The coronavirus is affecting all aspects of life around St. Louis.
A program to bring back former nurses is being accelerated to meet the need in St. Louis. Fairmount Park wants to hold races without spectators. Parents are paying for daycare they can't use. Stay-at-home orders are extended into May for St. Louis, St. Louis County and the whole state of Missouri.These are Friday's developments.
3:00 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — At least 153 people with COVID-19 in the St. Louis metro area had died by Friday afternoon, as Illinois reported its largest single-day spike in new cases of the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak.
Illinois officials announced 1,842 additional COVID-19 cases Friday for a total of 27,575 in the state, including 1,134 deaths.
Missouri added 172 new confirmed cases and 13 additional deaths Friday, bringing the state's total to 5,283 cases and 165 deaths. Read more here.
2:30 p.m. — CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday said that schools would stay closed through the end of the school year, with teaching continuing online. Read more.
10:20 a.m. — UNIVERSITY CITY — Thirteeen full-time employees of the city will be furloughed or laid off as tax revenues plummet. Officials said all areas except public safety and sanitation will lose workers. Read more.
9:45 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Botanical Garden is moving its planned Origamiinthegarden exhibit to 2021 because of concerns about the coronavirus, the garden announced Friday. It was supposed to open this month. Read more.
9 a.m. — CLAYTON — St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said Friday he has hired retired Centene executive Cindy Brinkley as a senior adviser to lead the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
8 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — Parents across the region and the country are in a tough spot: paying for day care they can't use. Providers have fixed costs despite plunging attendance, and many contracts mandate that parents keep paying to keep a spot.But it's become financially impossible for those who have lost their jobs. Read more
7 a.m. — COLLINSVILLE — Fairmount Park wants to salvage what it can of the early part of its horse-racing season by returning to races without spectators. But it needs the governor's permission to do so. Read more.
6 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — SSM Health and St. Louis University, in response to the new coronavirus pandemic, are accelerating a program that brings former nurses back into hospitals. The program typically takes four weeks, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been condensed to just two. Read more.
OVERNIGHT — ST. LOUIS —Mourners prayed, honked their car horns and sent blue balloons skyward Thursday night as they remembered former police officer and pastor Carl Smith Sr., who died of coronavirus complications. Smith was remembered as a man who could make gang members bent on killing each other sit down and shake hands instead. Read more.
4:25 p.m. — CHICAGO – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday said that his state was increasing testing capacity for the new coronavirus and expanding residents’ access to tests. Read more.
3:50 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — Missouri cases of COVID-19 topped 5,100 Thursday, as Illinois officials announced 125 new deaths connected to the coronavirus, the most in a single day since the start of the outbreak. Read more.
3:40 p.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri is poised to ramp up testing of workers and residents at state-run facilities, whether or not they show signs of having COVID-19. Read more.
3:15 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — The show will not go on for Circus Flora, which announced Thursday it was postponing its 2020 season to 2021. Read more.
3 p.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — The statewide stay-at-home order was extended until May 3 as Gov. Mike Parson said the state is making plans to reopen. Read more.
2:45 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — Two St. Louis police officers who have been hospitalized in intensive care units with COVID-19 will get support from the nonprofit Backstoppers, the organization announced Thursday. Read more.
1 p.m. — ST. LOUIS REGION – St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced Thursday he will extend the countywide stay-at-home order indefinitely. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson also said she would be extending the order in the city. Read more.
8:45 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — Restaurant owners across St. Louis say the rules of the Paycheck Protection Program, the small-business section of a $2.2 trillion relief bill passed last month by Congress, are a poor fit for the reality facing their industry right now. Read more.
7:35 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — All 10 Gold's Gyms in the St. Louis area are closed for good. The company said it has decided to close 30 of them overall, after reassessing the viability of them during the pandemic shutdown. Read more.
7:30 a.m — WASHINGTON — The wave of layoffs that has engulfed the U.S. economy since the coronavirus struck forced another 5.2 million people to seek unemployment benefits last week. That makes 22 million who have sought benefits in the past month, meaning one in seven workers have lost their jobs in that time. Read more.
6 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — The medical community across St. Louis expected a war zone, but acknowledge that by the time the virus arrived in full force, it had some advantages. One of those doctors now is uring that the effort is not wasted. Read more.
OVERNIGHT — BALLWIN — A nurse who worked at the Meramec Bluffs senior living community has died after testing positive for the new coronavirus. Read more.
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