ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - Below is the latest on the impact of the coronavirus in Missouri and the Metro East:
MONDAY, MARCH 23:
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
- Exercise studios
- Massage therapy
The closure will be through April 17 at noon. This order is in addition to the mandated closing of dining rooms of restaurants and bars in the county.
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:
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:
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.
St. Francois County officials said a woman in her 30s tested positive for COVID-19 marking the first case in the county.
St. Louis County officials said COVID-19 cases tripled since Saturday as 38 new people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, raising the total to 55. Read more here.
St. Louis City officials said COVID-19 cases in the city reached 14. Officials didn't say if the cases are travel related or not. A total of 82 people are being monitored in the city and 17 people are waiting on test results.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 296 new patients have tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday, including an infant, raising the total cases from 753 to 1,049 statewide. Nine patients have died so far in Illinois.
Health officials said it's still unknown if a pregnant woman can pass the virus to her baby.
In an afternoon press conference, Illinois Gov. Pritzker urged people to stand with one another and donate. The state is looking for blood donations and personal protective equipment, email PPE.email@example.com to learn how you can help.
A non-military member at the Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri has tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday, according to a press release.
“This first confirmed case is a stark reminder that we must take this seriously,” said Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, 509th Bomb Wing commander.
There are no immediate, additional restrictions in place.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21:
A third resident of St. Charles County has tested positive for COVID-19, health officials say. The patient is a man in his 20s who had recently been to Spain and has been in quarantine since he got back.
A Webster University employee has tested positive for coronavirus, the university announced. Thee school says the employee had been on the Conservatory trip to New York City and immediately put themselves in quarantine, and those who have recently interacted with the employee have done the same. The school says the employee is recovering.
Missouri health officials say 90 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. That number increased by 17 from Friday. Three Missouri residents have died from the virus.
Two more teachers at Temple Israel in Creve Coeur have tested positive for COVID-19, the synagogue announced Saturday night. The news comes days after the temple said two preschool teachers had tested positive.
The temple says one of the teachers who positive test was announced Saturday was last in the building on March 12 and is self-quaranting. The other teacher was last at the synagogue on March 9 and no longer has any symptoms.
Th temple says a parent who tested positive last week was at the Purim Carnival on
Two local hospital systems are further limiting visitors due to COVID-19 concerns. SSM says until further notice, there will no visitors allowed except in certain circumstances. Patients in pediatric settings and end-of-life situations are only allowed one visitor with permission.
BJC said it is also limiting visitors and they will be screened.
A parent in the Fox School District has tested positive for COVID-19, the district announced Saturday. The patient is a parent of students at Hodge Elementary and Seckman Middle School.
The district says the patient has a child at Seckman Middle School and Hodge Elementary. The Hodge Elementary student has not been in school since March 6. The Seckman student was not in school from March 9 to March 16 but returned to school on March 17.
Currently, the family is following CDC guidelines, the district says.
Three more St. Louis City residents have tested positive COVID-19, health officials said Saturday. A total of 10 St. Louis City residents have contracted the virus.
A Mercy doctor who works at hospitals in Washington, Mo. and Troy, Mo. Mercy says the doctor did not have symptoms while at work and did not return after developing symptoms.
St. Louis County has reported 7 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 17. According to the health department, one case previously identified as St. Louis County has been relocated out of state.
A solider at Fort Leonard Wood has tested positive for COVID-19. The soldier had recently traveled to New York and Florida. The soldier as screened at Harper In-Processing and placed in isolation before returning back to the base.
Military and local health professionals are in the process of tracing and contacting people who the soldier might have had contact with over the past two weeks.
Mercy Hospital has conducted 689 COVID-19 tests in 8 days. According to the healthcare provider, they have performed over 120 tests in the last three days.
The St. Louis Archdiocese says it has suspended public liturgies for Holy Week and beyond. It says the live streaming of Mass will still be offered.
Lambert International Airport is staying open despite the 'stay-at-home' order that was issued by officials in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. The airport is deemed as essential service. Some restaurants and shops inside are also open.
A Metro employee was recently tested for COVID-19, the agency said. The results are not back yet but as a precaution, the agency is asking 36 other employees to remain home for 14 days. If the employee tests negative then the 36 co-workers will be allowed to return to work.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says the stay-in-place order, which goes into effect Monday night will last for 30 days and a violation is a Class A misdemeanor.
Mo. Gov Mike Parson has limited visitors to nursing homes and critical care facilities unless it is for an essential need. He is also altering regulations to allow more children at child care facilities.
Illinois has announced that a Cook County man has died from COVID-19; he is the sixth Illinois resident to pass away from the illness. Officials also announced 168 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 753.
FAA says it is suspending flights to NYC-area and Philadelphia airports because of virus-related staffing issues.
A nurse with the SSM system died shortly after her diagnosis with COVID-19.
Judy Wilson-Griffin, the area's first known death from the coronavirus, was a nurse at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital and an online doctoral student in UMSL's nursing program.
In a statement, SSM remembered her as a "hero in the truest sense."
Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page have issued a stay at home order to help reduce the spread of coronavirus in the area. It will go in effect Monday.
Officials will release more information this afternoon at 3 p.m. during a press conference.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20:
The Circuit Court of St. Louis issued an administrative order Friday suspending all evictions in St. Louis County.
Officials with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said COVID-19 cases have reached 73 in the state, up by 26 cases since Friday morning. Three people have died so far. One from Boone County, one from Jackson County and one from St. Louis County.
A total of seven St. Louis City residents have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials announced Friday evening.
There are currently 14 pending test results, and 72 people being monitored.
Two Mizzou employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Both employees are quarantined, the university says.
A Missouri state representative has tested positive for COVID-19, several lawmakers announced Friday evening. As a result, employees are being asked to stay away from the capitol for 10 days. Read more here.
A woman in her 50s is the second St. Charles County resident to test positive for COVID-19, health officials announced Friday. The patient had recently traveled to Illinois and had contact with someone who also tested positive.
A woman in her 60s is the first St. Louis County resident to die of coronavirus. County Executive Sam Page said the woman had other health problems. Read more here.
Mercy opened a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site last Saturday in Chesterfield and now officials say they are opening three more sites as the number of cases continue to grow in the St. Louis area. The new sites will be in south St. Louis County, Washington and Hillsboro. Read more here.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker officially issued a shelter-in-place order Friday afternoon. The order will go into effect Saturday night at 5 p.m. and restricts all non-essential travel within the state. Read more here.
The announcement follows another death in the state due to COVID-19, which brings the total to five. The state saw 163 new cases Friday.
The patient who died was a woman in Cook County.
The order will be in place until April 7. The order means people will be able to go to grocery stores, gas stations, work and do outdoor activities, but all non-essential businesses must stop operating and all workers who can work from home are ordered to do so.
Gov. Mike Parson announced Friday a second death in Missouri due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The death occurred in Jackson County, Missouri.
Patient information was not immediately available. Read more here.
In response, the governor said he will issue an official state-wide ban of gatherings of more than 10 people on Saturday.
Gov. JB Pritzker will issue a shelter-in-place order for all of Illinois due to worries over COVID-19, according to CBS Chicago and the Chicago Tribune.
The order will mean people must stay home unless it is for doctor's visits or trips to the grocery store.
It is very similar to an order that has been issued by the governors of California and New York.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says the president has instructed him to move tax day from April 15 to July 15.
"All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties," Mnuchin tweeted out.
He also encouraged taxpayers to file now to get your refund.
The number of COVID-19 cases have nearly doubled in Missouri, according to the latest numbers from the Department of Health and Senior Services.
The biggest number comes from Kansas City where seven people tested positive at private labs.
Locally, St. Louis County has 10 cases, St. Louis City has five and one has been reported in St. Charles County.
This county by county breakdown comes from the health department. The state says it may not match the total case count.
Coronavirus cases in the US topped 14,000. That's more than a 40% increase in 36 hours.
Locally, St. Louis City is up to five cases while there are 10 in St. Louis County.
Officials expect Illinois will surpass 500 cases as more tests return Friday. On Thursday, the state reported 422 positive cases and three more deaths.
The Illinois National Guard is debunking rumors. They say there are been no conversation about guardsmen being used to enforce quarantine, or shutting down Chicago as well as the interstates.
Governor JB Pritzker reassured people not to panic.
"Essential services will not close," Pritzker said. "Interstates, highways and bridges will stay open. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, these sources of fundamental supplies will continue to operate. There is no need to run out and hoard food, gas or medicine."
The increase in the number of positive tests is tied to an increase in testing by state and private labs. The governor said more than 1,000 tests were given statewide Wednesday and hopes to increase that to 2,000 tests per day.
In the Metro East, St. Clair and Clinton Counties have three positive cases while Madison County has one.
In Missouri, St. Charles and St. Louis Counties will hold special meetings Friday. Reporters will not be allowed into St. Louis County Council chambers but can watch remotely.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19:
St. Louis city officials announced Thursday night the city has three new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.
The new cases mean the city now has five total positive tests and St. Louis County has 10.
Officials released no details about the age of the patients or whether they had contracted the virus through travel or community contact.
“It’s crucial residents in the City of St. Louis continue to socially distance themselves from others, and stay home if they are ill,” said Dr. Fredrick Echols, director of health for the City of St. Louis.
St. Louis University (SLU) officials said a second student tested positive for COVID-19 after studying abroad. In a statement, officials said the student lives in a different state and hasn't been on campus since their trip abroad. St. Louis City announced its first coronavirus case on Monday and it was also SLU student. Read more on the story here.
Missouri officials said as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, 28 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state. A total of 395 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus so far.
St. Louis health care providers announced the postponement of all elective procedures beginning Monday.
The decision was made by BJC HealthCare and its partners at Washington University School of Medicine, Mercy, SSM Health and its partners at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and St. Luke’s Hospital.
“This measure is intended to ensure that only urgent or time-sensitive procedures are provided, to protect our caregivers and the communities we serve, and to conserve the resources needed for the COVID-19 health crisis," the health systems said in a joint statement. “Our regional health systems have been working together, and will continue to do so, to consistently and transparently address issues our communities are encountering during this epidemic.”
Elective care is classified as care that can be delayed for eight weeks or more without risk to patients or families, and without compromising standards of care.
In an afternoon press release, St. Louis County officials announced their cases doubled from five Wednesday to 10 Thursday.
The new cases involve a patient in their 30s, two in their 50s, one in their 60s and one in their 80s.
There is no information as to whether the cases were contracted via travel or through community members.
38 tests have returned negative results.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson said the state received thousands of new Personal Protective Equipment from the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The units will be given to healthcare providers and first responders.
St. Charles Community College officials said classes will remain online-only for the remainder of the Spring semester starting March 23.
Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday the State of Illinois has three new deaths due to COVID-19.
One was a patient in their 60s, another was a patient in their 80s, and the third was a resident from Florida who was visiting the state.
As of Thursday, Illinois has seen 422 cases. Read more here.
West County Mall will close its doors at 5 p.m. Thursday, the mall announced. The closure is indefinite and is meant to comply with St. Louis County Executive Sam Page's order regarding limiting gatherings to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The mall says some exterior stores may stay open as well as some exterior-facing restaurants for to go, delivery or curbside service.
GM says the Wentzville plant will temporarily shut down after the second shift on Monday. Read more here.
St. Charles and Franklin Counties are limiting public events to 10 people out of COVID-19 concerns. St. Louis City and St. Louis County have already made similar moves.
Two teachers and a parent at Temple Israel in Creve Coeur have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter the school sent to families.
The temple says both teachers and the parent are recovering and parent's children have not shown any symptoms. Read more here.
With the potential for severe weather Thursday, Mercy said that could disrupt drive-thru testing at their site in Chesterfield.
Mercy said they will contact patients whose appointments are affected and work to reschedule it.
Remember before you can get a drive-thru test, you need to call Mercy's COVID-19 Clinical Support Line at 314-251-0500. The testing site is located at Mercy Virtual Care Center at 15740 S Outer Forty Road in Chesterfield.
The St. Louis area saw a spike in coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.
In Illinois, cases rose Wednesday from 161 to 288. In Missouri, case went from 15 to 24. Missouri also reported its first death.
The first positive case of COVID-19 was reported in St. Charles County.
The federal government has warned that the number of cases will dramatically spike soon. In a press conference Wednesday, the coronavirus task force said there is a backlog of tests from five to seven days that will run in the next 24 hours.
Both doctors and government leaders point out that the jump in the number of cases is due to an increase in testing.
On Thursday, drive-thru testing will be available in the Metro East. A site will open at the former Siteman Cancer Center in Swansea. Before going to the drive-thru testing you need prior authorization from a doctor and the health department. The drive-thru testing site will be open from noon to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
|County||Positive via state lab||Positive by commercial or other lab|
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|St. Louis County||7|
To read previous coverage on the coronavirus in Missouri and the Metro East click here and here.