Missouri reports largest 24-hour increase in COVID-19 cases

Restaurants, manufacturing plants, gyms and hair salons, along with churches and sporting events were allowed to reopen as of Monday.

Associated Press
May 04, 2020 - 9:46 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) — On the same day businesses began reopening in Missouri, the state is reporting its largest jump in COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period since the pandemic began. There were 368 new cases reported on Monday, which was the start of Gov. Mike Parson's plan to gradually reopen all businesses in the state.

Some cities, like St. Louis City and County that have been hit hard by the coronavirus are keeping restrictions in place a little longer. Both Mayor Lyda Krewson and County Executive Sam Page stated today that they are hopeful to begin reopening businesses in mid-May, but say testing needs to increase before that can happen. 

In lifting the statewide stay-at-home order, Parson placed no limit on the size of social gatherings if people maintain the current 6-foot (1.83 meters) social distancing efforts. But some businesses — such as retail stores — will be required to take extra steps, such as limiting occupancy.

Related: Page: No firm date yet on relaxing stay-at-home order in St. Louis County
Related: Councilmen unveil plan that would reopen St. Louis County businesses, churches on May 4

Among the business that can resume operations are restaurants, manufacturing plants, gyms and hair salons, along with churches and sporting events. But nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes and assisted living homes must continue stronger guidance to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Parson also allowed individual communities to set stricter rules. Stay-at-home orders will remain in effect through mid-May in St. Louis County and the city, where more than half of the state’s confirmed cases have occurred.

In Kansas City, Mayor Quinton Lucas is allowing the reopening of some “nonessential” businesses, along with religious gatherings, with limits on crowd sizes and, in some cases, requirements that contact information of those in attendance be recorded. Lucas’ new order does not include restaurants, bars, gyms and other businesses that draw large crowds.

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