COVID-19 cases rise in Joplin. Will the increase continue?

COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Joplin as we get further from the Thanksgiving holiday. For the past month, the city has been average between 40 and 45 new COVID cases per day. The slowing of COVID cases started the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It’s likely that people who would have been tested even if they …

Joplin COVID cases stabilize, maybe

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Joplin continues to average around 300. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more. Tonight the Joplin City Council will hold its first meeting since it passed the mask mandate on Thursday, November 19th. It remains unclear whether the mask ordinance, which is in effect until the end …

Puppy purchases are on the rise and so are scams

This year millions of us have spent a significant amount of time at home, which has lead to a considerable number of Americans getting a new dog and an increase in pet scams. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more. As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its 9th month in Missouri and Kansas, many of …

Crosslines Joplin has experienced an over 50% increase in demand this holiday season

Christmas is three weeks, and as the pandemic enters into its 9th month, one food pantry in Joplin is seeing a sharp increase in the number of people that need assistance. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more. This holiday season, the number of Americans is who need help getting by is staggering. One …

Joplin city survey and listening tour results

Earlier this year, Joplin City Manager Nick Edwards set out on a listening tour along with a survey to ask residents what they would like to see improved. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.  Nearly 1,400 Joplin residents completed the survey, which allowed participants to respond to a handful of questions in their …

The long arc of the pandemic and the issue of masks in SW Missouri

On Monday, Presidents and Executives of six healthcare organizations that serve Southwest Missouri published an open letter requesting assistance from the elected officials of city and county governments to help slow the spread of COVID 19. On Tuesday, Dr. Robert McNab of Freeman Hospital in Joplin answered questions about the statement and provided his expertise …

Joplin CC approves a mask mandate until Feb 2021

As Thanksgiving approaches Governor Mike Parson on Thursday continued to reiterate that there will be no statewide mask mandate in Missouri. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more. Parson repeatedly and in various fashions said Thursday that he is not considering a statewide mask mandate and that it is unlikely that he will change …

SW Missouri hospitals seek help from community combating COVID-19

On Wednesday, the Missouri department of health reported over 30,000 new COVID-19 cases over the past week. The increase in cases had put a strain on local healthcare providers throughout Southwest Missouri, who issued a letter this week seeking help from local city and county governments. Freeman Dr. Robert McNab spoke today comparing the Joplin …

Joplin City Council Calls Special Session For Thursday Night

In response to a letter published on Monday by Presidents and Executives of 6 healthcare providers that serve Southwest Missouri, Mayors of 4 cities have responded. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.  On Tuesday, Carl Junction Mayor Mark Powers, Carthage Mayor Dan Rife, and Webb City Mayor Lynn Ragsdale each signed a joint …

Hospitals and Clinics Request SW Missouri City and County Governments for Mask Mandate

On Monday, administrators of six healthcare providers who serve Southwest Missouri called for local county and city governments to reconsider a mask mandate. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.  The Executives and Presidents of both the Mercy hospital in Joplin and Mercy Clinic, Freeman Health System, Kansas City University, Community Clinic of Southwest …