The spread of the new coronavirus is continuing to affect daily life throughout the St. Louis area.
Missouri, as of Sunday evening, had 106 people who have tested positive for COVID-19; there were 90 cases on Saturday. Illinois had 1,049 cases Sunday, up from 753 on Saturday.
Starting Monday, St. Louis city and St. Louis County will be under "stay at home" orders, joining the statewide order for Illinois that begins at 5 p.m. Saturday. This article includes Sunday's developments.
9 p.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Missouri rose to 106.
7 p.m. — ST. LOUIS COUNTY — County officials reported 38 new cases of coronavirus, for a total of 55. Six of those cases are not travel-related. Read more.
5:30 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — The city reported six new cases of coronavirus. St. Louis now has a total of 14 confirmed cases. Read more.
3:30 p.m. — ILLINOIS — The number of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,049 on Sunday, Illinois officials said, up from 753 cases on Saturday. Three more people have died from the virus, bringing the death toll in the state to nine. Read more.
3:15 p.m. — UNIVERSITY CITY — Vintage Vinyl in the Delmar Loop has closed until further notice with the messages “Music is the healing force” and “Stay home and listen to records.” Read more.
2:30 p.m. — ARNOLD — The Fox School District in Jefferson County alerted families Saturday that a parent of students alerted administrators that the parent tested positive for the new coronavirus. Read more.
1:20 p.m. — COLUMBIA, Mo. — Two employees at Mizzou tested positive for CVOID-19, University of Missouri officials said Sunday. Read more.
1:10 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — Left Bank Books, the 50-year-old institution in the Central West End, is closing its doors to foot traffic. Read more.
12:55 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — A relative of a Blues employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced Sunday afternoon. Read more.
12:50 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — International Institute of St. Louis staff are sharing updates with clients on actions and news related to the new coronavirus pandemic in several languages. Read more.
12:35 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — The Department of Motor Vehicles office in St. Louis City Hall will temporarily close. Read more.
10 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard argues that a potential $2.5 trillion hit coming to the economy is both necessary and manageable if officials move fast and keep it simple. It may seem an unconventional view in a moment of global anxiety, but Bullard argues the shutdown measures now being rolled out are essential to shortening the course of the pandemic. Read more.
9:45 a.m. — KNOB NOSTER — Military officials on Sunday confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at Whiteman Air Force Base in western Missouri. Read more.
OVERNIGHT — St. Charles County — St. Charles County reported its third case of COVID-19. Read more.
9:10 p.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri confirmed 90 cases as of Saturday night, 17 more than it reported on Friday. The figures include 22 in St. Louis County, five more than the county reported. Read more.
8:22 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — SSM Health announced it will ban visitors from its hospitals in the St. Louis area, beginning Monday, with some exceptions for pediatric patients, women giving birth, and “end-of-life” situations. Many of the hospitals started restricting visitors Saturday. Read more.
7:00 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — St. Louis and St. Louis County officials updated COVID-19 case counts on Saturday, with the city announcing three more, for 10 total, and the county adding eight, bringing its total to 17. Read more.
4:00 p.m. — ST. LOUIS — Mayor Lyda Krewson detailed the city’s stay-at-home order, which is similar to St. Louis County’s but doesn’t take effect until 6 p.m. Monday, 18 hours after the county's. As in the county, city residents are ordered to stay home except for performing “essential” household tasks, which include grocery shopping, outdoor exercise, providing care for relatives, and going to the doctor or veterinarian. Read more.
3:00 p.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Governor Mike Parson on Saturday announced his expected statewide social distancing order, prohibiting gatherings of no more than 10 people, effective just after midnight on Monday morning. He also closed schools and said he would loosen state regulations to expand daycare capacity and automatically renew some state licenses, such as drivers licenses and vehicle registrations. Read more.
3:00 p.m. — CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker called on former health care workers to "come back and join the fight against COVID-19," promising to waive fees and expedite licensures so they can start right away. Illinois officials also announced one additional coronavirus death in the state, a man in his 70s from Cook County, and 168 new reports of the virus. State totals have now hit 6 deaths and 753 cases. Read more.
2:30 p.m. — CLAYTON — St. Louis County's stay-at-home order lasts for at least 30 days starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, County Executive Sam Page said in a conference call on Saturday. Only those who work at "essential businesses," such as first responders, health care providers, utilities, grocers, and take-out restaurants, can report to work. Read more.
12 p.m — ST. LOUIS — There are 10,000 hospital beds in the St. Louis region, and that could be enough for the tidal wave of sick about to arrive — under certain scenarios. If they contract the coronavirus at slower rates, if hospitals clear out enough patients, if the pandemic stretches out over a year or more. But if not, hospitals will be overwhelmed. Not just with not enough beds: not enough ventilators, supplies and staffing. Read more.
11:30 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced mandatory stay-at-home orders beginning Monday. Residents will still be allowed to go to grocery stores, pharmacies and public parks, but no other details were immediately available. Read more.
11:15 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — Starting Monday, Metro Transit will reduce bus and train service by shifting to a weekend schedule during weekdays. The public transit agency announced train service would run its weekend schedule every day, and buses would run Saturday schedules. Read more.
11 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — As the pandemic news becomes more serious, the streets of St. Louis and its neighbors are looking quieter. Photographer Robert Cohen has documented what he has seen. Read more.
10 a.m. — ST. LOUIS COUNTY — The 21st Circuit Court (St. Louis County) has issued an order halting sheriff's deputies from carrying out evictions, seizing assets and executing other court orders that would require close human contact. Read the order.
9:15 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — The coronavirus seems to strike adults, and is fatal mainly to older adults — especially those with preexisting conditions. Like Bill McClellan. As he writes: "My survival depends partly on you, and the choices you make. No offense, but that does not inspire confidence." Read more.
8 a.m. — ST. LOUIS — For thousands of service workers in St. Louis, and millions around the country, there is no 'working from home. There's just no more work. And it happened fast for people like Monica Hendrix, a waitress at a Red Robin in Chesterfield, and many more like her. Read more.
7:30 a.m. — JEFFERSON CITY — People in Missouri who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic are getting some guidance on how to file for unemployment benefits. The state added a COVID-19 question and answer section to its website this week. Read more.
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