Tuesday COVID-19 Coverage: Over 1,300 positive cases of COVID-19 in Missouri
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community.
Live updates for Tuesday, March 31 will become available below:
4:05 p.m.: Hearnes Center identified as potential alternate care facility
At Gov. Parson's press conference on Tuesday afternoon, he announced the National Guard has been working since last week to identify alternate care facilities.
Parson listed the Hearnes Center in Columbia and other potential locations in St. Louis and Kansas City.
2:04 p.m.: Missouri COVID-19 case numbers updated
A total of 1,327 cases have been confirmed in Missouri, according to the DHSS. There have been a total of 14 deaths. There have been approximately 15,645 patients tested for COVID-19.
St. Louis County has the most confirmed cases in the state with 492.
1:32 p.m.: Missouri Military Academy extends "containment period" through April 30
Mexico Military Academy in Mexico is extending its campus containment period through April 30. The campus will remain closed to visitors or vendors not essential to business operations.
"Since the Academy’s containment period began March 13, MMA cadets have not left campus for general leave or for any off-campus activities and have had minimal contact with anyone outside of MMA faculty and staff," academy leadership said in a statement.
The containment period may be extended or amended based on any new guidance from public health officials.
1:15 p.m.: Auditor Nicole Galloway calls for statewide state-at-home order
State auditor Nicole Galloway called on Gov. Parson to issue a statewide stay-at-home order Tuesday.
“A statewide stay-at-home order is necessary because we have a limited window to take steps that will lessen the surge on our healthcare system and that window is closing rapidly. Continuing to wait only delays the inevitable," Gallloway said in a statement. “Failure to address the immediate threat to public health will undermine our economic recovery. Public health experts, front-line hospital workers, and medical professionals have provided clear guidance on what our state needs to do to make it through this crisis. We are all in this together. I know Missourians will rise to this unprecedented challenge and emerge stronger from it.”
12:57 p.m.: State Lawmakers will return to the capitol next week
Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, said on Tuesday the Senate will be back in session next week.
The Senate will be in session on Tuesday and Wednesday to deal with changes to the current year’s, budget, known as the supplemental budget, including $40 million in federal and state funds to help in the fight against COVID-19.
12:55 p.m.: Macon County reports two cases
11:35 a.m.: Gasconade County enacts stay at home order
11:30 a.m.: Pettis County schools to remain closed through April 17
9:15 a.m.: Jefferson City Yard Waste Site to reduce operating hours, services
Due to safety concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the Jefferson City Yard Waste Site will be reducing hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
"Employee contact and some services will also be reduced with customers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus," according to a release from Jefferson City environmental health.