St. Louis businesses, schools up coronavirus protection after first area case

St. Louis businesses are taking added precautions after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the area, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

An Emerson employee was asked to stay home after his wife was at an event attended by relatives of the area’s first confirmed coronavirus patient.

Emerson CEO David Farr said employees will still be paid if they stay home due to sickness.

“You don’t want people worrying about pay right now,” Emerson said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Other St. Louis businesses have held teleconferences instead of meetings and cancelled non-essential travel.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport has increased cleaning protocols, and Southwest Airlines has begun to use hospital-grade disinfectants.

St. Louis University and Washington University are requiring 14-day self quarantine for those who have recently traveled to affected countries.

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