The coronavirus is affecting all aspects of life around St. Louis.
Missouri lawmakers go back to work this week to work on emergency virus aid. Emerson offers government takeover of some facilities if needed. The Evening Whirl suspends publication. No free meals or assignment packets will be handed out during the shutdown in the Riverview Gardens districts. These are some of Monday's developments.
5:30 p.m. — ILLINOIS — The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has reached 12,262 and the total number of deaths is 307. Read more.
5:30 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — A resident of the halfway house for federal prisoners in St. Louis has coronavirus, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said. Read more.
3:45 p.m. — TOWN AND COUNTRY — In a new notice to state officials, Rawlings announced that it planned to lay off 140 corporate office employees at its headquarters. Read more.
3:40 p.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson said Monday the state had received 900 applications from medical professionals seeking to join a Disaster Medical Assistance Team that will provide backup during the state's COVID-19 response. Read more.
3:30 p.m. — Parkway School District in west St. Louis County suspended meal service for its students Monday, citing the risk of exposure to coronavirus for employees. It's the third district to do so this week. Read more.
3 p.m. — CLAYTON — St. Louisans and area businesses have raised more than $3.4 million for two funds established to aid companies and people impacted by the new coronavirus and associated shutdowns. Read more.
2:30 p.m. — St. Louis University has opened its campus housing to health care workers and other staff who need to quarantine themselves during the coronavirus pandemic, university President Fred Pestello said Sunday. Read more.
2:15 p.m. — CLAYTON — Ten banks have kicked in $500,000 to an interest-free loan fund for small businesses operated by the region's economic development organizations. Read more.
2:05 p.m. — ST. CHARLES COUNTY — CenterPointe Hospital has stopped admitting patients after 15 staff members and three patients tested positive for COVID-19, hospital officials said. Read more.
12:10 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — To expand the city’s capacity to house the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic, the city on Monday began leasing part of the former Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home at 3225 North Florissant Avenue. Read more.
11:30 a.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — While much of the nation is under a stay-at-home order, Missouri lawmakers begin returning to the Capitol Tuesday to debate a massive and unprecedented emergency aid package spawned by the spread of the coronavirus. Read more.
10:45 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — Plans to close or consolidate public schools in the city have been placed on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a spokeswoman for St. Louis Public Schools. Read more.
10:15 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — After 83 years of serving as STL's most ribald register of fractious felons, the Evening Whirl has stopped its presses — at least for the near future. Officially the St. Louis Metro Evening Whirl, the newspaper has suspended its print publication, with its last edition coming out on March 31. Read more
8 a.m. — FERGUSON — Emerson doesn't make ventilators or face masks, but CEO David Farr points out that his company does make valves and other components for the former and equipment that other companies use to produce the latter. And he's been in daily contact with the White House's coronavirus task force and with leading medical equipment manufacturers. He has even offered to let the government take over some Emerson facilities if necessary. Read more.
7:15 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — As the medical and economic tolls of the new coronavirus mount, construction industry executives are bracing for tough times. Already, they are navigating a patchwork of new restrictions, work stoppages and health-focused precautions. For some builders, work continues, despite the pandemic. Read more.
7 a.m. — RIVERVIEW GARDENS — The Riverview Gardens School District in north St. Louis County will no longer pass out meals and assignment packets to students while schools are closed, a district spokesman said Monday. Read more.
6 a.m. — ST. CLAIR COUNTY — A boy under the age of 10 is among the newest cases testing positive for the coronavirus in St. Clair County. Read more.
5 p.m. — Two Ferguson-Florissant School District bus drivers who distributed food to students died this weekend, including one who tested positive for COVID-19, district officials said. The food service will be suspended this week. Read more.
5 p.m. — About 470 people are hospitalized locally for suspected or confirmed COVID-19, including 164 patients in intensive care units, said Dr. Alex Garza, incident commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force. Read more.
3 p.m. — Illinois health officials announced nearly 900 new cases of the coronavirus in the state on Sunday, and 31 deaths. Illinois has a total of 11,256 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 274 deaths caused by the virus. Missouri officials announced 76 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday for a total of 2,367. Read more.
1:50 p.m. — JEFFERSON COUNTY — A man in his 40s is the second person to die from COVID-19 in the county, officials said Sunday. Read more.
1:15 p.m. — Dierbergs Markets Inc. announced Sunday that its 23 Missouri stores, and Edwardsville and Shiloh locations, will start asking customers to only send in one person per household. And once a store reaches capacity, customers will wait in lines at the entrances. Read more.
12:45 p.m. — ST. CHARLES COUNTY — There were 22 new, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Charles County Saturday. Read more.
11:45 a.m. — FRANKLIN COUNTY — There are five new confirmed cases of COVID-10 in Franklin County, and there have been two deaths. Read more.
10:15 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — In efforts to minimize the spread of the new coronavirus, Metro Transit announced that it will restrict public access to parts of its transit centers. Read more.
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