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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Happy and Healthy Holidays

Home for the holidays seems to have taken on a new meaning this year. Please keep health and safety in mind when planning your shopping trips and family get togethers.

Free COVID-19 Community Testing

The city of St. Joseph Health Department, in collaboration with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri National Guard, will be offering a free community COVID-19 testing event on Saturday, December 5. This drive-through testing event will be held at the St. Joseph Aquatic Park from 8am-4pm.

This COVID-19 testing event is open to Missouri residents aged 7 and older regardless of whether they have symptoms. The test is a PCR test done by a nasal anterior nares swab to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This is not an antibody test.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be completed online or by calling 877-435-8411.
Missouri Theater Upgrades

The Missouri Theater has been an iconic facility for St. Joseph for over 100 years. During the theater’s life span, it has evolved from the introduction of electricity, mechanical heating and cooling to exterior renovation and improvements. This evolution requires an attention to detail and a high level of respect for the historical features. As time marches on, so do the ever-changing requirements for use and enjoyment for all patrons who wish to visit. 

The current Capital Improvements Program (CIP) half-cent sales tax provides the next phase in the theater’s life which will include two upgrades to the facility. The first project will be an upgrade to the aging stage lighting system. This will introduce energy efficient LED stage lights allowing for a greater control and viewing experience for the audience and use for the actors. 

The second project is a much-needed facility improvement and will address a growing need of restroom expansion with ADA capabilities. One of the most challenging aspects of the theatrical experience at the facility is pre-show, intermission and post-production crowd management. With limited restroom capacity for both ADA usage and occupancy load, overcrowding in key pathways becomes not only a hazard, but a logistical issue which does not satisfy compliance. An important part of the experience is the opportunity to be able to utilize the facility to the fullest, if you have spent the intermission waiting to use the restroom, you reduce the experience by removing the concessions and mingling. To provide adequate restroom features, the city is currently in the design phase of a lower level expansion that will provide better ADA accessibility and expand on both the women’s and men’s restrooms.
Holiday Cooking Safety

For many, the holidays mean a lot of time in the kitchen preparing family recipes and baked goods. During this joyous but hectic time, it's important to keep fire and cooking safety a top priority so you can enjoy time celebrating while keeping your loved ones safe. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas Eve, so here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Check them by pushing the test button.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the city of St. Joseph. In observance of Thanksgiving, all city facilities will be closed and buses will not be in operation on Thursday, November 26.

On Friday, November 27, buses will not be in operation and all city offices will be closed with the exception of:
  • Landfill - 7am-2pm
  • Remington Nature Center - Open
  • REC Center - Noon-10pm
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