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Business owners sue St. Louis County, city so that businesses can reopen

Some businesses were forced to close by St. Louis County's March 21 stay-at-home order, but others like the Macy's at South County Center, seen above during the stay-at-home order, voluntarily closed before that.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 6, 2020

Business owners from St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the stay-at-home orders that are forcing “nonessential” businesses to stay closed until at least mid-May due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Allan Finnegan of...

St. Louis County Library will hand out free books along with drive-thru meals

SLCL staff packaging library books to hand out during drive thru meal service.

May 5, 2020

St. Louis County Library will provide free books to families attending drive-thru meal service starting at 10 a.m. Monday, May 11. Each family will receive a bag containing three new books – one for pre-K readers, one for elementary-age readers, and one for teenage readers. The books are intended...

South County gets drive-thru coronavirus testing

South County gets drive-thru coronavirus testing

May 4, 2020

St. Louis County is now providing limited COVID-19 testing to county residents at two drive-thru sites.  Residents will have to show symptoms and meet testing criteria in order to get a test. Drive-thru testing sites will be offered at county health clinics in South County and North County. Thi...

All Missouri businesses can reopen today with some restrictions, except in St. Louis

Curbside pickup was open at Helen Fitzgerald's in Sunset Hills March 18.

By Ashlyn O'Hara, Missouri News Network

May 4, 2020

Starting today, all Missouri businesses will be able to reopen with certain restrictions under the first phase of Gov. Mike Parson’s Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, which extends through May 31. But the 1.3 million residents of St. Louis County and St. Louis city remain under stay-at-home orders iss...

On 107th birthday, St. Louis man is oldest in United States to beat COVID-19

Rudi Heider celebrates his 107th birthday and his successful recovery in beating COVID-19.

May 2, 2020

A 107-year old Chesterfield resident is believed to be the oldest patient in the United States and one of the oldest in the world to recover from the coronavirus. Rudi Heider celebrated his “miraculous” COVID-19 recovery on his 107th birthday, April 29, when he first met all the benchmarks for r...

Mehlville Fire is weathering COVID-19 crisis with mobile screening

Mehlville Fire Protection District critical-care paramedics, in a photo provided by the fire district.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 2, 2020

Some fire districts in St. Louis County have reported problems handling an increased number of calls while running out of the personal protective equipment needed to fend off the coronavirus. But for the Mehlville Fire Protection District, the story is the opposite: Calls are down overall, and the distr...

Oakville team collaborates on emergency ventilator designed to prevent shortages

Dr. Brian Froelke of Oakville, above, is shown just after receiving a protoype of the ARMEE ventilator in the mail. The simple ventilator can be 3D printed from just a few parts costing less than $100.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 1, 2020

A nonprofit crowdsourced initiative to prevent a shortage of ventilators in hospitals due to the coronavirus has connected engineers and physicians across the country and the world, with key players in South County contributing to the project. As medical experts looking at Italy in March warned of possib...

VIDEO: COVID-19 patient goes home on his birthday; ‘Code Sunshine’ is the call

‘Code Sunshine’ is a welcome birthday gift: After being admitted for COVID-19 to Mercy Hospital South on his daughter’s birthday, April 2, Bill finally went home last week with his wife, Lynn – on his own 68th birthday. Bill, a COVID-19 patient who only wanted to provide his first name, spent three weeks at Mercy Hospital South, with a week on a ventilator and two weeks in intensive care. He was treated with convalescent plasma donated by someone recovered from COVID-19. 
Mercy South calls a ‘Code Sunshine’ to celebrate with COVID-19 patients as they leave the hospital. After Bill left through the lobby with Lynn to cheers from workers lining the halls, some of his nurses and therapists signed his shirt with their motto ‘Stayin’ Alive.’

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 1, 2020

After two weeks in intensive care and a week on a ventilator, a Mercy Hospital South patient headed home last week on his birthday, his coronavirus battle behind him. After being admitted on his daughter’s birthday, April 2, the patient, who only wanted to be identified by his first name Bill, left th...

Mary Barton sworn in today as first female St. Louis County Police chief

Incoming Chief Lt. Col. Mary Barton

April 30, 2020

Lt. Col. Mary Barton, who commands the West County Precinct, was sworn in today as the first female police chief in St. Louis County history. Barton, who has 41 years of experience at the St. Louis County Police Department, is set to lead the department after Chief Jon Belmar retires effective today,...

South County ‘Helpers’ provide aid during COVID-19 crisis

Representatives of the St. Louis Area Foodbank and the Missouri National Guard survey the drop off site on Locust Street for the Fill Up the Pickup Challenge this Saturday.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 30, 2020

Several local residents have formed groups of neighborhood volunteers to serve as the “helpers” for local families in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Facebook groups have been set up in Oakville and Sunset Hills/Crestwood to organize neighborhood captains to help with needs as people are suffer...

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