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Here’s what we know about coronavirus symptoms, exposure and contact

Here’s what we know about coronavirus symptoms, exposure and contact

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 27, 2020

Six months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, scientists are still learning about the novel virus and its effects. The wide range of symptoms, with none universal, coupled with the fact that some people with the virus never have any symptoms at all, makes it harder to identify. But a study releas...

Mehlville Fire is handling the coronavirus with no interruption in services

Mehlville Fire is handling the coronavirus with no interruption in services

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 27, 2020

With a six-month supply of masks and protective gear on hand, the Mehlville Fire Protection District is well-equipped to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, although the fire chief said he worries about an increase in cases once school starts in person. With South County rising in recent weeks as a coronaviru...

St. Louis region sees largest one-day spike in COVID-19 patients so far; South County again singled out as hotspot

South County and Jefferson County are again identified as coronavirus hotspots Monday, this time with Affton, Hillsboro and Festus singled out.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 26, 2020

The St. Louis region saw its largest single-day spike in COVID-19 hospital admissions Wednesday since the pandemic started, and once again, South County is being singled out by a task force of area hospitals as a coronavirus hotspot. Dr. Alex Garza, SSM Health CEO and commander overseeing the region...

As school starts, teenagers are the leading age group for new COVID-19 cases in St. Louis County

Members of the Lindbergh High School Class of 2020 graduate in masks at an outdoor drive-in graduation at the PowerPlex in Hazelwood in June.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 26, 2020

More teenagers in St. Louis County are testing positive for the coronavirus than any other age group just as schools are back in session with fall activities and sports. County Executive Sam Page drew attention to the alarming trend in his press briefing Wednesday. Since June, the highest rate of new in...

Mehlville Superintendent Gaines: Getting back in school depends on you

Mehlville Superintendent Gaines: Getting back in school depends on you

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 25, 2020

The Mehlville School District will be kicking off school this week with an all-virtual start due to rising COVID-19 cases in South County, and Superintendent Chris Gaines was straightforward about how the school district can open to in-person classes this fall: That decision will depend on actions ta...

No bond issue in November: Mehlville measure is on hold

Workers make repairs and repaint the Mehlville School District pool. Photo courtesy of the Mehlville School District.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 24, 2020

The Mehlville Board of Education declined last week to place a no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the Nov. 3 ballot. The board cited concerns that the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the decision to start the school year virtually would present challenges for successfully con...

Clancy will drop proposal for early-childhood education sales tax

Fifth District Councilwoman Lisa Clancy speaks at her town hall over the fate of Tower Tee at the Affton Community Center March 20, 2019. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 24, 2020

St. Louis County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, D-Maplewood, said she will drop a proposal to ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax for early-childhood education from the agenda at Tuesday’s County Council meeting, after pushback about the timing and behind-the-scenes crafting of the bill. Clancy...

South County is singled out as the regional hotspot for COVID

The slide shown by the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force last week that singled out South County as a coronavirus hotspot.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 24, 2020

COVID-19 cases have continued to rise in South County in the weeks since it was singled out as a virus hotspot in the St. Louis metropolitan region, even as cases began to decline in other areas. The region’s “red zone” switched from St. Charles County to South County, especially Oakville’s...

Take our poll: Do you agree with Lindbergh Schools’ decision to open K-3 classrooms in person?

Crestwood Elementary students enjoy 'Character Kickball.'

August 22, 2020

Lindbergh Schools is the only South County school district that is not starting the year all-virtual. At Lindbergh, K-3 students are going to start in-person, while 4-12 students will go all-virtual. That is based on research that shows the coronavirus does not spread to younger children as much as older...

Mehlville school board decides not to place bond issue for facilities on November ballot

Pictured above, Superintendent Chris Gaines asks supporters at a 2015 rally for Prop R to help him get out the vote so that he can hire reading coaches and keep experienced teachers in the district. Behind him are the Mehlville High School Pantherettes and the Oakville High School Golden Girls.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 20, 2020

The Mehlville Board of Education declined Thursday night to place a no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the Nov. 3 ballot, citing concerns that the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic as well the district’s decision to start the school year virtually would present challenges for successfully ...

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