlines for its COVID-19 surge and low vaccination rates, local health leaders remain focused on the numbers.

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At a time when life, for many people, seems more reminiscent of summers past, Polk County has seen a marked increase in new COVID-19 cases, as well as two new deaths related to the pandemic. 

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Last week, the Polk County Health Center said it would once again share daily COVID-19 updates on social media due to an increased number of cases in Polk County. The center said it would continue daily updates “until there is a decrease in transmission rates.”

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Changes are on the horizon for Citizens Memorial Hospital, as Gary Fulbright, CEO/executive director of CMH and Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation, announced his retirement effective the end of this year. 

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It’s unusual for people to drive down West Broadway Street and see the Missouri National Guard stationed and working alongside locals. 

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Local and state entities are joining forces to host a COVID-19 mass vaccination event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 13 and 14, on the Southwest Baptist University campus in Bolivar. 

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Bolivar Middle School principal Tim Garber said his staff has come up with a novel approach to correct students who aren’t wearing their face masks properly on campus. 

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Gov. Mike Parson announced last week all Missouri adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination next month.

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FAIR PLAY kindergarten screening will be Monday, March 22, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with appointments available in one-hour increments. Parents need to call the elementary office at 654-2233 to schedule an appointment with the elementary secretary. Parents should bring to the screening the chi…

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Two years and seven months after Brandon Scott Searl — a Colorado Springs, Colorado, resident with purported ties to the international MS-13 gang — robbed a Bolivar gas station at gunpoint, he is on his way back to his home state after being sentenced to probation in Polk County Circuit Court. 

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A year after first restricting visitors at its facilities due to the impending threat of COVID-19, Citizens Memorial Hospital and Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation announced updates to visitor policy guidelines and requirements this week.

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JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson adamantly dismissed claims of inadequate and uneven distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to urban versus rural areas during a recent news conference.