Nurses' program shortened as Missouri coronavirus cases rise

Nurses' program shortened as Missouri coronavirus cases rise

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A four-state hospital system and St. Louis University are trying to make it easier for retired nurses to return to caring for patients during the coronavirus pandemic as the number of confirmed cases and COVID-19-related deaths continue to rise in Missouri.

HELPING NURSES RETURN

The nursing schools for Saint Louis University and the SSM Health system, which operates in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, have shortened a joint program for returning nurses to patient care to two weeks from four weeks, St. Louis Public Radio reported.

The program is offered in St. Louis and Oklahoma City, and afterward, returning nurses are paired with practicing nurses. Those who go through the program will have the option to continue working at SSM hospitals in those metropolitan areas when the pandemic ends.

CASES, DEATHS RISE

The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Missouri rose by 15 from Friday to 185, according to data from Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering, which has been tracking cases worldwide. The data also showed the number of confirmed cases in the state increased to 5,772, up 212.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in 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.

UNIVERSITIES CHANGE SCHEDULES

Washington University in St. Louis and Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla have both altered their summer schedules because of the pandemic, St. Louis Public radio reported.

Washington University told students in a letter this week that it was suspending all in-person programming until at least Aug. 1, including all camps, summer school classes, research and university-arranged study abroad programs. Students who were allowed to stay on campus in March because they cannot go home will be allowed to remain over the summer.

Missouri Science and Technology canceled all camps in May and June and said it would continue to evaluate whether to host camps in July or August.

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