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DPH COVID-19 Update 5/28/2020

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.

  • May 28, 2020
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St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update May 28, 2020

Metro Transit COVID-19 Update

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. MetroBus cash fares have been waived since March 21 to reduce the person-to-person contact between bus operators and passengers, and riders have been boarding buses via the rear doors. Metro has continued to implement precautionary safety measures including providing all transit operators with masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment, limiting passenger loads on buses, installing polycarbonate shields around the operator cabs on all buses, requiring all passengers to wear face covering masks on transit vehicles, and adjusting MetroBus service to better meet ridership demands and support social distancing. With all these measures now in place, Metro is in position to safely resume fare collection while continuing to address the health and safety of drivers and passengers. More information about the fare changes can be found online here.

Talking with Children About COVID-19

Children may worry about themselves, family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is accurate and minimizes anxiety or fear. Here are a few tips:

  • Remain calm. Remember that children will react to both what/how you say it.
  • Reassure children that they are safe and it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Make yourself available to listen and to talk. Let children know they can come to you when they have questions.
  • Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
  • Provide information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child. Talk about how some stories may be inaccurate. Children may misinterpret what they hear about something they do not understand.
  • Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs such as hand washing.

Additional information on talking with children can be found here.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 2 decedents. 54 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 56 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411.

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information.