Columbia/Boone County Community COVID-19 Updates

This page will be continuously updated. Because of the nature of the COVID-19 situation some information may become outdated before it’s removed or updated on this page. 

Call the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services 24-hour hotline at 877-435-8411, if you are need of immediate help.

If you have specific COVID-19 questions for Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services email [email protected]

Wondering if your business is essential? Fill out the City of Columbia’s simplified form here. 

Building Permits

During the time Special Order 2020-03 is in effect, only commercial and residential building projects which were started and approved prior to March 25 may continue. Those projects should continue to follow required inspection guidelines and inspectors, following social distancing protocol, will continue to inspect existing projects.

The City of Columbia Community Development Department will continue to accept and review both new commercial and residential permit submissions, however, they will not be issuing an invoice, accepting payment for a permit, or issuing a new permit for these types of permits until the order is rescinded, extended or expires on April 24.

Like many other decisions being made, this was concluded as the best action after examining data and talking with our healthcare professionals in an attempt to flatten the curve and slow the spread of  COVID-19.

Stay at Home Effective March 25, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. 

For the wellbeing of our community, Columbia and Boone County will be enacting a Stay at Home order effective March 25, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. The order will last 30 days, ending on April 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by further order. 

We understand the need to take such unprecedented action for the wellbeing of our citizens, employers, and employees so that our health providers can continue to serve those in need at the highest level. 

We strongly encourage our business community to take the time to read the order thoroughly. 

If you have questions related to the order the City of Columbia has individuals waiting to answer. Call (573) 874-2489, or email [email protected]

On March 24, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning and Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Matt McCormick, announced the order. 

The live stream can be found at the following link:

On March 20, Columbia’s business community including The Chamber of Commerce, REDI, Heart of Missouri United Way, The District Downtown, and The Loop shared a message from the business community. 

You hear a lot about supporting local business in Columbia and now is the time we prove it’s more than just a slogan. We’ve heard from so many people over the past week—people in need and people willing to help—so we are confident Columbians are up to the task. Read the entire letter here.

Previous Orders and Declarations for the City of Columbia and Boone County

March 18, Below is a health update from University of Missouri System.

Medical response

  • On-site fast COVID-19 testing available now – Together with the state of Missouri, MU Health Care is working with GeneTrait Laboratories to offer rapid testing with results in 6-8 hours. 
  • Free video assessments available now – Anyone with symptoms can be assessed for COVID-19 through a free video visit with a licensed provider. To learn more, go to
  • Drive-up testing by late Wednesday – MU Health Care will offer drive-up testing to quickly collect samples from patients already declared at risk.   Patients will need a note from a licensed provider, which they could get from a video visit (see above). 
  • For the latest information from MU Health Care on the virus and our response, go to   

Online learning help for students with weak internet connections

  • All campuses are teaching remotely starting this week – As you may know, last Friday, we suspended in-person classes for the rest of the spring semester.  This week, we are rolling out new remote learning platforms as a soft launch, which allows our faculty, students and staff to familiarize themselves with the new tools.
  • Providing internet hotspots to ensure access – We plan to make sure any student who needs internet connection to complete their online coursework receives a hotpot and the needed equipment to use it.

University researchers set to help our nation fight this virus

  • As Missouri’s public research university system, we play an important role in addressing this virus. Our researchers have worked with similar viruses for years and are already collaborating globally to help fight and understand the pandemic.