Missouri Minute: State sets new daily COVID-19 record; St. Louis delivery fee cap wins aldermanic approval

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As Missouri set a new record for daily increase in COVID-19 cases over the weekend, the Missouri Hospital Association was dealing with fallout from what one association official called “a major disruption” of access to data used in the fight against the coronavirus. Federal reporting procedures changed last week, and hospitals across the country were expected to adjust their systems within 48 hours. In Missouri, the hospital association announced it had temporarily lost access to data used in pandemic planning. Plus, as the coronavirus has taken its toll on employment, women have faced more severe job losses than men. Occupations and industries traditionally dominated by women have been among those hit hardest by pandemic job cuts, and some economists say that could have adverse long-term effects.


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Missouri sees new daily record for COVID-19 cases
The state’s number of confirmed cases jumped by 958 on Saturday, a single-day high. As of Sunday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 33,094 total cases and 1,129 deaths. (Associated Press)

St. Louis delivery fee cap wins aldermanic approval, awaits mayor’s decision
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved a measure that would prohibit third-party delivery services like UberEats and GrubHub from charging fees worth more than 20% of the total order value. It would also require more transparency about drivers’ tips. The measure would expire 60 days after the city lifts temporary restrictions on dine-in restaurants. (St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri State Fair called off due to health concerns, vendor cancellations
The fair was scheduled to take place from Aug. 13-23 in Sedalia. The fairgrounds will now host a youth livestock show in place of the fair. (MBA)

St. Louis aldermen delay action on airport privatization
Lawmakers tabled a vote on a bill that would put the issue of privatizing St. Louis Lambert International Airport on the November ballot. The aldermen are not scheduled to meet again until September. (St. Louis Public Radio)

Schools devise flexible reopening plans amid virus uncertainty
School officials across the state are unsure if they will return to in-person classes at the start of the school year, as the coronavirus situation has changed rapidly in the past two weeks. (Associated Press)

Stephens College lays off 30 employees
The Columbia college cut its annual operating budget by $1.2 million with the layoffs. The school said cuts were made across all departments and programs. (Columbia Missourian)


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Women in the workforce are bearing a disproportionate burden during the coronavirus pandemic, making the current economic crisis different from other recent recessions. In Missouri, there were about 3,700 more men than women who were unemployed as of March. By April, there were some 26,500 more women than men on the state’s unemployment rolls.


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“Missouri Hospital Association and the State of Missouri will be unable to access critical hospitalization data during the transition. While we are working to collect interim data, situational awareness will be limited.”

That statement is posted on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website, as the posting of COVID-19 hospitalization numbers and availability of hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators is being temporarily suspended. The Trump administration announced last week that hospitals will have to report their COVID-19 data to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through a new system, rather than to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the Missouri Hospital Association does not have access to the new system, and officials are concerned that data will be incomplete, KCUR reports. This data is used to guide the state’s coronavirus mitigation efforts.


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$6.7 million

That’s how much Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, has raised for his election campaign, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. His top Democratic rival, State Auditor Nicole Galloway, has raised $3.1 million. She said $1.1 million was raised between April and June without any in-person fundraisers. Other Republican candidates trailed Parson by wide margins. Rep. Jim Neely, who is mostly financing his own campaign, had $193,300. Saundra McDowell reported having $8,218 after raising $24,170. In the Democratic primary, no candidate other than Galloway had more than $1,000 on hand.


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Carolyn Kindle Betz is CEO of MLS 4 The Lou and part of the ownership group for the new Major League Soccer team coming to St. Louis. Despite a one-year delay, she remains enthusiastic about her team’s debut. The unnamed team was originally set to begin playing in the 2022 season, but its inaugural year is being pushed back to 2023. MLS officials said the pandemic has disrupted stadium construction for some of the expansion teams, although a spokesperson for the St. Louis team’s ownership group said its construction is not delayed, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.


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Genesis Health Clubs

The Wichita, Kansas-based company has acquired all seven locations of The Athletic Club, including two in the Kansas City area. Genesis now has 57 locations across six states, The Kansas City Star reports. Owner Rodney Steven II said the new locations are in key markets and feature appealing amenities. So, at a time when some gyms have closed and others are struggling to stay afloat due to the pandemic, Steven seized the opportunity. “We’re focusing on making the right moves now to thrive and come out stronger on the other side,” he said.


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