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The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health will await more information from federal authorities before deciding whether to resume use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are following CDC advice to pause all administration of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health used federal CARES Act funding to buy and distribute masks and other personal protective equipment.

Beginning April 7, the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the City of St. Louis are planning to administer up to 168,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is on schedule to administer more than 18,000 vaccinations, its highest one-week total so far.

Missouri has extended vaccine eligibility to residents in its Phase 2 category, which includes those who work in construction and manufacturing, those who work in financial services and higher education, and those who are unhoused.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will host two large-scale vaccination events in South County early next month.

More than 1,000 people received a first dose at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College on Tuesday.

As Saint Louis County prepares for a dramatic increase in vaccine supply, County officials are seeking additional volunteers to help distribute this new surge of doses. 

Data from 144 of Saint Louis County’s long-term care facilities show continued progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

On Tuesday, St. Louis County received 6,000 vaccine doses from the state of Missouri. That delivery contained last week’s doses, which were delayed by the weather, as well as this week’s doses. Over the next seven days, we intend to administer 6,000 first doses and 3,000 second doses for a total of 9,000 vaccinations. That will be a new record for St. Louis County.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Department of Public Health partnered with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and the University of Missouri—St. Louis to host a mass vaccination event that served 2,375 people. The even ran smoothly with the help of 150 volunteers from the community, most of whom worked alongside staff as vaccinators.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is partnering with area fire districts and the St. Louis County Police Department Office of Emergency Management to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to about 1,000 residents and staff in group homes and other housing facilities that have not yet received vaccinations.

St. Louis County will allow businesses, including restaurants and bars, to expand capacity to 50 percent beginning Thursday, at 12:01 a.m.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health received 3,900 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine today from one of our local hospital partners, allowing us to open our mass vaccination site in Ferguson tomorrow and to begin offering shots in three fire districts on Thursday.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page has tapped nearly 20 community leaders with deep roots in north St. Louis County to help increase vaccine registration and work with the county Department of Public Health to ensure all residents are connected to the latest COVID-19 information.

In partnership with the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, St. Louis County is collaborating with SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to as many as 4,000 area first responders.

St. Louis County’s first mass vaccination site will be at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College in Ferguson, County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced today.

As of Friday, more than 318,000 people have pre-registered and that represents approximately one-third of St. Louis County’s population.

DPH began administering some of the 3,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine received on Tuesday from the state of Missouri. The county Department of Public Health will continue administering vaccines to people who have registered until this round of doses runs out.

Today St. Louis County received delivery of 3,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the state of Missouri. The county Department of Public Health will continue administering vaccines to people who have registered on Wednesday morning, and the process will continue daily.

The state has changed its Vaccine Distribution Order. St. Louis County will adjust all plans to accommodate the state’s newly identified priorities.  

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is conducting a survey of St. Louis County residents to learn how COVID-19 is affecting their lives.

The county has a current average of 560 new cases per day, which is up slightly from the average a month ago. A total of 1,476 lives have been lost and it is critical to continue to take proper personal protective measures to prevent a larger impact.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health began administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this morning  in north St. Louis County.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health received 975 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine yesterday, delivered in 195 vials, currently being housed in cold storage at DPH. At this time, DPH has begun scheduling vaccinations of individuals who are in the 1a category of vaccine recipients.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health received a shipment of 975 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine this morning. The vaccine, delivered in 195 vials, has been placed in appropriate cold storage at a secure DPH facility.

Indoor dining returns to St. Louis County today, along with new protocols aimed at mitigating risks that are listed below. These protocols were developed by the health department in partnership with an informal group of restaurant owners.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Indoor dining returns to St. Louis County restaurants on Monday, along with new protocols aimed at mitigating risks.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

COVID-19 testing continues to be an important factor in reducing the spread and keeping you and your family safe. This holiday season consider getting tested, be sure to get your flu vaccine and continue to take personal protective measures.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Representatives of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health met with the department’s informal restaurant working group Tuesday afternoon.

This fall, St. Louis County experienced a meteoric rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases. The average number of new cases per day went about 140 at the beginning of October to 804 on Nov. 17, when DPH instituted its Safer at Home order.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The St. Louis Department of Public Health has been collecting data and scientific studies related to indoor dining and the spread of COVID-19. On Friday, DPH published an indoor dining brief on stlcorona.com as part of its goal of sharing scientific knowledge about spread of the disease with the community.

More than 850 applications were received for the Small Business Rapid Deployment Fund (RDF) when it closed on December 7.

As questions circulate about COVID-19 vaccines, here is a list of common questions and answers from the Missouri Division of Health and Senior Services. The information can be found online here.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

St. Louis County has taken a cautious and protective stance during the course of this pandemic to protect the lives of our residents, including one of the first stay-at-home orders in Missouri.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The Missouri Court of Appeals sided with St. Louis County in a lawsuit challenging the County’s indoor dining protocols.

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health has compiled a new report showing growing spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. The trends point to an ongoing emergency affecting some of the county's most vulnerable residents.

The COVID-19 pandemic may be more stressful for some than others. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray invites the public to participate in a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday December 9, 2020.

Last week, the White House Coronavirus Task Force put out a grim report on the state of the pandemic nationwide as well as in Missouri. As outlined by St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page earlier this morning, here are some of the findings and recommendations from that report.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) is reviewing CDC guidance released this week that outlines two options to shorten quarantine for close contacts of people with COVID-19.

DPH is reviewing the details released by the CDC a short time ago on the reduction of quarantine through symptom monitoring and diagnostic testing and will be adjusting our current policies accordingly.  However, please note that this implementation will take some time and will not apply to cases under quarantine today.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The County Executive and the Department of Public Health would like to promote the available dining options under the new food establishment and bar operating guidelines and encourage all County residents to please support these industries by using curbside, takeout, delivery, or outdoor services whenever possible.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads through exhaled air droplets and aerosols. The risk of transmission increases significantly indoors, especially when people aren't wearing masks.

COVID is everywhere in our community, and it is running rampant in much of the country. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread through air droplets and aerosols that we exhale.

At least one out of every 100 St. Louis County adult residents had an active COVID-19 infection earlier this fall, while about five out of every 100 adults had contracted the disease at some earlier point, according to test results of a representative sample of county residents.

In November, DPH started utilizing RAVE, an emergency text alert system, to communicate with individuals with COVID-19 to share a few important messages.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Because of the surge in COVID-19 cases, DPH may not be able to quickly contact every person who has tested positive or every person who is a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Therefore, it’s crucial that you know how to self-isolate and self-quarantine.

 More than $3 million in CARES Act funds will be distributed to small businesses and restaurants in the County’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Louis County CARES has distributed a second round of food security funding through the County CARES Humanitarian Relief Program.

Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but this year, it's a time to take responsibility and celebrate Thanksgiving safely.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, St. Louis County has recorded more than 1,000 new cases in a single day. Since yesterday, the county has identified 1,061 new individuals who have contracted COVID-19.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

As announced by County Executive Dr. Page this morning, COVID-19 cases have been surging in St. Louis County over the past couple of weeks, just as they have around the country. In response to the increase in community transmission and the strain on our healthcare system, new public health orders have been announced and will go into effect at on Tuesday, November 17th.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise sharply in St. Louis County, where the daily new case average is approaching 500, or more than double what it was one month ago. Hospitals are filling up and the state of Missouri is setting new records every day.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

No matter what your age, everyone is feeling the impact of months of disrupted routines, concerns of physical health, economic uncertainty and the election.

The following considerations are suggested to keep not only yourself, but families, friends, and communities safe from COVID-19. Help stop the spread and when planning for the holiday season, assess current COVID-19 levels and make the right choice.

The St. Louis County Board of Elections has taken precautions to keep voters safe during the election, including offering four methods to vote, sending designated teams to hospitals and homes and keeping the polls clean.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) COVID Data Tracker, a total of 8,834,393 people in the US are battling coronavirus.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has awarded $2.3 million in federal CARES Act funding to St. Louis County public school districts, to reimburse them for expenses made to fight the spread of COVID-19.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Over the next few months, if you are thinking about traveling for the holidays, be sure to take measures to protect yourself, your family and others around you. COVID-19 is an international pandemic, and traveling can put people at greater risk of getting sick.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

As the holiday season approaches, be sure to keep yourself and those around you safe by avoid large crowds or gatherings.

This month, the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health is launching a new public information campaign to promote the simple behaviors that can prevent the spread of COVID-19.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Following last month’s announcement that federal CARES Act funds were cleared for distribution to St. Louis County munici palities the County CARES team has made the first nine payments to local communities.

Throughout this pandemic hand-washing has been a key step in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Germs are everywhere – they can get onto hands and items we touch during daily activities and make us sick.

The COVID-19 pandemic provides an important reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy is also one of the simplest -- hand-washing with soap and water.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Twelve more incarcerated individuals at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of inmate cases to 32 this month, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health announced Thursday.

This Halloween you can enjoy activities while taking steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

All 289 COVID-19 tests of incarcerated individuals at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center collected Friday have come back negative, health officials said Tuesday, meaning that no new additional cases have been recorded at the facility since last week's outbreak.

As the holiday season approaches and college students return from school, it is imperative to encourage them to get tested for COVID-19 and get the flu vaccine.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The Department of Public Health has received notice of an award from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to expand the capacity of the DPH environmental laboratory to perform COVID-19 tests.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has allocated $3 million to help County schools pay for critical personal protective equipment during this pandemic, as announced by Dr. Sam Page on Monday.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

As announced by Dr. Page this morning, key decisions throughout this pandemic were decided by data, discussions with experts and stakeholders, community reaction and monitoring best practices of other communities. 

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Please see the updated status of St. Louis Count Parks listed below. Social distancing is required and capacities are reduced per Department of Public Health Guidelines.

Although COVID-19 doesn’t take a holiday, it’s still possible to have fun on Halloween. To help residents assess the risk of Halloween-related activities, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health has produced the following chart.

Throughout this pandemic, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health has been collecting data about COVID-19 cases based on internal COVID-19 case investigations. 

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Free flu vaccines are now available through the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and appointments can be made online.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Getting a flu shot has always been a key step in staying healthy. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, it's never been more important. 

For both indoor and outdoor youth sports, DPH will allow two parents or spectators per athlete to attend games, with an overall capacity of 50. This occupancy limit is not to separate parents or children, but to limited crowds where COVID-19 can spread.

The most recent data, available on stlcorona.com, shows that cases of COVID-19 are decreasing collectively among young people. Specifically, as shown in the last two weeks, there is a pronounced drop in the rate of new cases among adolescents aged 15-19.  The rate of new cases in that age group is still higher than that of younger children, but it's heading in the right direction.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The St. Louis County Health Department is proud to announce the launch of COVID Moments, a self-produced campaign showcasing front-line workers promoting what it means to #MaskUpSTL and keep our community safe.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Adolescents in St. Louis County continue to contract and spread COVID-19, and the data demonstrate that sports activity is a factor in a number of cases.

The flu season is here and the proper cautionary steps that are currently being used to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as keeping social distance, wearing masks in public and washing hands, also help ward off the flu virus.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday September 16,2020.

As discussed by Dr. Page this morning, the flu season is approaching and now is the time to get your flu shot. Getting a flu shot has always been a key step in staying healthy, but during the COVID-19 pandemic it’s even more important to protect yourself, your family and your friends.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

St. Louis County’s long-term care facilities have reported more than 2,320 cases of COVID-19 and 494 lives lost since the pandemic began in March, according to data released by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health on Friday.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Friday, September 11, 2020.

As discussed by Dr. Page this morning, the Department of Public Health closely tracks new cases of COVID-19 among children and teens and recent data has indicated a steady increase in cases among those 15 to 19 years old.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Today the Department of Public Health released new data showing the impact of COVID-19 in Saint Louis County schools. The information below is derived from reports from and discussions with individual schools and school districts.

More than 260,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in St. Louis County. This crucial to our efforts to contain the spread of the virus and is a major factor in understanding the patterns of its spread.

St. Louis County’s IT team is making modifications to the county website. As a result, some content may not be available for up to two weeks.

In partnership with our school districts, the Department of Public Health is assembling a set of data points for districts and private schools to access as they work toward a possible return to in-school instruction.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

More than 225,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in St. Louis County. Testing is crucial to our efforts to contain the spread of the virus and is a major factor in understanding the patterns of its spread.

As Dr. Page mentioned this morning, the Department of Public Health is continuing to monitor trends in cases. These trends help guide the response to protect the health and safety of our residents.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

As announced by Dr. Page earlier this week, more than 225,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in St. Louis County.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday, August 24, 2020.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has received many complaints that some businesses are not requiring face coverings.

“These appointments mark an important step forward for St. Louis County,” said Dr. Page. “I look forward to working with them as we continue working to reform county government.”

In recent months, our community has been doing their part by staying at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As school years begin, it's important that all children go in for their well-child visits.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

As announced by Dr. Page last week, additional guidelines for Adult Sports have been released and are effective today.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page joined People’s Health Centers today in launching the nonprofit’s COVID-19 Mitigation Outreach Program.

Dr. Page will hold his briefing outside of the People’s Healthcare Services by Home State Health clinic in Ferguson (the clinic is located inside a Schnucks market). Dr. Page will be joined by Dwayne Butler, CEO of People’s Health Centers, and Nathan Landsbaum, president and CEO of Home State Health.

The Department of Public Health is recommending that building owners and managers take steps to minimize water stagnation during closure.

Washington University in St. Louis, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and other collaborators are conducting a survey of St. Louis County residents and offering COVID-19 testing to gauge the prevalence of and risk factors for the illness.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page to Hold Media Briefing on COVID-19.

The St. Louis County Department of Health has identified that the Hispanic and Latino communities in the County are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Washington University in St. Louis, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and other collaborators are conducting a survey of St. Louis County residents and offering COVID-19 testing to gauge the prevalence of and risk factors for the illness.

Washington University in St. Louis, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and other collaborators are conducting a survey of St. Louis County residents and offering COVID-19 testing to gauge the prevalence of and risk factors for the illness.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

St. Louis County has awarded $1.5 million in CARES Act funding to the nonprofit CaresSTL for expanded free testing for COVID-19.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

The St. Louis County COVID-19 Statistical Dashboard will now display COVID-19 case counts by date of diagnosis. Previously, cases were counted by the date they were first reported to a public health department.

Cases of COVID-19 and deaths from the virus are sharply down in long-term care facilities in St. Louis County, a new report shows.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced Monday that the county is partnering with community health centers to increase COVID-19 testing in north St. Louis County.

In advance of Tuesday’s election in St. Louis County, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health has partnered with the St. Louis County Board of Elections to improve safety for voters and poll workers.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced Sunday that the county will purchase thousands of mobile hotspots and tablets to ensure all students have the tools they need for virtual school this fall.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will talk about business restrictions that go into effect on Friday and updates on testing.

The Third Amended Order for Business and Individual Guidelines for Social Distancing and Re-Opening begins today, July 31 at 5:00pm.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will talk about business restrictions that go into effect on Friday and updates on testing.

As COVID-19 infection rates continue to climb, Dr. Page will discuss schools and a formal recommendation from the Department of Public Health, as requested by superintendents.

The latest order is dated July 29 and effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31 will be posted in its entirety on stlcorona.com later today.

Dr. Page will be joined by leaders of Cool Down St. Louis to discuss utility assistance during this pandemic.

Dr. Page will discuss the status of testing in the county including increasing the supply of tests, expanding access to testing throughout the county, ensuring timely results to patients and improving reporting time for test administrators.

St. Louis County’s COVID-19 website, stlcorona.com, lists the number of new cases reported each day. Unfortunately, today’s reported figure of 88 new cases reflects incomplete data.

As announced by Dr. Page this morning the following seven initiatives will take effect at 5:00 pm, Friday, July 31.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

As we continue to see the rise in COVID-19 case, please be aware of the purpose of a mask and how to properly put on and remove your face mask. Face coverings may prevent you from being quarantined by the Department of Public Health if you come in contact with a positive case. It helps protect not only you and your family but jobs and workers as well.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Area is in the middle of a dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases and there is widespread transmission of the virus occurring in the community, particularly in the younger population. This unfortunately increases the risk of spread to everyone, particularly when people gather in groups. Furthermore, children will further suffer as this increase in activity threatens the ability of children to return safely to school and to sports this fall.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 1 p.m. today. He will be joined by Dr. Art McCoy, superintendent of Jennings School District; Kristen Sorth, director of the St. Louis County Library; and Dr. Alex Garza, head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force.

As previously noted, St. Louis County had asked for community input on how to directly spend $7 million of CARES funding for healthcare. Members of the community responded and ultimately decided that specific healthcare services were needed in the county’s most vulnerable areas, most of them in north county.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

These guidelines, as updated and effective July 14, 2020 in Saint Louis County differ from the previous guideline in that exemptions are specifically outlined, including additional options for those with health conditions.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Due to a rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases involving young people in St. Louis County,  the Department of Public Health has issued more specific guidelines effective Monday, July 20.

Dr. Page will discuss the awarding of $9.6 million in CARES Act funds for humanitarian efforts.

How do the different types of masks work?

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

This guidance on disinfecting and sanitizing is intended for all, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

As announced by Dr. Page this morning, the Department of Public Health has released a set of indicators which provide a data-driven, standardized framework for considering policy decisions about easing/strengthening restrictions.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

In Ameren's continued effort to ensure awareness of all available utility resources, Ameren is assisting in sharing information regarding the Missouri Department of Social Services -Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Beginning today, Monday, July 6, all St. Louis County Library Branches will be distributing masks to the public during regular library hours. Those hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 am - 6 pm and Friday and Saturday 9 am-5 pm.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, County Executive Page will hold briefings at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Following his remarks, County Executive Page will open the briefing for questions from the media.

The St. Louis County Department of Public has masks available for anyone in need, especially over the upcoming holiday weekend. If you are in need of a mask, drive by any of our clinic locations, John C. Murphy in Berkeley, South County Health Center in Sunset Hills, or our North Central Health Clinic in Pine Lawn. Mask pick is available today starting at 1PM until 5PM, and tomorrow from 8AM until 5PM. This is highly encouraged to keep our community safe.

Dr. Page will discuss the jump in COVID-19 cases among Hispanics and the work the Department of Public Health is doing to stem this trend. Leaders of the Hispanic community will join Dr. Page at the briefing.

A CARES Act Ballot is available for members of the public to take part in a participatory budgeting process that will determine where federal funds are distributed.

Beginning Monday, June 29, St. Louis County residents can reduce wait times by scheduling appointments with the Department of Revenue.

As communities and businesses are opening, many people are looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. Wearing a mask protects yourself and others around you and it has never been more important. It is critical that people continue to wear masks.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness and three additional symptoms have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

County Executive Page will announce a program that allows residents who live in areas of the County most impacted by COVID-19 to select how $7 million in CARES Act funds are spent on their community healthcare services.

A new Economic Rescue Team appointed by County Executive Dr. Sam Page will recommend ways to use COVID-19 relief funds to help boost the county’s economy and review county regulations for businesses to see how government can work more efficiently.

Now more than ever, it is vital to continue to take proper personal protective measures seriously, including the disinfection of shared spaces. Be aware and cautious of gathering places that may not accommodate proper social distancing requirements such as break rooms, smoking areas, modes of transportation and shared or congregate housing.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Even as St. Louis County continues to navigate the process of reopening, it’s crucial that people continue to follow local social-distancing guidelines and wearing masks. For some, caution fatigue may be starting to settle in and St. Louis County Department of Public Health encourages staying safe and focused on personal protective measures.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has updated the Youth Sports Guidelines. Playing sports with or against other individuals during this time holds an inherent risk that someone may become infected and, in turn, spread the virus to others in their household or community. Please consider this risk when allowing your child to participate in organized sports.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, County Executive Page will hold briefings at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

St. Louis County Workforce Development will be hosting a virtual job fair on June 17th - 19th, 2020. The event will feature multiple industries and many employers in the St. Louis Metro Area, complete with direct application links and contact information for immediate follow up via phone or video call.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is continuing to experience high call volume following the announcement last week of the expansion of testing for COVID-19. Therefore, DPH has developed a sign-up tool for St. Louis County residents to schedule their own appointments for testing.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

St. Louis County has released a funding opportunity related to the CARES Act under the Coronavirus Relief Fund related to the humanitarian response program. The goal of the COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Program is to fund programs and services that support the needs of County residents suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency in order to promote recovery for the region and mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

As announced by Dr. Page this morning, additional businesses in St. Louis County have reopened today, including fitness centers, pools, casinos, and banquet halls at 25% capacity. All businesses that open must abide by the restrictions and guidelines set out by the St. Louis County Health Department.

The briefing will focus on reopening of remaining St. Louis County businesses including fitness centers and gyms. Tours of the gym available after the media briefing, highlighting the guidelines followed to reopen safely.

As announced by Dr. Page this morning, on Monday, June 15, more of St. Louis County will open – this includes fitness centers, pools, casinos, and banquet halls at 25% capacity. All businesses that open must abide by the restrictions and guides set out by the St. Louis County Health Department as outlined here.

On Friday, Dr. Page will talk about easing restrictions on crowd sizes for businesses.

St. Louis County's Department of Public Health is expanding its criteria for public COVID-19 testing. Starting Monday, June 15, anyone who has frequent or close contact with people outside of the household may get a test, including those who have no symptoms of COVID-19 and no known exposure.

This morning, St. Louis County Department of Public Health released new statistics that show a 13 percent decrease in the number of opioid-related deaths in 2019 compared to the previous year.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, County Executive Page will hold briefings at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Following his remarks, County Executive Page will open the briefing for questions from the media.

New guidelines for entertainment venues take effect June 15. Adherence to these guidelines protect customers as well as employers and employees.

This morning, County Executive Sam Page announced the enhancement of Behavioral Health access by calling 211. During these difficult times, many people are experiencing unfamiliar emotions and navigating through unexpected circumstances.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

This morning, County Executive Sam Page announced an additional $5 million in federal funds that will be available for residents for needs at home. This includes but not limited to the unhoused, those in need of additional support to keep families together and safe, rental assistance and mortgage assistance for low-and middle-income residents.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, County Executive Page will hold briefings at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Help St. Louis County direct $7 million in federal funding for COVID-19 response in our community! St. Louis County’s Participatory Budgeting process offers many residents a direct say in how to spend part of the federal money to combat the novel coronavirus.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced this morning a new facet to the County Cares funding stimulus to cover childcare and humanitarian services in St. Louis County. The Humanitarian Response Program is a joint effort guided by the County Executive’s office in collaboration with the Department of Human Services and the Children’s Services Fund.

This morning County Executive Sam Page announced $24 million in funding for the humanitarian response program that will focus on three main areas:  senior and home bound programming, housing stabilization and social and emotional wellness.

At the briefing, County Executive Page will make remarks on the unrest following the death of George Floyd and announce funding for the humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reopening guidelines for the businesses listed below are now available online.

This is your opportunity to join St. Louis County Department of Public Health’s Participatory Budgeting (PB) efforts. YOU decide how $7M of Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act dollars should be spent to provide access to care services where you live. Funding may be used for testing, primary care, mental health services, etc.

As announced by County Executive Sam Page this morning, Bars are permitted to reopen on June 8. Additional guidance and safety protocols will be available online today and posted on social media. The reopening of gyms, pools and other sports has been set for June 15th, with additional guidance available in the near future.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, County Executive Page will hold briefings at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Following his remarks, County Executive Page will open the briefing for questions from the media.

Playing sports with or against other individuals during this time holds an inherent risk that someone may become infected and, in turn spread the virus to other individuals in their household or community.

St. Louis County’s Department of Public Health has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its work to protect nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Metro Transit will resume front-door boarding and fare collection on MetroBus vehicles beginning on Monday, June 1, with temporary changes to fares and fare collection.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Friday. County Executive Page will be joined by Gov. Mike Parson.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health has added Testing Data to the current dashboard, which is now available and can be found online here.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will distribute 100,000 KN-95 masks today to the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued a travel advisory as some workers return to their jobs after ignoring social distance practices outlined by public health experts to protect against COVID-19. The press release and travel advisory can be found here.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page asked the Department of Public Health to issue a travel advisory as some workers return to their jobs after ignoring social distance practices outlined by public health experts to protect against COVID-19.

Earlier today, it was announced by St. Louis County and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, that additional guidance for the reopening of summer camps is now available.

Dr. Page will provide details on reopening of more businesses and distribution of more than 250,000 masks.

With additional guidance of the reopening of summer camps and aquatic centers expected in the near future, please move into the summer season safely. Plan activities and outings that you can do safely so you can focus on having fun. Take steps to protect not only yourself but the people around you from COVID-19.

Earlier today, it was announced by St. Louis County and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, that additional guidance for the reopening of summer camps and aquatic centers would be released later this week. All updated guidance and/or recommendations are available online here.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Childcare Reopening Guidance document has been updated and can be found here, listed as number 11.

St. Louis County's Department of Public Health has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its work to protect nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CMS cites St. Louis County's work twice in its May 2020 publication, Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes.

For a complete list of business specific re-opening operational protocols, please click here or visit stlcorona.com.

The county executive will talk about the partial reopening of St. Louis County.

Status of St. Louis County Parks as of May 18, 8:00 a.m. is the following:

St. Louis County Council meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, will be accessible by conference call.

Beginning Monday, May 18th, St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) hotline hours will be slightly modified in response to the current call data.

Council Oversight of COVID-19 Funding and Expenditures Committee Meeting

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced yesterday that $2.6 million from the CARES Act grant was awarded to five community partners working to  connect food with families struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.

St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced today that $2.6 million from the CARES Act grant was awarded to five community partners working to connect food with families struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

County Executive Page will announce grants for agencies to help provide food to people in St. Louis County who are struggling during this pandemic. Agency representatives will be in attendance to talk about the challenges they face and the work they do.

Together, in coordination with the City of St. Louis and the Economic Development Partnership, business operating guidelines for the entire St. Louis Region have been released and posted online.

As previously released, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

As we navigate towards the reopening of businesses and other functions in St. Louis County, masks may be required and this does includes children, especially in places where they may not be able to avoid staying 6 feet away from others.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) and the St. Louis County Executive's Office have announced guidance for businesses reopening.

At the briefing, County Executive Page will provide more details on the county's plan to ease restrictions to its safety order to allow some businesses to reopen beginning May 18 as long as those businesses comply with a series of social distancing requirements and disinfection processes.

When formulating proactive plans to reopen, the owners/operators of small businesses should consider different perspectives. One viewpoint should focus on the health and well-being of their employees and other internal stakeholders/vendors.

Small business owners should be preparing to reopen by developing a proactive plan for controlling their environment. Writing policies and procedures to account for these activities will help to speed the reopening process.

The Emergency Communications Commission regular meeting 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020, will be accessible by conference call.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced today that public health restrictions in St. Louis County would be reduced starting May 18.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies dental settings as having unique characteristics that warrant additional infection control considerations and places dental health care providers in the "very high exposure risk" category.

Stay at Home Orders in St. Louis County remain in effect. This is despite the expiration of the State of Missouri's Stay at Home Order and the activation of the Economic Re-opening Order today at 12:01 AM. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) and the St. Louis County Executive's Office believe that this is necessary based on the unique challenges St. Louis County offers.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The flow of information pertaining to COVID-19 has been significant and constantly evolving. A refresher on the best information available from time to time will continue to improve our understanding of the virus and contribute to minimizing its impact on our region.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

He will announce a small business relief program made possible from the CARES Act grant.

Serology tests are a type of medical test which can be used to determine the presence of specific antibodies in a person's blood. It is important to identify specific antibodies in a person's blood because they can be evidence that a person may have contracted an infectious virus, such as COVID-19.

Many St. Louis County Parks reopened yesterday, April 28th, with some limitations. These restrictions include keeping facilities like bathrooms, shelters, and skate parks closed. Also, many trails have also been designated as "one-way" trails.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced today a new initiative through St. Louis County's Department of Public Health to help businesses prepare for reopening the St. Louis County economy. The Department of Public Health will provide businesses with science-based guidance so that every industry and sector of the local economy will be ready to implement new social distancing practices when they reopen.

At the briefing, County Executive Page will sign the bill allowing the CARES Act grant to be spent, give an update on the county’s COVID-19 response and reflect on his first year in office.

"Now we can invest the federal funds in the tests, PPE, and contact tracing that our residents need. Today, the Council had a vigorous debate about whether to move forward fighting COVID-19. I remain committed to collaborating with each Council member as we provide our community the necessary supports and get our economy back on its feet."

Contact tracing is the process by which the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) works with COVID-19 patients to identify those who were in close contact with the patient and thus were exposed to the virus. DPH then reaches out to those contacts to notify them of the potential exposure. Guidance and precautionary measures are given, which include monitoring their symptoms closely, staying at home, and continuing to practice good hand hygiene. Contact tracing is important because it helps quickly identify potential new cases and, more importantly, prevents further spread of COVID-19.

Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway – District 2 is pleased to announce that as Chair of Special Committee for Oversight of COVID-19 Funding and Expenditures she will be hosting weekly videoconferences.

At this morning's media briefing, County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced members to an advisory group that will guide the administration on spending a CARES Act grant received from the federal government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will announce on Tuesday a plan to reopen County parks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its list of symptoms for the coronavirus, adding six new possible indicators of the virus. The CDC now recognizes the following as possible symptoms for COVI-19, that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

County Executive Page will announce new members to an advisory group that will guide the administration on spending a CARES Act grant received from the federal government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) will begin providing limited COVID-19 testing to County residents with symptoms who meet testing criteria at the John C. Murphy clinic located in Berkley and the South County Health Center in Sunset Hills starting Monday.

April 27, 2020 Executive Session to held via teleconference at 4:00 P.M.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Long term care facilities have unique challenges with COVID-19. They most often care for a vulnerable population that is identified as "high risk" for COVID-19 and the nature of care the employees provide there, which can include bathing, feeding, and toileting. These acts of care can create an increased risk of spreading infection.

A transparency portal to track all spending and contracts associated with the County's response to the COVID-19 crisis is now live at stlcorona.com.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. This hold especially true as we face COVID-19 together and experience things like social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. The longer we face these challenges, the more we should be aware of the mental and emotional well-bring of ourselves and our loved ones.

Dr. Page's Wednesday remarks will come the same day he signs an executive order to extend stay at home rules. After his remarks, the county executive will take questions from the media.

The highest risk of passing COVID-19 exists with those that are in prolonged close contact with one another, for example, those that we live with or share space with at work. There should be an understanding of why disinfecting shared spaces is so important and why preventative measures can make a difference.

To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that critical infrastructure employees may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, County Executive Page will hold briefings at 8:30 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

COVID-19 poses a particular threat to those in our community who use drugs. Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could result in serious complications for those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape. People who use opioids or methamphetamine may also be vulnerable due to those drugs' effects on respiratory and pulmonary health. 

The website stlcorona.com has been improved to provide a more user-friendly experience. The wealth of information is now better organized and easier to navigate.

The Council Justice, Health and Welfare Committee meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 will be accessible by conference call. To join the meeting, please call +1-408-418-9388 US Toll and enter the Access code: 798 805 644 to join the meeting.

The County Council regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, will be accessible by conference call. To join the meeting, please call +1-408-418-9388 US Toll and enter the Access code: 792 688 594 to join the meeting.

The Dignified Transfer Center, or what has been referred to as a "surge morgue" in other jurisdictions, is nearing its completion. The facility is located at 4334 Rider Trail North, Building D, in Earth City, Missouri 63045.

The Department of Public Health is taking additional steps to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. As a result, we have consolidated essential services at alternate locations in order to assure the health and wellbeing of all constituents and employees.

On Friday, Dr. Page will provide more details on the CARES Act funding the county is expected to receive on April 24. At the briefing, he will introduce a lead advisor for a community group that will work closely with the Page administration on ways to use the nearly $175 million to help save lives, provide residents basic needs and revive the economy.

COVID-19 is impacting a many industries, including those who provide care to loved ones after death. Funeral directors, embalmers, medical examiners, and others are striving to understand the impact COVID-19 will have on their methods and safety. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes COVID-19 is a new disease and the medical community is still trying to learn and understand how it spreads.

There are approximately 28 lives that end each day in St. Louis County. According to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office, there were 9,916 deaths reported to them in 2019 and 10,253 deaths in 2018. The overwhelming majority of these deaths are attributable to natural causes or medical events. Others are lost to violence, suicide, or overdose.

Diabetes and other chronic health conditions can be challenging to manage during a public health crisis and these conditions may increase a person's risk of developing serious complications if they contract COVID-19. Here is some advice for those with Diabetes:

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page on Monday asked the County Council to establish a fund for the retention and appropriation of monies from the CARES Act.

Our region is beginning to see examples of those that have followed recommended courses of action after testing positive for COVID-19, and are now being released from isolation/quarantine. These instances give us all hope and are representative of the overwhelming majority of those that do test positive for COVID-19.

In a very short time, the information available on COVID-19 went from non-existent to overload. Simultaneously, the demand for information pertaining to this rapidly evolving pandemic is now tremendous. Therefore, it is critical that we consume and share information from reputable sources, with the understanding that there are still many unknowns.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, dementia most likely does not increase risk for COVID-19, just like it does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related factors like age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk. As an example, people with dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease may forget to wash their hands or take other recommended precautions to prevent illness. Additionally, diseases like COVID-19 and the flu may worsen cognitive impairment due to dementia.

Some viruses cause illness in people, while others can cause illness in certain types of animals. The CDC is aware of a very small number of pets, including dogs and cats, outside the United States that are reported to be infected with the virus. There are no reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States, but this information is developing rapidly and further studies are needed to understand if/how animals could be affected by COVID-19.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will begin holding regular press briefings beginning Monday.

This is an important time for people of many faiths. The way we will have to celebrate Easter and Passover will be different this year, but honoring these traditions are no less important. We all have a role to play in protecting those we share our homes with, those we share our places of worship with, and those we share our communities with.

The Missouri National Guard will be arriving in our area soon. Today, the St. Louis County Executive's Office, in partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH), the St. Louis County Police Department's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and local hospitals, requested the assistance of the National Guard in the COVID-19 response. The duties of the Guard will include support staffing at testing sites, medical buildings, and other facilities at this time. Their attention will be focused on securing and supporting. The Guard is not here for any enforcement action of the Stay at Home Orders.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page has requested assistance from the Missouri National Guard as the region prepares for an escalation of the COVID-19 virus.

The St. Louis County Department of Human Services (DHS) is aware of the food needs of the region that COVID-19 has amplified, especially as other providers are limited in what they can offer and the duration they can do so. DHS is working with many partners throughout the region, including the Regional Response Team, school districts, and Food Bank. DHS is evaluating the best options available to provide the uninterrupted, equitable distribution of food for those in need.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will devote his weekly County Council remarks tonight to providing an update on the county's response to COVID-19.

Due to the national and global span of the pandemic, traditional supply chains of personal protective equipment (PPE) are being exhausted. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has evaluated its inventory and there is concern that the supply of masks will not be sufficient enough to satisfy the demand required for the duration of the pandemic. DPH is seeking immediate assistance in gathering cloth masks.

Recommended treatment for COVID-19 can begin at home, even without being tested or receiving a negative result. Those experiencing symptoms should assume they are positive and be empowered to take control. They should isolate immediately, as that is the best way to prevent the spread of this illness and avoid exposing others.

The CDC recommends the use of cloth masks for those that are looking for alternative ways to protect themselves when going to areas that may prove difficult to practice social distancing, like the grocery store or pharmacy. The use of cloth masks is believed to slow the spread of the virus, while also preserving much needed N-95 masks for healthcare workers and first responders, who must work in direct contact with those confirmed to have COVID-19.

On 4/2/2020, St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification of a COVID-19 involved death of a 70-79 year old male. The underlying medical conditions, if any, are unknown at this time. This is the sixth death in St. Louis County.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page has ordered all County parks closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The parks will officially close at 8 p.m. Friday.

On 4/1/2020, St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification of a COVID-19 involved death of a 50-59 year old male. This is the fifth death in St. Louis County.

About 50 St. Louis County businesses that have continued to operate despite a public health order to close were mailed letters on Thursday warning them to shut their doors.

On 3/31/2020, St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification of the death of an 80-89 year old man with chronic medical conditions. This is the fourth death in St. Louis County.

Late on 3/30/2020, St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification of a death of a 50-59 year old female with chronic medical conditions. This is the third death in St. Louis County.

Moving forward, the daily updates pertaining to COVID-19 that are provided by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health will look slightly different. They will focus more on educational/informational materials, that will likely support trends, emerging information, or other topics that need more of a focus. Numbers associated with positive cases, calls for service, and other data will no longer be provided in these updates. Instead, they will be displayed in the easily accessible dashboard.

The following are the service changes for Planning as of March 30, 2020.

Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. You can also contact the Missouri Crisis Line for help at 1-888-761-4357 or text “HAND” to 839863.

We acknowledge that although the laboratory test is becoming more broadly available, there are limitations in our public health and healthcare systems’ capacity to obtain samples from people as rapidly as we would like. The healthcare community is working together to assure equitable access to COVID-19 testing resources in the St. Louis region.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced today that St. Louis County is expecting to receive millions in federal funding to help in its COVID-19 response.

We acknowledge that although the laboratory test is becoming more broadly available, there are limitations in our public health and healthcare systems’ capacity to obtain samples from people as rapidly as we would like. The healthcare community is working together to assure equitable access to COVID-19 testing resources in the St. Louis region.

Due to the current health threat COVID-19, the employee gym located on the 3rd floor administrative area of the Justice Center will be closed until further notice.

In an effort to promote public health and safety, effective 03/27/2020, the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health's Division of Vital Records lobby located at 6121 N. Hanley Road, Berkeley, MO will be closed to in-person guests until further notice.

It is important to understand that everyone is at risk of contracting COVID-19. This pandemic will affect all people, regardless of age, sex, race, or health conditions. The CDC identified that “the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.”

We should not take solace in the fact that only seven new cases are being reported today. The manner in which the numbers will be reported moving forward is changing to streamline the process. The practice will bring local health departments to a consistent level of the timing and reporting of the numbers. Today, 3/24/2020, should be the first and only day this issue occurs.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page asked the County Council to approve $200,000 in emergency funding to pay for COVID-19 testing for uninsured residents of St. Louis County. The Council is expected to consider Dr. Page's request at its meet-ing today.

Self-service microfilm research is closed to the public located at the 1050 N. Lindbergh office.

Due to the volume of results now available, the ability to provide data on each positive case has diminished. It is unlikely that we will be able to provide age ranges for those testing positive for COVID-19 on a daily basis with a short turnaround. We are evaluating the most appropriate and realistic way to proceed to continue to provide the public with the best information possible.

On the first day of the Stay at Home order, County Executive Dr. Sam Page created a new agency to help plan for an economic recovery after the COVID-19 response ends.

The following are the service changes for the Notary Public Commissions desk as of March 23, 2020

St. Louis County Justice Services Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020 is canceled.

Due to the current COVID-19 Stay At Home Order from County Executive Page, we are working with a reduced staff, all of whom are working out of the Office

St. Louis County Satellite Offices (North, South, and West) are closed for Transportation and Public Works customers.

Effective March 30, 2020, the St. Louis County Municipal Court hours will be from 8:00am-2:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Epidemiological investigations indicate there is clear evidence of community transmission in St. Louis County. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.”

In-person/face-to-face services at all offices are suspended.

Until Further Notice anyone needing access to the Justice Center must enter through the Courts Building.

As anticipated, the ability to provide reliable statistics pertaining to pending tests or tests sent for analysis has significantly diminished. This is an encouraging step as more people are being tested by more health care professionals; however, it has an adverse effect on the accuracy of the numbers. Additionally, the statistics provided are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page and Mayor Lyda Krewson announced today that St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis will be adopting new restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the region. The new restrictions, which will take effect Monday, will ensure that residents can meet their basic needs and that essential services will still be provided. The new restrictions will require people to stay at home when possible.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page provides details on his stay-at-home order to help curb coronavirus.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page and the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis have worked with county municipalities to ease noise and hour restrictions placed on deliveries to grocery stores and pharmacies.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced on Friday a text message service to increase the ways the community can stay updated on the latest coronavirus information.

The County Clerk’s office is closed to the public as of March 19, 2020 until further notice

All offenders sentenced to the alternative Weekender Program at the jail by the St. Louis County Courts has been suspended until further notice.

In-person/face-to-face services at 41 South Central have moved to 105 SOUTH CENTRAL in the Court’s Building.

As anticipated, the ability to provide reliable statistics pertaining to pending tests or tests sent for analysis has significantly diminished. This is an encouraging step as more people are being tested by more health care professionals; however, it has an adverse effect on the accuracy of the numbers. Additionally, the statistics provided are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available.

In person face to face services at 41 S. Central in Clayton are suspended.

As anticipated, the ability to provide reliable statistics pertaining to pending tests or tests sent for analysis has significantly diminished. This is an encouraging step as more people are being tested by more health care professionals; however, it has an adverse effect on the accuracy of the numbers. Additionally, the statistics provided are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available.

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, all Department of Human Services locations will be closed to the public.

Job interviews will be conducted via telephone or Skype.

The following are Department of Public Works, Sewer and Water Lateral service changes.

In-person / face to face services at 41 S. Central are suspended.

In-person/face-to-face services are suspended.

All St. Louis County Probation and Alternative Community Service Offices are CLOSED for walk in visits effective 3/20/20 until further notice.

In light of the current health concerns with the COVID-19 Virus, we regretful are suspending all inmate social visitation effective Saturday, March 21 and until further notice.

All scheduled court dates remain suspended.

Treasury payment centers at North and South St. Louis County Government Satellite Offices are closed.

In accordance with CDC recommendations and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, in order to keep our staff, volunteers, and community safe, the St. Louis County Animal Adoption Center will be closed to the public starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Understanding the differences in social distancing, quarantine, and isolation is vital to the educating the public as we continue to face uncertainty.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page on Wednesday asked the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and its related agencies to make it a priority to help businesses affected by coronavirus.

St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page signed an executive order Wednesday restricting public gatherings to fewer than 10 people as part of the ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced Wednesday that St. Louis County government will begin serving its residents in innovative new ways by implementing social distancing measures and limiting access to County offices. Some changes have already been implemented while others will be implemented in coming days.

In-person/face-to-face services at North, South, and West satellite locations are suspended.

Please note that these tests only reflect those conducted at the State Public Health Laboratory. The availability and accessibility of commercial labs has and will continue to affect the reliability of the actual numbers.

County Executive Sam Page signed an executive order today requiring all restaurants and bars in St. Louis County to institute social distancing measures that can limit the spread of COVID-19.

County Executive Sam Page has signed an executive order allowing more flexibility in employee work schedules to protect the health of County workers and residents.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page details the Executive Order that will limit restaurants and bars to carry-out only to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has been notified of a fourth positive case of COVID-19 in a St. Louis County resident. At this Time, the determination of travel related or community spread is still under investigation. The patient is in the age range of 60-70 years old.

Effective immediately all attorney visits with inmates in the jail will only take place via the legal visitation booth from the public side access.

Due to the current circumstances with COVID-19, Problem Property volunteer clean up projects are cancelled at this time until further notice.

As this event continues to rapidly evolve, please think family first and consider day to day activities, routines and schedules that may be impacted by significant closures, cancellations or limited activity. The following suggestions are simply to provide additional planning measures that may be needed in the future.

It is hereby declared unlawful for any person to organize or to attend an intentional gathering of 50 people or more in a single space or room.

St. Louis County is building a team of experts to work closely with the Department of Health to review and draft policies that allow the county to remain at the forefront of fighting the coronavirus. Among those on the new Technical Specialists Team are Rob Gatter, a professor of health management and policy at St. Louis University, and Jason Purnell, an associate professor at the Washington University’s Brown School.

St. Louis County is building a team of experts to work closely with the Department of Health to review and draft policies that allow the county to remain at the forefront of fighting the coronavirus.

The St. Louis County Municipal Court shall postpone and reschedule all dockets, hearings, trials, and other proceedings during the State of Emergency.

St. Louis County Justice Services has suspended all volunteer services.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page will hold a press conference this morning to announce an executive order on crowd restrictions and other changes to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in St. Louis County was on March 7, 2020 and the second presumed positive will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention for confirmation testing. Please note, the second presumptive case is not related to the first.

In an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of St. Louis County voters and election workers -- and to preserve the integrity of the election -- the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners (BOE) will this Saturday petition the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, to postpone the April 7 municipal elections. The BOE will ask the Court to move the election date to April 28 and to authorize a vote by mail. If the Court declines to approve the mail-in vote on April 28, the BOE will request a delay until the August 2020 primary election.

Today, the United States federal government, the State of Missouri and St. Louis County declared states of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The BOE sees the request to delay the election as essential.

It is hereby declared unlawful for any person to organize or to attend an intentional gathering of 250 people or more in a single space or room.

County Executive Sam Page signed Executive Order No. 13 today requiring all restaurants and bars in St. Louis County to institute social distancing measures that can limit the spread of COVID-19.

County Executive Sam Page will brief the media the next steps being taken about the presumed positive COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) case in the County.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health's recommended preventative actions required to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Parson and St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page held a joint press conference to discuss the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Missouri. The CDC confirmed that this is a case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 10th.

St. Louis County has expanded its ongoing preparation for possible local COVID-19 cases by partially activating its Emergency Operations Center.

County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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