ST. LOUIS COUNTY ( -- The St. Louis County Council announced Thursday it is moving to virtual meetings due to the coronavirus surge in the St. Louis area.

Chairwoman Rita Days said in a statement that meetings will be conducted virtually starting Tuesday. She said she would re-evaluate in three weeks to determine whether to keep having virtual meetings or not.

The announcement comes as many area businesses are temporarily closing as COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases hit record highs. The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force reported 1,356 people hospitalized with COVID-19 Thursday.

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