COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

City of Florissant COVID-19 Updates 

The Basics

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. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently expanded the list of symptoms related to COVID-19. Symptoms may appear between two and fourteen days after the exposure to the virus and can range from mild to severe. They now include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

Individuals should call 911 for any medical emergency including these possible life threatening symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Experiencing levels of confusion for the first time
  • Bluish lips or face

Those experiencing non-life threatening symptoms, should contact their doctor. Most people can recover from COVID-19 at home without needing medical care. Working with a doctor to develop a solid healthcare plan is key to recovery. This plan should include isolation, or separating the sick individual from others in the household. Rest and hydration are other significant components to recovery.

Weekend Reminder

Again, unless potentially life-saving or otherwise significant information becomes available, we do not anticipate disseminating these updates on weekends moving forward. Please know that decision is in no way indicative of the pandemic being any less significant or present in our community. We should continue to adhere to the preventative measures in place and remain diligent in social distancing and the use of masks.

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, www.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.

How to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

  • Those feeling ill should stay home.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

High Risk Individuals
People who are considered "high risk" have been advised to take significant actions to reduce their risk of getting sick. Actions include:

  • Stocking up on supplies.

  • Taking everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.

  • If you have to go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.

  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.

  • Avoid travel.

  • Stay at home as much as possible to reduce your risk of being exposed.

High Risk Individuals have been defined by the CDC as those who:

  • Are over 60 years of age

  • Have underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes

  • Have a weakened immune system. 

  • Those who are pregnant. 

Rumor Control and Misinformation During a Pandemic

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.

A few examples of misinformation are:

·        5G cell phone technology causes COVID-19. [In fact, it does not.]

·        Eating garlic will not prevent you from contracting COVID-19. [Although it is a healthy food with some antimicrobial properties, no evidence exists to support this.]

·        Using hand sanitizer on fruits and vegetables prevents them from transferring COVID-19 to you. [Do not do this. According to the CDC, “it seems unlikely that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food – additional investigation is needed.”]

·        Mosquitoes and ticks can spread COVID-19. [“At this time, CDC has no data to suggest that this new coronavirus or other similar coronaviruses are spread by mosquitoes or ticks. The main way that COVID-19 spreads is from person to person.”]

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created a “rumor control” page on their website, which can be found here: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control. The State of Missouri is within Region VII of FEMA, along with Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.       

Long Term Care Facilities and PPE

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.

These front line health care workers should be commended for their dedication and their resiliency. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) is doing everything it can to protect these workers so that they can continue to protect their patients, who are our loved ones and neighbors.

Out of preparedness, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) developed a “High Risk Task Force Team.” This team of volunteer doctors and registered nurses was created early in the pandemic response to serve as a liaison between the long-term care facility and DPH. Working remotely, volunteers have built relationships with facility administrators to answer questions, meet informational needs and monitor each facilities’ supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). In some cases, the task force has worked with the St. Louis County Police Office of Emergency Management to provide PPE in order to alleviate resource gaps at certain facilities and keep their employees protected. Attached is some guidance that has been provided to long term care facilities.

PPE continues to be used at an increased rate by healthcare workers. When providing care, this equipment is critical to keeping themselves, patients and others such as healthcare support staff safe. Challenges still exist in the supply shortages related to PPE. Therefore, healthcare facilities, EMS providers and law enforcement agencies are finding alternative ways to maintain supply levels while still providing a high level of care to the public. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has presented “optimization strategies” for when PPE supplies are low or known to becoming low. These strategies help to lengthen the burn rate of PPE usage during critical needs. Components of extending PPE supply levels include:

  • Canceling elective and non-urgent procedure and appointments.
  • Utilizing re-usable PPE that can be cleaned and reprocessed.
  • Use PPE beyond the manufacturer-designated expiration date.
  • Consider the use of respirators, facemasks and eye protection, beyond a single patient contact by cleaning supplies for reuse.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - St. Louis County Parks

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.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) reminds everyone that social distancing guidelines still remain in effect when enjoying county parks. Social distancing, or “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. Key components include keeping six feet of space between you and other people and not gathering in large groups.

The following St. Louis County Parks reopened with some limitations: Bee Tree, Bella Fontaine, Blake C. Snyder Memorial, Buder, Butler Lake, Castlepoint, Cliff Cave, Champ, Creve Coeur, Faust, Fort Belle Fontaine, George Winter, Grant’s Trail, Greensfelder, Jefferson Barracks, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Lemay, Lone Elk (drive-thru only), Love, Lower Meramec, McDonnell, Ohlendorf West, Queeny, Sherman Beach, Simpson, Sioux Passage, Spanish Lake, St. Vincent, Suson, Tilles, Unger, Veterans Memorial, and West Tyson.

The following St. Louis County Parks will continue to be temporarily closed: Antire, Bissell House, Black Forest, Bohrer, Bright, Classe, Ebsworth, Endicott, Hunter's Ford, King, Kinloch, Larimore, Mackenzie, Mathilda-Welmering, Memorial, Ohlendorf, Robert Winter, Schaefer Bend, St. George

Sylvan Springs, and Widman.

All programs, activities, events and rentals (regardless of size) are canceled thru at least Friday, May 15.

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, www.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.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - May 6, 2020

Businesses Preparing to Reopen

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 spread of COVID-19 is manageable and preventable, but it takes thoughtful consideration. Much of which can be developed now before the opening of business.

Fortunately, a template already exists in reviewing the operational procedures of essential businesses which have remained open during the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has authored Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes, which can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html. In addition, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also disseminated recommendations, which are available here: http://mochamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Return-to-Work.pdf.

Specific guidance from St. Louis County Department of Public Health and the County Executive’s Office is being created and should be available this week. Dr. Sam Page indicated this morning that the re-opening will be “slow, deliberate, and measured.”

Face Mask Requirement on Metro Transit

Starting on Monday, May 11, Metro Transit will take another important step to help protect transit riders and employees from the spread of COVID-19 by requiring all passengers to wear face masks at all times when riding on MetroBus, MetroLink or Metro Call-A-Ride vehicles. You will not be permitted to board a MetroBus vehicle, MetroLink train or Metro Call-A-Ride van if you are not wearing a face covering.

Face coverings need to fit over both the nose and mouth, and non-medical masks, scarves, handkerchiefs, bandanas and other types of cloth coverings are permitted. This measure does not apply to children ages 2 and under, or customers who have trouble breathing, are incapacitated or are unable to remove the cover without assistance. The requirement to wear face coverings on public transit follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and a requirement issued by the State of Illinois asking people to wear a face covering over their noses and mouths when in a public environment where social distancing is not always possible.

St. Louis County Workforce Development Job Fair

St. Louis County Workforce Development will be hosting a virtual job fair on Facebook this Thursday, May 7, from 10AM - 1PM. This event will provide jobseekers with a list of open positions, direct application links, and contact information for immediate follow up with a hiring manager. Please follow this link to join:

https://www.facebook.com/events/300356830950628/

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, www.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.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - May 8, 2020

Businesses Preparing to Reopen – Employee Perspective

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. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has already created guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19. That document includes steps all employers can take to reduce workers’ risk of exposure, identifies levels of risk associated with different professions, work-related travel, and other resources available. It can be found here: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf.

Small businesses have many things to consider, but among them should be:

  • Communications to employees returning to work.
  • How employees will be screened prior to their shifts.
  • A schedule for cleaning/sanitizing in accordance with required protocols.
  • Based on capacity limitations, the number of personnel who can be present in one area at any one time.
  • A plan for treating common areas to restrict gatherings.
  • Where hand sanitizer and Kleenex will be made available to all employees.
  • Develop a plan to insure that deliveries of supplies/merchandise are to be safely handled.

Specific guidance from St. Louis County Department of Public Health and the County Executive’s Office is being created and should be available this week. Dr. Sam Page indicated this morning that the re-opening will be “slow, deliberate, and measured.”

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, www.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.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - May 12, 2020

How to Wear, Properly Sanitize and Remove Cloth Face Coverings

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.

Cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Cloth Masks should be washed and cleaned regularly, depending on frequency of use. A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering. It is important to maintain proper removal of masks, as individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing. Additional mask information can be found here.

Business Specific Guidance Available

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 at stlcorona.com. This includes, but is not limited to protocols pertaining to business such as construction companies, restaurants, personal services and transportation. Individual businesses can ask specific questions about how the guidance applies to their business by emailing business-covid@stlouisco.com.

Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411. The St. Louis County website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19 is www.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.

​​St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - May 14, 2020

Food Resources Available

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. Below is a list of resources and contact information for those in need. Please do not hesitate to reach out or contact for questions. The County’s partner agencies report that up to 75 percent of people seeking assistance from a food pantry are doing so for the first time.

Additional food resources can be found here , and a complete list of utility programs also showing community support, including electric, water, etc., can be found by clicking here

Language Clarification

 In an effort to provide more clarity for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the Restaurant Operating Protocol document, the language will now state the following:

Face coverings must always be worn by employees and it is suggested that guests wear them when entering and leaving the restaurant, removing them only while at their tables.

The previous language stated the following: 

Use protective equipment – a fabric face cover must always be worn by employees and guests.

The goal of this modification is to assist in more precise direction. 

 Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411. The St. Louis County website dedicated to the dissemination  of information relating to COVID-19 is www.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.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - May 15, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Health Hotline Hours

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. However, if DPH determines there is a need to revisit the expanded hours, that need will be met. 

The Missouri State hotline, operated by the Missouri Division of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), will continue to operate and be staffed 24/7. Any Additional COVID-19 questions or  and which can be reached at 877-435-8411.

Mass Mask Distribution to County Schools

The Department of Public Health has been ordering community disposable masks to help support our efforts and protect community members. The goal of this specific initiative will be to partner with schools districts who are still working to provide learning and food services to their students. In effort to support essential workers distributing food this will provide additional safety to the staff and volunteers engaged in this effort. St. Louis County Department of Public Health’s relationship with school districts is highly valued and centered on collaboration. The distribution of this PPE to these organizations across St. Louis County allows further engagement with community members and to meet the imperative needs of supporting and keeping our citizens safe. 

Contact Information

 The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411. The St. Louis County website dedicated to the dissemination  of information relating to COVID-19 is www.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. 

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

Re-Opening Operating Protocols

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

Sanitizing Shared Spaces

Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important part of reopening public spaces that requires careful planning. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has compiled a list of disinfectant products that can be used against COVID-19, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and wipes. Each product has been shown to be effective against viruses that are harder to kill than viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. Click here for a full list of approved products. 

Updated Childcare Reopening Guidance

The Childcare Reopening Guidance document has been updated and can be found here, listed as number 11. Childcare programs that remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic should address these additional considerations:

  • Screen Children Upon Arrival 
  • Implement social distancing strategies  
  • Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts 
  • Modify drop off and pick up procedures  
  • Maintain an adequate ratio of staff to children to ensure safety. 
  • Plan and recruit those with childcare experience to ensure you have a roster of substitute caregivers who can fill in if your staff members are sick or stay home to care for sick family members. 
  • Wear proper personal protective equipment including cloth or surgical face masks. 

Social Distancing; Continue to Stop the Spread

As St. Louis County continues to navigate through the reopening process, it is critical to remember the importance of social distancing. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 ft.) for a prolonged period of time (more than 15 minutes). Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land on other people, nearby surfaces, or your own hands which then further transmit the virus to other locations. This is also why wearing masks continues to be a critical protective measure. Social distancing helps limit opportunities to come in contact with infected people outside the home. However staying at home is still the most protective measure that can be taken.  Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community.

County Parks and Protective Measures

All St. Louis County parks and trails are open, however please practice social distancing and follow signage recommendations. Most loop trails have been converted to “one-way” trails, as all other trails remain two directional. Park restrooms, indoor facilities, sports courts, shelters, exercise stations, playgrounds, skate parks and the Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex are closed.

Park Rangers are continuing their duties as normal.

Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411. The St. Louis County website dedicated to the dissemination  of information relating to COVID-19 is www.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. 

Ameren Missouri’s COVID19 Update - May 19, 2020

In an effort to keep you updated on Ameren Missouri's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other important news from our company and industry, we are continuing to provide you these updates every other week (or as major news occurs) for the near-term as our nation continues to work through this health crisis.

2020 Ameren Sustainability Report

While much has changed in the world over the last several months, some things remain the same at Ameren. One of those is our unwavering commitment to our customers, the communities we serve and the environment.

We have just published our interactive 2020 Ameren Sustainability Report, which highlights the many ways we are delivering on these commitments, including:

  • Addressing significant immediate and long-term needs of our communities, which include wide-ranging support during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as ongoing energy assistance support, philanthropy and apprenticeships.
  • Supporting the local economy, including spending $1.5 billion with Missouri and Illinois suppliers.
  • Plans to significantly increase clean, renewable energy into our generation portfolio while reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Improving reliability by investing in rate-regulated energy infrastructure while at the same time, keeping electric rates more stable for customers.
  • Actions we have taken to enhance our robust risk management and governance with respect to environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters.

I encourage you to browse our Report Summary or the full 2020 Sustainability Report to learn more about Ameren’s initiatives.

Smart Energy Plan - Home run for Ameren Missouri team at Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village sits silent amidst an empty downtown St. Louis. But nearby, cheers fill the air from Ameren Missouri's Underground Division. One of Ameren's core values is commitment to excellence, said Darnell Sanders, head of Missouri's Underground team. It's about bringing your best every day and this team is doing just that. Since the first of the year, more than 55 Smart Energy Plan projects have been completed downtown. Last month, Phase 2 of the Downtown East/Ballpark Village project was put onto our project list.

After working in one of the highest profile areas in the city, we kept our perfect record intact. No complaints or upset customers, said Tyler Clarke, engineer, Underground Division, Ameren Missouri. Clarke credits a strong focus on communications as the key to their winning record. To keep pace with future demands, new conduit and duct banks were installed around Ballpark Village providing more energy pathways to ensure the lights stay on in the event of a problem.

Completing this project on time and within scope and budget was a major win for this team and we are showing no signs of slowing down due to COVID-19, explained Clarke. We've had outstanding and safe work from our entire lineup; Ameren Missouri's construction supervision, our crews and contractor services. They bring a commitment to excellence every day for our customers even during a national pandemic.

On deck for the remainder of 2020, more than 200 additional Smart Energy Plan projects to improve reliability for downtown customers. That's the most projects ever completed in downtown St. Louis in a single year by Ameren Missouri. Now that's a winner.

Ameren Missouri provides links to federal and state COVID-19 assistance resources

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting applications again after Congress recently approved a second round of funding for small businesses. These loans can be used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities. Funding availability varies. Check your local lending institution for details.
 
If you need additional help, let us work with you. Call us at 877.426.3736 to discuss your bill and specialized payment arrangements. We're here to help.
 
Ameren Missouri values your business and the important role you play in your community. Visit Ameren.com/BusinessHelp to find tips on ways to reduce your energy costs so you can remain focused on what matters most - your business, employees and loved ones. Call us at 877.426.3736 or visit Ameren.com/BusinessHelp today.  Learn More

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - May 20, 2020

Re-Opening Operating Protocols

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

Sanitizing Shared Spaces

Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important part of reopening public spaces that requires careful planning. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has compiled a list of disinfectant products that can be used against COVID-19, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and wipes. Each product has been shown to be effective against viruses that are harder to kill than viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. Click here for a full list of approved products. 

Updated Childcare Reopening Guidance

The Childcare Reopening Guidance document has been updated and can be found here, listed as number 11. Childcare programs that remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic should address these additional considerations:

  • Screen Children Upon Arrival 
  • Implement social distancing strategies  
  • Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts 
  • Modify drop off and pick up procedures  
  • Maintain an adequate ratio of staff to children to ensure safety. 
  • Plan and recruit those with childcare experience to ensure you have a roster of substitute caregivers who can fill in if your staff members are sick or stay home to care for sick family members. 
  • Wear proper personal protective equipment including cloth or surgical face masks. 

Social Distancing; Continue to Stop the Spread

As St. Louis County continues to navigate through the reopening process, it is critical to remember the importance of social distancing. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 ft.) for a prolonged period of time (more than 15 minutes). Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land on other people, nearby surfaces, or your own hands which then further transmit the virus to other locations. This is also why wearing masks continues to be a critical protective measure. Social distancing helps limit opportunities to come in contact with infected people outside the home. However staying at home is still the most protective measure that can be taken.  Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community.

Elderly: Some of the Most Vulnerable for Different Reasons

High Risk – Those 60 years of age and older are in the “high risk” category for COVID-19. It is recommended that they:

  • Cancel any and all non-essential travel.
  • Have plenty of nonperishable foods and household goods on hand.
  • Identify a friend or family member who can run errands. (Call 211 for assistance from the United Way.)
  • Make a back-up plan for caretakers in the event they get sick.
  • Be aware of their emotional health.
  • Stay in touch with loved ones by phone and email.
  • Visit cdc.gov for more safety tips.

Criminal Activity – Schemes on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, have the potential to rise as this pandemic continues. Fake promises of protective medical equipment, stories of grandchildren needing immediate money for healthcare, and false charities claiming to help the coronavirus response are all examples of these frauds.

Other known COVID-19 scams could include:

  • Investment scams, “get rich” or “recover your money” quick schemes.
  • Romance scams, particularly with the increased use of on-line dating services.
  • Phishing emails, texts or phone calls, claiming to be from government or helping agencies.
  • Inflated or false funeral pricing or scams relating to debts of deceased individuals.
  • Fraudulent COVID related services.

Residents are encouraged to never allow someone to pressure them in to making an immediate decision about money. Take the time necessary to research the company or cause to make certain they are a reputable organization and talk to a trusted friend or family member before making these financial decisions.

If you know of a COVID-19 scam or price gouging, please alert the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-392-8222. If you are aware of an older or disabled adult who may be subject to bullying, abuse, neglect or exploitation, call the Missouri Adult Abuse Hotline at 1-800-392-0210.

County Parks and Protective Measures

All St. Louis County parks and trails are open, however please practice social distancing and follow signage recommendations. Most loop trails have been converted to “one-way” trails, as all other trails remain two directional. Park restrooms, indoor facilities, sports courts, shelters, exercise stations, playgrounds, skate parks and the Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex are closed.

Park Rangers are continuing their duties as normal.

Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411. The St. Louis County website dedicated to the dissemination  of information relating to COVID-19 is www.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. 

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - May 21, 2020

Enjoy Summer Safely

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.

Look for activities that allow for natural physical distancing.

    • St. Louis County has many outdoor spaces that you and your family can enjoy while practicing social distancing.
    • Look for outdoor recreation spots that are less crowded so you can easily stay more than 6 feet away from other people.
    • Choose sports like baseball and tennis that don’t require close physical contact between players. Don’t forget to wash your hands after.
    • Plan for physical distancing but be prepared to be around others safely.
    • Before you go out, pack a summer safety kit with hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, tissues and a clean face mask.
    • Don’t forget to pack your usual summer safety items like bug spray, sunscreen and plenty of water.

Utilities, Rent and Food Assistance

As the St. Louis County continues to reopen, there is still a great need in the community for assistance in many areas including utilities, rent and food. The CARES Act, signed into law Mar. 27, 2020, provides 120 days of eviction relief for tenants in federally-backed housing. A list of agencies that can help you, including additional relief resources and be found here

Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411. The St. Louis County website dedicated to the dissemination  of information relating to COVID-19 is 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. 

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - June 1, 2020

St.Louis County Reopening Timeline​

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. All reopening guideline, when available, can be found here. 

John C. Murphy Health Center

Beginning today, our medical records office will be open for walk-in services at 6121 North Hanley Road in Berkeley. Our  clinic will also re-start walk-in services and travel vaccinations (triage and immunizations). We will continue to provide only emergency dental services at this time. Additional clinic information can be found here

Full clinical services at John C. Murphy will resume June 15. All transitioned services and providers will return to their normal schedule with the exception of gynecological appointments, which will begin July 1. 

Below are additional protective measures that are in effect immediately:

  • Changes to our office spaces. Furniture has been rearranged, including reduced available seating in waiting areas.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be worn by providers and staff for their safety and yours and it is asked that any patient does the same. 
  • The practice of social distancing is to continue when in public areas. Please be aware of personal space and distance from other patients, as well as our providers and staff.
  • Entry Screenings will be in place for all providers, staff and patients entering the building or clinical areas.
  • Additional cleaning and disinfecting of waiting rooms and exam rooms between patients will occur. 
  • When possible, Telehealth visits are highly encouraged for those that feel it is a safe option or for those who are of high risk. 
  • In addition to help limit exposure, we are limiting the number of people in the office. Please come by yourself, or with one caregiver if assistance is needed. 

Protest Participation and Symptoms

If you participated in a protest this weekend, and develop any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed below, please call the St. Louis County Department of Public Health at 314-615-0574 for COVID-19 testing.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline: (877) 435-8411. St. Louis County COVID-19 website stlcorona.com

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - June 9, 2020

Entertainment Venues - Movie Theaters, Arcades and Bowling Alleys Guidelines

New guidelines for entertainment venues take effect June 15. Adherence to these guidelines protect customers as well as employers and employees. The requirements that together prevent the spread of infections by respiratory transmission (including COVID-19) include:

  • Social Distancing – maintaining at least 6 feet between and among employees and customers.
  • Monitoring of Employee Health – ensuring that your employees are in good health and displaying no symptoms while at work.
  • Using personal protective equipment (PPE) – a face cover must be worn by employees and customers.
  • Disinfecting and cleaning – wash and sanitize hand regularly and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces with an EPA-approved disinfectant

These guidelines can be found online here.

 Job Center at Northwest Crossings

After several months of being closed to the public, we are excited to announce that the Job Center at Northwest Crossings will officially re-open this Monday, June 8th.  We are excited to welcome you back and connect you with career services: job search support, resume development and coaching, support in filing for unemployment, and enrollment in training programs to help you develop skills you need to thrive in today's economy. We are eager to welcome you and support you in your career journey.

Please note that we are re-opening with the health and safety guidelines provided by St. Louis County Department of Public Health will be followed to protect you and Job Center staff. Please schedule an appointment in advance by calling 314-615-6010.  

Hours of Operation: 8am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday

Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline: (877) 435-8411. St. Louis County COVID-19 website stlcorona.com.  

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - June 12, 2020

Additional Reopening Dates

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

Gatherings of any kind are still considered a significant risk. As we move forward, social distancing and masks are critical steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

On Monday, June 29, St. Louis County will increase capacity restrictions up to 50%. Capacity increase will apply to all businesses regardless of industry on June 29. This includes funerals, weddings, and anniversary parties, as well as gatherings that have been limited to fewer than 10 people. That restriction will also be lifted and set to the maximum size dedicated by the 50% capacity set by fire code and DPH guidelines. 

Outside events will not have a crowd restriction, but anyone in attendance should still practice social distancing and wear masks. All orders and guides will be updated throughout the week and posted here. Some parks are setting individual restrictions for pavilion capacity. Please make sure to check with the venue prior.

COVID-19 Testing Expansion

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is experiencing an extremely high call volume following the announcement of the expansion of testing. DPH is asking for patience as additional resources are being put in place to accommodate the current call volume. Should you be prompted to leave a voicemail, please do so, as your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline: (877) 435-8411. St. Louis County COVID-19 website stlcorona.com.  

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - July 27, 2020

Additional COVID-19 Implementations 

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

  • Only gatherings of up to 50 people will be permitted.  Amy group that had its plan for an event pre-approved should expect to be contacted by the Department of Public Health to discuss their specific circumstances. 
  • Occupancy rules for all businesses will revert to where they were in June at 25% occupancy. 
  • The Department of Public Health is ordering that all bars close at 10 P.M. every night. The late night and early morning hours are times when social distancing, mask wearing, and avoiding crowds are simply not being followed. 
  • The Department of Public Health will be finding new ways to make sure all businesses are following the rules — for the safety of their workers, workers’ families, and their customers. ​
  • It is also recommended that all people who are awaiting their COVID test results quarantine until they receive the results.  Right now, not all asymptomatic patients have been quarantining, but we now strongly recommend that they do so.  It is recommended that employers work with employees to make quarantining possible.  
  • Action will also be taken this week to ensure that all health providers are getting their results reported in a timely manner. Due to delays, the Department of Public Health issued a Rapid Notification Order.  But not all testing providers are complying, especially urgent care providers. 
  • The Director of Human Services has been asked to help provide a safe places for teachers who need to quarantine.  Teachers, virtual or in-classroom, are always important, but in a few weeks, teachers will be the new front-line workers. 

​Additional details regarding these implementations will be available soon.

#MaskUpMondayStL

Masking up in public is critical! In additional to stressing the importance of masking up and maintaining proper social distancing, the Department of Public Health is asking everyone to show us how you are staying safe by sharing your photos on social media using the the #MaskUpMondaySTL. 

Please keep in mind this is not for just Mondays, but everyday and want to see how the community is stopping the spread. Have you gotten creative with the kids? Is your mask unique? Is there someone in your life that you are protecting? Share it with us! We would love to share ideas, positive actions and how we all care about each-other. 

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update - July 29, 2020

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update

Paused Re-Opening Order

As noted by Dr. Page on Monday, there are pauses in the reopening order that has previously been in-effect. 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. The following guidance is listed in the order:

  • The Order rescinds the Second Amended Re-Opening Order, but maintains all the Guidelines that were promulgated under that Order.
  • All Businesses that are subject to capacity limitations are reduced from 50%-25% capacity. This is based on the authorized fire or building code occupancy and includes employees, staff and customers. For example, if a banquet facility's occupancy limit is 100 people, and 25% of that means under this order only 25 people can be present, then they cannot try to claim the gathering limitation allows them to increase the number to 50 people.
  • Businesses subject to capacity limitations include grocery stores and retail stores, personal services (hair, nail, etc), churches, funeral services, banquet and conference facilities. A good way describe when capacity limitations apply is when a business offers a service or goods for sale that requires interaction with the public.  
  • Gathering Limitations are included in this Order.  No gatherings of over 50 people are allowed. The gathering limitation does NOT apply to:
  1. Businesses that are subject to capacity limitations of 25%
  2. Professional Businesses - think offices, legal, accounting, etc.
  3. public transit, including airports
  4. hospitals
  5. schools (they have their own plans)
  6. shelters
  7. daycare and camps
  8. polling places

If a business is subject to capacity limitations or the business is already subject to other guidelines (like public transit, daycare, etc.) then it is not subject to gathering limitations.

  • Certain Businesses and planned activities, due to the uniqueness of the businesses, must submit a proposed plan to DPH for approval.  If a proposed plan is submitted and approved, the business or activity can proceed.  DPH will require the business or activity to comply with capacity restrictions, social distancing requirements and other restrictions to keep people safe. Even if approved, DPH has the authority to withdraw approval or change the plans. These businesses and activities subject to this planning process are:​
  1. entertainment and attraction venues (6 flags, the Butterfly House, the Magic House, etc)
  2. Concert venues
  3. Mass Sporting events
  4. museums
  5. Casinos
  6.  playgrounds

Contact Information

​The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline: (877) 435-8411. St. Louis County COVID-19 website stlcorona.com.  

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update - August 14, 2020

Water Quality Assurance

As announced by Dr. Page this morning, the Department of Public Health is recommending that building owners and managers take steps to minimize water stagnation during closure. The concern stems from the quality of water that can be compromised when sitting in building plumbing systems for extended periods of time. This can result in possible sediment build-up in pipes, leading to possible mechanical issues and bacterial growth. That bacterial growth can also occur in water treatment equipment such as softeners and filters, plumbing fixtures and hot water heaters that have not been in use regularly.

Legionella, a pathogenic bacteria that can cause serious and life-threatening diseases, thrives in stagnant water. To protect the health of employees, water should be flushed through a facility’s plumbing system to remove any stagnant water.

Please contact your local water utility, Missouri American Water, about water quality issues and to coordinate maintenance activities. A complete set of guidelines from DPH will be posted on on stlcorona.com on Monday.

 

 

Pop-Up Testing Locations

The following COVID-19 pop-up testing locations are scheduled for the month of August. Testing is by appointment only and can be made online here. All pop-up testing locations are between the hours of 8:00 am and noon. 

 

Mehlville High School

3200 Lemay Ferry Rd.

 Saint Louis, MO 63125

Saturday and Sunday, August 15th and 16th

 

North Kirkwood Middle School

11287 Manchester Rd.

Kirkwood, MO 63122

Saturday and Sunday, August 22nd and 23rd  

 

Gotsch Middle School

8348 South Laclede Station Rd.

 St. Louis, MO, 63123

Saturday and Sunday, August 29th  and 30th​


Resources
Health Organizations

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html       (CDC COVID-19 link)

https://www.stlouisco.com/Your-Government/County-Executive/COVID-19 (STL County COVID-19 Link)

https://health.mo.gov/   (MO Department of Health and Senior Services Link)

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen (World health organization Link)

To stay update to date on the local responses to COVID-19, please visit www.stlcorona.com.