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.

 

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update - October 1, 2020

 

St. Louis County Department of Public Health: Halloween Safety Advice

Wondering how you can celebrate Halloween safely during a COVID-19 pandemic? 

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. GREEN events are considered safe, YELLOW means use caution, and RED means high risk.

  • GREEN  (low-risk activities): Home decorating; pumpkin-carving at home; putting on a candy scavenger hunt on your property for family members; watching Halloween movies or playing online games virtually with friends; putting on virtual costume parties (award a prize for best costume!); hosting virtual family get-togethers; leaving individual portions of wrapped candy outside.​
  • YELLOW (activities with risk): Small group gatherings outdoors, with participants socially distanced and wearing masks; outdoor mazes, with socially distanced and masked participants (avoid screaming, as it can easily spread the coronavirus);  drive-through trunk-or-treat events; leaving individual portions of candy on a porch or table outside for passers-by.
  • RED (high-risk activities): any indoor gathering; large outdoor gatherings; traditional, door-to-door trick-or-treating; celebrating in restaurants or bars that don’t provide for sufficient social distancing; public haunted houses.

It’s important to note that any large, public event, including block parties, haunted houses and other holiday gatherings, MUST submit a safety plan to DPH and have it approved before opening. Email now to: business-covid@stlouisco.com 

For more ideas on how to celebrate safely, visit stlcorona.com. Finally, remember that whatever options you choose this Halloween: Stay at least six feet away from others; wear a cloth or surgical face mask when in public (a costume mask is not enough); wash your hands frequently; avoid screaming around others; and HAVE FUN.

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. 

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update - October 5, 2020

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. 

Due to consistent hard work and community effort, conditions in St. Louis County have stabilized enough for the county to ease some restrictions on youth sports and businesses.

St. Louis County Youth Sports

The Department of Public Health has been working diligently with area athletic directors and other stakeholders in youth sports to build plans that allow high-contact sports over the age of 14 and reduce the risks of transmission in these higher risk activities. 

Current recommendations now allow each high contact sport that wants to return to high-contact sports to submit a safety plan to the Department of Public Health for review. These plans MUST include the same screening, quarantine and isolation requirements required for all youth sports activities and must specify how spectators will be managed, including a pledge that of cooperation with contract tracing efforts. Failure to comply with an approved plan would result in suspension of activity.   DPH will begin accepting plans for games in high-contact high school and youth sports immediately. The plans can be submitted at Business-COVID@stlouisco.com.

St. Louis County School Update

In an effort to continue to support County schools in protecting students and staff, St. Louis County Department of Public Health has allocated $3 million to match funding from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for reimbursement for PPE expenses made between March 13 and Oct. 30. Schools will have a funding cap based on the number of students in their districts; each cap was calculated at a rate of $20.96 per student and faculty in their district.  The application can be found on stlcorona.com under Assistance and Resources.

St. Louis County Businesses

In addition to the changes to youth sports and schools, the maximum occupancy of all businesses in the county and been lifted from 25 percent to 50 percent of capacity as defined by the fire code. We will also allow self-service drink and food stations in restaurants and convenience stores, with control on limits and proper precautions. It is critical that both employers and employee remain vigilant in practicing personal protective measures to ensure the safety of  the community. This includes wearing face masks, practicing social distancing and washing hands. This change will go into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.  All guidelines and recommendations by industry are still in effect and should be followed in order to continue to operate as safely as possible.

Details regarding all of these updated guidelines can found online here.

 

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update - October 15, 2020

Halloween Safety 

This Halloween you can enjoy activities while taking steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. As previously mentioned, DPH has produced a range-of-risk chart that shows the risk levels associated with certain activities. If you’re planning to participate in activities like decorating and carving pumpkins; visiting an orchard, forest or corn maze; attending an outdoor scavenger hunt; or hosting an outdoor costume party, remember to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others who do not live with you, and wash your hands frequently. 

Please see additional Green or Low Risk ideas: 

  • Hide Halloween treats in and around your house. Hold a Halloween treat hunt with household members and have prizes.
  • Hold an outdoor costume parade or contest so everyone can show off their costumes.
  • Host an outdoor Halloween movie night with friends or neighbors or an indoor movie night with your household members.
  • Host/participate in a virtual Halloween Costume contest with neighbors or family.

Wear a Mask

Masks are a critical preventive measure and are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks or yells. This is called source control. Wearing your mask also offers some protection for you. Additional information from the CDC can be found here. 

This Halloween, consider the following:

  • Make your cloth mask part of your costume
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a mask
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask if it makes breathing difficult
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing

Close Contact and Gatherings

The more closely you interact with others and the longer the interaction is, the risk of transmitting COVID-19 increases. Attending gatherings or events of any size is not recommended. Before interacting with others ask yourself these questions:  

Interacting with more people increases your risk. How many people will you interact with?         

  • Being in a group with people who aren’t social distancing or wearing masks increases your risk.
  • Engaging with new people (i.e. those who don’t live with you) also increases your risk.
  • Others may have the virus and do not show any symptoms. Asymptomatic carriers can still transmit the virus. 

Can you keep 6 feet of space between you and others? Will you be outdoors or indoors?

  • The closer you are to other people who may be infected, the greater your risk of getting sick.
  • Keeping distance from other people is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.
  • Indoor spaces pose more risk than outdoor spaces. Indoors is harder to keep distance from others and there is typically less ventilation.

How long will you be interacting with other people?

  • Spending more time with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected.
  • Spending more time with people increases their risk of becoming infected if there is any chance that you may already be infected.

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update - October 26, 2020

Seasonal Travel

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.

Before you travel, here are a few things to consider:

  •             How much COVID-19 is spreading where you are going and how much it is spreading in your local community
  •             Whether you or someone you are traveling with could get very sick (considered high-risk) from COVID-19
  •             How easy or difficult it will be to keep 6 feet between people whether in route or at your final destination
  •             What your return to work or school may look like if you get sick or exposed with a risk of isolation

If you choose to travel, take the following steps:

  •             Clean your hands often with soap and water, hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes.
  •             Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  •             Keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
  •             Wear a mask. (Carry additional masks)
  •             Cover coughs and sneezes.
  •             Bring enough of your medications to last the entire trip.
  •             Consider packing food or picking up food from the store, drive-throughs, or curbside pickup.​

For additional information on traveling see CDC: Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Flu vaccine

The flu vaccine will not protect you from COVID-19. However, like COVID-19, the flu is a respiratory illness. It is possible to get flu and COVID-19 at the same time. That’s why it's important to take steps to prevent both diseases. With both the flu and COVID-19 circulating this fall and winter, we want to do everything we can to keep our community healthy so we do not overwhelm our health care system. Appointments are required for both COVID-19 testing and flu vaccines. Click here to make a reservation. Please note the latest pop-up testing location:

CHINESE SERVICE CENTER OF ST. LOUIS

November 1, 2020   

 8 am- 4pm

6710 Clayton Rd. 63117

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update - November 4, 2020

 

Winter Holiday Safety

 

As many people begin to plan for winter holiday celebrations, please keep personal protective measures in place and avoid gatherings. 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. If you or people you love are considering travel this holiday season, here are a few questions to consider:

 

    • How quickly is COVID-19 spreading where you are going? How quickly is it spreading in your own community if you are hosting others? 
    • Is anyone in your circle considered at high risk of complications from COVID-19 due to age, underlying medical condition or other factors? 
    • How difficult will it be to keep at least 6 feet of distance between people during your travels and at your destination? 
    • Are you prepared to spend two weeks in quarantine after you return if you have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19, as required by St. Louis County health orders? 

 

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses low risk for spread. In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk. There are several factors that contribute to the risk of getting infected or infecting others with the virus that causes COVID-19 at a holiday celebration. A complete list of guidance and recommendations can be found online here. 

 

Pop-Up Flu Vaccines and COVID-19 Testing

 

The flu vaccine will not protect you from COVID-19. However, like COVID-19, the flu is a respiratory illness. It is possible to get flu and COVID-19 at the same time. That’s why it's important to take steps to prevent both diseases. With both the flu and COVID-19 circulating this fall and winter, we want to do everything we can to keep our community healthy so we do not overwhelm our health care system. Appointments are required for both COVID-19 testing and flu vaccines. Click here to make a reservation. Please note the latest pop-up testing location this weekend, in addition to the two clinics listed below:

 

Saturday Nov. 7th and Sunday Nov. 8th

8 am-Noon

Barack Obama Elementary School

3883 Jennings Station Rd.

Pine Lawn, MO 63121

 

John C Murphy Health Clinic 

6121 N Hanley Rd., Berkeley, MO 63134

 

South County Health Center

​  4580 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63127

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update - November 30, 2020

Food Establishment and Bar Operating Guidelines

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.  While the guidelines have focused on the highest risk activities to prevent indoor, unmasked transmission of COVID-19,  these allowable activities are available and should be patronized to keep you, your family, and all of our restaurant workers safe this holiday season.  

Please see additional information about the current operating guidelines below:

Businesses offering indoor concessions, such as movie theaters, where the food or drink would be consumed indoors, must cease concession service. Bar service and drinking establishments must act accordingly:

  • All drinking establishments must only provide carry-out and delivery. No consumption is allowed on the premises.
  • Bars that are separate areas in restaurants and hotels or other facilities (such as roof top bars, lounge bars, and other defined areas where primarily alcoholic beverages are served) must also only provide carry-out and delivery.

The goal of these guidelines is to reduce the risk of spreading the virus among staff and guests in these facilities. The core set of principles to prevent the spread of infections by respiratory transmission (including COVID-19) include:

  • Practice social distancing – maintain 6 feet between and among employees and guests at all times.
  • Monitor employee health – check the status of your employee’s health and screen employees for COVID-19.
  • Use protective equipment – a fabric face cover must always be worn by employees and guests, except when eating.
  • Clean/sanitize/disinfect – wash and sanitize hands, and wipe down frequently touched surfaces with EPA-approved disinfectant.

To view the guidelines in its entirety, please click here

Post Thanksgiving Safely

If you spent time over the Thanksgiving holiday with anyone outside of your household, especially guests from out of state, please make an appointment to get tested for COVID-19. Appointments can be made online here.

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update - December 30, 2020

Indoor Dining Protocols

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

St. Louis County is grateful for the hard work of restaurant owners and workers who have followed the existing protocols to keep their customers and employees safe. Because new COVID cases continue to fall in St. Louis County, new protocols will permit indoor dining starting January 4,  as County Executive Dr. Page announced this morning.

The health department, working with an informal group of restaurant owners, has instituted the following protocols, which take effect Monday:  

  • Occupancy at restaurants will be limited to 25% of their fire code capacity or the total number of diners sitting at tables spaced at six feet apart, whichever is lower.  This includes banquet facilities, also limited in their occupancy to 25% or 50 people max. 
  • The new mask protocols will be in place to protect restaurant workers better. 
  • Restaurants and bars will be required to close by 10 PM. 
  • Some bars will need to install physical barriers such as plastic dividers or plexi-glass.  
  • Restaurants and bars will record the names and contact information for patrons to assist with contact tracing and case investigation if that proves necessary.  

The new guidelines for restaurants and bars can be found online here.

It’s important to note that these policy changes are due to the number of cases going in the right direction and everyone needs to understand that indoor dining — even with these protocols — continues to pose substantial risks to both patrons and employees.  

Restaurant Group Safety Messages

The Department of Public Health would also like to share the New Year holiday safety messages below. We are grateful for the collaboration of our Restaurant Working Group in creating these videos, which encourage everyone to celebrates safely this New Year’s weekend. Please feel free to disseminate and spread the word. Should you need any assistance, please reach out to Sara Dayley at sdayley@stlouisco.com.

Cobalt Smoke & Sea

Herbie’s 

Olive + Oak

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update - January 13, 2021

St. Louis County Residence Survey Assistance 

Your experience is needed! 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 information you provide for this survey will be confidential and will inform future programs and services to meet our communities' needs. 

As a thank you, you may choose to enter a drawing for the chance to receive one of three $50 Visa gift cards. The drawing will occur on 01/31/21 after 5 PM. Your drawing entry will not be linked to your survey answers and details on how to enter this drawing at the end of the survey. 

The survey flyer with a direct link to the survey can be found below. Multiple languages of the flyer and survey are provided.

This is a great opportunity to share our experiences to inform future programs and services. We hope you take a moment to participate- it should take about 10 minutes to complete. 

 

English STL County COVID-19 Impact Survey

 

Spanish STL County COVID-19 Impact Survey

 

Bosnian STL County COVID-19 Impact Survey

 

Swahili STL County COVID-19 Impact Survey

 

Mandarin STL County COVID-19 Impact Survey

 

Cantonese STL County COVID-19 Impact Survey

 

Somali STL County COVID-19 Impact Survey


Vietnamese STL County COVID-19 Impact Survey

 

Improving Ventilation in Your Home​

Staying safer at home means spending more time with members of your household, and that is the best way to keep COVID-19 out of your home. However, if a visitor needs to be in your home, improving ventilation (air flow) can help prevent virus particles from accumulating in the air. Good ventilation, along with other preventive actions, can help prevent you from getting and spreading COVID-19. There are ways you can improve ventilation in your home. Use as many ways as you can to help clear out virus particles in your home faster.

  • Bring as much fresh air into your home as possible. 
  • Filter the air in your home. 
  • Turn on the exhaust fan in your bathroom and kitchen. 
  • Use fans to improve airflow. 
  • Limit the number of visitors inside your home.

Vaccine Pre-Registration

Residents who wish to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine can do so by emailing us at dphcovidvaccine@stlouisco.com or using the link at https://stlcorona.com/covid19-vaccines/. Please note that only those in the state’s 1A tier as described here,  can be scheduled for a vaccine at this time. Individuals in other tiers who register with DPH will be notified when vaccination is available for people in their tier.

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update - January 20, 2021

Vaccine Distribution

Today, 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. Vaccinations are by appointment only and are being administered at John C. Murphy Health Center in Berkeley.

Residents who wish to sign up to be vaccinated should visit stlcorona.com and follow the link for registration, or ca email dphcovidvaccine@stlouisco.com to receive the same link.

Once you register with us, you will receive a confirmation message on your screen that states looks similar to the photo attached. That confirms that your information was received and you will be contacted you as soon as you qualify and it your time to make an appointment. Please be patient with this process. More than 200,000 people have registered on our site so far, and it will take a significant amount of time to get through the list.

It is important to note that the state determines the supply of vaccine as well as who is eligible to receive it. We are following state guidance in scheduling those who are in the state-defined Phase 1A and 1B. But so far we have far too few doses to meet the demand. As supply improves, we will announce several locations where people can be vaccinated, including a major location in north county. We are also working on partnerships that will insure that vaccinations will be available in a multitude of locations across the county.

In the meantime, it is recommend that you register with now if you haven’t done so.  Everyone needs to complete a form honestly and those who provide false information may be barred from receiving a vaccine at the time of appointment. If you wish, you may also register for vaccinations offered by area hospitals.

However – and this is important – please DO NOT make multiple appointments to receive the vaccine! Doing that means that you are tying up a dose of vaccine that should go to someone else. Remember: Registering yourself with us and other entities is OK. Making more than one appointment to be vaccinated IS NOT.

It’s also critical for those who receive the first dose of the vaccine, go to the same vaccinator for the second. The way the system works, everyone vaccinated at DPH will be given a date and time to return for a second dose. DO NOT attempt to get a second dose from a different vaccinator. Once again, we ask the public for patience as you go through this process. Anyone who registers with us be notified as soon as that person qualifies to receive a vaccination – and as soon as we have enough supply to give it.

For much more information about the vaccine, visit www.stlcorona.com.

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update - January 25, 2021

Vaccine Pre-Registration

As of Friday, more than 318,000 people have pre-registered and that represents approximately one-third of St. Louis County’s population. To be clear, that number does include those who have pre-registered that may not be from St. Louis County, while many of our residents have registered elsewhere included the hospital systems that also are offering vaccines.

There is understanding that interest in vaccinations remains high not only here in St. Louis County, but across the country and the supply remains low. The pre-registration process has been put in place residents can easily be contacted when it is time to set up an appointment for their vaccine. Residents will not be contacted unless supply is in hand. 

There have been situations across the country where appointments have been made, however the provider did not receive the vaccine as expected and this will assist in avoiding that outcome.

The majority of pre-registrations are in the 1B Tier 2 category, which includes those 65 and older and adults 18-65 with high-risk medical conditions. This weekend, efforts included getting the vaccine into the arms first responders and other emergency service workers.

St. Louis County has received two shipments of vaccines from the state and over 2,400 vaccines have been administered.

For those who do not have access to a computer or email, DPH has partnered with the County Older Residents Program to assist older individuals who may need assistance. Those individuals are encouraged to call the Health Department at 314-615-2660.  A member of DPH will document the caller’s name, take a call back number and then pass that information along to the staff of the County Older Residents Program, who are responsible for calling individuals from that list and filling out their registration form over the phone. This will be the same process for when appointments will be made for those individuals. Staff from the older residents program will reach out to schedule their appointment over the phone.

DPH has also established relationships with advocacy organizations for residents who are disabled and homebound. Those relationships will assist in providing access to the vaccine for our residents who are unable to leave their homes. Efforts are also underway to establish opportunities within communities and will work with our elected leaders and community organizations to determine the best way to do that including those where transportation is a challenge. Details regarding the location of our first mass vaccination site, which will be in North County will be announced this week.

Additionally, The Health Advisory Network is working to identify other groups that would not have easy access to vaccine distribution such as cancer centers. And while the state of Missouri is working with CVS and Walgreens to handle vaccines for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, there are some facilities not connected to the state’s vaccination efforts that DPH is reaching out to.

DPH has also established a contract with an interpreter service, available for any assistance needed in providing information about pre-registering and vaccine appointments.

Again, to pre-register email dphcovidvaccine@stlouisco.com or call 314-615-2660.

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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.