More local health departments curtailing COVID-19 services


A healthcare worker fills a syringe with Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at a community vaccination event in a predominately Latino neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, August 11, 2021. – All teachers in California will have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or submit to weekly virus tests, Governor Gavin Newsom announced on August 11, as authorities grapple with exploding infection rates. The number of people testing positive for the disease has surged in recent weeks, with the highly infectious Delta variant blamed for the bulk of new cases. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several local health departments in Missouri are stopping COVID-19 services after Attorney General Eric Schmitt threatened to take legal action.

Since Thursday, more than a half-dozen mostly rural departments have said they will stop such services as investigating virus cases or issuing quarantine orders.

Earlier this week, Schmitt notified local health departments and school districts about a Cole County judge’s ruling that health orders issued by local authorities under state health regulations are “null and void.” Pemiscot, New Madrid, Scott, Dunklin, Laclede and Stoddard counties are among those that have said they will stop COVID-19 work while awaiting further direction from state  health officials.

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