ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - Below is the latest on the impact of the coronavirus in Missouri and the Metro East:
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Another resident of Frontier Health and Rehabilitation has died from COVID-19, St. Charles County announced Sunday. County officials say the resident is a man in his 80s.
County officials also announced the death of another man in his 80s who did not live at Frontier.
31 St. Charles County residents have died from coronavirus, 550 have tested positive.
Illinois officials announced 2,126 more cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and 59 more deaths. A total of 42,903 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,933 have died from the virus.
The number of COVID-19 patients who have been released from St. Louis-area hospitals stands at 1,102, with 20 being discharged on Saturday.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force says 652 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, the same number as Saturday. Three more patients, 162, are in the ICU compared with Saturday.
The number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU declined from 118 Sunday to 115 Sunday.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
A St. Clair County woman who is at least 100-years-old has died from COVID-19, Illinois officials say.
A total of 24 people in St. Clair County have died from the virus. 382 residents have tested positive for the virus, county officials say.
Illinois officials say 80 more residents have passed away from COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 1,874. More than 2,000 residents have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total of 41,777.
St. Louis County says 6 more residents have died from COVID-19 and 67 additional residents have contracted the virus.
Overall, 2,720 people have tested positive for the virus, 127 have died.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
Three more St. Clair County residents have died from COVID-19, health officials announced. Two women in their 80s and a man in his 70s died from the virus. One of the women and the man had underlying health conditions, authorities say.
A total of 22 St. Clair County residents have died from coronavirus, 362 have tested positive.
The St. Louis pandemic task force said 1,034 patients have been discharged from local hospitals having recovered from COVID-19.
Those numbers are from task force-affiliated hospitals, including BJC, SSM, Mercy and St. Luke's.
701 people remain hospitalized, 114 of those on ventilators.
Dr. Alex Garza said the "reproductive factor" of the virus - how many people an infected person gave the disease to - is less than one. Before the stay-at-home orders went in to place, he said data showed the number was above 5.
"We want to keep that number below 1. That's how pandemics end," Garza said.
Missouri announced 304 new cases Friday, in addition to 44 new previously unannounced deaths.
The state said that while those numbers are above their daily average, it's due, in part, to an error from one of the state's lab in which results had not been submitted from April 16-22.
Deaths were also elevated because one municipality had not reported deaths for the last 10 days and were lumped together in Friday's report, state officials said. No other information was made available.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson on Friday said he is preparing the state to reopen for business on May 4, when the latest version of the stay-at-home order is set to expire.
The governor said business on May 4 will be able to reopen, but he did say guidelines would be in place for social distancing.
Earlier Friday, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said next week was too early to reopen non-essential businesses in St. Louis as well as to lift restrictions on gatherings. St. Louis County and St. Louis City have extended their stay-at-home orders indefinitely, which will be re-evaluated in Mid May.
The State of Illinois on Friday announced 2,724 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. They also reported 108 additional deaths.
The 2,724 new cases is the largest reported in a single day for the state since the pandemic began.
Of the 108 deaths, authorities said a woman in her 100s died in Clinton County.
St. Louis County is reporting 117 total deaths and 944 recovered cases of the coronavirus.
Total COVID-19 cases also rose to 2,653 which is an increase of 135 cases from Thursday. That increase is the biggest single day increase since April 10.
In his Friday morning briefing, County Executive Sam Page said the county would be putting out a bid to buy more coronavirus tests.
Additionally the county will soon be looking to hire 100 more contact tracers to get in touch with people who may have come into contact with someone who tested positive.
THURSDAY, APRIL 23
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced his statewide stay-at-home order will be extended through May 30 with some changes. Click here for everything you need to know.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,826 new COVID-19 cases, raising the statewide total to 36,934. Across the state, 1,688 patients have died from the novel coronavirus. With the reported cases Thursday, Illinois has seen two of its highest three single-day increases in the last 48 hours.
St. Louis County has passed 100 deaths and 2,500 cases of the coronavirus.
In all, the county reports 102 deaths and 2,518 cases. The number of recovered cases, 672, has not changed since Wednesday.
A web portal goes live Thursday that will track every dollar the county uses for coronavirus response. Thus far, St. Louis County has spent more than $7 million on personal protective equipment. The county has received $175 million in federal grant money that is still awaiting spending approval from the county council.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,049 new COVID-19 cases and 98 additional deaths. The state's total is now 35,108. Statewide, 1,565 patients have died from the novel coronavirus.
The 2,049 new cases was the highest single-day total the state has reported.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday said the state wouldn't hit its highest level of COVID-19 cases until mid-May, weeks after originally projected, throwing into question whether the Democrat will extend his stay-at-home order past April 30.
Pritzker, who said he is wanting to reopen the state as soon as safely possible, said other governors who are opening soon are making a mistake.
"The things you need to re-open are not in place," Pritzker said Wednesday. "Some states are reopening - that's their choice I think some people might get sick, a lot of people might get sick as a result of that."
St. Louis County is reporting 96 total deaths from COVID-19 and 2,417 cases.
Additionally, the county is now reporting there are 672 recovered cases of the coronavirus.
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page officially extended the stay-at-home order Wednesday.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21
Two more St. Louis City residents have died from COVID-19, health officials announced Tuesday. 42 residents have died from the virus, the highest total in St. Louis area.
A total of 908 city residents have tested positive for the virus.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said he needs more time and more data before making a decision to reopen the state.
"We'll be talking more about models in coming days but we're working hard to try to make changes to the stay at home order ... I think people know the peak is yet to come."
Pritzker made his comments Tuesday afternoon at his daily news conference. Several protests were held across the country by people who want to see lockdowns lifted.
Illinois recorded more than 1,500 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 33,059; the state also said 119 more people died from the virus, bringing the death toll to 1,468.
The number of cases in Missouri reached 6,000 and 218 residents have died. The majority of cases are in the St. Louis area.
St. Louis County reports seven new COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total to 89.
The total cases in the county are 2,288.
MONDAY, APRIL 20
St. Louis PrideFest 2020 is being delayed due to COVID-19 concerns, the Board of Pride St. Louis announced Monday night.
The event will be held from August 15 and 16, a month and a half later than scheduled, with the grand parade taking place on the 16th.
St. Louis PrideFest will still be held at Soldier's Memorial.
10 more St. Louis City residents have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials announced.
A total of 40 city residents have died from the virus, 882 have tested positive.
Two inmates and one employee at the Lincoln County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, the sheriff's office confirms.
One inmate being held on federal charges tested positive last week before another inmate and employee tested positive.
Officials say the jail has been on lockdown for a week and they do not know how the virus got into the facility.
Illinois officials announced that 1,151 more residents have tested positive for COVID-19; 59 more died. A total of 31,508 residents have tested positive for the virus, 1,349 have died.
Missouri announced an additional death, bringing the state's total to 194. A total of 5,846 residents have tested positive.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19
Two more residents of a St. Charles nursing home have died from COVID-19, raising the total of deaths at Frontier Health and Rehabilitation to 12. A total of 63 residents and 12 employees have tested positive for the virus. Read more here.
COVID-19 cases at Festus Manor Care Center rose from six last Sunday to 64 in a week as officials said all residents and staff have been tested for the virus. A total of 51 residents and 13 employees have the virus. Read more here.
According to data provided by the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, a total of 343 COVID-19 patients were discharged from local hospitals since last Sunday, April 12.
Officials with the Illinois Department of Health announced 1,197 new cases on Sunday and 33 new deaths. The state has a total of 30,357 COVID-19 cases and 1,290 people have died from the novel coronavirus statewide.
The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the St. Louis area dropped slightly from Saturday to Sunday, the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force said.
683 patients who have COVID-19 or are being tested for COVID-19 were hospitalized Saturday. That number decreased by 24 to 659 Sunday. The number of patients in the ICU dropped by one from 176 to 175.
However, the number of patients on a ventilator rose from 136 to 139.
A total of 41 COVID-19 patients were discharged from local hospitals.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 150 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the total to 5,667. The state reported one new death caused by the virus. A total of 176 patients have died statewide.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
Officials from the Archdiocese of St. Louis said a resident from Regina Cleri home for retired priests has contracted the novel coronavirus. This is the first COVID-19 case at the retirement home. The patient has been taken to a hospital for care.
A total of 30 retired priests live at Regina Cleri.
A man in his 60s with underlying health conditions is the 18th St. Clair County resident to die from COVID-19. The county says 276 residents have tested positive for the virus.
Illinois says 1,585 more residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 125 more people have died from the virus, it's highest reported deaths in a single day yet.
So far, 1,259 people have died from COVID-19 and 29,160 have tested positive.
Missouri officials announced 234 new cases in the state and 10 more deaths, bringing the total to 5552 positive cases and at least 192 have died.
Eight residents and three staff members at Royal Oak Nursing and Rehab in the Central West End have tested positive for COVID-19. Three residents have been hospitalized, while the other infected residents are quarantined. The affected employees are in self-quarantine at home.
A bus driver from the Belleville Township High School District 201 passed away from complications from the coronavirus, the district announced. The high school described the bus driver, Frank Massey, as a dedicated employee who took his responsibility of transporting the students seriously.
"During this difficult time, he was a helper. His dedication to our district and especially to the students was exemplary. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, colleagues, and the students that he served during this difficult time," the district said.
Five more St. Louis County residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the official total to 77. Officials announced 61 new cases, bringing the total to 2,149.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
A third St. Louis County Police Department employee tested positive for COVID-19 Friday. The patient works as civilian staff and does not come into contact with the public.
The employee is one of the 2,088 positive cases reported in St. Louis County. At this point, it is unknown how the they contracted COVID-19.
Illinois has seen its largest increase in COVID-19 cases, with an increase of 1,842. Officials also announced 62 more deaths. 27,575 people have tested positive for COVID-19, 1,134 have died.
All schools in Illinois will be closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday.
Prtizker had previously announced that schools would be closed in Illinois through April 30.
St. Louis County is reporting four more COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total deaths to 70. St. Louis County also surpassed the 2,000 mark in coronavirus cases. The total is 2,054.
County Executive Sam Page announced Thursday that he has extended the stay-at-home order indefinitely and will re-evaluate the situation in mid-May.
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,140 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 125 new deaths on Thursday. Total cases in the state reached 25,733 and 1,072 people have died in the state since the beginning of the outbreak. Click here to see News 4's tracking of cases by county on both sides of the river.
St. Louis City Mayor Lyda Krewson announced St. Louis City's stay-at-home order will remain in effect indefinitely. Krewson said they will evaluate the order in mid-May.
The St. Louis Metro Pandemic Task Force estimated that our region will hit its peak on April 25.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
Illinois announced 1,346 new cases Wednesday and an additional 80 deaths.
Illinois has reported 948 deaths across the state, but state officials said while numbers continue to grow, they continue to see a bend in the curve of cases.
The State of Missouri announced 209 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and 14 new deaths.
Ten of those deaths were in St. Louis County, the state said, bringing the total to 63.
Government officials in Franklin County announced Wednesday they are putting together a plan to re-open restaurants and personal care businesses if Gov. Mike Parson does not extend his statewide stay-at-home order.
Currently, Missouri's stay-at-home order is set to expire on April 24th, and Franklin County Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker said the plan to re-open would begin as soon as the next day.
"There will be controlled measures in place such as lesser capacities allowed, protective measures, and spacing requirements. All of these measures are currently being discussed and considered by the Commissioners and local health officials," Brinker said.
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced five more COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total to 58.
He also said the county now has more than 1,800 cases.
Page said that 70-80% of the coronavirus cases are passed within households.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14
A North County Police Cooperative officer has tested positive for COVID-19 and is hospitalized. The department says they have protocols in place to make sure residents and other officers are safe.
A second employee of the St. Louis County Police Department has tested positive for COVID-19.
Police say they believe the employee did not contract the virus while at work and did not have any contact with the public.
Potential contaminated areas have been disinfected and cleaned, police say.
Two more St. Louis City residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total to 26. Both residents were men in their 80s.
A total of 723 city residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
St. Charles County announced they had reached 400 cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, as well as two new deaths.
The County now has 16 deaths due to the virus, trailing only St. Louis City (24) and St. Louis County (53) in the State of Missouri.
Their 398 cases also trails only those two areas.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Missouri now stands at 4,721. At least 142 have died as of Tuesday.
Two more people have died from COVID-19 in the Metro East. Illinois officials say a woman in her 80s and another in her 90s died from the virus in Monroe County.
The state announced 1,222 more cases and 74 additional deaths on Tuesday. 23,247 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, 868 have died.
A Clay County, Illinois woman is isolating at home after testing positive for COVID-19. The woman, who is in her 20s, had no known exposure to the virus. Health officials said that indicates the virus is likely circulating in the community.
MONDAY, APRIL 13
Five more St. Louis City residents have died from COVID-19, health officials announced Monday.
Three of the residents were in their 80s, one was in their in 70s and another was in their 60s.
A total of 24 St. Louis City residents have died from COVID-19; 706 have tested positive.
Frontier Health and Rehabilitation in St. Charles has reported that 60 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as 12 employees.
Earlier Monday it was reported that the facility reported its ninth death, a woman in her 90s.
Four residents are hospitalized due to the coronavirus. And 30 residents have tested negative.
The 12 employees are quarantined in their homes.
They are awaiting test results from five more residents.
Several more deaths have been reported in St. Louis and St. Charles counties.
St. Louis County reported eight more deaths bringing the county's total to 50. There are 1,687 total cases of COVID-19 in the county, accounting for nearly 40% of the state's positive cases.
The county's 14th death is a patient at Frontier Health and Rehab in St. Charles. The health department said the death is a woman in her 90s. Overall, there are 385 positive tests in St. Charles County.
Mayor Lyda Krewson has asked the Board of Election Commissioners to reschedule May 19th special election to fill two Board of Aldermen vacancies.
In the letter, Krewson said she doesn't expect the stay-at-home order to be lifted before May 19.
The election is looking to elect aldermen for Wards 4 and 12.
St. Clair County officials say another resident has died from COVID-19. A man in his 70s with underlying health conditions is the 10th person to pass away from the virus.
A total of 202 county residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Alex Garza, with the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, provided updated number for those currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
The number of hospitalizations went up from Sunday, from 607 to 634. However, those admitted to the ICU has dropped from 211 to 189. There are also two less people on ventilators.
Dr. Garza said since the task force began tracking cases a week ago, they've seen a 35 percent increase in cases.
"We're definitely still on the rising side of the curve," Dr. Garza said.
Illinois announced 1,173 news cases of COVID-19 and 74 more deaths.
So far in Illinois, 22,025 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 794 have died.
In Missouri, there are 228 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 4,388. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is reporting four new deaths. In total, 117 Missourians have died from the coronavirus.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson said in a press conference Monday that he is considering extending the stay-at-home order, which expires April 24. He said that decision should be coming in the next few days.
During his first COVID-19 briefing, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page touched on several hot topics such as testing kits and the county's stay-at-home order.
Page said they are investing several million dollars into more testing kits. The tests run about $25 each. St. Louis County is eligible for $175 million in federal aid and will begin exploring options shortly.
"St. Louis County is prepared to purchase several million dollars worth of tests in the coming weeks to supplement what's happening. We don't expect those to all arrive within the week, we expect them to be rolled in and staged over time and we'll be competing with other parts of the country to purchase those as our country ramps up production of supplies," Page said.
When asked about extending the stay-at-home order, Page said it would likely be extended until mid-May. He mentioned the final decision on the extension will be made later this week.
"I would expect that we would talk about extension with the order but what time and what date. I don’t know," Page said.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12
The City of St. Louis Department of Health announced two new deaths caused by COVID-19 complications. Officials said a man in his 50s and a man in his 60s have died, raising the total deaths in the city to 19. As of Sunday, 645 people in the city have been infected with the novel coronavirus.
Officials with the Jefferson County Health Department said seven new people have tested positive for COVID-19. Six of them are residents of a long-term care facility in Festus. Read more here.
There are currently 124 residents infected with the novel coronavirus in the county. Three people have died so far. Health officials said four patients have recovered and 103 people have been released from monitoring.
Thirty six more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from St. Louis-area hospitals, the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force announced Sunday.
607 patients with COVID-19 or are suspected of having COVID-19 are currently hospitalized, an increase of 15 from the day before; 211 are in the ICU, the same number as yesterday; 162 patients are on ventilators, an increase of five from yesterday.
Illinois officials announced 1,672 new cases and 43 new deaths. The increase in cases is Illinois' highest to date, but Gov. JB Pritzker says that reflects more people being tested. More than 100,000 have been tested in the state so far.
So far in Illinois, 20,852 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, 720 have died.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced 136 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the total to 4,241. So far, 115 Missourians have died from the novel coronavirus.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
The City of St. Louis Department of Health reported 51 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising the total to 645 in the city. A little over 200 people are being monitored for the virus in the city.
Two more residents of Frontier Health and Rehabilitation have passed away from COVID-19. Health officials say a woman in her 60s and a woman in her 70s are the latest residents to die from the virus.
A total of six residents of the facility have died due to COVID-19, at least 55 residents and 10 staff members have tested positive.
A total of 13 St. Charles County residents have died from the coronavirus, 11 have tested positive.
Forty-nine patients who have COVID-19 or are suspected of having COVID-19 have were released from local hospitals Friday, the head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force said Saturday.
Dr. Alex Garza also said the number hospitalized continues to rise, adding he still expects the peak to arrive in 2-3 weeks.
An employee at the pharmacy of the Walmart in Warrenton has tested positive for COVID-19, health officials said.
Officials are asking anyone that visited the pharmacy between April 1-April 5 to watch for symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath for 14 days after your visit. If you display such symptoms, call a medical provider immediately, health officials say.
Officials say those who were only in other areas of the store should not worry about potential exposure.
Health officials are working to inform close contacts of the person who tested positive.
Illinois is announcing that 1,293 more residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 81 more have died.
A total of 19,180 Illinoisans have contracted COVID-19; 677 have died.
225 more Missourians have contracted COVID-19 and 13 more have passed away, health officials say.
A total of 4,024 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. 109 have died.
In Iron County, Mo., the first positive COVID-19 cases was reported.
Fourteen new cases were reported in Franklin County. As of Saturday morning, there are a total of 83 positive cases with 13 people who have recovered from the virus.
Officials in St. Louis County announced nine new deaths from the coronavirus Saturday. In total, there are 42 deaths, 29 new cases and a total of 1,524 cumulative cases reported in the area.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10
The St. Louis City Department of Health reported four new deaths related to COVID-19, raising the total deaths to 17 in the city. Health officials also reported 29 new positive cases, raising the total to 594 patients infected with the novel coronavirus.
The four new victims to the virus are a Hispanic woman in her 50’s, a white man in his 90’s, an African American man in his 70’s and a woman in her 80’s (race information wasn't provided for the last patient).
"These new deaths show that no race is immune to this virus and we as a city must follow the executive orders put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19," health officials said in a statement.
The four new deaths in the city raise the total deaths in Missouri to 101.
CenterPointe Hospital in St Charles is accepting new patients after it says it conducted a deep cleaning in patient care areas.
4 patients and 27 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The hospital briefly stopped admissions as a results.
A third Jefferson County residents has died from COVID-19, health officials announced.
The patient was a woman in her 90s. At least 101 Jefferson County residents have contracted with COVID-19.
St. Louis County officials on Friday announced five new death from COVID-19. They are also reporting 77 new cases.
In total, St. Louis County has nearly 1,500 cases and 33 deaths.
THURSDAY, APRIL 9
St. Louis City reported 50 new COVID-19 cases and one new death, raising the total cases to 565 and total deaths to 13.
The Missouri Department of Health and Social Services is providing racial data on COVID-19 cases and deaths for the first time since the novel coronavirus outbreak in the state. According to the department, 33% of cases are among white people; 25% among black people; 4% among multi-racial people; 2% are listed under other and the race of 36% of those with the virus is unknown.
From the 87 people who have died in the sate so far, 47% are white; 18% are black; 3% are multi-racial and 32% are under other and unknown.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson ordered all public and charter schools in the state to remain closed through the end of the academic year. Parson said the order comes with an exceptions for nutrition and child care services.
Online learning will continue through the end of the school year. Read more here.
Illinois added 1,344 new cases Thursday and 66 deaths. Total COVID-19 in the state have reached 16,422 and 528 people have died.
St. Louis County reported two new deaths from COVID-19 Thursday morning.
The county, Missouri's hardest-hit by the virus, now has recorded 28 deaths and more than 1300 cases.
No other information was made available.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
The St. Charles County Department of Public Health reported four additional staff members from CenterPointe Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, raising the total to 24. Officials said one former patient and two current patients also have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The St. Charles County Department of Public Health announced two new employees at Frontier Health and Rehabilitation in the county have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total of infected employees to 10. To date, 42 residents tested positive with COVID-19 and five residents have died from the virus. Read more here.
Dr. Alex Garza, who is spearheading St. Louis' coronavirus task force, said the committee is working to provide more information about numbers of patients who have recovered from COVID.
While full information was not yet available, he did say yesterday alone more than 40 COVID patients left area hospitals, recovered from their battles with the disease.
As more recovery data is made available, News 4 will report those numbers.
The Missouri Department of Health and Social Services announced 60 new cases Wednesday, raising the total to 3,565.
84 people have died in Missouri, 55 in the counties in News 4 viewing area.
Tracking coronavirus cases, deaths in Missouri - as of May 30
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|St. Louis City||22408||511||112||7|
|St. Louis County||100038||2237||379||11|
Illinois reported 1,523 new cases Wednesday and an additional 79 deaths.
Both numbers are record highs for the state, but leaders of the state did point out the rate of growth has slowed day-to-day, a slight glimmer of hope
In total, 15,078 people have tested positive in the state. They have reported 463 deaths.
Tracking coronavirus cases, deaths in Illinois - as of May 30
|County||Total Cases||Total Deaths||7-Day Case Increase||7-Day Death Increase|
An employee at the Schnucks in Ladue has tested positive for COVID-19, the store announced in an email to customers.
Schnucks learned the employee tested positive for the virus Tuesday night. The employee had not been to work since April 2 and is now quarantined at home.
"Upon learning of the diagnosis, we immediately took steps at the store to disinfect and perform an extensive deep cleaning. We also called in a third-party vendor who specializes in such cleaning. We will also these measures for any future positive cases at our store," the store said.
The store is now open to customers after the deep cleaning.
According to the Franklin County Health Department said there are 34 positive cases reported at the Grandview Nursing Home in Washington, Mo.
As of Wednesday, 62 positive cases have been recorded in the county. Eight of those patients have recovered from the virus.
A total of 26 people have passed away from COVID-19 in St. Louis County as two new more deaths were reported.
Tuesday marked one month since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the state.
TUESDAY, APRIL 7
Bi-State Development officials announced Tuesday that one of their employees died as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
There was no further information released on the individual.
"It is with profound sadness that we announce the loss of one of our own Bi-State Development team members due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The impacts of this horrible disease are devastating and today’s loss is a stark reminder of the serious threat COVID-19 poses to our families, friends, and communities," spokesperson Patti Beck said in a release.
Fourteen Bi-State Development employees across six different locations have tested positive for COVID-19. In response, anyone who had close contact with them was identified and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. In addition, the facilities and areas where potential exposure occurred have been sanitized and disinfected using CDC guidelines.
Two more St. Louis City residents have died from COVID-19, health officials said on Tuesday. Both residents were women's in their 80s.
A total of 12 city residents have died from COVID-19. 476 have tested positive foe the virus.
For more information on the COVID-19 and safety guidelines, visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. The City of St. Louis Department of Health number is 314-657-1499 or visit the city's website at stlouis-mo.gov to learn more. The St. Louis County Health hotline is 314-615-2660 or visit the county's website at stlcorona.com to learn more.