ST. LOUIS — Three Catholic elementary schools that were already struggling financially will close because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, as the outbreak continues to impact businesses and institutions across the state.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced Friday that Most Holy Trinity Catholic School and Academy, Christ Light of the Nations School and St. Joseph School in Manchester will close at the end of the school year.
The archdiocese said it had provided financial help for all three schools but the support was hurt by the suspension of public Masses and the resulting loss of contributions.
At a meatpacking plant in northern Missouri, nearly 400 employees underwent voluntary testing for COVID-19 this week. State health department officials said 14 of the 363 employees who were tested were positive for COVID-19. More than 900 employees at the plant have yet to be tested.
A Smithfield spokesman said in an email the company does not confirm COVID-19 cases at its plants out of respect for its employees’s privacy.
Gov. Mike Parson on Friday toured a suburban Kansas City Ford plant that plans to bring some employees back Monday. Parson inspected new safety procedures at the plant in Claycomo, where 2,500 employees will return to work Monday as part of a national trend of autoworkers going back on the job. More than 7,300 worked in the Missouri plant when it shut down in March.
Missouri reported 10,456 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, an increase of 139 from Thursday. The state also has recorded 576 deaths, 14 more than Thursday.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up after two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
And a daycare operator in Columbia lost an effort to receive a temporary restraining order against Boone County regulations meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus, KMIZ reporte d.
Paul Prevo, owner of Tiger Tots, sued Boone County health department director Stephanie Browning on Monday, arguing that she did not have the authority to impose regulations that are stricter than Parson’s order allowing nonessential businesses to reopen on May 4.
Judge Brouck Jacobs said he was deferring to Browning’s expertise in determine the best ways to combat the virus and ruled that Prevo’s lawyers did not show they are likely to succeed in the case, which is legally required to receive a temporary restraining order.