Saint Louis Zoo closed until further notice due to coronavirus

The Zoo says it will determine plans to reopen closer to April. 

March 16, 2020
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ST. LOUIS (KNOU) - The Saint Louis Zoo has announced Monday morning it will close until further notice due to the spread of coronavirus. 

All public and private events and educational programs at the Zoo in Forest Park are canceled through April 3. The Zoo says it will determine plans to reopen closer to April. 

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It comes just after the announcement of the sixth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the state of Missouri.

The Zoo made the annoucnment on social media, saying "We will not allow this global pandemic to stop us from continuing to fulfill our mission in the long run. For now, however, it is important that we do what we can to reduce the rapid spread of COVID-19."

Missouri has tested 170 people for COVID-19 and 164 of those cases were negative, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has launched a page on its website that lists the state's current number of coronavirus tests and tracks the negative and positive results.

The drive-through COVID-19 test site at Mercy Virtual Care Center in Chesterfield began on Saturday and Mercy spokesman Joe Poelker says they tested 83 people over the weekend. 

On Sunday, Parson strongly encouraged the cancellation or suspension of public events with more than 50 people.

Parson's announcement followed federal health officials' recommendations that those events be halted in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Kansas City and St. Louis area officials said they were banning such events for eight weeks.

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