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Medical workers at Mercy Health's drive-through novel coronavirus test collection site are gathering samples from patients daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (March 16, 2020)
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Hospitals Likely Won't Have Enough Room To Treat Every Coronavirus Patient

St. Louis doctors are worried the region’s hospitals don’t have enough beds to treat the expected surge in patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The St. Louis metropolitan area has about 9,300 hospital beds, not including public hospitals, according to the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition. Nearly one-third of those beds are available. But that likely won't be enough to treat more than 100,000 patients who could need emergency care throughout the outbreak, Harvard University researchers said in a recent report.

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There will be no Missouri education assessment tests for schoolchildren this year.
Nat Thomas | St. Louis Public Radio

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The St. Louis Region

9:40 p.m. Monday, March 23 The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has expanded the criteria for who can get tested for COVID-19. Hospitalized patients, residents of long-term care facilities and people with chronic illnesses can be tested even if they have not traveled to a country where the disease is spreading. The department on Monday also updated its recommendations for when a person can stop isolating at home if they had COVID-19. That includes waiting 72 hours after they’ve recovered from their symptoms to discontinue home isolation.

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Jefferson City, MO – Planned Parenthood affiliates asked a federal court today to block a new Missouri law that would require women seeking abortions to wait 24 hours after consulting a physician.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction against enforcing the law, which is scheduled to take effect October eleventh, on claims it contains unconstitutionally vague and broad language.

The Legislature enacted the measure September 11 by overriding a veto of Democratic Governor Bob Holden.

St. Charles, MO – KLOU-FM host Paul Arca says he thought he had been hit by lightning.

He was riding in the van when its raised boom hit the wire. The van caught fire, but Arca and the driver were able to
escape.

Arca is recovering at home. He was initially taken to a St. Charles hospital. The driver was not injured.

St. Charles, MO – KLOU-FM host Paul Arca says he thought he had been hit by lightning.

He was riding in the van when its raised boom hit the wire. The van caught fire, but Arca and the driver were able to
escape.

Arca is recovering at home. He was initially taken to a St. Charles hospital. The driver was not injured.

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St. Louis on the Air

Tuesday: Meet Luz Maria Henriquez, New ACLU Of Missouri Executive Director

Henriquez will discuss what she sees as the ACLU’s role during these troubled times. In the last week alone, that’s meant advocating for prisoners and voting rights.

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5 US Cities Have 3 Stadiums Within About A Mile — St. Louis Will Soon Join Them

When St. Louis' MLS stadium is complete in 2022, the city will have three stadiums within about a mile of each other. So we wondered, 'How common is that?' Here's what we found.

Living #Ferguson: 5 Years After The Killing Of Michael Brown Jr.

What has changed?

Listen to the voices of people who experienced #Ferguson and who are directly touched by the issues Michael Brown’s death laid bare.