Coronavirus Latest: US leads the world in COVID-19 cases

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - Below is the latest on the impact of the coronavirus in Missouri and the Metro East:

Click here for coverage after March 26.

For more information on the COVID-19 and safety guidelines, visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. The St. Louis County Health hotline is 314-615-2660 or visit the county's website at stlcorona.com to learn more.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26:

7:40 p.m.

Warren County officials announced the county's first confirmed COVID-19 case on Thursday. The Health Department didn't release any information on the gender, age or how the person was exposed to the virus. 

6:55 p.m.

A worker at the Wentzville post office has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

It is currently unclear when the employee tested positive and how long they continued to work as a carrier of the virus. 

The United States Postal Service sent a statement Thursday, saying:

"The U.S. Postal Service (Postal Service) has learned that an employee at the Wentzville Post Office tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

We are in the process of reaching out to the local public health office and will follow the guidance they provide. We believe the risk is low for employees who work at the Wentzville Post Office, but we will keep our employees apprised as new information and guidance becomes available."

6:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump approved Governor Mike Parson’s request for a federal major disaster declaration for Missouri on Thursday to support the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

“I appreciate the President acting quickly on my disaster declaration request and the commitment of federal resources as we battle this unprecedented public health and economic threat to Missourians,” Parson said. “As I’ve said throughout our COVID-19 response effort, we will continue to pursue every way possible to adapt and deliver additional resources to help protect the health of Missourians and promote long-term recovery.”

6:10 p.m.

Six new patients tested positive for COVID-19 in St. Charles County, raising the county's total to 24. County officials said 580 people are being monitored. 

5:40 p.m.

St. Louis City officials said the total of COVID-19 cases reached 69 late Thursday afternoon. In an interview with News 4, Mayor Lyda Krewson said there are cases in every zip code within St. Louis City. Click here to hear from the mayor. 

5:30 p.m.

St. Louis County officials announced the second death in the county. Officials said a woman in her 80s died from COVID-19. She had chronic medical conditions. 

5:15 p.m.

Jefferson County officials said six new patients tested positive for COVID-19 in the county. Two patients are in their 20s, two in their 30s, one in their 40s and one in their 50s. This brings the total of positive cases Jefferson County to 13.

3:30 p.m.

In his Thursday afternoon briefing, Gov. Parson was asked if he would make changes to the policy that only people with severe symptoms can be tested for COVID-19. Parson said he would if it was possible but the state doesn’t have the capabilities to do so. “I know every day there’s a shortage of the test kits that are out there and we have to allocate which ones we think are a priority for our state,” Parson said. “As much as I would like to help everyone that could be able to be tested today that wants to be tested, the reality is we don’t have the tests.”

2:30 p.m.

Cases of the COVID-19 virus continue to climb across Missouri and Illinois Thursday, as Illinois saw 673 new cases and Missouri crossed the 500 threshold. 

All told, Illinois has seen 2,538 cases in the state and 26 patients have died.

Missouri's death count has remained at eight patients for the last two days, but cases have continued to climb. The total positive tests in the state has reached 502, with the highest concentration of cases being in St. Louis County (173). 

12:00 p.m.

A 5th case in Franklin County has been reported. According to the county, the individual was a contact to a case from another county and was already self quarantined. They are showing minimum symptoms and are doing well.

They are awaiting test results from 150 additional patients that have been tested.

11:50 a.m.

According to the Pattonville School District, an employee at Holman Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee is receiving care and has not had any contact with students at work since March 16.

As a precaution, the district is also notifying employees who worked in close contact with this individual.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25:

8:00 p.m.

Jefferson County officials announced three new COVID-19 cases in the county, bringing the total to seven. 

The patients are a man in his 50s, a woman in her 30s and another woman in her 20s. Two of the cases are related to travel. The third case is still under investigation. 

6:30 p.m.

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health reported a total of 18 patients have tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far in the county with five tests still pending. County officials said 580 people are being monitored for the virus. 

6:30 p.m.

COVID-19 cases just passed 50 in St. Louis City. Officials said as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the city has 53 patients with the novel coronavirus and 21 people are waiting on results. The city is currently monitoring 146 people. 

5:25 p.m. 

St. Charles County officials said three out of the 15 people in the county with COVID-19 are senior residents at Frontier Health & Rehabilitation in St. Charles. The first woman, in her 80s, tested positive positive on Monday. Officials announced two new cases form the facility on Wednesday, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 50s. Two of the patients are hospitalized and the third patient is quarantined. 

4:15 p.m. 

The St. Louis City Circuit Attorney's Office and Public Defender's Office recommended 56 people with low-level offenses or major health issues in the city’s jails for the court to consider pre-trail release to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus inside jails.

"With the assistance of the court, the release of these non-violent individuals provides a benefit for the city, which no longer has to bear the cost of housing them, and for the defendants and their families by mitigating their potential exposure to the coronavirus," both offices said in a statement. 

3:15 p.m.

Illinois Gov. JB Prtizker announced a three-month extension to income tax filing deadline and announced three financial programs to help businesses with more than a $90 million financial relief package. Read more here.

3:00 p.m.

The Missouri Department of Health announced latest COVID-19 numbers in the state, and they showed a significant uptick for portions of the News 4 viewing area. 

In total, the state has 356 cases. 129 of those are in St. Louis County and 44 are in the City of St. Louis. St. Charles County added another case, making 12 total there.

Yesterday at this time, the state said St. Louis County had 100 cases and the City had 37.

2:25 p.m.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced today 330 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, and three deaths.

A Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s, and a Will County woman in her 50s passed away.

There are currently 17 cases in the Metro East:

  • One case in Washington County
  • Two cases in Monroe County
  • Three cases in Madison County
  • Four cases in Clinton County
  • Seven cases in St. Clair County 

No deaths in the Metro East have been reported.

As of today, the Department of Health is reporting a total of 1,865 cases in 35 counties in Illinois. 

The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years. 

10:45 a.m.

Two St. Louis Public School staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter sent by Superintendent Dr. Kelvin R. Adams.

In the letter, Adams says the CDC and the City of St. Louis Health Department notified the school about the employees.

The staff members were assigned to two different schools and have not been back to their schools since before Spring Break.

Staff and families at each school have received follow-up communication with additional information.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24:

6:45 p.m.

Jefferson County announced Tuesday that fourth resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The patient is a female between 10-20-years-old, and recently traveled.

The patient has been quarantined since returning home, health officials said.

6:00 p.m.

14 more St. Louis City residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 37, health officials said Tuesday evening.

5:00 p.m.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday said the state needs tens of thousands of additional hospital beds for COVID-19 patients within the next two weeks amid a pandemic that has now claimed 16 Illinois lives.

The Democrat said at his daily briefing that the state will need almost 38,000 additional hospital beds, including more than 9,000 in intensive-care units, along with nearly 5,000 ventilators -- more than double what's available in the state right now.

The administration is evaluating closed hospitals for temporary reuse and setting up National Guard triage centers outside existing hospitals to evaluate potential patients

4:30 p.m.

Two more residents of a southwest Missouri assisted-living center have died from the coronavirus, bringing the number of deaths in the state to eight.

Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, on Tuesday announced the deaths of the two women, one in her 70s and one in her 90s, who were both residents of Morningside East in Springfield.

The death of another resident, in her 80s, was announced late Monday. A fourth resident has been hospitalized. Missouri's total number of confirmed cases has risen to 255, up from 183 on Monday.

4:20 p.m.

Three Bi-State employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the agency announced Tuesday.  The employees work at Bi-State headquarters and the Brentwood MetroBus facility. Bi-State says the three employees are receiving treatment and those who were in close contact with them have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The areas that may have been exposed to COVID-19 have been cleaned and sanitized, Bi-State says.

3:05 p.m.

The State of Missouri is reporting 255 positive cases of COVID-19, Governor Parson announced Tuesday afternoon. Six people have died from the virus.

2:30 p.m.

Four more people from Illinois have died from COVID-19, health officials announced Tuesday afternoon, which brings the total statewide total to 16. 

The number of cases has also risen to 1,535, including three more in St. Clair County. Seven residents of the county have tested positive for COVID-19.

1:15 p.m.

St. Charles County has two new COVID-19 cases, the health department announced. The total is up to 8 in the county. 

12:20 p.m.

The St. Francois County Health Center has confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in the county.

The woman is in her 20s and works in healthcare outside the county.

[READ: St. Francois Health Center investigating possible coronavirus exposure at Bonne Terre wedding]

Health officials are working to figure how she contracted the virus, but they believe it is related to her job. The woman is self-quarantined in her home.

10:40 a.m.

According to the Franklin County Missouri Health Department, there a total of four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

7:15 a.m.

A St. Charles gas station employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the St. Charles County Executive Office.

The employee worked at the Circle K on Elm Street and Interstate 370. The gas station shut down voluntarily as the health department investigates the case further.

This employee's case is not travel-related and was part of the county's case numbers provided Monday.

St. Louis Community College sent out information that a student at the Florissant Valley campus tested positive for COVID-19. 

According to the school, the student was last on campus on March 13. This is the first positive case for the St. Louis Community College system.

MONDAY, MARCH 23: 

7:00 p.m.

St. Charles County has seen its first death related to the COVID-19 virus. 

The patient was a man in his 70s who had been hospitalized with the virus. 

“We are extremely saddened by this news,” said County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.”

The county had six cases of the virus as of Monday. 

6:45 p.m.

Three Jefferson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials announced Monday night.  A man and woman in their 60s and a woman in her 70s have all tested positive.

6:20 p.m.

With 35 new COVID-19 cases reported Monday, St. Louis County's total now sits at 90.  

The St. Louis metro area now has more than 120 confirmed cases of the virus. 

There are 90 confirmed cases in St. Louis County and 22 in the city, with three other St. Louis-area counties in Missouri showing cases and five counties in or near the Metro East with at least one positive test. 

6:05 p.m.

A total of 22 St. Louis City residents have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials announced Monday night. The news comes hours after it was announced the first St. Louis City resident died from the virus.

5:20 p.m.

Like St. Louis City and St. Louis County before them, St. Charles County officials ordered their residents to stay at home in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

The order goes into effect midnight on Tuesday and restricts travel "except to engage in activities they deem necessary to their physical, mental or spiritual well-being, or for employment."

“The restrictions do not specify which businesses are essential,” said County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “Businesses and residents, not County Government, should determine what is essential. There is no way government can be aware of the unique needs of every individual."

4:55 p.m.

All public school districts in the St. Louis City and St. Louis County will extend their closures until April 22.

The order follows the edict from city and county officials for residents to stay and home and limit all travel to essential trips only.

"To remain consistent with the St. Louis City and St. Louis County Stay At Home Orders, guidance from local health and government officials, and in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, staff, and communities, St. Louis County and St. Louis City public schools announce today that their buildings will remain closed through Wed., April 22," officials said in a release. 

4:00 p.m.

Jefferson County announced it will join St. Louis City and St. Louis County and order its residents to shelter in place. 

The order goes into effect Monday at midnight and will last until April 23. 

All essential travel is still allowed as is outdoor exercise, but any unnecessary travel is discouraged. 

2:50 p.m.

Missouri has 183 cases of COVID-19. 46 residents aged between 20 and 29 years old have the virus, the biggest age group with cases.

2:30 p.m.

The State of Illinois has 1,285 cases of coronavirus. 236 new cases were announced today. 12 Illinoisans have lost their lives to the virus.

The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

Monroe County in the Metro East has its first reported case. St. Clair County now has four cases.

2:00 p.m.

St. Louis City Mayor Lyda Krewson announced a woman has lost her life to the novel coronavirus. The woman was in her 30s.

She tested positive for the virus on Sunday.

Her case was not travel-related. Health officials are not sure how the woman caught the virus.

"This should be a wake up call to all of us," Krewson said in the press conference.

1:00 p.m.

Six St. Charles County residents have positive cases of COVID-19, the health department says.

11:35 a.m.

Franklin County has announced new business closings to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

The Franklin County Commission has ordered the closing of the following businesses at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24:

  • Golf courses
  • Barber shops
  • Hair and nail salons
  • Movie theatres
  • Concert halls
  • Gymnasiums
  • Exercise studios
  • Massage therapy

The closure will be through April 17 at noon. This order is in addition to closing dining rooms of restaurants and bars.

6 a.m.

 Over the weekend our area saw an increase in positive cases of coronavirus as more people are tested. 

St. Louis County reported 55 cases, St. Louis City 14, St. Charles County 3, and one case in Jefferson and St. Francios counties. 

In Missouri, there are 106 cases and three deaths. The Department of Health and Senior Services broke down the cases by age range: 

COVID by age MO

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services broke down the positive cases by age range.

The stay at home order in St. Louis County and City go into effect Monday for 30 days. The order began at 12:01 a.m. Monday in the county, and goes into effect at 6 p.m. in the city. 

You can still go to the grocery store, bank, get gas, pick up prescriptions, or pick up food from a restaurant. You can go on walks in the park. 

However, if you do not follow the order you can be cited for a Class A misdemeanor. 

SUNDAY, MARCH 22:

8:45 p.m.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports COVID-19 cases in Missouri reached 106 Sunday. However, this number does not include St Louis County's latest number of 55 cases. With the county's numbers, Missouri has at least 137 COVID-19 cases. Officials with the state said St. Louis County tests done at commercial labs take longer to process and make the state's database. Read more here.

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