LIVE: STL area coronavirus updates, May 26. Here's what we know

LIVE: STL area coronavirus updates, May 26. Here's what we know

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

As much as 60% of the workeforce at Ameristar Casino could be permanently furloughed. Dentists are struggling to get enough PPE to safely treat patients. Mandatory masks at Six Flags. Mike Shannon is ready for baseball to start. Here are Tuesday's developments:

3 p.m. — BELLEVILLE — Starting Saturday, you can pick-your-own-strawberries at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville. In addition to heading out to the fields on foot, visitors can eat at the restaurant. Read more. 

2 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — At the Lake of the Ozarks, history repeats itself. By now, you've seen the photos and vidoes form bars and entertainment venues showing thousands of people crowded together in shallow pools and bellying up to the bar. Read more.

1:30 p.m. — EUREKA — When Six Flags in Eureka reopens this s ummer, it will have added safety measures including attendance caps and mandatory masks for guests and workers. Read more.

1 p.m. — CHESTERFIELD — Furloughs and job cuts will affect hundreds of employees at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, according to notices the health system filed with the state. More than 200 positions will be eliminated, and nearly 460 will be temporarily furloughed, according to the notices. Read more.

10:50 a.m. — ST. CHARLES — After closing along with the state's other casinos March 17, the Ameristar Casino now says it may make furloughs permanent layoffs for as much as 60% of its workforce. The casino, owned by Boyd Gaming of Las Vegas, filed a Warn notice with Missouri officials Friday indicating as many as 947 employees could be affected. Read more.

6:30 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — If the start of the baseball season is delayed even longer, say, to July 15, Mike Shannon, for the first time in his career, could celebrate his birthday and opening day on the same date. But, whenever the season starts, the longtime Cardinals radio voice, who will be 81, said he will be excited as he ever has been for the start of a season. Read more.

5 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — As dentists begin to reschedule patients who had been deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, behind the scenes they are in an expensive race to track down critical supplies. Read more

Catch up on developments from the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25

8:15 a.m. — Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start to the summer season, often brings crowds to the Lake of the Ozarks. If the pictures shared on social media are any indication, this year — despite the coronavirus pandemic — was no different. Read more.

OVERNIGHT — SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  Illinois lawmakers approved a new state budget Saturday as the Legislature wrapped up a whirlwind four-day session that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.

Updates from Saturday:

9 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — Missouri overcounted the number of people it claimed have been tested for COVID-19 by at least 17,000, state health officials said Saturday, raising the percentage infection rate and muddying the state’s assessment of the viral spread even as regional officials ease restrictions. Read more.

6:45 p.m. — ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, scattered with people Saturday, remained a symbol of freedom and sacrifice for many laying flags on Memorial Weekend. Traditionally, the cemetery is full of Boy Scouts before Memorial Day, as hundreds of Scouts from across the area plant a flag at each headstone, leaving a sea of red, white and blue waving in the wind. This year is different. Read more.

9 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — As churches, mosques, synagogues and houses of worship start reopening, believers are returning to significant changes. Several faiths have used technology to hold virtual community events, organize social services and coordinate acts of charity for the broader community. They say they plan to keep those offerings permanently. Some others are weighing the possibility of resuming in-house services and how to add precautions to communal worship to keep congregants, many of them older adults, safe. Read more.

5 a.m. — ST. LOUIS —   A decade ago, when thousands of the region’s traditional manufacturing jobs disappeared, the hospitals kept hiring. This recession is different. The region’s major medical systems — BJC HealthCare, SSM Health and Mercy — have announced deep cuts. Read more.

OVERNIGHT — ST. LOUIS – Summer camps and pool operators say they’re drowning in uncertainty as they rush to comply with a rash of regulations released Friday by St. Louis County that are meant to keep children safe from the coronavirus. Read more

Catch up on developments from Friday, May 22

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