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LIVE: STL area coronavirus updates, May 22. Here's what we know

LIVE: STL area coronavirus updates, May 22. Here's what we know

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The coronavirus continues to affect all aspects of life around St. Louis.

Pools in St. Louis County can open on June 15. The St. Louis Metro lost more than 152,000 jobs in April. Front-line workers at Mercy hospitals have to wear their N95 masks three shifts in a row, against federal crisis guidelines. The Air Force will stage a hospital flyover Monday to honor health care workers at Metro East and St. Louis area hospitals. Here are  Friday's developments.

6:30 p.m. — Missouri residents who want to get tested for COVID-19 can sign up for drive-thru testing in St. Charles and Jefferson counties. Read more.

2:30 p.m. — ST. LOUIS —  A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday against two fitness centers that operated in violation of St. Louis County’s stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more. 

1:20 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — Missouri nursing homes will receive $165.4 million in support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help cover costs related to the coronavirus pandemic, the department announced Friday. Read more. 

1 p.m. — SHANNON COUNTY  — Business owners in Shannon County are hoping for a busy Memorial Day weekend to help them make up for losses experienced during the state’s stay-at-home order. Last month, they told visitors to stay out of the county. Read more. 

11:15 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — Gamlin Whiskey House and Sub Zero Vodka Bar, the Central West End restaurants owned by brothers Derek and Lucas Gamlin, are closing permanently. "The weight of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic were simply too much to bear," a Facebook post announcing the closures reads in part. Read more. 

10:30 a.m. — ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Summer camps will be allowed to start operating in St. Louis County starting June 1, and pools and youth and adult sports on June 15, the county executive said on Friday. The June 15 date also is a "target" for gyms and fitness centers. Read more. 
 
10 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual Whitaker Music festival will not take place in 2020, in line with many events postponed or canceled this year because of “COVID-19 health concerns and continued preventative social distancing measures." Read more. 

9:30 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — The federal government estimates that metro St. Louis lost 152,700 jobs in April as a coronavirus-related lockdown caused mass layoffs throughout the area. Read more. 

8:30 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — Stay-at-home orders and crowd limits have let the air out of birthday parties and school festivities, anniversary celebrations and retirements. In their place, yard signs have sprouted like Zoysia this spring, hailing graduations, family additions, first communions and even funerals. And the yard-staking companies are seeing their business soar. Read more. 

8 a.m — SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force will salute medical professionals and first responders on Memorial Day with a flight over area hospitals. Read more. 

OVERNIGHT  — ST. LOUIS — Front-line health care workers at Mercy hospitals, including nurses and doctors are having to wear their N95 masks for three shifts in a row, defying federal crisis guidelines. Read more.

OVERNIGHT — HAZELWOOD — Carloads of people found out firsthand what it's like to go to a night of music and movies as Drive-In St. Louis made its debut Thursday night on the parking lot of the former St. Louis Mills Outlet Mall. See photos. 

•Catch up on developments from Thursday, May 21

Catch up on developments from Wednesday, May 20

 

• Area restaurants that are closing, switching to carryout or otherwise adjusting due to the coronavirus

• Fundraising campaigns will benefit artists, restaurant workers in St. Louis

• COVID-19 cases in Missouri by county

• Cases in Missouri by date

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