Town & Country-based Rawlings Sporting Goods is temporarily laying off 140 employees at its headquarters. That follows news that it would cut 130 workers at a Washington plant.

The Washington, Union and St. Clair Taco Bell locations are offering a 50 percent discount to all Mercy coworkers throughout the month of April and May as a way to say thank you for work they are doing to combat COVID-19 in the community.

First State Community Bank has donated $500 to support the Meramec Valley R-III School District’s weekend meal backpack program.

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The St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the award recipients for the Celebrate St. Clair Banquet.

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With the coronavirus impacting daily life all around the country, many food pantries have been forced to make necessary changes in order to prevent spreading of the virus.

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While St. Clair City Hall is closed to the public at this time, staff are still working and according to City Administrator Travis Dierker, they are taking necessary precautions to help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.

As a new way to continue serving patients during social distancing, SSM Health PT professionals in Pacific established a TeleRehab service through videoconferencing options.

A Pacific resident has asked other local users of the online social networking platform Nextdoor if their trash pickup, like his, had been suspended for at least a month “in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

Rather than daily pickup for student meals, Meramec Valley R-III School District families now can secure meals only on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Robertsville Elementary, Coleman Elementary in Villa Ridge and Pacific Intermediate School

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Families with children who reside in the Washington School District boundaries can still register for free meals while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of three Franklin County residents since Friday.

Nursing care and assisted living facilities are being hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic since many of their residents are of advanced ages and in many cases suffer from underlying conditions which can be exacerbated by the virus.

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The city of St. Clair has announced the closure of its playgrounds effective Wednesday, April 1.

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In addition to restrictions in place on bars, restaurants, gatherings and churches, the Franklin County Commission has doubled down on safety precautions at assisted care facilities due to the coronavirus.

With many people stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, a new shopping delivery service is being offered to assist Franklin County residents who are 55 and older or have compromised immune systems, making them more susceptible to COVID-19.

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The number of COVID-19 cases has nearly doubled this week and county officials are bracing for even more of an increase in the next few weeks.

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Mercy Hospital Washington is in the process of opening a special triage space near the main ER entrance to immediately provide help and masks for those who think they may have COVID-19.

BJC HealthCare’s Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital (MBSH) opened a COVID-19 specimen collection site Friday, April 3, in an effort to create more widely available testing resources throughout the region. 

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Grandview Healthcare in Washington has confirmed to The Missourian one of its residents has tested positive for COVID-19.