The coronavirus is affecting all aspects of life around St. Louis.
Dozens of St. Louis County parks are open again, at least partially. More St. Louis restaurants are getting back in business, in some capacity. Some unemployed are being shut out by flooded phone lines and archaic computer systems. Missouri's budget, whacked by the virus, will be whacked by about $700 million. These are Tuesday's developments.
6:15 p.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday said that the number of patients in hospitals has been dropping in every part of the state since April 7, except for the St. Louis region. Read more.
6 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — St. Louis County reported a 19% increase in COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, as the death toll in both Missouri and Illinois continued to rise. Read more.
5:45 p.m. — JEFFERSON COUNTY — Jefferson County will follow Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's plan to allow all businesses in most areas of the state to reopen next week beginning May 4, County Executive Dennis Gannon announced Tuesday afternoon. Read more.
12:55 p.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — Coronavirus aid checks worth a total of $521 million could be headed to Missouri counties next week under a plan to divvy up billions of dollars in federal stimulus funding. Read more.
11:45 a.m. — ST. CHARLES —St. Charles County will follow Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's plan for reopening much of the state's economy next week on May 4, County Executive Steve Ehlmann has announced. Read more.
10:45 a.m. — CLAYTON — Thirty-three county parks are opening on Tuesday, but 21 will remain closed, the county said in a news release. Parks were closed April 2 in an effort to decrease crowding as the coronavirus pandemic spread through the region. Read more.
9 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — Lona's Lil Eats and Cleveland Heath are among the area restaurants announcing their plans to get back to business, in some capacity. Read more.
6 a.m. — Millions of Americans who have been thrown out of work during the coronavirus pandemic have been unable to register for unemployment benefits since the U.S. economy entered a free fall, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Idled workers say they have encountered downed websites and clogged phone lines, as the state governments that administer the program have been overwhelmed by applicants.Read more.
OVERNIGHT — JEFFERSON CITY — Raises for Missouri’s low-paid state workers and funding for public colleges and universities are on the chopping block as lawmakers begin piecing together a revamped spending plan.Lawmakers are hoping to send a budget blueprint that chops about $700 million becuase of the coronavirus pandemic to Gov. Mike Parson by May 8. Read more.
OVERNIGHT — ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Health care workers at Mercy Hospital got a much-needed boost from a "Care-avan" of sports figures, Fredbird and Louie, who came to the hospital to cheer them on. See more.
4:45 p.m. — Missouri passed 7,000 cases of COVID-19 Monday, as Illinois reported nearly 2,000 new cases of the virus in a single day. Read more.
4:40 p.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — Raises for Missouri’s low-paid state workers and funding for public colleges and universities are on the chopping block as lawmakers begin piecing together a revamped spending plan. Read more.
4:15 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — Police broke up a weekend gathering of a few hundred people who were watching drag racing and motorcycle stunts in downtown streets, city officials said Monday. Read more.
3:30 p.m. — Gov. Mike Parson on Monday announced details of his plan to reopen Missouri beginning next Monday, which would allow business activities, religious services and social gatherings to resume as long as people follow social distancing rules, including staying 6 feet apart. The plan, which the governor has called the ‘Show Me Strong Recovery’ plan, begins May 4 and extends through May 31. Read more.
1:45 p.m. — Meat isn't going to disappear from supermarkets because of outbreaks of the coronavirus among workers at U.S. slaughterhouses. But as the meat plants struggle to remain open, consumers could face less selection and slightly higher prices. Industry leaders acknowledge that the U.S. food chain has rarely been so stressed and that no one is sure about the future, even as they try to dispel concerns about shortages. Read more.
12 p.m. – ST. LOUIS — SSM Health will furlough about 2,000 employees systemwide, or about 5% of its workforce, as it contends with reduced volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The furloughs are unpaid and expected to last 13 weeks, but employees could be brought back to work sooner, SSM said in a statement. Other employees will have reduced hours. Read more.
11:45 a.m. — EDWARDSVILLE — The number of nursing home residents who have succumbed to complications of COVID-19 continues to climb in the St. Louis metropolitan area, with local officials confirming a second facility where the death toll has climbed to double digits. Read more.
9 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — Gringo and Mayo Ketchup are among the latest restaurants who are coming back to offer carryout or delivery in the St. Louis area. Read more.
8:30 a.m. — CLAYTON — Parks in St. Louis County will reopen "soon," the county executive said Monday, promising to offer more details on Tuesday. He said soon meant before mid-May, but there would be restrictions in place. Read more.
6 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — The staple of St. Louis summers, the Muny, announced plans Monday for a shortened and delayed 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Two shows will be pushed back to 2021 and the season won't start until July 20. Read more.
5:30 a.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — More people filed for food stamps in Missouri in March as job losses mounted and the state intensified its response to the new coronavirus pandemic. Data released this month shows that applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, jumped substantially in March. Read more.
OVERNIGHT — ST. LOUIS — Emergency departments across the nation are seeing fewer patients for traumatic accidents, heart attacks and strokes. The St. Louis area’s ERs are no exception. SSM, Mercy, St. Luke’s and BJC HealthCare all confirmed a decline in the number of people seeking treatment at emergency rooms since COVID-19 broke out in the St. Louis area. Read more.
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