Almost four months ago Salem Publishing Company, publisher of Phelps County Focus and The Salem News, created special, unlimited access websites to keep residents of Phelps and Dent counties informed about COVID-19. We are shuttering those sites effective today, but will continue to place im…

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The Dent County Health Center has confirmed a fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Dent County. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Dent County to four. This individual is directly linked to the Great Circle St. James campus outbreak. CDC Isolation guidelines have bee…

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No locations of possible public exposure in Dent County have been identified. The Dent County Health Center has confirmed its third positive case of COVID-19 in Dent County. The patient’s identity will remain confidential, we will not be releasing any personal information about this case. Th…

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The Dent County Health Center has confirmed its second positive case of COVID-19 in Dent County. The patient’s identity will remain confidential, we will not be releasing any personal information about this case. The person has been notified that they have tested positive for COVID-19. We ar…

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Salem Memorial District Hospital will be phasing new changes into the current visitor policy. These changes only apply to acute care, emergency room and outpatient surgery at this time.

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Some people in the media call it an infodemic, the proliferation of information available at the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger. Problem is, some of that information is not true and leads to not only confusion, but reactions that are not good for the community. While social media ha…

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During a two-day period, military health professionals with the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital at Fort Leonard Wood conducted COVID-19 testing on about 500 Soldiers and trainees assigned to the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, and of those, about 70 had positive test resu…

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After much consideration and consulting with other Legion Officers and members, American Legion Post 99 has decided that we will not be having our annual Memorial Day ceremony at Cedar Grove Cemetery. We do not make this decision lightly and regret that we must cancel. Even though we cannot …

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State Sen. Justin Brown, R-Rolla, has proposed spending $20 million of federal coronavirus relief funding to assist livestock producers and food processing facilities affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The spending request was included in the 2021 state budget proposal drafted by the Senate Ap…

Fidelity Communications announced that it will extend its commitment to the Federal Communications Commission’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge in an effort to provide continued connectivity for customers and communities and to ease the financial burden of those impacted by the coronavirus (…

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The Dent County Health Center has issued a list of Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan guidelines based on information from the governor’s office. The guidelines spell out what to expect in Phase 1 of the local COVID-19 reopening plan, which begins Monday, May 4.

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As the state prepares to move into the economic recovery phase of COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson Friday signed Executive Order 20-09 extending the state of emergency in Missouri through June 15, according to a release from the governor’s office.

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Health-care professionals and workers play important roles in the lives of many people, especially so as COVID-19 impacts our community and America. Prior to National Nurses Week May 6-12, The Salem News and local businesses are going to salute not only the nursing profession with an April 2…

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Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday that the state is working quickly to guarantee that qualified individuals will soon receive their unemployment benefits. The Department of Labor began issuing $600 federal unemployment supplement payments to residents Monday.

Missouri celebrates our local heroes during Local Government Week April 12-18. In light of COVID-19, this week is an ideal time to thank your local officials and local government employees for their dedication to keeping essential services running in your community.

In an effort to assist with COVID-19 relief efforts across their 21-state footprint, Fidelity Communications and the other Cable One family of brands have donated $150,000 to the Meals on Wheels America COVID-19 Response Fund and $150,000 to local food banks in the markets they serve.

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Programs to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 are not one-size-fits-all, according to Salem and Dent County Economic Development Director Sally Burbridge.

The Salem News and Action Graphics offices at 500 N. Washington St. will be closed to the general public effective 8 a.m. Monday, April 6. The Salem News is an exempt business that will continue to publish its print edition each week and maintain thesalemnewsonline.com and our social COVID-1…

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Building on Missouri’s efforts to control, contain, and combat COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson today issued a statewide “Stay Home Missouri” Order effective beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6, until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24.