PANDEMIC INFLUENZA CONTINGENCY PLAN

MH Pandemic Policy

In response to the threat of an influenza pandemic, the City of Maryland Heights has prepared this plan to meet the following objectives:

  1. Establish departmental service continuity plans in the event of pandemic influenza in order to insure delivery of basic city services.
  1. Mitigate the spread of pandemic influenza among employees.
  1. Assist employees and their families in managing personal and/or family illnesses during a pandemic influenza outbreak.

The KEY priority will be ensuring that essential city operations continue.  Each department must develop a list of service priorities and then develop plans for meeting those priorities.

Managing the pandemic—focusing on continuity of operations with considerable loss of staff, depleted resources, a struggling economy, and a nervous public—will be a considerable challenge.  Planning increases the likelihood that the city will be able to continue service operations during a global health crisis.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE MARCH 13, 2020

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 3-13-20

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Week Ended March 13, 2020

Due to the coronavirus the Senate has adjourned until after spring break.  At this point they plan to return on March 30.  The House will work this week to complete the budget and then pause for spring break, also returning on the 30th.

WATCH LIST:

SB 526 (Emery) Video Franchise Fee reduction.  This is a significant threat to municipal revenues – On Senate Informal Perfection Calendar and could be debated at any time.  Some senators have reported that they have not heard from their municipal officials about the impact of this bill.  Please contact them and urge a “No” vote.  Indicate how much revenue might be lost and how this will impact ALL municipal services, not just public safety. (Oppose)

HB 1933 (Wiemann) Establishes the “Missouri Local Government Expenditure Database”  – Passed House 2/17.  Senate Local Government Committee.

SB 529 (Cunningham) This act modifies several provisions relating to use taxes – SUPPORT – Senate Informal Perfection Calendar

SB 648(Koenig) Caps on Local Sales related to Wayfair – OPPOSE  SUPPORT  Senate Informal Perfection Calendar.  The local government rollback has been removed and the distribution for the countywide one cent and the Prop P sales taxes has been amended to distribute these taxes on a population basis to the municipalities and the County.  This would only apply if County voters approve the countywide use tax.

SJR 52 (Eigel) constitutional amendment provides that any proposal by the state or a county, municipality, or other political subdivision for a new tax or fee or an increase in an existing tax or fee that is submitted to the voters for approval shall not become effective unless it receives a qualified majority in favor and at least 50% of qualified voters cast a ballot in the election.  Local Government/Elections Committee. (Oppose)  Heard 3/4.

SJR 46 (Cierpiot) constitutional amendment provides that any proposal by the state or a county, municipality, or other political subdivision for a new tax or fee, an increase in an existing tax or fee, or a reauthorization of an existing tax or fee that is submitted to the voters for approval shall not become effective unless it receives a qualified majority in favor and at least 22% of qualified voters cast a ballot in the election.  Local Government/Elections Committee.   (Oppose)  Heard 3/4.

Court Bills

HB 1357 (Ellebracht) – Directs fines from certain municipal ordinances in cases heard before and associate circuit judge to be distributed annually to the schools of the county in the same manner that proceeds of all penalties, forfeitures, and fines collected for the breach of the penal laws of the state are distributed.

HB 1439 (Helms) – Currently, if a Missouri resident fails to dispose of charges or fails to appear in court, if required, for a moving traffic violation, the court is required to notify the Director of the Department of Revenue of the failure and order the director to suspend the defendant’s driving privileges if the charges are not disposed of and paid within 30 days. This bill makes it discretionary for the court to notify the department and order license suspension.

HB 1546 (Roberts) – repeals certain provisions that authorize arrest warrants for failure to respond, pay the fine assessed, or appear in court with respect to a traffic citation issued for an infraction under Chapter 304, RSMo, and instead authorizes a court to issue a notice of failure to respond, pay the fine assessed, or appear. No driver’s license or driver’s license renewal shall be issued if the applicant has delinquent fines and fees in connection with the traffic offense that have not been satisfied. The bill also lowers the penalty for certain traffic offenses as specified in the bill.  Judiciary Committee.  Heard 2/25.

HB 1626 (Gray) – specifies that if the court finds that a defendant is indigent or is without sufficient disposable income to pay restitution, court costs, fees, expenses, or fines in whole or in installments over a one-year period, upon motion of the defendant, the court must consider sentencing the defendant to perform community service under conditions as may be established by the court in lieu of paying restitution, court costs, fees, expenses, or fines for all traffic offenses deemed infractions or class D misdemeanors of any ordinance of any political subdivision of this state. If a person is not indigent, the court of jurisdiction may offer community service in lieu of a fine for such an offense. However, the defendant must be responsible for paying all court costs, fees, and expenses. Once a defendant is sentenced to perform community service in lieu of paying a fine under these provisions, he or she will be ineligible for a community service sentence for future traffic offenses within the same jurisdiction within the 12-month period following the date of the offense for which community service was ordered (Section 304.825, RSMo). This bill specifies that an individual must not be assessed any additional penalty and an arrest warrant must not be issued if the individual fails to appear in municipal court for any traffic or ordinance violation if the failure to appear occurs once in a 12- month period in the same jurisdiction following the date of the traffic or ordinance violation. If the individual fails to appear two or more times in a 12-month period for a traffic ordinance violation, the municipal court may assess additional penalties, but is prohibited from issuing an arrest warrant. The court may use a collection agency to collect any money owed by the individual (Section 479.012)

HB 2312 (Haffner) – Currently, if a Missouri resident is charged with a moving violation and fails to dispose of the charges as ordered without good cause, the court instructs the resident that it will instruct the Department of Revenue to suspend the defendant’s driver’s license until charges are properly disposed. Under this bill, the court will inform the defendant that it may instruct the Department of Revenue to suspend the defendant’s license.  If a Missouri resident is charged with a minor traffic violation and fails to dispose of the charges as ordered and fails to appear on two return dates without good cause, the court will, within 10 days of the failure to comply, inform the defendant that it may

instruct the Department of Revenue to suspend the defendant’s driver’s license until charges are properly disposed. A person whose license is suspended under these provisions will receive limited driving privileges unless the Director the Department of Revenue finds that the defendant is ineligible for such privileges.  Judiciary Committee.

SB 1015 (Emery) – specifies that if a person charged with a minor traffic violation does not resolve the charges prior to trial as provided by law, and fails to appear in court twice or without good cause fails to pay fines and court costs or adhere to an approved installment plan, the court shall notify the person by mail that the court will order the Director of the Department of Revenue to suspend their driver’s license if the charges are not resolved within 30 days. Thereafter, if the person does not timely resolve the charges, the court shall notify the Department of Revenue and the Department shall suspend the driver’s license immediately and notify the driver. The suspension shall remain in effect until the court requests the suspension be set aside, or until the person provides to the Department proof that the charge has been disposed of and that the fines and costs have been paid. A license suspension solely under these provisions shall not require the filing of financial responsibility with the Department as a condition of reinstatement of the license. Unless the person is determined by the Department to be ineligible, a suspension under this act shall be accompanied by the issuance of limited driving privileges as provided by law.  Transportation Committee.

Economic Development Bills

HB 1493 (Beck) – For TIF projects the bill changes the definitions of “economic activity taxes” to exclude local sales taxes dedicated to an education program or a fire protection district and “payment in lieu of taxes” to exclude revenue from any tax levied on real property whose revenue is dedicated to an education program or a fire protection district. The bill requires a redevelopment commission to approve a redevelopment plan before the redevelopment project can begin.

HB 1350 (Kidd) – authorizes a school board to remove its district’s operating levy from the definition of levies that are subject to tax increment allocation financing for redevelopment projects pursuant to Section 99.845, RSMo. The bill specifies that a district’s operating levy will be removed from the definition if a two-thirds majority of the school board votes in favor after permitting public comment on the matter at two consecutive school board meetings.

HB 1370 (Ellebracht) – Currently, “heritage value” applies to real property that has been owned within the same family for at least 50 years, and the value is calculated to be 50% of fair market value. This bill amends the definition of “heritage value” to apply to real property that has been owned within the same family for at least 10 years. Heritage value for property that has been owned within the same family for 10 years and one day shall be 10% of fair market value. For every 10 years and one day increment thereafter, such value shall increase by 10% for each such increment.

HB 1412 (Solon) – specifies that, in any condemnation proceeding, the condemning authority must reimburse the property owner for his or her actual reasonable attorney’s fees and costs incurred with respect to the condemnation proceeding.  Judiciary Committee.

HB 1493 (Beck) – authorizes the State Auditor to audit any redevelopment project created under the Real Property Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act within the state in the same manner as the auditor can audit any agency of the state. The bill changes the definitions of “economic activity taxes” to exclude local sales taxes dedicated to an education program or a fire protection district and “payment in lieu of taxes” to exclude revenue from any tax levied on real property whose revenue is dedicated to an education program or a fire protection district. The bill requires a redevelopment commission to approve a redevelopment plan before the redevelopment project can begin.

HB 1585 (Washington) – modifies the definition of a blighted area where tax increment financing (TIF) projects are possible to be areas where buildings are unsafe or unsanitary provided the area also qualifies as a distressed community, where the level of unemployment is one and one-half times greater than the state average unemployment rate, or where the average household income is less that 50% of the average household income of the surrounding metropolitan statistical area (Section 99.805, RSMo). The bill also provides that tax credits, reduced tax rates, and any other measurable contributions such as donations or discounts shall be considered funding sources for the purposes of assessing the property proposed in a TIF redevelopment plan. A study that the proposed property was not previously developed using private funds, and a study as to whether or not development would occur without public assistance are added to the requisite findings a municipality must make before a redevelopment plan is adopted (Section 99.810). The bill exempts certain redevelopment projects from the funding limits for TIF projects associated with a geospatial intelligence federal employer in St. Louis City. Redevelopment projects so exempted include those consisting solely of public infrastructure improvements on public land and that will pay off its bonds within seven years, and those projects where only a municipality’s economic activity taxes and payment in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), but not any charges levied by other taxing jurisdictions, are used to finance the project (Section 99.811). The bill additionally requires that 25% of all payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) associated with a TIF project shall be distributed by a municipality to all other taxing entities that would be entitled to tax revenue but for the TIF. Municipalities and developers are then required to annually report to the Department of Economic Development regarding the status of any TIF, and the department shall subsequently, and annually thereafter, create a report for the Governor and the General Assembly annually, by April 13th, on the TIF projects statewide (Sections 99.812 and 99.813). Redevelopment districts that provide emergency services shall be reimbursed through disbursements from a municipality’s special allocation fund, provided that no reimbursement shall be less 25% or more than 100% of the district’s TIF revenue. Reimbursements are further limited by only applying to districts in certain counties and municipalities (Section 99.814). Finally, the bill qualifies projects in blighted areas that are also in distressed communities for disbursements from the state Supplemental Tax Increment Fund. However, the bill prohibits TIF redevelopment projects unless all school districts in the redevelopment area have low fiscal capacity, all associated census blocks or census block groups have high unemployment, or all associated municipalities, census blocks, or census block groups are moderate income areas (Section 99.845).  Economic Development Committee.

HB 1612 (Coleman) – modifies several provisions relating to tax increment financing. This bill modifies the definitions of “blighted area” and “conservation area” and creates new definitions for “flood plain infrastructure projects”, “port infrastructure projects”, “retail area”, and “retail infrastructure projects” (Section 99.805, RSMo). This bill modifies local tax increment financing projects by providing that a study will be conducted by a party other than the proponent of the redevelopment plan, which details how the area meets the definition of an area eligible to receive tax increment financing. This bill also provides that retail areas, as defined in the bill, will not receive tax increment financing unless such financing is exclusively utilized to fund retail infrastructure projects, as defined in the bill, or unless such area is a blighted or conservation area (Section 99.810). This bill prohibits new projects from being authorized in any Greenfield area (Section 99.843). This bill also prohibits new projects from being authorized in an area designated as a flood plain by the Federal Emergency Management Agency unless such projects are located in a port district, provided such financing is utilized for port infrastructure projects, or in a levee or drainage district created prior to August 28, 2020. This bill also provides that new projects may be authorized in an area within a flood plain provided that such financing must be exclusively utilized to fund flood plain infrastructure projects, as defined in the bill, that result in such area no longer being within an area designated as a flood plain. This provision will not apply to tax increment financing projects or districts approved prior to June 30, 2021, and such projects may be modified, amended, or expanded by not more than 40% of such projects’ original projected cost. Projects in flood plains will not be authorized in St. Charles County (Section 99.847).

HB 1834 (Green) – requires tax increment financing commissions to give priority to low-income areas, as specified in the bill. These provisions apply for any redevelopment project that is approved by a municipality after June 30, 2022. Tax increment financing cannot be used for more than 5% of the total estimated redevelopment costs or 30% of the infrastructure costs, whichever is greater, of a project that is primarily retail unless the redevelopment is in a municipality, census block group, or group of block groups with a median household income less than 70% of that of the metropolitan area, a distressed community, a federal enterprise zone, or a federal empowerment zone. The bill requires that the municipality and developer must submit a report annually to the Department of Economic Development regarding the approved plan. The department must submit a report to the Governor and General Assembly by April 30 of each year. This bill specifies that any district providing emergency services under Chapter 190 or 321, RSMo, will be entitled to reimbursement from the special allocation fund for direct costs. However, such reimbursement will not be less than 25% nor more than 100% of the district’s tax increment.

SB 550 (Hegeman) – Current law provides that property that was partially or completely exempt from ad valorem property taxes under the tax increment financing, enterprise zone, and urban redevelopment corporations programs shall be included in the value of new construction and improvements for the purposes of assessed valuations once such property becomes partially or completely subject to taxation. This act expands such provision to cover all such properties under any ad valorem property tax abatement program.  Economic Development Committee.

SS SCS SB 570 (Koenig) – Senate Substitute modifies several provisions relating to tax increment financing.  This act modifies the definitions of “blighted area” and “conservation area” and creates new definitions for “port infrastructure projects”, “retail area”, and “retail infrastructure projects”. (Section 99.805)  This act modifies local tax increment financing projects by providing that a study shall be conducted by a party other than the proponent of the redevelopment plan, which details how the area meets the definition of an area eligible to receive tax increment financing.  This act also provides that retail areas, as defined in the act, shall not receive tax increment financing unless such financing is exclusively utilized to fund retail infrastructure projects, as defined in the act, or unless such area is a blighted or conservation area. (Section 99.810)  For tax increment financing projects approved or amended after December 31, 2020, the City of St. Louis may provide for the deposit of up to 10% of the tax increment financing revenues generated by the project into a Strategic Infrastructure for Economic Growth Fund to be established by the city. Moneys deposited in such fund may be expended by the city for the purpose of funding capital investments in public infrastructure that is located in a census tract that is defined as a low-income community or is eligible to be designated as a Qualified Opportunity Zone under federal law. (Section 99.821) This act prohibits new projects from being authorized in any Greenfield area. (Section 99.843)  This act allows a school district to vote to exclude the school district’s operating levy for school purposes from the definition of “levies upon taxable real property in such redevelopment project by taxing districts” for the purpose of funding tax increment financing districts. Before the school board may vote on such exclusion, the question shall be placed on the agenda at two consecutive meetings of the school board, and public comments on the matter shall be allowed at both meetings. The school board may then vote upon the matter. If at least a two-thirds majority of the school board votes in favor of removing the operating levy from the definition, the definition shall not include the district’s operating levy for school purposes. (Section 99.846)  This act also prohibits new projects from being authorized in an area designated as a flood plain by the Federal Emergency Management Agency unless such projects are located in 1) Jackson, Platte, or Clay counties; 2) the cities of Springfield or St. Joseph, 3) in a port district, provided such financing is utilized for port infrastructure projects; or 4) in a levee or drainage district created prior to August 28, 2020. This provision shall not apply to tax increment financing projects or districts approved prior to June 30, 2021, and such projects may be modified, amended, or expanded by not more than forty percent of such projects’ original projected cost. Projects in flood plains shall not be authorized in St. Charles County unless the redevelopment area actually abuts a river or major waterway, as described in the act. (Section 99.847)  Current law allows districts and counties imposing a property tax for the purposes of providing emergency services to be entitled to reimbursement from the special allocation fund of a portion of the district’s or county’s tax increment. For projects approved after August 28, 2020, this act modifies such provision to allow reimbursement to ambulance districts, fire protection districts, and governing bodies operating a 911 center providing dispatch services and which impose economic activity taxes for such purposes. (Section 99.848) Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 1/14.  Committee Substitute passed 1/21.  Perfected 1/28.  Passed Senate 1/30.

SB 646 (Koenig) – Current law authorizes community improvement districts (CIDs) and transportation development districts (TDDs) to impose a sales tax on purchases made within such districts if approved by a majority of voters living within the district. This act requires such sales taxes to be approved by a majority of the voters of the municipality in which the district is located. Additionally, current law authorizes TDDs to charge and collect tolls or fees for the use of a project if approved by a majority of voters within the district. This act requires such tolls or fees to be approved by a majority of voters within the municipality in which the TDD is located.  Ways & Means Committee.  Hearing 1/28.  Passed Committee 1/30.  Senate Perfection Calendar.

SB 840 (Arthur) – allows a school district to exclude real property from a proposed tax increment financing redevelopment area if the school district determines that such redevelopment area will have an adverse effect on such school district. The school district shall adopt a resolution making such determination and shall deliver the resolution to the municipality establishing the redevelopment area. Within thirty days of receiving the resolution, the municipality shall remove such property from the redevelopment area or terminate the redevelopment area.  Local Government Committee.

SB 871 (Nasheed) – modifies local tax increment financing projects by limiting such projects to redevelopment areas that are found to be blighted. This act also provides that a redevelopment area shall not be found to be blighted without a study conducted by a party other than the municipality and developer which details how the redevelopment area meets the definition of “blighted area”.  This act modifies the definition of “blighted area”. This act also modifies the definition of “redevelopment plan” and “redevelopment area” to provide that such definitions shall not include “conservation areas” or “economic development areas”. This act modifies local tax increment financing projects by providing that a study shall be conducted by a party other than the proponent of the redevelopment plan, which details how the area meets the definition of an area eligible to receive tax increment financing. This act prohibits new projects from being authorized in any greenfield area.  Economic Development Committee.

SB 1080 (Rizzo) – allows school districts to exclude such district’s operating levy from tax increment financing districts.

Election Bills

HB 1777 (Lovasco) – requires the Secretary of State (SOS) to investigate violations of election statutes relating to the use of public funds for political advertising purposes on printed materials. Any person may file a complaint against a state department or its director for violations. The SOS has 30 days to dismiss the complaint or start an investigation and notify the complainant of the decision. If the SOS, or any person whose complaint is denied, wishes to proceed then they may file a petition in the Circuit Court of Cole County against the agency or political subdivision. Procedures for filing are specified in the bill. If the court finds a violation, then civil penalties of 10 times the amount of an expenditure or $10,000, whichever is greater, may be imposed on a department or political subdivision. Directors and administrators may be personally liable for up to $1,000 in civil penalties. Injunctive relief and court costs shall also be imposed as specified in the bill.  Elections Committee.  Heard 3/4.

HB 2656 (Sommer) – changes municipal election date to 1st Tuesday after 3rd Monday in June.

SB 815 (Eigel) – Under current law, the period for filing a declaration of candidacy in certain political subdivisions and special districts is from 8:00 a.m. on the 16th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 11th Tuesday prior to the election. This act changes that period to 8:00 a.m. on the 17th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 14th Tuesday prior to the election.  Local Government/Election Committee.

Miscellaneous Bills

HB 1347 (Baker) – prohibits the contribution or expenditure of public funds, including public resources or specified property, by any officer, board member, director, administrator, employee, or agent of any political subdivision to advocate, support, or oppose any ballot measure or candidate for public office. Individuals are also restricted from specified advocacy before the General Assembly when acting in an official capacity or during work hours. The bill does not prohibit these individuals from making public appearances or from issuing press releases concerning any such ballot measure. The bill does allow the use of legislative liaisons by political subdivisions and special districts to communicate information to the General Assembly about their policies and procedures. If a contribution or expenditure of public funds to any person results in the use of any part of such funds to advocate, support, or oppose any ballot measure or candidate for public office, the contribution or expenditure is in violation of these provisions. Any resident of a political subdivision who wishes to challenge a contribution or expenditure of public funds may bring an action in any circuit court of the political subdivision in which any alleged violation occurred. The political subdivision and the officer, board member, director, administrator, employee, or agent who allegedly violated this section shall be named as party defendants. The petition shall set forth the contribution, expenditure, or contribution and expenditure at issue and the facts that gave rise to a violation and shall pray leave to produce such proof. The court shall consider the petition and evidence, hear arguments, and in its decision determine whether a violation of this section occurred. If the court decides the contribution or expenditure of public funds was a violation, then the court may award attorney fees and the political subdivision shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount 10 times the amount of the contribution or expenditure or $1,000 whichever is greater, or if the violation involved only use of public resources, then a civil fine not to exceed $1,000 for those offenses that are committed by specified administrators or board members. A first violation of these provisions by specified non-administrative level employees will not be subject to any fine, but a subsequent offense will be punished using the previous categories.  Elementary Education Committee.  Heard 1/28.  Passed Committee 2/4.  Referred Rules Committee.  Returned to Education Committee.

HB 1363 (Ellebracht) – amends the Missouri Sunshine Law in Chapter 610, RSMo. It amends the definition of “public record” to include the social media pages of a public governmental body, including the personal social media pages of members of the governmental body in specified circumstances. The bill expands the requirements for preservation of communications through electronic means, including social media accounts, and requires the public entity to produce such records in usable electronic format.

HB 1463 (Shaul) – preempts any political subdivision from imposing any restriction, tax, or prohibition upon the use of auxiliary containers including paper or plastic bags and other materials as defined in the bill. However, this bill does not apply to the use of auxiliary containers on county or city property, or any political subdivision’s ordinance or agreement regarding recycling or solid waste disposal.

HB 1602 (Mayhew) – provides that if a statute or ordinance authorizes a mayor of a city of the fourth class to appoint a member of a local board or commission, any requirement that the appointed person be a resident of the city will be deemed satisfied if the person owns real property or a business in the city, regardless of whether the position to which the appointment is made is considered an officer of the city.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 2/11.  Passed Committee 3/3. Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/12.

HB 1608 (Coleman) – creates a class B misdemeanor offense for the unauthorized contribution of public funds to support or oppose ballot measures or candidates or to hire legislative lobbyists or provide anything of value to a person required to register as a legislative lobbyist.

HB 1658 (Proudie) – specifies that any St. Louis County shall be included in the list of places in which limited liability companies that own or rent real property are required to designate by affidavit the name and street address of a natural person with management control of responsibility for the real property.  (Support) Urban Issues Committee.  Heard 2/5.  Passed Committee 2/12.

HB 1760(Spencer) – requires public officials from special districts or political subdivisions, where the district or political subdivision has 10,000 or more individuals, to be physically present when casting a vote. Electronic voting of any kind is not allowed in such cases.  Elections Committee.  Heard 1/29.

HB 1819 (Wood) – authorizes the Board of Adjustment to keep records of all testimony, objections thereto, and rulings thereon by any form of audiotape, videotape, or digital recording.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 1/28.  Passed Committee 2/11.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/18.  House Informal Perfection Calendar.

HB 1854 (Pfautsch) – changes laws regarding the consequences of a political subdivision for failure to file an annual financial statement with the State Auditor as required by law.  If the failure to submit the annual financial statement was a result of fraud or other illegal conduct by any employee, the failure shall not result in a fine.  The Director of the Department of Revenue shall have the authority to make a one-time downward adjustment to any fine he or she deems uncollectable.  If, after August 28, 2020 and before January 31, 2021, a political subdivision fails to file an annual statement, the Director of the Department of Revenue must notify the Attorney General, and the Attorney General will initiate the process to disincorporate the political subdivision as specified in the bill.  During the bill’s progression through the Committee process, substitute language was adopted that mandates the State Auditor to notify municipalities in which the political subdivision resides of a district’s delinquency in filing the financial statement. Additionally, the political subdivisions will have 90 days (compared to the original 30) to submit financial statements to the State Auditor.  After no debate, the House perfected the bill on a voice vote. It has to go through a Fiscal Oversight hearing next week before it can be third read and advanced to the Senate.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 1/28.  Committee Substitute Passed 2/4. Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/13.  Perfected 3/4.  Passed House 3/9.

HB 1933 (Wiemann) – establishes the “Missouri Local Government Expenditure Database”, to be maintained by the Office of Administration. For each fiscal year beginning on or after December 31, 2022, the database must include extensive information about a given municipality’s or county’s expenditures and the vendors to whom payments were made. The data base must be accessible by the public without charge and have multiple ways to search and filter the information. A municipality or county may voluntarily participate in the database, or may be required to participate if a petition process used by its residents is used to require participation as specified in the bill. A link to the database on a municipal or county website is required. The Office of Administration may stipulate a format for information and will provide a template for municipalities and counties to use in sending information. Other duties and responsibilities of the Office of Administration regarding the database are detailed in the bill. Financial reimbursement to municipalities and counties for costs associated with the database is authorized.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 1/21.  Passed Committee 1/28.  Referred to Rules Committee.  Passed Rules Committee 2/4.  Perfected 2/11.  Passed House 2/17.  Senate Local Government Committee.

HB 1966 (Lynch) – Currently, many legal notices are required to be published by a public body or an organization regulated by the state in a newspaper of general circulation within a particular area. This bill repeals those requirements and instead requires the public body or organization to post the legal notice on the front page of its website, if it has one. If the public body or organization does not have a website, the notice shall be sent to the Secretary of State who shall publish the notice on the “Legal Notices Website”, required by this bill to be established and maintained by the Secretary of State.

HB 2091 (Bondon) – changes provisions relating to video service providers by specifying that no political subdivision can adopt a linear foot fee to be charged to any entity that holds a franchise or video service authorization.  Currently, franchise entities may collect a video service provider fee equal to not more than 5% of the gross revenues of a video service provider providing service in the geographic area of such franchise entity. The bill changes the definition of gross revenues to specify that a franchise entity may collect a video service provider fee equal to not more than 5% of the first $20 of the gross revenues charged to each customer of a video service provider that is providing video service in the geographic area of such franchise entity. A franchise entity or political subdivision cannot demand any additional fees, licenses, gross receipt taxes, or charges on a video service provider that holds a video service authorization, or an affiliate of such video service provider, with respect to:  (1) The placement, construction, or modification of facilities integrated with or attached to a video service network within the geographic area of the franchise entity or other political subdivision; or (2) The provision by such video service provider operator or affiliate of any service over a video service network within the geographic area of the franchise entity or other political subdivision.  The bill also repeals the Sunset date for the Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act.  Will significantly reduce municipal revenues, similar to SB 526.  (Oppose)

HB 2094 (Bondon) – establishes the “Missouri Water and Sewer Infrastructure Act”, which specifies that a water or sewer company may file a petition and proposed rate schedules with the Public Service Commission to create or change an infrastructure rate adjustment (WSIRA) that provides for the recovery of pretax revenues associated with eligible infrastructure projects. The WSIRA and any future changes must meet specific requirements. The commission cannot approve a WSIRA for a water or sewer corporation that has not had a general rate proceeding decided or dismissed within the past three years of the filing of a WSIRA petition unless the corporation has filed for or is the subject of a new general rate proceeding. A corporation cannot collect a WSIRA for more than three years unless the corporation had filed for or is the subject of a new rate proceeding. In such case, the WSIRA can be collected until the effective date of the new rate schedules. At the time the corporation files a petition to establish or change a WSIRA, it must submit proposed WSIRA rate schedules and supporting documentation, and it must also serve the Office of Public Counsel with a copy of the petition, rate schedules, and documentation. Upon filing, the commission must publish a notice of the filing, and conduct an examination of the proposed WSIRA, as specified in the bill. The commission may hold a hearing on the petition and any associated WSIRA rate schedules. If the commission finds that a petition complies with the requirements, the commission must enter an order authorizing the corporation to implement the WSIRA. A corporation may effectuate a change in its WSIRA no more often than twice in every 12-month period. The bill specifies information the commission may consider in determining the appropriate pretax revenues and how the WSIRA is calculated. If this information is unavailable and the commission has not provided it on an agreed-upon basis, the commission must use the last authorized overall pretax weighted average cost of capital for a WSIRA or the last authorized overall pretax weighted average cost of capital in a general rate proceeding for the corporation. At the 12-month period the WSIRA was in effect, the corporation must reconcile the differences between the revenues from a WSIRA and the appropriate pretax revenues found by the commission for that period and submit the reconciliation and proposed WSIRA to the commission for approval to recover or credit the difference. A corporation that has a WSIRA must file revised WSIRA schedules when new base rates and charges become effective following a general rate proceeding that includes the WSIRA eligible costs in the base rates. Once the eligible costs are included in corporation’s base rates, the corporation must reconcile any previously unreconciled WSIRA revenues to ensure that revenues resulting from the WSIRA match as closely as possible the appropriate pretax revenues. A corporation’s filing of a petition to establish or change a WSIRA is not considered a request for a general increase in the corporation’s base rates and charges. Nothing in this bill impairs the authority of the commission to review the prudence or eligibility of specific projects in the proposed WSIRA.  Utilities Committee.  Heard 1/21.  Passed Committee 2/18.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/12.

HB 2302 (Fitzwater) – allows electric companies to provide broadband service.  Utilities Committee.

HB 2526 ( Haffner) – Specifies that restrictive covenants shall not limit or prohibit the installation of rooftop solar panels or solar collectors.  Downsizing Government Committee.  Heard 3/2.  Passed Committee 3/5.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/5.  House Informal Perfection Calendar.

HB 2603 (DeGroot) – Specifies that email addresses and telephone numbers submitted to a public governmental body by individuals or entities for the sole purpose of receiving electronic or other communications including, but not limited to, newsletters, notifications, advisories, and alerts shall be closed under the Sunshine Law.  (Support)

HB 2707 (MItten) – requires staff, as well as elected and appointed officials, to file with the custodian of records all electronic messages related to public business and prohibits the use of apps that automatically delete electronic messages.

 HB 2725 (Coleman) – allows  records of any correspondence, written or electronic, between a member or employee of a public governmental body and a constituent pertaining to a constituent’s request for information or assistance to be closed under the Sunshine Lawn.  Judiciary Committee.  Hearing 3/16.

 HJR 83 (Bosley) – Upon voter approval, this proposed Constitutional amendment specifies that any change to the territories or governments of St. Louis City and St. Louis County shall only occur as authorized by Article VI, Sections 30(a) to 30(c) of the state Constitution.  It also prohibits any alteration, merger, or dissolution of cities, towns, or villages without a vote occurring in each of the entities affected by a proposal for alteration, merger, or dissolution.

SB 592 (White) – establishes the Missouri Water and Infrastructure Act, which specifies that a water or sewer corporation may file a petition and proposed rate schedules with the Public Service Commission to create or change a water and sewer infrastructure rate adjustment (WSIRA) that provides for the recovery of pretax revenues associated with eligible infrastructure projects. The WSIRA and any future changes must meet specific requirements as set forth in the act.

The Commission shall not approve a WSIRA for a water or sewer corporation that has not had a general rate proceeding decided or dismissed in the 3 years before the filing of a WSIRA petition unless the water or sewer corporation has filed for or is the subject of a new general rate proceeding.

At the time the water or sewer corporation files a petition for a WSIRA, it shall submit proposed WSIRA rate schedules and supporting documentation, and the corporation shall also serve the Office of Public Counsel with a copy of the petition, rate schedules, and documentation. Upon the filing of a petition, the Commission shall conduct an examination of the proposed WSIRA, as specified in the act. The Commission may hold a hearing on the petition and any associated WSIRA rate schedules. If the Commission finds that a petition complies with the requirements set forth in the act, the Commission shall enter an order authorizing the water or sewer corporation to implement the WSIRA. A corporation may petition the Commission for a change in its WSIRA no more than two times in every 12-month period.

The act lists what information the Commission may consider in determining the appropriate pretax revenues and how the WSIRA is calculated. If this information is unavailable and the Commission is not provided such information on an agreed-upon basis, the Commission shall use the last authorized overall pretax weighted average cost of capital in a general rate proceeding for the water or sewer corporation. At the end of each 12-month calendar year that a WSIRA is in effect, the corporation shall reconcile the differences between the revenues from a WSIRA and the appropriate pretax revenues found by the Commission for that period and submit the reconciliation and proposed WSIRA to the Commission for approval to recover or credit the difference.

A water or sewer corporation that has a WSIRA shall file revised WSIRA schedules when new base rates and charges become effective following a general rate proceeding that includes the WSIRA eligible costs in the base rates. Once the eligible costs are included in the water or sewer corporation’s base rates, the corporation shall reconcile any previously unreconciled WSIRA revenues to ensure that revenues resulting from the WSIRA match as closely as possible the appropriate pretax revenues.

A water or sewer corporation’s filing of a petition to establish or change a WSIRA is not considered a request for a general increase in the corporation’s base rates and charges. Nothing in the act impairs the authority of the Commission to review the prudence or eligibility of specific projects in the proposed WSIRA.  Commerce Committee.  Heard 1/22.  Passed Committee 1/29.  Senate Informal Perfection Calendar.

SB 730 (Sater) – provides that all public advertisements, notices, orders of publication, and legal publications required by law or directed by the court to be published in a newspaper, newspaper of general circulation, or daily newspaper shall additionally be posted on a website established and maintained by at least a majority of the newspapers whose principal place of business is in Missouri, at no additional cost to the state, to any political subdivision or to any person or entity thereof who shall be responsible for directing the notice be published. When any such notice is required to be published more than once, the newspaper may not charge for the second and successive insertions of the notice at a rate greater than eighty-five percent of the newspaper’s regular local classified advertising rate.  In first class counties and the City of St. Louis, boards are allowed to set rates which may be charged for public notices and advertisements. This act prohibits any such rates from exceeding rates otherwise permitted by this act.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 3/3.

SB 874 (Sater) – allows two or more municipalities to form a broadband infrastructure improvement district for the delivery of broadband internet service to the residents of such municipalities. A district created under the act shall have to power to contract with a broadband internet service provider to provide broadband internet service to the residents of the district. A district may finance the provision or expansion of broadband internet service through grants, loans, bonds, or user fees, but shall not have the power to levy, assess, apportion, or collect any tax upon property within the district nor upon any of its members. The act also sets forth the composition and operation of the district governing board.  Commerce Committee.  Heard 3/11.

SB 1008 (Burlison) – specifies that no deed restriction, covenant, or similar binding agreement running with the land shall limit or prohibit the installation of solar panels or solar collectors, as defined in the act, on the rooftop of any property or structure.  A homeowners’ association may adopt reasonable rules regarding the placement of solar panels or solar collectors to the extent those rules do not prevent the installation of the device or adversely affect its functioning, use, cost, or efficiency.  This act shall apply only with regard to rooftops that are owned, controlled, and maintained by the owner of the property or structure.  Commerce Committee.

Public Safety Bills

HB 1261 (Brown) – repeals Section 21.750, RSMo, in which the General Assembly preempted the entire field of firearms regulation. Political subdivisions will now be able to regulate firearms in any manner allowed by state and federal law and that is consistent with their police powers or charter.

HB 1481 (Roden) – prohibits fire departments, fire protection districts, ambulance districts, and law enforcement agencies from requiring non-salaried employees to live within the fire department’s geographical jurisdiction, the fire protection district, the ambulance district, or a jurisdiction more specific than the state, respectively.  Counties are prohibited from requiring attendance at a specific training academy by candidates for firefighter positions but are allowed to require a specific certification from any training academy.  Judiciary Committee.

HB 1604 (Hicks) – modifies St. Louis City residency requirement for police officers.  Judiciary Committee.  Heard 1/14.  Passed Committee 1/21.  Referred to Rules Committee. Returned to Judiciary Committee 1/27.  Passed Committee 2/4.  Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 2/13.  Perfected 3/4.  Passed House 3/9

HB 1657 (Proudie) – prohibits requests to law enforcement or emergency services for assistance from being considered a public nuisance. Political subdivisions are prohibited from penalizing a resident, tenant, or landlord for a contact made for police or emergency assistance by or on behalf of a victim of abuse, crime, or an individual in an emergency, if the contact was reasonably believed to be necessary or is actually necessary. If a political subdivision attempts to enforce an ordinance in violation of this prohibition, the resident, tenant, or landlord may file civil suit against the political subdivision for various remedies including a cease and desist order, compensatory damages, attorney’s fees, court costs, and other equitable relief.  Criminal Justice Committee.  Heard 2/27.  Passed Committee 3/5.  Referred Rules Committee.

HB 1722 (Schnelting) – allows a concealed carry permit holder to lawfully carry firearms on public transportation, as defined in the bill. Anyone with a permit may also carry a firearm while traveling by bus. A person with or without a permit may transport a firearm in a nonfunctioning state by bus if ammunition is not available.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 2/26.  See HB 1901

HB 1889 (Schroer) – establishes the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights”. The bill defines a “law enforcement officer” as any sworn peace officer, except an elected sheriff or deputy, who possesses the duty and power of arrest for violations of the criminal laws of this state or for violations of ordinances of counties or municipalities of this state. These provisions do not apply to an officer serving in a probationary period or the highest-ranking officer of any law enforcement agency. The bill specifies certain rights a law enforcement officer has when he or she is the subject of an administrative investigation or is being questioned or interviewed. These rights include being informed of the violation, requiring the complaint to be supported by a sworn affidavit and allowing the officer to have an attorney. This bill provides that any law enforcement officer who is suspended without pay, demoted, terminated, transferred, or placed on a status resulting in economic loss is entitled to a full due process hearing. The hearing requirements are specified in the bill.  Crime Prevention/Public Safety Committee.

HCS HB 1901 (Hicks) – allows concealed carry permit holders to lawfully carry firearms on public transportation. “Public transportation system” is defined in the bill. In addition, this bill exempts persons transporting non-functioning or unloaded firearms on buses from the crimes prohibiting the possession of weapons on buses.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 2/26.  Passed Committee 3/10.  Referred Rules Committee.

HB 1965 (Schroer) – provides that if, preceding the date of injury or death, an employee who is on active duty as a first responder is diagnosed with a mental impairment and such person was not previously diagnosed such an impairment, the impairment shall presumptively be considered an occupational disease and shall be presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of employment. This presumption may be rebutted by the employer or insurer. One or more compensable mental impairment claim arising out of a single accident shall constitute a single injury. Furthermore, a mental impairment shall not be considered an occupational disease if it results from a disciplinary action, work evaluation, job transfer, layoff, demotion, promotion, termination, retirement, or similar action taken in good faith by the employer.

HB 2042 (Richey) – specifies that all law enforcement agencies, municipal and county, located in any county or city not within a county will be eligible to receive funding under the “Missouri Law Enforcement Assistance Program”.

HB 2217 (Sauls) – allows firefighters and first responders to receive Workers’ Compensation for, but not limited to, diseases of the heart, diseases of the cardiovascular system, any infectious diseases, and diseases of the lungs or respiratory tract. Mental disorders may be recognized as occupational diseases and may be defined to be a disability due to stressful exposures, if such psychological stress or mental disorders arise from their employment.  The employer of the firefighter or first responder has a duty to provide reasonable medical evidence. If the employer does not provide reasonable medical evidence, then the first responder will have the benefit of the presumption regardless of the absence of medical evidence.  References to “the body systems or organs from carcinoma” shall be presumed to be references to cancer and an occupational disease if:  (1) The first responder has been assigned to at least 5 years of hazardous duty,  (2) The first responder was exposed to an agent classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer,  (3) Fewer than 20 years have elapsed since the first responder was last assigned to hazardous duty; and (4) At the time of the diagnosis of cancer, the first responder was under the age of 70.  The division must prepare and submit a report regarding presumed cancer claims before August 28, 2021 and an updated report every 2 years thereafter. This report shall be provided to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House, the President Pro Tem and the Minority Leader of the Senate, The Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs, The Fire Fighters Association of Missouri, and the Missouri Municipal League.

HB 2631 (DeGroot) – authorizes municipalities which contract for fire protection services to levy a fire service sales tax, subject to voter approval.

SB 545 (Sifton) – the death, disability, or impairment of health of any person who is a firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician, or other first responder of any political subdivision shall be considered an occupational disease if the following conditions are met:   1) the person must have completed five or more years of employment as a firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician, or other first responder;  2) the death, disability, or impairment of health must have been caused by a disease of the lungs or respiratory tract, hypertension, cardiovascular-renal disease, or post-traumatic stress disorder;  3) tThe death, disability, or impairment of health must be the result of employment as a firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician, or other first responder; and  4) the person must have taken a physical examination upon becoming employed that failed to reveal any evidence of any condition or impairment of health.   Clear and convincing medical evidence that the cause of the condition or impairment of health of the person is unrelated to their employment is required in order to deny a workers’ compensation claim under this act.  Small Business Committee.

SB 558 (Schatz) – ends St. Louis police residency requirement as long as the officer resides within a one hour response time.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 1/22.  Passed Committee 1/29.  Senate Informal Perfection Calendar.

SB 572  (Rowden) – establishes a pilot program known as the “Community Crime Reduction Grant Program” which shall provide money to qualifying municipal police departments.  The grants provided under this act shall be subject to appropriation by the General Assembly and shall be equally dispersed among qualifying municipal police departments. To qualify, a municipal police department must:   Employ less than two officers per one thousand people; and  Serve a city with a population of 75,000 inhabitants to 125,000 inhabitants that is located in a first class county.  Grants received from the program shall be used as payment for the following:• Up to 50% of the cost of employing new law enforcement officers needed to raise the department’s officer to population ratio to two officers per one thousand people; and• Up to 100% of the cost for law enforcement officers hired with grant money by the municipal police department to attend not less than one seminar relating to fair and impartial policing and one seminar relating to racial sensitivity at the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute.  Municipal police departments receiving grants under the program shall submit an annual report with information as provided in the act to the Department of Public Safety on or before December 31 of each year in which the Department received the grant money.  This act also creates the “Community Crime Reduction Program Fund” which shall consist of all gifts, bequests, transfers, and money appropriated by the General Assembly for the program. The state treasurer shall be the custodian of the Fund and may approve disbursements. Money from the Fund shall be used solely by the Department of Public Safety to issue grants to qualifying municipal police departments through the program.  The Department of Public Safety shall administer the grants issued under the program and promulgate all rules and regulations for the administration of the program.  The provisions in this act shall sunset after four years unless reauthorized by the General Assembly.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 1/16.  Passed Committee 2/13.  Senate Perfection Calendar.

SB 700 (Onder) – allows a concealed carry permit holder to lawfully carry firearms on public transportation, as defined in the bill. Anyone with a permit may also carry a firearm while traveling by bus. A person with or without a permit may transport a firearm in a nonfunctioning state by bus if ammunition is not available.  Transportation Committee.  Heard 3/12.

SB 710 (Eigel) – provides that if, preceding the date of injury or death, an employee who is on active duty as a first responder is diagnosed with a mental impairment and such person was not previously diagnosed such an impairment, then the impairment shall presumptively be considered an occupational disease and shall be presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of employment. This presumption may be rebutted by the employer or insurer.  One or more compensable mental impairment claims arising out of a single accident shall constitute a single injury. Furthermore, a mental impairment shall not be considered an occupational disease if it results from a disciplinary action, work evaluation, job transfer, layoff, demotion, promotion, termination, retirement, or similar action taken in good faith by the employer.  General Laws Committee.  Heard 2/4.  Passed Committee 2/11.

SB 781 (Brown) – allows any county and the municipalities therein to receive funds from the Missouri Law Enforcement Assistance Program.  Public Safety Committee.  Heard 2/20.  Passed Committee 2/27.

SB 905 (Eigel) – provides that no city, village, town, county, township, or board of police shall require, as a condition of employment, any residency rule or requirement for current or prospective law enforcement officers, unless the rule is no more restrictive than requiring such personnel to reside within a 30 minute response time. Currently, commissioned and civilian personnel of the St. Louis City municipal police force must retain a primary residence in the city for a total of seven years and then may maintain a primary residence that is located within a one-hour response time. This act provides that such personnel shall not be subject to a residency requirement so long as the primary residence is located within a one-hour response time.  Local Government Committee.

SB 1053 (Eigel) – This act creates the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights”. The provisions of this act do not apply to an officer serving in a probationary period or to the highest ranking officer of any law enforcement agency. Establishes conditions for instances when a law enforcement officer is under investigation which would lead to disciplinary action, demotion, dismissal, or transfer.

Taxation & Revenue Bills

HB 1584 (Knight) – modifies ballot language required for the submission of a local use tax to voters by including language stating that the approval of the local use tax will eliminate the disparity in tax rates collected by local and out-of-state sellers by imposing the same rate on all sellers.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 1/22.

HB 1895 (Falkner) – Currently, the Department of Revenue must maintain a mapping feature on its website that displays various sales tax information. This bill requires the mapping feature to include use tax information (Section 32.310, RSMo).  Beginning October 1, 2020, this bill provides that a vendor will be considered to be engaging in business activities in this state when certain criteria specified in the bill is met. Vendors meeting such criteria will be required to collect and remit the use tax as provided under current law (Section 144.605).  This bill requires the Department of Revenue to provide and maintain a downloadable electronic database at no cost to the user of the database for taxing jurisdiction boundary changes and tax rates. Vendors will not be liable for reliance upon inaccurate data provided by the department on tax rates, boundaries, or taxing jurisdiction assignments (Section 144.637).  This bill modifies ballot language required for the submission of a local use tax to voters by including that the approval of the local use tax will eliminate the difference in tax rates collected by local and out-of-state sellers by imposing the same rate on all sellers (Section 144.757).  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 1/29.

HB 1957 (Eggleston) – reduces the top income tax rate 0.08% on January 1, 2021. Additionally, beginning with the 2022 calendar year this bill will allow the income tax rate to adjust for a period of two years: (1) For the 2022 calendar year, for every additional $45 million in sales and use tax revenue received from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021, that exceeds a 2.8% increase in sales and use tax revenue received from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020, the top tax rate will be reduced 0.05% from its 2021 rate. For every $45 million in sales and use tax revenue received from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021, that fails to equal a 2.8% increase in sales and use tax revenue received from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020, the top tax rate will be increased 0.05% from its 2021 rate. (2) Beginning with the 2023 calendar year, for every additional $45 million in sales and use tax revenue received from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2022, that exceeds a 5.6% increase in sales and use tax revenue received from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020, the top tax rate will be reduced 0.05% from its 2021 rate. For every $45 million in sales and use tax revenue received from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2022, that fails to equal a 5.6% increase in sales and use tax revenue received from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020, the top tax rate will be increased 0.05% from its 2021 rate (Section 143.011, RSMo). ECONOMIC NEXUS Beginning January 1, 2021, this bill provides that a vendor also engages in business activities in this state if a vendor during a 12 month period, as defined in the bill: (1) Has cumulative gross receipts of at least $100,000 from the sale of tangible personal property; or (2) Has 200 or more separate transactions, for the purpose of storage, use, or consumption in this state in the previous 12 month period, as described in the bill; and (3) Does not have a physical presence within the state and the associated sales occurred with use of the Internet (Section 144.605). TAXING JURISDICTION DATABASE This bill requires the Director of the Department of Revenue to provide and maintain a downloadable electronic database at no cost to the user for taxing jurisdiction boundary changes and tax rates. Such databases may be directly provided by the director or may be provided by a third party as designated by the director. Vendors will not be liable for reliance upon erroneous data provided by the director on tax rates, boundaries, or taxing jurisdiction assignments (Section 144.637). MARKETPLACE FACILITATORS By January 1, 2021, marketplace facilitators, as defined in the bill, that meet the use tax economic nexus threshold established in the bill must register with the Department of Revenue to collect and remit use tax on sales made into the state through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace by or on behalf of a marketplace seller, as defined in the bill. These retail sales will include those made directly by the marketplace facilitator as well as those made by marketplace sellers through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace, as defined in the bill. Marketplace facilitators properly collecting and remitting use tax in a timely manner will be eligible for any discount provided for currently. Marketplace facilitators must provide purchasers with a statement or invoice showing that the use tax was collected and will be remitted on the purchaser’s behalf (Section 144.752). OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE BILL Any department that has the Constitutional authority to collect sales and use tax under Article IV of the Constitution of Missouri may remit any new revenue collected under the provisions of the bill to the General Revenue Fund (Section 144.605). The bill specifies that new revenue collected under the provisions of the bill that would be deposited into the school district trust fund will now be deposited into the state General Revenue Fund (Section 144.701). This bill specifies that any vendor meeting the provisions of the economic nexus, as defined in the bill, with the state of Missouri, will not be subject to use taxes of a political subdivision in this state unless the use tax is approved or reapproved by the voters of the political subdivision (Section 144.605). Ballot language for approval or reapproval by the voters of the political subdivision is included in this bill (Section 144.757).  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 1/15.  Passed Committee 1/29.  Referred to Rules Committee.  Returned to Ways & Means Committee.  Passed Committee 2/10.   Referred Rules Committee.  Passed Committee 3/5.  House Informal Perfection Calendar.

HB 1967 (Love) – creates the “Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement Act” and requires the Director of the Department of Revenue to enter into the “Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement” with one or more states to simplify and modernize sales and use tax administration in order to substantially reduce the burden of tax compliance for all sellers and types of commerce. Additionally, this bill creates the “Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement Special Fund” which will consist of the revenue generated by this bill and will be transferred to pay for outstanding transportation bond debt. These provisions will sunset five years after the effective date of the bill (Section 32.070).  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 2/12.

HB 2253 (Windham) – repeals the statutory provisions imposing a sales tax on food and authorizes a new estate tax to offset lost revenue.

HB 2665 (Gray) – exempts food from local sales tax (Oppose)

HJR 64 (Ellebracht) – Constitutional amendment to freeze property taxes for low income seniors.  Ways & Means Committee.

HJR 74 (Washington) – Constitutional amendment to freeze the assessment values of any residential real property for the duration of time under which such property is located in a legally defined subdivision immediately adjacent to any subdivision that receives tax abatement.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 2/26.

SCS SB 526 (Emery) – modifies provisions relating to communications services offered in political subdivisions  No political subdivision shall require a telecommunications company to obtain a written agreement, other than a permit, for use of the public right-of-way.  Nothing in the provisions of law relating to the public right-of-way shall prohibit a political subdivision or public utility right-of-way user from renewing or entering into a new or existing franchise, upon mutual agreement. Further, nothing in those provisions of law shall prevent a grandfathered political subdivision from charging a public right-of-way user a fair and reasonable liner foot fee or antenna fee pursuant to or from otherwise enforcing existing linear foot ordinances that were in effect on May 1, 2001.  The act repeals a provision stating that nothing shall prevent a grandfathered political subdivision from enacting new ordinances, including amendments of existing ordinances.  No political subdivision shall impose a linear foot fee to be charged to any entity that holds a franchise or video service authorization.  The act modifies the definition of “gross revenues”.  Currently, franchise entities may collect a video service provider fee equal to not more than 5% of the gross revenues of a video service provider providing service in the geographic area of such franchise entity. Under the act, a franchise entity may collect a video service provider fee equal to not more than 5% of the first $40 of the gross revenues charged to each customer of a video service provider that is providing video service in the geographic area of such franchise entity.  Finally, the act repeals the sunset date for the Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act.  Will significantly reduce municipal revenues.  (Oppose).  Commerce Committee.   Heard 2/5.  Committee Substitute Passed Committee 2/12.  Senate Informal Perfection Calendar and could be debated at any time.  Contact Senators to urge opposition.

SCS SB 529 (Cunningham) – modifies several provisions relating to use taxes.

USE TAX MAPPING Current law requires the Department of Revenue to create and maintain a mapping feature on its website that displays various sales tax information. This act requires such mapping feature to include use tax information. (Section 32.310)

ECONOMIC NEXUS  Beginning October 1, 2020, this act provides that a vendor shall be considered to be engaging in business activities in this state if such vendor had cumulative gross receipts of at least $100,000 from the sale of tangible personal property for the purpose of storage, use, or consumption in this state in the previous twelve-month period, as described in the act. Vendors meeting such criteria shall be required to collect and remit the use tax as provided under current law.  Eighty percent of the use tax revenue collected from remittances made pursuant to this provision shall be deposited in the School Transportation Fund, which is created by the act, to fund school district transportation costs pursuant to current law. The remaining twenty percent of use tax revenues shall be deposited in the County Jail Reimbursement Fund, which is created by the act, to fund reimbursements made to counties for certain jail costs as provided under current law. (Section 144.605)

TAXING JURISDICTION DATABASET  his act requires the Director of Revenue to provide and maintain a downloadable electronic database at no cost to the user of the database for taxing jurisdiction boundary changes and tax rates. Such databases may be directly provided by the Director, or may be provided by a third party as designated by the Director.  Vendors shall not be liable for reliance upon erroneous data provided by the Director on tax rates, boundaries, or taxing jurisdiction assignments. (Section 144.637)

LOCAL USE TAX BALLOT LANGUAGE  This act modifies ballot language required for the submission of a local use tax to voters by including language stating that the approval of the local use tax will eliminate the disparity in tax rates collected by local and out-of-state sellers by imposing the same rate on all sellers. (Section 144.757).  This act provides that the portion of the local use tax imposed by St. Louis County shall be distributed to the cities, towns, villages, and unincorporated areas of the county on the ratio of the population that each such city, town, village, and unincorporated area bears to the total population of the county. (Section 144.759)

MARKETPLACE FACILITATORS  By January 1, 2022, marketplace facilitators, as defined in the act, that meet the use tax economic nexus threshold established in the act shall register with the Department to collect and remit sales and use tax on sales made into the state through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace by or on behalf of a marketplace seller, as defined in the act. Such retail sales shall include those made directly by the marketplace facilitator as well as those made by marketplace sellers through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace.  Marketplace facilitators shall report and remit sales and use tax collected under this act on a separate form developed by the Department. Marketplace facilitators properly collecting and remitting sales and use tax in a timely manner shall be eligible for any discount provided for under current law.  Marketplace facilitators shall provide purchasers with a statement or invoice showing that the sales and use tax was collected and shall be remitted on the purchaser’s behalf.  No class action shall be brought against a marketplace facilitator in any court in this state on behalf of purchasers arising from or in any way related to an overpayment of sales or use tax collected on retail sales facilitated by a marketplace facilitator, regardless of whether that claim is characterized as a tax refund claim.  If the Department audits a marketplace facilitator, it shall only audit such facilitator and not the marketplace sellers on behalf of whom the marketplace facilitator facilitates sales.   Marketplace facilitators may apply to the Department for relief from liability for the failure to collect and remit the correct amount of sales or use tax on retail sales facilitated for marketplace sellers under certain circumstances, as described in the act. Relief from liability shall be a percentage of the sales and use tax collected by the marketplace facilitator, with such percentage being four percent for sales made during the 2022 calendar year, two percent for sales made during the 2023 calendar year, one percent for sales made during the 2024 calendar year, and zero percent thereafter.  The Department may grant a waiver from the requirements of the act if a marketplace facilitator demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department that all of its marketplace sellers are already registered to collect and remit sales and use tax. If such waiver is granted, the sales or use tax due shall be collected and remitted by the marketplace seller.  Local Government Committee.   Heard 1/29.  Passed Committee 2/12.  Senate Informal Perfection Calendar.

SB 579 (Cierpiot) – modifies several provisions relating to property tax assessments.

PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH LIMIT  Current law allows for inflationary assessment growth for real and personal property within a political subdivision, with the inflationary growth factor limited to the actual assessment growth, exclusive of new construction and improvements, but not to exceed inflation or five percent, whichever is lower.  This act modifies the inflationary growth factor to the actual assessment growth, exclusive of new construction and improvements, but not to exceed 80% of inflation or five percent, whichever is lower. (Section 137.073)

PROPERTY ASSESSMENT GROWTH  Current law requires assessors to assess real property on January 1 of each odd numbered year, and to apply such assessed values in the following even-numbered year. This act provides that if the new assessed value exceeds the assessed value of the property from the previous odd-numbered year by more than 15%, half of such growth in assessed value shall be applied in the current odd-numbered year, and the remaining amount shall be applied in the following even numbered year.  For residential real property, current law requires county assessors to make a physical inspection of a property prior to increasing the assessed valuation of such property by more than fifteen percent over the prior assessed valuation. Additionally, the St. Louis County assessor is required to send notice to property owners when increasing the assessed valuation by more than fifteen percent, and such property owners may request an interior inspection. This act applies such notification and physical inspection provisions to all counties in the state. (Section 137.115)

PROPERTY ASSESSMENT APPEALST  his act provides that any assessed valuation for a parcel of residential real property that exceeds the previous assessed value for such property by more than 15% shall be automatically reviewed by the county board of equalization, regardless of whether the property owner has filed a timely appeal. The assessor shall notify the property owner in writing that the assessed valuation is being reviewed and that the property owner shall be entitled to be heard at the hearing of the board of equalization. (Section 137.180)For property assessment appeals to the boards of equalization in the City of St. Louis, St. Charles County, and St. Louis County, current law provides that the assessor shall have the burden to prove that the valuation does not exceed the true market value of the property. Additionally, if a physical inspection of a property is required for assessment, the assessor shall have the burden to prove that such inspection was performed. If the assessor fails to provide sufficient evidence that the inspection was performed, the property owner shall prevail on the appeal as a matter of law. This act applies such provisions to all counties.  Ways & Means Committee.

SCS SB 648 (Koenig) – modifies several provisions relating to taxation.

INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX

For all tax years beginning after the final incremental tax rate reduction in current law, this act reduces the top rate of tax by 0.3%, with an eventual top rate of tax of 4.8%. (Section 143.011)

CORPORATE TAXATION

This act adds “qualified air freight forwarders”, as defined in the act, to the definition of “corporation” as a transportation corporation for the purposes of corporate income allocation. (Section 143.441)

USE TAX ECONOMIC NEXUS

Beginning January 1, 2022, this act provides that all vendors without a physical presence in this state making sales of tangible personal property for delivery into this state shall be required to collect and remit any use tax due as if such vendor maintained a physical presence in the state. This provision shall only apply to vendors who make at least $100,000 in gross revenue from the delivery of tangible personal property into this state in the previous or current calendar year.

No obligation to collect and remit use tax under this provision shall be applied prior to January 1, 2022.

The use tax collections made under the provisions of this act shall be deposited in the General Revenue Fund as provided under current law. (Section 144.612)

MARKETPLACE FACILITATORS

By January 1, 2022, marketplace facilitators, as defined in the act, that meet the use tax economic nexus threshold established in the act shall register with the Department to collect and remit sales and use tax on sales made into the state through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace by or on behalf of a marketplace seller, as defined in the act. Such retail sales shall include those made directly by the marketplace facilitator as well as those made by marketplace sellers through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace. Sales made through a marketplace facilitator shall be deemed to be consummated at the location to which the item is shipped or delivered, or at which possession is taken by the purchaser.

Marketplace facilitators shall report and remit sales and use tax collected under this act on a separate form developed by the Department. Marketplace facilitators properly collecting and remitting sales and use tax in a timely manner shall be eligible for any discount provided for under current law.

Marketplace facilitators shall provide purchasers with a statement or invoice showing that the sales and use tax was collected and shall be remitted on the purchaser’s behalf.

No class action shall be brought against a marketplace facilitator in any court in this state on behalf of purchasers arising from or in any way related to an overpayment of sales or use tax collected on retail sales facilitated by a marketplace facilitator, regardless of whether that claim is characterized as a tax refund claim.

If the Department audits a marketplace facilitator, it shall only audit such facilitator and not the marketplace sellers on behalf of whom the marketplace facilitator facilitates sales.

Marketplace facilitators may apply to the Department for relief from liability for the failure to collect and remit the correct amount of sales or use tax on retail sales facilitated for marketplace sellers under certain circumstances, as described in the act. Relief from liability shall be a percentage of the sales and use tax collected by the marketplace facilitator, with such percentage being four percent for sales made during the 2022 calendar year, two percent for sales made during the 2023 calendar year, one percent for sales made during the 2024 calendar year, and zero percent thereafter.

The Department may grant a waiver from the requirements of the act if a marketplace facilitator demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department that all of its marketplace sellers are already registered to collect and remit sales and use tax. If such waiver is granted, the sales or use tax due shall be collected and remitted by the marketplace seller. (Section 144.752)

SALES TAX ADMINISTRATION

This act provides that any local sales tax changes due to a boundary change shall take effect on the first day of the calendar quarter 120 days after the sellers receive notice of the change.

The effective date for the imposition, repeal, or rate change of each local sales and use tax shall be the first day of the calendar quarter at least 120 days after the sellers receive notice of the change. (Section 32.087)

This act makes changes to several sections of law relating to local sales taxes in order to make the administration of such taxes uniform. (Sections 66.601 to 94.705, 184.845, 221.407, 238.235, 238.410, 644.032)

This act modifies certain exemptions from state sales tax to make such exemptions uniform across the state and local sales tax bases. (Section 144.030)

The school and Show Me Green sales tax holidays are modified by repealing the ability for political subdivisions to opt out of the sales tax holidays, and by defining how the sales tax exemption applies to the purchase or return of certain items. (Sections 144.049 and 144.526)

This act relieves a purchaser from any penalties for failure to pay the proper amount of sales tax if the error was a result of erroneous information provided by the Director of Revenue. (Section 144.060)

A certified service provider (CSP), as defined in the act, shall not be certified unless it meets certain requirements relating to the security and privacy of purchasers’ information, as described in the act. (Section 144.109)

The Director shall provide and maintain downloadable electronic databases at no cost to the user of the databases for taxing jurisdiction boundary changes, tax rates, and a taxability matrix detailing taxable property and services. Sellers and CSPs will be relieved from liability if they fail to properly collect tax based upon information provided by the Department. Certified service providers, sellers, and marketplace facilitators may utilize proprietary data, provided the Director certifies that such data meets the standards provided for under the act. (Sections 144.123 and 144.124)

This act provides that a cause of action against a seller by a purchaser for a tax erroneously or illegally collected shall not accrue until the purchaser has provided written notice to a seller and the seller has had sixty days to respond. A seller shall be presumed to have a reasonable business practice if in the collection of such tax the seller uses a provider, or a system certified by the Director of Revenue and has remitted all tax collected. (Section 144.190)

Monetary allowances from taxes collected shall be provided to certain sellers and certified service providers for collecting and remitting state and local taxes, as described in the act. (Section 144.140)

This act repeals a provision which requires the Director to establish brackets showing the amounts of tax to be collected on sales of specified amounts. Instead, the tax computation shall be carried to the third decimal place, and the tax shall be rounded to a whole cent using a method that rounds up to the next cent whenever the third decimal place is greater than four. (Section 144.285).

This act provides that all provisions of law with respect to sales into the state by out-of-state sellers apply to the Compensating Use Tax Law. (Section 144.600)

These provisions are substantially similar to provisions contained in SS/SCS/SBs 46 & 50 (2019) and are similar to SS#2/SCS/SBs 617, 611, & 667 (2018), HB 1479 (2018), HB 1699 (2018), HB 1836 (2018), HB 2162 (2018), HB 2269 (2018), SCS/SB 105 (2017), SCS/SB 795 (2016), HB 726 (2015), HB 727 (2015), and HCS/HB 1356 (2013), and to provisions contained in HB 2691 (2018), HB 500 (2013), HB 422 (2013), HB 521 (2013), and HB 579 (2013).

LOCAL SALES AND USE TAXES

For all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, this act places a limit on the total combined rate of local sales taxes by providing that the total combined rate of local sales taxes imposed by a taxing entity that is an incorporated city, town, or village shall not exceed 4.5%. The total combined rate of local sales taxes imposed by a county shall not exceed 3.5%. For all other taxing jurisdictions, the total combined rate of sales taxes in any given taxing jurisdiction shall not exceed 3.25%. Such limits shall not apply to transient guest taxes or convention and tourism taxes.

In any election in which more than one sales tax levy is approved by the voters, and the passage of such levies results in a combined rate of sales tax in excess of the limits provided under the act, only the sales tax levy receiving the most votes shall become effective.

For all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, all taxing jurisdictions levying a local sales tax shall reduce such levy to a rate that will produce substantially the same amount of revenue collected from such sales tax during fiscal year 2020, plus five percent of such amount. Such taxing jurisdictions shall provide data to the State Auditor substantiating that such tax rate complies with such rollback, as described in the act. (Section 32.087)  This section has been removed from the Senate Substitute bill. 

The distribution for the countywide one cent and the Prop P sales taxes has been amended to distribute these taxes on a population basis to the municipalities and the County.  This would only apply if County voters approve the countywide use tax.

This act modifies ballot language required for the submission of a local use tax to voters by including language stating that the approval of the local use tax will eliminate the disparity in tax rates collected by local and out-of-state sellers by imposing the same rate on all sellers. (Section 144.757)

This provision is identical to a provision contained in SB 189 (2019).

EFFECTIVE DATE

The provisions of this act relating to sales tax administration, use taxes, and the income tax rate reduction shall become effective January 1, 2022. The remaining provisions shall become effective August 28, 2020.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 2/11.  Passed Committee 2/13.  Senate Informal Perfection Calendar.

SB 659 (Arthur) – Various Tax Provisions –

USE TAX ECONOMIC NEXUS  Beginning January 1, 2022, this act provides that all vendors without a physical presence in this state making sales of tangible personal property for delivery into this state shall be required to collect and remit any use tax due as if such vendor maintained a physical presence in the state. This provision shall only apply to vendors who make at least $100,000 in gross revenue from the delivery of tangible personal property into this state in the previous or current calendar year.  No obligation to collect and remit use tax under this provision shall be applied prior to January 1, 2022.The use tax collections made under the provisions of this act shall be deposited in the General Revenue Fund as provided under current law. (Section 144.612)

MARKETPLACE FACILITATORS  By January 1, 2022, marketplace facilitators, as defined in the act, that meet the use tax economic nexus threshold established in the act shall register with the Department to collect and remit sales and use tax on sales made into the state through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace by or on behalf of a marketplace seller, as defined in the act. Such retail sales shall include those made directly by the marketplace facilitator as well as those made by marketplace sellers through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace. Sales made through a marketplace facilitator shall be deemed to be consummated at the location to which the item is shipped or delivered, or at which possession is taken by the purchaser.  Marketplace facilitators shall report and remit sales and use tax collected under this act on a separate form developed by the Department. Marketplace facilitators properly collecting and remitting sales and use tax in a timely manner shall be eligible for any discount provided for under current law.  Marketplace facilitators shall provide purchasers with a statement or invoice showing that the sales and use tax was collected and shall be remitted on the purchaser’s behalf.  No class action shall be brought against a marketplace facilitator in any court in this state on behalf of purchasers arising from or in any way related to an overpayment of sales or use tax collected on retail sales facilitated by a marketplace facilitator, regardless of whether that claim is characterized as a tax refund claim.  If the Department audits a marketplace facilitator, it shall only audit such facilitator and not the marketplace sellers on behalf of whom the marketplace facilitator facilitates sales.  Marketplace facilitators may apply to the Department for relief from liability for the failure to collect and remit the correct amount of sales or use tax on retail sales facilitated for marketplace sellers under certain circumstances, as described in the act. Relief from liability shall be a percentage of the sales and use tax collected by the marketplace facilitator, with such percentage being four percent for sales made during the 2022 calendar year, two percent for sales made during the 2023 calendar year, one percent for sales made during the 2024 calendar year, and zero percent thereafter.  The Department may grant a waiver from the requirements of the act if a marketplace facilitator demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department that all of its marketplace sellers are already registered to collect and remit sales and use tax. If such waiver is granted, the sales or use tax due shall be collected and remitted by the marketplace seller.

The school and Show Me Green sales tax holidays are modified by repealing the ability for political subdivisions to opt out of the sales tax holidays, and by defining how the sales tax exemption applies to the purchase or return of certain items.   Ways & Means Committee.

SB 675 & 705 (Luetkmeyer) – provides that the assessed valuation for residential real property shall not exceed the previous assessed valuation for such property, exclusive of new construction and improvements, by more than five percent or the percent increase in inflation, whichever is greater.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 2/11.  Passed Committee 2/13. Senate Perfection Calendar.

SB 791 (Eigel) – requires a county, municipality, or other political subdivision to mail a notice to each impacted taxpayer at least thirty days prior to any vote authorizing the extension of one or more bonds. Such notice shall include a statement indicating the dollar amount by which the taxpayer’s property tax liability shall be decreased and the amount by which the debt service levy or other tax levy enacted for the purpose of retiring such bonds will be reduced if such bonds are not extended and new bonds are not issued.   This act also provides that any proposal by a county, municipality, or other political subdivision for the extension of one or more bonds that is submitted to the voters for approval shall not become effective unless it receives a qualified majority in favor and at least 50% of qualified voters cast a ballot in the election. (Section 67.120)   During the calendar year prior to the retirement of any bonds or other debt obligations issued by a political subdivision, this act requires assessors to include on each affected taxpayer’s property tax bill a statement indicating the dollar amount by which the taxpayer’s property tax liability shall be decreased and the amount by which the debt service levy or other tax levy enacted for the purpose of retiring such bonds will be reduced if such bonds are not extended and new bonds are not issued. (Section 137.532)  Local Government Committee.

SB 805 (Hoskins) – modifies several provisions relating to sales taxes.

SALES AND USE TAX MAPPING  – Current law requires the Department of Revenue to create and maintain a mapping feature on its website that displays various sales tax information. This act requires such mapping feature to include use tax information. (Section 32.310)

SALES TAX RATES  – For all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, all taxing jurisdictions levying a local sales tax shall reduce such levy to a rate that will produce substantially the same amount of revenue collected from such sales tax during fiscal year 2019, plus five percent of such amount. Such taxing jurisdictions shall provide data to the State Auditor substantiating that such tax rate complies with such rollback, as described in the act. (Section 32.087)  Current law imposes a statutory state sales tax at a rate of 4%. Beginning January 1, 2022, this act reduces such rate by an amount to be determined under an agreement between the Director of Revenue and the State Treasurer and shall be an amount that is substantially equivalent to the use tax collections made under the provisions of this act during the 2021 calendar year. (Section 144.020)

ECONOMIC NEXUS  – Beginning January 1, 2021, this act provides that a vendor shall be considered to be engaging in business activities in this state if such vendor had cumulative gross receipts of at least $100,000 from the sale of tangible personal property for the purpose of storage, use, or consumption in this state in the previous twelve-month period, as described in the act. Vendors meeting such criteria shall be required to collect and remit the use tax as provided under current law. (Section 144.605)

TAXING JURISDICTION DATABASE – This act requires the Director of Revenue to provide and maintain a downloadable electronic database at no cost to the user of the database for taxing jurisdiction boundary changes and tax rates. Such databases may be directly provided by the Director or may be provided by a third party as designated by the Director. Vendors shall not be liable for reliance upon erroneous data provided by the Director on tax rates, boundaries, or taxing jurisdiction assignments. (Section 144.637)

LOCAL USE TAX BALLOT LANGUAGE  – This act modifies ballot language required for the submission of a local use tax to voters by including language stating that the approval of the local use tax will eliminate the disparity in tax rates collected by local and out-of-state sellers by imposing the same rate on all sellers. (Section 144.757)

MARKETPLACE FACILITATORS  – By January 1, 2021, marketplace facilitators, as defined in the act, that meet the use tax economic nexus threshold established in the act shall register with the Department to collect and remit sales and use tax on sales made into the state through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace by or on behalf of a marketplace seller, as defined in the act. Such retail sales shall include those made directly by the marketplace facilitator as well as those made by marketplace sellers through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace.   Marketplace facilitators shall report and remit sales and use tax collected under this act on a separate form developed by the Department. Marketplace facilitators properly collecting and remitting sales and use tax in a timely manner shall be eligible for any discount provided for under current law.   Marketplace facilitators shall provide purchasers with a statement or invoice showing that the sales and use tax was collected and shall be remitted on the purchaser’s behalf.   No class action shall be brought against a marketplace facilitator in any court in this state on behalf of purchasers arising from or in any way related to an overpayment of sales or use tax collected on retail sales facilitated by a marketplace facilitator, regardless of whether that claim is characterized as a tax refund claim.   If the Department audits a marketplace facilitator, it shall only audit such facilitator and not the marketplace sellers on behalf of whom the marketplace facilitator facilitates sales.   Marketplace facilitators may apply to the Department for relief from liability for the failure to collect and remit the correct amount of sales or use tax on retail sales facilitated for marketplace sellers under certain circumstances, as described in the act. Relief from liability shall be a percentage of the sales and use tax collected by the marketplace facilitator, with such percentage being four percent for sales made during the 2021 calendar year, two percent for sales made during the 2022 calendar year, one percent for sales made during the 2023 calendar year, and zero percent thereafter.   The Department may grant a waiver from the requirements of the act if a marketplace facilitator demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department that all of its marketplace sellers are already registered to collect and remit sales and use tax. If such waiver is granted, the sales or use tax due shall be collected and remitted by the marketplace seller. (Section 144.752)  Small Business Committee.

SB 872 – (Crawford) – modifies several provisions relating to use taxes.

USE TAX MAPPING

Current law requires the Department of Revenue to create and maintain a mapping feature on its website that displays various sales tax information. This act requires such mapping feature to include use tax information. Political subdivisions collecting a use tax shall send such data to the Department of Revenue by January 1, 2021, and the Department shall implement the mapping feature using the use tax data by August 28, 2021. (Section 32.310)

CASH OPERATING EXPENSE FUND

This act establishes the “Cash Operating Expense Fund”, which shall consist of use tax revenues collected under the provisions of this act from marketplace facilitators; any funds appropriated to the Office of the Governor for expenses incident to emergency duties performed by the National Guard, matching funds for federal grants and emergency assistance, and expenses of any state agency responding during a declared emergency, as described in the act, that are unexpended at the end of a fiscal year; and moneys appropriated by the General Assembly.  The Governor may transfer moneys from the fund into the General Revenue Fund in any fiscal year in which actual revenues are less than the revenue estimates upon which appropriations were based or in which there is a budget need due to a natural disaster, as proclaimed by the Governor to be an emergency.  If the balance in the fund at the close of any fiscal year exceeds 2.5% of net General Revenue collections for the previous year, such excess shall be divided evenly between the State Road Fund and debt retirement related to bonds issued by or on behalf of the state, as described in the act. (Section 33.575)

ECONOMIC NEXUS

Beginning January 1, 2022, this act modifies the definition of “engaging in business activities in this state” for use tax purposes to include selling tangible personal property for delivery into this state, provided such vendor had cumulative gross receipts of at least $100,000 from such sales in the previous or current calendar year. (Section 144.605)

TAXING JURISDICTION DATABASE

This act requires the Director of Revenue to provide and maintain a downloadable electronic database at no cost to the user of the database for taxing jurisdiction boundary changes and tax rates. Such databases may be directly provided by the Director or may be provided by a third party as designated by the Director.  Vendors shall not be liable for reliance upon erroneous data provided by the Director on tax rates, boundaries, or taxing jurisdiction assignments. (Section 144.637)

MARKETPLACE FACILITATORS

By January 1, 2022, marketplace facilitators, as defined in the act, that engage in business activities in the state shall register with the Department to collect and remit use tax on sales made into the state through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace by or on behalf of a marketplace seller, as defined in the act. Such retail sales shall include those made directly by the marketplace facilitator as well as those made by marketplace sellers through the marketplace facilitator’s marketplace.  Marketplace facilitators properly collecting and remitting use tax in a timely manner shall be eligible for any discount provided for under current law.  Marketplace facilitators shall provide purchasers with a statement or invoice showing that the use tax was collected and shall be remitted on the purchaser’s behalf. (Section 144.752)

LOCAL USE TAX BALLOT LANGUAGE

This act modifies ballot language required for the submission of a local use tax to voters by including language stating that the approval of the local use tax will eliminate the disparity in tax rates collected by local and out-of-state sellers by imposing the same rate on all sellers. (Section 144.757) This provision is identical to a provision contained in SCS/SB 189 (2019).

EFFECTIVE DATE

The provision relating to establishing the Cash Operating Expense Fund contains an emergency clause. The provisions relating to economic nexus and marketplace facilitators shall become effective January 1, 2022. The remaining provisions shall become effective August 28, 2020.  Local Government Committee.

SB 1084(Brown) – any business license tax renewed or imposed on a telecommunications company shall be limited to the gross receipts resulting from the retail sale of basic local telecommunications service and derived from the furnishing of such service entirely within the municipality.  Provisions of law relating to interest on judgment balances shall apply to fees and costs due pursuant to provisions of law relating to the public right-of-way.  The act states that no additional fees, penalties, or interest shall be imposed by political subdivisions for delinquent taxes due as a result of the imposition of a license tax by any municipal corporation or fees or costs due pursuant to provisions of law relating to the public right-of-way.  All suits involving a dispute or seeking the collection of unpaid license taxes pursuant to a provision of law about St. Louis County utility license taxes, or fees or costs due pursuant to provisions of law relating to the public right-of-way, shall be brought within 3 years of the date the taxes, costs, or fees are due and payable.

SJR 36 (Holsman) – exempts personal property over 10 years old from property tax.  Ways & Means Committee.

SJR 44 (Eigel) – eliminates personal property tax  (Oppose)  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 2/18.  Passed Committee 2/25.  Senate Perfection Calendar.

SJR 45 (Cierpoit) – constitutional amendment would provide that, in any county or other political subdivision which levies a property tax, sales tax, or any other tax solely for a specific purpose, and whose boundaries overlap the boundaries of another political subdivision which also levies a property tax, sales tax, or any other tax solely for the same purpose, persons residing in such overlapping boundaries shall only be required to remit such tax to one taxing jurisdiction. The local election authority shall submit to the voters living within the overlapping boundaries the question of from which political subdivision such voters shall continue to receive services from and to which political subdivision the voters shall remit the tax.  Local Government Committee.  Heard 3/11.

SJR 48 (Luetkmeyer) – allows the growth in assessed values to be limited by law.  Ways & Means Committee.  Heard 2/11.  Passed Committee 2/13.  Senate Perfection Calendar.

Transportation & Vehicle Bills

HB 1433 (Kendrick) –  would increase the current gas tax of $0.17 per gallon to $0.19 per gallon on January 1, 2021. Additionally, this bill would then reduce the gas tax to $0.18 per gallon on January 1, 2031 for all years thereafter.  (Support)

HB 1476 (Runions) – Beginning January 1, 2021, this bill increases the gas tax to 19 cents per gallon with a two cent per year increase until the total increased gas tax rate is 23 cents per gallon.  (Support)

HB 1477 (Butz) – will increase the tax on motor fuel by 10 cents from its current level of 17 cents per gallon to 27 cents per gallon using incremental increases of two cents per gallon beginning January 1, 2021, and ending on January 1, 2025. It would also require alternative fuels to be taxed at a substantially similar rate approved by the Department of Agriculture beginning January 1, 2027. (Support)

HB 1754(Spencer) – prohibits the use of automated traffic enforcement systems to establish evidence a motor vehicle or its operator has committed a traffic-related offense, or to impose or collect any civil or criminal fine, fee, or penalty for such offense. As specified in the bill, the term “automated traffic enforcement system” does not include systems or devices that would qualify as a “mobile video recorder” under the Sunshine Law.

HB 1971 (Griesheimer) – Beginning January 1, 2021, this bill increases the tax on all motor fuel by 1% each year until the rate reaches 4% in 2024. This bill also removes the sales tax exemption on motor fuel used in certain situations, defined in the bill. This provision will be effective only if approved by the voters.

HB 2278 (Butz) -increases gas tax to 18 cents (Support)

HJR 71 (Messenger) – Constitutional amendment to approve the construction of toll roads.

SB 539 (Libla) – increases the tax on gasoline from 17 to 19 cents per gallon, and the tax on diesel fuel from 17 to 23 cents per gallon. Beginning one year after the effective date of the act, the taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, and motor fuels other than gasoline or diesel fuel shall be adjusted annually for inflation. (Support) Transportation Committee.  Heard 1/16.  Passed Committee 1/16. Senate Informal Perfection Calendar.

SB 641 (Onder) – Current law provides that, of the 4% statutory sales and use tax rate, 1% is provided for education and 3% is deposited in the General Revenue Fund. This act requires that 0.5% of the 3% deposited in the General Revenue Fund shall instead be deposited into the State Road Fund. The remaining 2.5% shall continue to be deposited into the General Revenue Fund. The act phases in the amount deposited into the State Road Fund over a period of five years, with an increase of 0.1% each year.  Transportation Committee.

SB 709 (Eigel) – prohibits the use of automated traffic enforcement systems to establish evidence a motor vehicle or its operator has committed a traffic-related offense, or to impose or collect any civil or criminal fine, fee, or penalty for such offense. As used in the act, the term “automated traffic enforcement system” does not include systems or devices that would qualify as a “mobile video recorder” under the Sunshine Law.  General Laws Committee.

SB 882 (Wieland) – enacts provisions relating to transportation devices.  The act modifies the state’s model local traffic ordinances, which political subdivisions may but are not required to adopt, to provide that motorized bicycles weighing less than 60 pounds may be operated on a sidewalk in accordance with the current requirements for bicycles. (Section 300.347) The act specifies that motorized bicycles shall be considered vehicles for the purposes of public safety offenses. (Section 307.180).  No person under the age of 16 years shall operate a shared motorized bicycle (SMB), as defined in the act, in this state. (Section 307.220.2). No person shall operate a SMB in the state at a speed greater than 15 miles per hour. (Section 307.220.3). No person shall park a motorized bicycle on a sidewalk in a way that impedes pedestrians, nor in violation of county or municipal parking regulations. (Section 307.220.4). A violation of these provisions shall be a class D misdemeanor. (Section 307.220.8) A SMB shall be labeled with visible language identifying its use in a SMB system, and shall bear a unique identification number as specified in the act. (Section 307.220.5-6). No SMB system shall operate or deploy SMBs in the state without providing insurance coverage as specified in the act. No SMB system shall operate or deploy SMBs, or allow SMBs to be operated or deployed, in violation of this act or of any ordinance or rule adopted by a political subdivision. (Section 307.220.7). The owner or operator of a SMB system operating or deploying a SMB in violation of these provisions shall be guilty of a class D misdemeanor. (Section 307.220.8)   Counties and municipalities may regulate or prohibit the operation of SMBs and SMB systems within their jurisdiction, including but not limited to requiring protective headgear, and may provide for separate or modified regulations or prohibitions based on vehicle characteristics or operator age. (Section 307.224.1). No SMB system shall operate or deploy SMBs without first obtaining authorization or permission from the county or municipality in which the SMBs will be operated or deployed. Authorization or permission to operate a SMB or SMB system may be conditioned on certain requirements as specified in the act. (Section 307.224.2). Counties and municipalities may require the operator of a SMB system to provide anonymized fleet and ride activity data, provided that individuals’ privacy is protected as specified in the act. (Section 307.224.3). Information received under these provisions shall be subject to disclosure under the Sunshine Law only after aggregation and anonymization sufficient to protect individuals’ privacy. (Section 307.224.4)   The act also requires SMB systems to provide insurance coverage as specified in the act. (Section 379.1750). A SMB system shall maintain, for the operation and charging of SMBs, a policy of commercial general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence for death, bodily injury, and property damage. (Section 379.1750.2). The required coverage shall provide coverage beginning with the first dollar of the claim and shall specify that the insurer has a duty to defend the claim. (Section 379.1750.3). The policy may be placed with an insurer licensed in this state to sell the policy, or by an eligible surplus lines producer as provided by law. (Section 379.1750.4). Other insurers issuing motor vehicle or other insurance may exclude or limit coverage for the operation of SMBs. (Section 379.1750.5)  Insurance/Banking Committee.  Heard 3/4.

COVID-19 Daily Update 6-23-2020

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

June 22, 2020

Youth Sports Guidelines

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

The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in youth sports settings as follows:

  • Lowest risk: Performing skill-building drills or conditioning at home, alone or with family members
  • Increasing risk: Team-based practice
  • More risk: Within-team competition
  • Even more risk: Full competition between teams from the same local geographic area
  • Highest risk: Full competition between teams from different geographic areas.

Tournaments are in the CDC’s highest risk category and cannot be played at this time. Traveling outside of the local community may increase the chances of exposing players, coaches, and spectators to COVID-19. Youth sports teams must compete only against teams in the St. Louis area. Click here to download or view the complete guideline document.

Safety Planning for Public Events

Please take note that St. Louis County Department of Public Health is still reviewing plans for approval prior to holding any public event.  The following are a few things to consider when developing a plan:

  • Anticipated crowd size and control, including exit and entry points
  • Preventative measures to eliminate congregating in groups
  • Requiring masks for visitors and employees
  • Require temperature screening of both staff and guests/visitors
  • Hand washing and sanitizing stations
  • Distribution of food and beverage
  • Ensuring social distancing requirements

​All plans can be submitted via email to business-covid@stlouisco.com

Daily COVID-19 Update Schedule

As of Wednesday, June 24, the St. Louis County COVID-19 Daily Update will be disseminated three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The date change coincides with the Emergency Operations next Operational Period.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 0 decedents. 57 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 57 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

June 18, 2020

Long-Term Care Facilities Guidelines

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has updated the guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities. The document, found here, provides guidelines for the Residential Living facilities that serve this vulnerable population. Guidelines for the management of patients and health care workers are also highlighted. It is critical to minimize any exposure to these vulnerable populations and imperative that the health care professionals who assist and treat this population are adequately screened before entering these facilities. Facilities employing these professionals as well as the professionals, themselves, must comply with these guidelines.

Virtual Job Fair

St. Louis County Workforce Development will be hosting a virtual job fair on June 17th – 19th, 2020. The event will feature multiple industries and many employers in the St. Louis Metro Area, complete with direct application links and contact information for immediate follow up via phone or video call. The fair will be held today, from 1p-4p and tomorrow from 9a-noon. Additional information and details can be found here.

Reminder: Holiday Observance Friday June 19, 2020

To facilitate Friday, Juneteenth, as a day of reflection, St. Louis County will be observing June 19 as a County-wide holiday this year. County offices will be closed, therefore there will be no daily update. However, COVID-19 Testing will continue as scheduled at John C. Murphy Health Center and South County Health Center. Additional testing information can be found here.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 1 decedent. 56 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 57 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Test Scheduler Available Online

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

This is for St. Louis County residents only; it’s important to remember that even if you don’t think you’re at risk, you should still consider getting tested to protect others. The goal is to detect cases among people who are likely to spread the infection. These individuals include those who work directly with the public, such as medical and residential facility workers, grocery store employees, food service employees and other front-line workers. Early detection in those without symptoms will allow us to take steps to reduce further the likelihood of transmission. 

Testing is available by appointment only. Scheduling is available online here.

Holiday Observance Friday June 19, 2020

To facilitate Friday, Juneteenth, as a day of reflection, St. Louis County will be observing June 19 as a County-wide holiday this year. County offices will be closed, therefore there will be no daily update. However, COVID-19 Testing will continue as scheduled at John C. Murphy Health Center and South County Health Center. Additional testing information can be found here

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 1 decedent. 56 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 57 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center. 

Contact Information

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

June 18, 2020

Long-Term Care Facilities Guidelines

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has updated the guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities. The document, found here, provides guidelines for the Residential Living facilities that serve this vulnerable population. Guidelines for the management of patients and health care workers are also highlighted. It is critical to minimize any exposure to these vulnerable populations and imperative that the health care professionals who assist and treat this population are adequately screened before entering these facilities. Facilities employing these professionals as well as the professionals, themselves, must comply with these guidelines.

Virtual Job Fair

St. Louis County Workforce Development will be hosting a virtual job fair on June 17th – 19th, 2020. The event will feature multiple industries and many employers in the St. Louis Metro Area, complete with direct application links and contact information for immediate follow up via phone or video call. The fair will be held today, from 1p-4p and tomorrow from 9a-noon. Additional information and details can be found here.

Reminder: Holiday Observance Friday June 19, 2020

To facilitate Friday, Juneteenth, as a day of reflection, St. Louis County will be observing June 19 as a County-wide holiday this year. County offices will be closed, therefore there will be no daily update. However, COVID-19 Testing will continue as scheduled at John C. Murphy Health Center and South County Health Center. Additional testing information can be found here.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 1 decedent. 56 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 57 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Test Scheduler Available Online

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

This is for St. Louis County residents only; it’s important to remember that even if you don’t think you’re at risk, you should still consider getting tested to protect others. The goal is to detect cases among people who are likely to spread the infection. These individuals include those who work directly with the public, such as medical and residential facility workers, grocery store employees, food service employees and other front-line workers. Early detection in those without symptoms will allow us to take steps to reduce further the likelihood of transmission. 

Testing is available by appointment only. Scheduling is available online here.

Holiday Observance Friday June 19, 2020

To facilitate Friday, Juneteenth, as a day of reflection, St. Louis County will be observing June 19 as a County-wide holiday this year. County offices will be closed, therefore there will be no daily update. However, COVID-19 Testing will continue as scheduled at John C. Murphy Health Center and South County Health Center. Additional testing information can be found here

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 1 decedent. 56 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 57 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center. 

Contact Information

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

June 16, 2020

COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Program

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

Any organization in St. Louis County that helps meet the social and emotional needs of young children impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis can apply for a humanitarian relief grant. Applications are being accepted for licensed and licensed-exempt child care providers in St. Louis County and can be reviewed and applied for here.

Cloth Face Coverings

Cloth face coverings continue to be a critical component in personal protective measures as additional portions of St. Louis County reopen. When combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings, cloth face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but they must be worn correctly.

Wear your Face Covering Correctly

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 1 decedent. 56 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 57 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

June 15, 2020

Additional Businesses Reopening Today

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

John C. Murphy Health Center

The John C. Murphy Health Center (Berkeley), North Central Community Health Center (Pine Lawn) and South County Health Center (Sunset Hills) reopened today with full clinical services available. Select GYN services are available with a full availability date set for July 1. New patients are also being accepted and are still offering virtual Telehealth appointments. Please call 314-615-0500 for more information or click here

 COVID-19 Testing Expansion

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is continuing to experience high call volume following the announcement last week of the expansion of testing for COVID-19. DPH is asking for patience as additional resources have been put in place, but should you be prompted to leave a voicemail, please do so, as your call will be returned as soon as possible. To make an appointment please call 314-615-0574.

Dignified Transfer Center

 The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 1 decedent. 56 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 57 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center. 

Contact Information

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

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.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 1 decedent. 56 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 57 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center. 

 Contact Information

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

June 11, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Expanded

St. Louis County’s Department of Public Health is expanding its criteria for public COVID-19 testing. Starting Monday, June 15, anyone who has frequent or close contact with people outside of the household may get a test, including those who have no symptoms of COVID-19 and no known exposure. Tests are available at two Department of Public Health clinics: John C. Murphy Health Center in Berkeley and South County Health Center in Sunset Hills. Tests are given at no cost to the patient regardless of insurance.

Early in the pandemic, DPH testing capacity was limited to people with symptoms and those who had come in contact with carriers of COVID-19. The increased ability to offer tests has allowed the expansion of testing criteria to focus on containment. DPH is specifically targeting those who may have COVID-19 without experiencing symptoms, and who may unknowingly spread it to others.

It’s important to remember that even if you don’t think you’re at risk, you should still consider getting tested to protect others. The goal is to detect cases among people who are likely to spread the infection. These individuals include those who work directly with the public, such as medical and residential facility workers, grocery store employees, food service employees and other front-line workers. Early detection in those without symptoms will allow us to take steps to reduce further the likelihood of transmission. Testing is available by appointment only. Please call 314-615-0574. DPH has the capacity to test at least 150 individuals per day, with results available within 48 hours.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health also provides primary care, dental, mental health, substance use treatment and a wide variety of other services at our clinics.  Adding to the ongoing services at North Central and South County clinics, the John C Murphy clinic will resume all patient care on Monday. DPH is currently accepting new patients and will work with any county resident, regardless of their ability to pay. Serving over 35,000 County residents every year, DPH is here to assist residents by providing access to necessary medical care.

 Reopening Guidelines for Banquet and Conference Centers Now Available

The reopening guidelines for banquet and conference centers are now available online, are effective on June 15, 2020 in St. Louis County and can be found here. These guidelines place restrictions on banquet centers, conference venues, and any similar venue where members of the public gather for meetings or events. effective June 

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 1 decedent. 56 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 57 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center. 

Contact Information

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

June 10, 2020

Latest Opioid Numbers Released

This morning, St. Louis County Department of Public Health released new statistics that show a 13 percent decrease in the number of opioid-related deaths in 2019 compared to the previous year. Last year 266 people died from opioid overdose, compared to 307 in 2018. This was the first year since 2012 in which the number of deaths has decreased. However, 90 percent of 2019’s opioid deaths involved fentanyl, a synthetic opioid much more powerful than heroin.

While the overall drop in deaths is good news, there’s a troubling trend within that number. Deaths of Black males from opioid use jumped 47 percent in 2019 compared with 2018 and were the only group to experience an increase in opioid related deaths in 2019 – every other group experienced a decrease. This highlights the widening disparity in opioid-related deaths and indicates the need for unique, tailored responses.

“The dramatic jump in opioid-related deaths of African American men is alarming,” stated County Executive Sam Page. “The Department of Public Health is aggressively working on its outreach to our high-risk communities including providing access to Narcan and an education campaign on how to get help. We are committed to doing all we can to fight this epidemic.”

At this time there is still heightened concern that social isolation forced by the coronavirus pandemic is particularly dangerous for anyone who misuses opioids and DPH would like to remind everyone that anyone who wants free doses of Narcan,  can receive them at all three of our Department of Public Health clinics from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit www.recoverstl.com.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health also provides primary care, dental, mental health, substance use treatment and a wide variety of other services at our clinics.  Adding to the ongoing services at North Central and South County clinics, the John C Murphy clinic will resume all patient care on Monday, June 15. DPH is taking new patients and will work with any county resident, regardless of their ability to pay. So if you do not have a doctor, or you have lost your insurance, please reach out to the Department of Public Health. DPH serves over 35,000 County residents every year and are here to help you get access to necessary medical care.

Community Centers and Recreation Centers Guidelines Now Available

Community Center and Recreation Center Guidelines are now available online and can be found here. These guidelines apply to community centers and recreation centers as well as similar occupations and businesses which engage in direct interactions with members of the public. Adherence to these guidelines are for not only the protection of customers in these entertainment venues settings, but also for the protection of employers and employees and effective June 15, 2020.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 0 decedents. 56 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 56 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

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

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 0 decedents. 56 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 56 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

 

June 8, 2020

Behavioral Health Resource

This morning, County Executive Sam Page announced the enhancement of Behavioral Health access by calling 211. During these difficult times, many people are experiencing unfamiliar emotions and navigating through unexpected circumstances. Resources are available to address multiple needs such as housing, utilities, food and mental health. Additional information is also available online here.

Outdoor Drive-In Entertainment Guidelines

The Outdoor Drive-In Entertainment Guidelines are now available online and can be found here. Establishments that wish to have outdoor entertainment with drive-in customer viewing, may do so under these guidelines. Following these guidelines will reduce the risk of spreading the virus among employees and guests. 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 or disposable face covering must be worn by employees and guests, except when guests are in their vehicles.
  • Clean/sanitize/disinfect – wash and sanitize hands, and wipe down frequently touched surfaces with EPA-registered disinfectant.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 0 decedents. 56 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 56 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

June 5, 2020

Additional Federal Funding Announced

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

John C. Murphy Health Clinic Services

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will reopen all medical, mental health, substance use services at John C. Murphy on June 15th. All three DPH clinics are also accepting new patients to ensure those with no current provider can still receive medical treatment and/or services. Telehealth is also available as an opportunity for those who prefer that method of medical assistance. Additional information can be found here.

Correction: CARES ACT Participatory Budgeting

Please note the date change to the information released in yesterday’s update. The correct date is listed below. Thank you.

Residents have from now until June 12th. For more information please email   mmitchell2@stlouisco.com or call 314-283-7865.

Dignified Transfer Center

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

Contact Information

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

 

June 4, 2020

 CARES ACT Participatory Budgeting

 Help St. Louis County direct $7 million in federal funding for COVID-19 response in our community! St. Louis County’s Participatory Budgeting process offers many residents a direct say in how to spend part of the federal money to combat the novel coronavirus. If you are 11 years of age or older and a resident in one of the listed zip codes, sign up here.  Residents have from now until July 12th. For more information please email mmitchell2@stlouisco.com or call 314-283-7865. 

 Mask Distribution

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health continues to distribute masks and as of today has distributed more than 500,000 across the county. In partnership with the YMCA, 22,000 masks will be distributed to kids at summer camps to take home to share with their families. Many other organizations will pick up masks this Friday. Among them: MapleGOOD volunteers intend to distribute 4,000 masks at bus stops in Maplewood, and the Museum of Transportation will be distributing 10,000 masks to staff. Taking proper protective measures continues to be a critical step in keeping our community safe and DPH is grateful for partnerships and conversations to move this initiative forward. 

 Dignified Transfer Center

 The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 1 decedent. 55 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 56 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center. 

 Contact Information

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

June 3, 2020

Child Care Relief Program

 This morning County Executive Sam Page announced $24 million in funding for the humanitarian response program that will focus on three main areas:  senior and home bound programming, housing stabilization and social and emotional wellness. Cora Faith Walker, Director of Policy, also joined Page at the briefing to announce a child care relief program, expanding on the funding details in relation to CARES Act distribution. 

Mask Distribution

 The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has another mask distribution set for Friday, June 5, at the John C. Murphy Health Center. DPH is pleased to partner with Catholic Charities of St Louis (CCSTL) in distributing this amazing shipment of 3-ply disposable masks. CCSTL is a federation of eight agencies in addition to a central office and a language translation team.  Six of its eight agencies have in-residence programs supporting at-risk communities, benefiting over 100,000 people annually in the STL region.

Dignified Transfer Center

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

 Contact Information

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

June 2, 2020

Additional Guidelines Now Available

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

Additional guidelines for other businesses will be available in the near future, including updates to existing guidance already posted.

Substance Use Assistance

Unintended consequences of social distancing and isolation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic can include increased substance use, experimentation and even relapse for those in treatment and recovery. To help people find support facilities, the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division, along with community partners, has launched a website that pulls together resources for St. Louis Metro residents.

WithYouSTL.com is a community-based resource website that provides information on everything from substance use prevention, treatment providers, and free naloxone distribution locations, as well as where to find food pantries and other help.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health also offers assistance to those at risk by providing Naloxone, or Narcan, through the AnyoneCan initiative. This provides free Naloxone, or Narcan for anyone who requests it. Narcan is a simple medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and available now. Additional information can be found here.

Dignified Transfer Center

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

Contact Information

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

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

Dignified Transfer Center

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

Contact Information

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

May 28, 2020

Metro Transit COVID-19 Update

Metro Transit will resume front-door boarding and fare collection on MetroBus vehicles beginning on Monday, June 1, with temporary changes to fares and fare collection. MetroBus cash fares have been waived since March 21 to reduce the person-to-person contact between bus operators and passengers, and riders have been boarding buses via the rear doors. Metro has continued to implement precautionary safety measures including providing all transit operators with masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment, limiting passenger loads on buses, installing polycarbonate shields around the operator cabs on all buses, requiring all passengers to wear face covering masks on transit vehicles, and adjusting MetroBus service to better meet ridership demands and support social distancing. With all these measures now in place, Metro is in position to safely resume fare collection while continuing to address the health and safety of drivers and passengers. More information about the fare changes can be found online here.

Talking with Children About COVID-19

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

Here are a few tips:

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

Additional information on talking with children can be found here.

Dignified Transfer Center

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

Contact Information

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

May 27, 2020     

Testing Data Available on Dashboard 

St. Louis County Department of Public Health has added Testing Data to the current dashboard, which is now available and can be found online here. Testing for COVID-19 is important for diagnosing the virus, getting people necessary clinical care, and tracing contacts to limit further disease spread. Taking into account recommendations from national experts in infectious disease and biosecurity, St. Louis County has the goal of approximately 1,000 residents tested per day as a sign of availability. It is also recommended that the test positivity rate, the percentage of total tests conducted that are positive, remains under 10%.  The positivity rate in St. Louis County is 7.4% today.   A combination of high testing volume and low positivity rate will suggest that most cases are likely being detected. Please note that all testing referenced on this page is PCR testing; this type of test detects active infection.  St. Louis County is not including antibody testing results at this time, but will make upgrades to the data in the future.S Reopening Criteria For

St. Louis County Public Water Recreation Facilities

 The goal of the protocols outlined in the document (see attached) is to minimize the risk of virus transmission in and around PWRFs. The St. Louis County Public Water Recreation Facilities Rules and Regulations require pools to be maintained by a properly trained and certified operator responsible for the sanitation, safety, and proper maintenance of the pool, spa, or water recreation attraction, in addition to all physical and mechanical equipment and records. PWRFs include a wide array of facilities, from small neighborhood and hotel pools to large water park venues; each with their own unique physical characteristics, design and staffing. For this reason, Saint Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) is requiring each PWRF operator to consider their specific operation and work with their certified pool operator to develop a written plan. Criteria in its entirety can be found online here later this afternoon. 

 Mask Distribution

 An additional 100,000 masks will be distributed today, as the St. Louis County Department of Public Health is partnering with the Clergy Coalition. These masks will be distributed by churches throughout North St. Louis County to members of the general public. Thus far, over 250,000 masks have been distributed during this initial phase of a larger effort to distribute PPE to St. Louis County residents.  DPH will continue to identify community partners and other churches and community leaders that can help place masks in the hands of our residents.

 Dignified Transfer Center

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

 Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline: (877) 435-8411. 

The St. Louis County COVID-19 website 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. 

May 26, 2020

Travel Advisory Issued

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

Current DPH guidance recommends that employers screen employees for health risks. Employers also should consider adding a question related to recent travels and social distancing behaviors.

Please consider as more businesses begin reopening:

  • Were those you traveled with or spent time with while away from home within 6 feet of others during your trip? Being within 6 feet of others increases your chances of getting infected and infecting others.
  • Do you live with someone who is more likely to become ill from COVID-19? If you get infected while traveling you can spread COVID-19 to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Are you or those you were traveling with more likely to become ill from COVID-19Older adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you get sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss work? People with COVID-19 disease need to stay home until they are no longer considered infectious, for at least 14 days.

Dignified Transfer Center

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

Contact Information

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

May 22, 2020

Guidance for Summer Camps

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

The guidance outline includes the following:

  • Programming
  • Logistics for social distancing and hygiene
  • Food Service
  • Control of Environmental Contamination of camp site and staff/children’s homes
  • Use of Playground Equipment

This guidance document is attached and can be found here.

Personal Protective Equipment Distribution

The Department of Public Health is distributing 100,000 surgical masks to the Regional Response Team, 38,000 surgical masks to PrepareSTL, and 16,000 surgical masks to North County Incorporated today. All of these masks will be distributed directlyfrom these organizational partners to members of the community. This is an early step in a larger effort by the Department of Public Health to distribute PPE to St. Louis County residents.  Additional announcements for masks will be coming soon.

Memorial Day: Monday, May 25th, 2020

In observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, the daily St. Louis County COVID-19 Update will not be disseminated on Monday, May 25th. The Hotline will also be closed, so please direction questions to the State of Missouri, Division of Health and Senior Services hotline at 877-435-8411.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 3 decedents. 53 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 56 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

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.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 3 decedents. 53 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 56 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center. ​

Contact Information

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

May 20, 2020

Reopening Guidance and Documentation

Earlier today, it was announced by St. Louis County and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, that additional guidance for the reopening of summer camps and aquatic centers would be released later this week.

All updated guidance and/or recommendations are available online here.

How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering

Wear your Mask Correctly

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • Do not place a mask on a child younger than 2

Use of Masks Protects Others

  • Wear a face covering to protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms
  • Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public
  • Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead

​​   Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, clean your hands

Additional information on masks according to the Center of Disease Control can be found here. 

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 2 decedents. 53 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 55 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

May 19, 2020

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.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 3 decedents. 52 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 55 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

May 18, 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. 

 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.

  Dignified Transfer Center

 The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 2 decedents. 52 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 53 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center. 

 Contact Information

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

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.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 2 decedents. 52 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 53 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

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.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 1 decedents. 51 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 52 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

May 13, 2020

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. The following protocols can be found at stlcorona.com.

  • Hotels
  • Commercial Office Building Operations
  • Restaurant (with dine-in) Operations
  • Transportation Services
  • Business Office Operations
  • Construction, Manufacturing and Repair Services
  • Personal Services
  • Retail Operations

Individual businesses can ask specific questions about how the guidance applies to their business by emailing business-covid@stlouisco.com.

Anxiety and Assistance

It is normal to be worried and stressed during times of crisis. While worry is a part of anxiety, people with anxiety tend to experience more exaggerated feelings of worry and tension. Some common symptoms include:

  • Uncontrollable worry or dread
  • Stomach and digestion problems
  • Troubles with concentration, memory or thinking clearly
  • Increased heart rate
  • Changes in energy; difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability and/or restlessness

Resources are available to help guide and walk along side you during these unfamiliar, and difficult times.    Additional information regarding resources and assistance can be found here.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 1 decedents. 51 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 52 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

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.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 3 decedents. 49 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 52 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

May 11, 2020

Guidance for Children and Masks

 As we navigate towards the reopening of businesses and other functions in St. Louis County, masks may be required and this does includes children, especially in places where they may not be able to avoid staying 6 feet away from others. For example, if you have to take them to the doctor, pharmacy, or grocery store. Children under the age of 2 years should not wear cloth face coverings.​

However, under the following circumstances you may need to reconsider the use of cloth face coverings on a child:

​​​​-The face coverings are a possible choking or strangulation hazards to your child.

-Wearing the cloth face covering causes your child to touch their face more frequently than not wearing it.

Staying home and physical distancing is still the best way to protect your family from COVID-19. Especially for younger children who may not understand why they can’t run up toward other people or touch things they shouldn’t, it’s best to keep them home. Children who are sick (fever, cough, congestion, runny nos​e, diarrhea, or vomiting) should not leave home.

 Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 5 decedents. 47 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 52 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, 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. Apologize for the delay in the release of this update. There were a few technical difficulties with the distribution list on email, so thank you for your understanding.

May 8, 2020

Guidance for Businesses

 St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) and the St. Louis County Executive’s Office have announced guidance for businesses reopening. The document is attached.

Businesses Preparing to Reopen – Customer Perspective

 When formulating proactive plans to reopen, the owners/operators of small businesses should consider different perspectives. A second viewpoint should focus on the health and well-being of their customers and guests.

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

  • Engineering controls through the form of physical barriers or design elements ensuring six feet of distance between employees and customers.
  • Installation of clear markings/directions for social distancing at areas prone to lines or congregation.
  • Limits on the number of customers, employees, and others in the business at any one time.
  • A schedule for cleaning/sanitizing in accordance with required protocols.
  • The establishment of hours of operation, wherever possible, for high-risk individuals.
  • A plan for treating common areas to restrict gatherings.
  • Where hand sanitizer and Kleenex will be made available to all guests.
  • Arrangement for contactless payment, pick-up and delivery options whenever feasible.

Moving Forward

Beginning Monday, May 11th, the information disseminated by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, including these daily updates, will begin to come from Ms. Sara Dayley, the Communications Director of the Department of Public Health, or her designee.

 Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 6 decedents. 44 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 50 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, 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.

May 7, 2020

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.”

St. Louis County Workforce Development Job Fair

Today, St. Louis County Workforce Development will be hosting a virtual job fair on Facebook from 10AM – 1PM. This effort will connect 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/

 Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 7 decedents. 42 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 49 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, 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.

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/

 Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 11 decedents. 38 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 49 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, 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.

May 5, 2020

COVID-19 and Dental Settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies dental settings as having unique characteristics that warrant additional infection control considerations and places dental health care providers in the “very high exposure risk” category. The practice of dentistry as involving the use of instruments that create a visible spray that contains large particle droplets of water, saliva, blood, microorganisms, and other debris. This spatter travels only a short distance and lands on the floor, nearby operatory surfaces, dental health care professionals, or the patient. The spray also might contain certain aerosols. While surgical masks offer some protection, they do not guarantee safety against inhalation of airborne infectious agents. Additional study and evaluation is needed to assess the risk of transmission during dental practice or to determine whether dental health care professionals are adequately protected when providing dental treatment using Standard Precautions.

Here are some recommendations from the CDC:

  • Postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Evaluate the necessary course of dental treatment by phone before responding to the office.
  • Dental health professionals should utilize the appropriate levels of PPE.
  • Clean and disinfect rooms promptly.

What constitutes a dental emergency? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the following:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Trauma involving the facial bones, potentially compromising the patient’s airway
  • Severe pain from inflammation
  • Treatment prior to or following a procedure or surgery
  • Final crown/bridge cementations if temporary restoration is compromised
  • Gum infection with pain or swelling
  • Broken or knocked out tooth
  • Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other cancer treatment
  • Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheeks or gums
  • Biopsy of abnormal tissue

Dental health care professionals should regularly consult with their state dental boards or other regulating agencies for requirements specific to their jurisdictions.

 Mental Health During a Pandemic

As a reminder, everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Fear and anxiety caused by this pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. How someone responds to the outbreak can depend on their background, the things that make them different from other people, and the community they live in. If someone is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like they might want to harm themselves or others, contact one of the following:

  • Call 911
  • Contact Behavioral Health Response (BHR): 314-469-6644 (immediate access to a counselor or social worker, free of charge)
  • Mid-Missouri Crisis Line: Text “HAND” to 839863
  • Disaster Distress Help Line: 1-800-985-5990, or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8225) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 13 decedents. 36 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 49 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, 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.

May 4, 2020

Stay at Home Orders

Stay at Home Orders in St. Louis County remain in effect. This is despite the expiration of the State of Missouri’s Stay at Home Order and the activation of the Economic Re-opening Order today at 12:01 AM. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) and the St. Louis County Executive’s Office believe that this is necessary based on the unique challenges St. Louis County offers. It is the largest county in the state and has by far the most positive COVID-19 cases. Dr. Sam Page, the St. Louis County Executive, is working with other elected officials in the region to systematically ease restrictions. An announcement is anticipated this week.

 Small Business Relief

 The St. Louis County Small Business Relief (“SBR”) Program will provide financial relief, in the form of a one-time grant of $15,000 or less, to qualifying small businesses that were closed during the Stay at Home Order. The grant can be used to pay for the costs of business interruption as a result of the business closing during the Stay at Home Order and to cover costs associated with reopening safely. A business is eligible for an SBR grant if the business (including for-profit entities, sole proprietorships, and non-profit organizations) has its principal place of business in St. Louis County, had 50 or fewer full-time employees as of March 1, 2020, and was closed during the Stay at Home Order.

The process for awarding SBR grants will incorporate community input to guide grant awards to the small businesses that need financial relief the most. SBR grants will be awarded to businesses based upon recommendations received from the Council member and, where applicable, mayor of the municipality where the business’s principal place of business is located. More information on SBR grants and the application process can be found here: http://stlcorona.com/resources/small-business-relief-program/.

There are restrictions. At this time, the SBR Program will award a maximum total of $2.5 million in grants per County Council district. Additional funding may be provided in the future. Additionally, no business may receive an SBR grant if the business has a director, officer, employee, agent, or sub-contractor that is an elected or appointed official of St. Louis County, an elected or appointed official of any municipality within St. Louis County, or is a member of the immediate family of any such elected or appointed official.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 20 decedents. 28 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 48 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, 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.

May 1, 2020

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.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 20 decedents. Eight additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 28 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

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.

April 30, 2020

Serology Tests

 Serology tests are a type of medical test which can be used to determine the presence of specific antibodies in a person’s blood. It is important to identify specific antibodies in a person’s blood because they can be evidence that a person may have contracted an infectious virus, such as COVID-19. As these antibodies may be present while a person is infected, serology testing can confirm whether or not a person has had an immune response to COVID-19. However, this test is not approved to confirm an active COVID-19 case at this time. The presence of antibodies does indicate that the body is engaging in a response to counteract the virus, but it is not known whether the presence of antibodies means there is any lasting immunity to the virus. No antibody test should be taken as a sign that a person is immune to further COVID infection until further details come forward.

Antibody test results can be important for detecting infected persons with mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to explore how we can deploy antibody tests in a meaningful way to help determine the prevalence and spread of COVID-19 in our community. These types of tests can be an important tool we use to understand the impact this pandemic has had on our residents.

Continued Use of Face Masks

Each one of us has been called upon to slow the spread of the virus through the combination of social distancing and prevention hygiene, like frequently washing your hands and wearing face coverings. As the region begins to slowly open back up, DPH continues to stress the importance of wearing face masks while in public. This simple act lowers the risk of spreading COVID-19 and helps to keep everyone safe including our most at risk residents. Basic masks can also help to preserve N-95 masks for those who must work in direct contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials offer a low cost option. For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 15 decedents. Six additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 21 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

Contact Information

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

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, 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.

April 29, 2020

 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.

Fair Housing Rights and COVID-19

The Fair Housing Act protects people from housing discrimination based on their race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or family status. Most forms of housing, as well as other activities like buying homeowners or renters insurance, are covered under the Act. People who are infected with COVID-19 may also be protected under the protected classes covered in the Fair Housing Act. The attached guide is an introduction to how the Fair Housing Act can help individuals affected with COVID-19 to ensure they are treated fairly during housing-related activities.

Dignified Transfer Center

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

Contact Tracers

The application process for contact tracers has closed. Approximately 800 interested individuals applied for the positions.

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.

April 28, 2020 

Contact Tracing

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

The process of contact tracing also supports those suspected or confirmed of being infected. Individuals are provided educational materials to understand their risk and given direction on how best to protect their family and others who were not exposed. They are also connected with medical professionals who can clarify instructions and answer questions related to COVID-19.

DPH is currently hiring contact tracers. This is a specialized skillset for those with inquisitive and investigative personalities. Those interested should also have a general understanding of basic medical terminology, infectious disease processes, and patient confidentiality laws. Excellent interpersonal and interviewing skills are also beneficial. For more information on working as a contact tracer or to apply for the position, visit: http://ow.ly/nXqu50zqOmm.

Guidance for Public Pools

As warmer weather approaches, please remember the current Stay at Home Order lists the following as prohibited: “activities regarding places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to locations with water parks.”  That means that the operation of public swimming pools is prohibited.

Executive Stay at Home Order, and the specifics that it addresses, is available on www.stlcorona.com.

When the Stay at Home Order is lifted and recreational facilities begin to re-open, additional guidance for operators regarding necessary modifications required to keep patrons safe will be provided. CDC advisories related to social distancing, staying home while sick, routine disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizer use, and other personal protection guidance should be operational considerations for pools and recreational facilities moving forward.

Public pool owners/operators that have questions or concerns should contact pools.dph@stlouisco.com.

Dignified Transfer Center

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

Contact Information

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

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, 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.

April 27, 2020

New Symptoms

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

  • chills
  • repeated shaking with chills
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • new loss of taste or smell

Previously, the public health institute associated the symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing with the disease, as those are still considered in the list of COVID-19 symptoms.

New Testing Locations

 Beginning today, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) will be providing limited COVID-19 testing to County residents. Those residents should have symptoms and meet testing criteria. The testing will occur at the John C. Murphy clinic, located at 6121 North Hanley Road in Berkeley, and the South County Health Center, located at 4580 South Lindbergh Boulevard in Sunset Hills.

The drive-through testing will be by appointment only. If you would like to be screened for an appointment, visit www.stlcorona.com or call (314)615-0574. Screening criteria prioritizes individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 who have risk factors for poor outcomes or are at particular risk for spreading illness to others if infected. While DPH’s current testing capacity is limited, the goal is to expand testing in the community by utilizing additional funding as it becomes available.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating five decedents. Four additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family.

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.

April 24, 2020 

New Testing Location

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

DPH currently operates three public-facing clinics where primary care is provided to an average of 35,000 individuals a year, the majority of whom are uninsured. These clinics are located in Pine Lawn (4000 Jennings Station Road), Berkley (6121 North Hanley Road), and Sunset Hills (4580 South Lindbergh Boulevard).

Throughout the pandemic, DPH continues to provide vital primary and acute care at our North Central and South County locations. COVID-19 testing has been available to our existing patients as well as other high risk groups in the County.

The Berkeley and Sunset Hills locations will operate drive-through testing, and will be by appointment only. While DPH’s current testing capacity is limited, the goal is to expand testing in the community by utilizing additional funding as it becomes available. The screening and appointment making processes will begin on Monday, April 27th. If you would like to be screened for an appointment, visit stlcorona.com or call (314)615-0574 starting Monday. Screening criteria prioritizes individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 who have risk factors for poor outcomes or are at particular risk for spreading illness to others if infected.

Resources

The resource tab on www.stlcorona.com is a wealth of information on a variety of topics. It contains COVID-19 fact sheets, contact information, statistics, testing and donation information. There are many resources for social service assistance including food, rent and utilities. Small business owners and employees impacted by COVID-19 can find a list of agencies providing guidance. Mental health related articles and resources guide users to timely information related to maintaining healthy emotional well-being. Additionally, parents can find e-learning tools to assist with distance learning. This accumulation of information is meant to be an aid for navigating the challenges presented by this global pandemic.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center received another decedent this morning.

Continued Adaptation

St. Louis County Department of Public Health continues to adapt to best serve the region as we face COVID-19 together. We seek to provide you with the best information possible, while not diluting the message or providing updates that are not consistently valuable. The availability of information contained on the always-evolving website is also a contributing factor for re-evaluating the need for updates seven days a week through this medium. 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.

April 23, 2020

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.

Dignified Transfer Center

The Dignified Transfer Center received its first decedent yesterday, April 22. Shortly thereafter, the decedent was transferred to a local cremation center per prior arrangement.

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.

April 22, 2020 

Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Warning Signs

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. This hold especially true as we face COVID-19 together and experience things like social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. The longer we face these challenges, the more we should be aware of the mental and emotional well-bring of ourselves and our loved ones. Those that have preexisting mental health conditions should continue their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Here are some tips to help:

  • Stay active.
  • Make sure to get enough sleep and rest.
  • Stay hydrated and avoid excessive amounts of caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Set limits on media and social media consumption.
  • Get accurate information from reputable sources.
  • Reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness, and boredom during social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.

Guidance for Public Pools

While there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can survive in properly disinfected swimming pool water; the virus can be spread in and around a swimming pool environment through person-to-person contact and contact with contaminated surfaces. The current Stay at Home Order lists as prohibited activities: “activities regarding places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to locations with…water parks…”

Public pool owners/operators that have questions or concerns should contact pools.dph@stlouisco.com.

Improved Testing Map

The locations of testing sites on www.stlcorona.com has been updated. It can now filter based on health care provider.

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.

April 21, 2020

Close Quarters and Shared Spaces

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

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in common areas often.
  • Use the proper materials and preventative measures when cleaning.
  • Wash clothing in the warmest water allowable.
  • Monitor symptoms after cleaning a potentially contaminated area.

One of the most effective methods for a COVID-19 positive person to minimize the impact of COVID-19 within a household is isolating properly. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Isolation considerations should include separating yourself from other people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. We should:

  • Not share dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, or food with others.
  • Not share towels or bedding with others.
  • Wear a mask if we have to be around others.

Again, the here are some tips for providing care at home for someone with COVID-19:

  • Help the person who is sick follow their doctor’s instructions for care and medicine.
  • Make sure the person who is sick drinks a lot of fluids and rests.
  • Help them with grocery shopping, filling prescriptions, and getting other items they may need. Consider having the items delivered through a delivery service, if possible.
  • Take care of their pet(s), and limit contact between the person who is sick and their pet(s) when possible.

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.

April 20, 2020

Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Employees

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

Additional guidance includes:

  • Employers should increase the frequency of cleaning commonly touched surfaces.
  • Employers should work with facility maintenance staff to increase air exchanges in room.
  • Employees should not share headsets or other objects that are near mouth or nose.
  • Employees and employers should consider pilot testing the use of face masks to ensure they do not interfere with work assignments.
  • Employees should physically distance when they take breaks together. Stagger breaks and don’t congregate in the break room, and don’t share food or utensils.

Masks

St. Louis County Department of Public Health is asking everyone to remain diligent in continuing to wear masks while in public. This simple act helps to keep essential employees, like health care workers, grocery workers, custodians, transportation professionals, and first responders, safe and healthy.

This can be accomplished by wearing cloth masks. This helps preserve the sought after N-95 masks for the healthcare workers and first responders who must work in direct contact with those confirmed to have COVID-19. The CDC notes that homemade masks are not considered PPE, as their capability to protect health care professionals is unknown, but this option is a better option than no option. The CDC has directions for making two types of cloth masks, one that does not require sewing and one that does. Both types can be made out of items found in your home. For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

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.

April 19, 2020

 COVID-19 and Substance Abuse

 COVID-19 poses a particular threat to those in our community who use drugs. Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could result in serious complications for those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape. People who use opioids or methamphetamine may also be vulnerable due to those drugs’ effects on respiratory and pulmonary health. This risk is compounded by the fact that people who use drugs often face complex challenges like lack of health care, homelessness, incarceration, or comorbid mental health issues. St. Louis County is committed to supporting this population through the COVID-19 outbreak. The attached document provides further information.

Again, those that have support networks based on interacting with others, peer groups, and meetings will have to identify and utilize other options. There are many service-providers that are providing valuable and free support online.

Continued Adaptation

St. Louis County Department of Public Health continues to adapt to best serve the region as we face COVID-19 together. We seek to provide you with the best information possible, while not diluting the message or providing updates that are not consistently valuable. The availability of information contained on the always-evolving website is also a contributing factor for re-evaluating the need for updates seven days a week through this medium. It is possible that these updates may be reduced to five days a week. 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.

April 18, 2020

Improved Website

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

There is a valuable taskbar located in the upper right corner of the website. It translates all the content contained on the site into approximately 80 different languages. Ultimately, we are seeking to make this information readily available to all of our neighbors.

 Regional Effort

The Dignified Transfer Center is a collaborative effort amongst the following jurisdictions/entities/organizations:

St. Louis County

Jefferson County

St. Charles County

Franklin County

Missouri National Guard

SSM Health

BJC Healthcare

Mercy

St. Luke’s

St. Louis County Department of Public Health

St. Charles County Department of Public Health

Jefferson County Health Department

Franklin County Health Department

State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)

St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS)

St. Louis County Police Department

St. Louis County Police Office of Emergency Management

St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management

Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management

Franklin County Emergency Management

City of St. Louis Emergency Management Agency

City of Washington Emergency Management Agency

St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office

Office of the Regional Medical Examiner Serving the Counties of Franklin, Jefferson and St. Charles

City of St. Louis Office of The Medical Examiner

Eureka Fire Protection District

Metro West Fire Protection District

West County EMS and Fire Protection District

Pattonville Fire Protection District

Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association

Missouri State Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association

State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors

Baue Funeral Homes

Alternative Funeral and Cremation Service

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.

April 17, 2020                      

Dignified Transfer Center

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

The creation of this facility is a proactive measure done out of preparedness that will provide relief to hospitals, morgues, and funeral homes. The hope is to never utilize this building, but we have a responsibility to prepare. It is 29,000-square-feet and capable of holding 1,300 decedents in a worst case scenario, which is not anticipated to happen.

There is an average of 28 lives lost each day in St. Louis County outside of COVID-19. According to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office, there were 9,916 deaths reported to them in 2019 and 10,253 deaths in 2018. The overwhelming majority of these deaths are attributable to natural causes or medical events. Others are lost to violence, suicide, or overdose.

The capacity that facilities like hospitals, morgues, and funeral homes have is finite. This limited space has the potential to be exhausted when funerals are not being held in a timely fashion, which could be attributable to a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • funeral homes not being able to conduct the business in the manner they usually do
  • families potentially being sick or quarantined themselves
  • additional precautions that must be taken for the funeral professionals and the families
  • loved ones delaying the process of saying goodbye until the pandemic and its effects (travel and gathering limitations) end

Much of the region has aligned in the collaborative effort of creating the Dignified Transfer Center. This helps ensure that the neighbors we say goodbye to are treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Great care and attention will be paid to their religious, cultural, and familial traditions, while protecting public health.

The facility was created through memorandums of understanding between St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County. Construction was completed using contracted vendors from these four counties and the State of Missouri. Money allocated for the project has a possibility of being reimbursed through federal emergency funding, but this currently remains unknown.  The projected construction cost is approximately $2 million. 

Professionals throughout the facility and especially those coming in direct contact with the deceased will be dressed in the appropriate level of personal protective equipment.

The facility will be secured at all times. Access to the private property will be restricted to families of the deceased who have made appointments and authorized personnel only.

April 16, 2020

Process After a COVID-19 Related Death

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

It is widely believed the virus primarily spreads through respiratory droplets inhaled into the lungs, which is not a concern after death. However, it is also possible a person can contract COVID-19 by touching an object with the virus on it and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. This is not believed to be the primary source of transmission, but does remain a concern. As such, individuals should take this into consideration before touching the body of someone who has died.

Scientists and researchers have yet to determine how long the virus remains active in the body after death. The CDC encourages funeral home staff to maintain their routine infection prevention and control precautions using standard personal protective equipment. After such procedures, standard cleaning and disinfecting procedures should be followed.

There are many customs that are of significant religious and cultural importance after a death. Every effort is being made to enable the deceased’s loved ones to participate in the rituals and traditions that are most important to them. St. Louis County has been working with a variety faith leaders to discuss how these traditions can be upheld during a time of a global pandemic. Families should consult with their spiritual leaders and funeral home staff regarding the best practices for proceeding safely.

Impersonation of Officials

 Around the country, there have been various reports of people impersonating government officials related to the COVID-19 situation. Some reports involve people confronting others claiming to be representatives of government agencies like FEMA, DHS, or other health officials. These individuals are confronting people they claim are violating stay-at-home orders and demanding payment or harassing them. Other reports involve people impersonating law enforcement and conducting traffic stops on vehicles for similar purposes. Still other situations have involved the use of counterfeit or otherwise fraudulent decals, license plates, or placards on vehicles claiming affiliation with a government agency or “essential” industry organization.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) is not contacting those that may violate executive orders at this time. DPH, and other government agencies, will not ask for payment information or information that is unrelated to your current health status over the phone or by other electronic methods.

We recommend the following action:

  • Contact 911 immediately if you believe you have been contacted by someone that is not a law enforcement officer or government official.
  • Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown or suspicious numbers.
  • Never share your personal and/or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
  • Be overly cautious if you are being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
  • Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money. Scammers often “spoof” phone numbers to trick you into answering or taking action.
  • Do not click on suspicious links online or through text message.
  • Always ensure a charity is legitimate before donating.

Please contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via email at disaster@leo.gov or your local law enforcement agency if you feel you have been a victim of a scam or fraud.

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.

April 15, 2020

Death During a Time of a Global Pandemic

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

The capacity that facilities like hospitals, morgues, and funeral homes have are finite. This limited space has the potential to be exhausted when funerals are not being held in a timely fashion, which could be attributable to a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • loved ones delaying the process of saying goodbye until the pandemic and its effects (travel and gathering limitations) end
  • funeral homes not being able to conduct the business in the manner they usually do
  • families potentially being sick or quarantined themselves

Since COVID-19 reached our community, we have lost 58 of our neighbors to the pandemic. As the virus continues its course in the St. Louis region, there may be other lives lost. We are working every day with our hospital partners to prevent loss of life, while simultaneously collaborating with hospitals, funeral directors, and other stakeholder groups to preserve dignity and respect for any who may pass as a result of COVID-19.

Children and COVID-19

 Children look to the adults in their lives to know how to react to the world around them. Adults can serve as role models by being aware of how you talk about COVID-19 and paying special attention to focus on the positive. When discussing COVID-19 with children it is helpful to acknowledge your concerns as well. Be truthful when they ask questions without flooding them with more information than they need. Give children a plan of action to help ease their fears. Daily walks, phone calls with loved ones and writing thank you letters to healthcare workers give children a sense of control over the situation. When kids feel empowered to control their own life, it can reduce stress and having a calming impact.

More information related to talking with your children about COVID-19 can be found at the National Association of School Psychologists. https://www.nasponline.org.

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.

April 13, 2020

Updated Website

St. Louis County continues to adapt and leverage technology facing the challenges of COVID-19 to provide access to information. The website www.stlcorona.com will be re-designed in the very near future. This update will make the website easier to navigate and will provide a more user-friendly experience when seeking information.

People Coming Out of Quarantine

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

The CDC identifies experiences of isolation/quarantine as being very stressful. It is important to understand that everyone could feel differently after coming out of quarantine. Some emotional reactions to coming out of quarantine may include:

  • Mixed emotions, including relief after quarantine
  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Stress from the experience of monitoring yourself or being monitored by others for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Sadness, anger, or frustration because friends or loved ones have unfounded fears of contracting the disease from contact with you, even though you have been determined not to be contagious
  • Guilt about not being able to perform normal work or parenting duties during quarantine
  • Other emotional or mental health changes

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.

April 12, 2020

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

 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.

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.

April 11, 2020

Guidance for Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s

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

Here are a few suggestions to help:

  • Use extra reminders, including written, to remember important hygienic practices.
  • Inquire about filling prescriptions for a greater number of days to reduce trips to the pharmacy.
  • Make alternative plans for the person with dementia should adult care, respite, etc. be modified or cancelled in response to COVID-19.
  • Make alternative plans for care management if the primary caregiver should become sick.
  • Inquire about the availability for telehealth for current physician appointments.

For people living with dementia, increased confusion is often the first symptom of any illness. If a person living with dementia shows rapidly increased confusion, contact your health care provider for advice. Again, it is recommended that you call your health care provider instead of going directly to an emergency room. Your doctor may be able to treat the person without a visit to the hospital, which is ideal as it does not potentially expose that individual to COVID-19 if they do not have it.

 Stay and Pray

Passover, Easter, Ramadan, and other religious holidays are important celebrations of our faiths. This year, we will be celebrating them in new ways, creating new traditions and finding creative ways to enjoy the holidays and our family and friends. We must all work together to keep everyone in our community and our places of worship healthy and safe.

We can:

  • Take advantage of the ability to participate in services that are available online or on television.
  • Continue family traditions through video chat or phone calls.
  • Cook traditional foods to enjoy the familiar tastes and smells of the holiday.
  • Celebrate in person with those that live with us.

What we should avoid doing:

  • Attending any in-person worship service.
  • Congregating in public areas.
  • Inviting others to celebrate at our home.
  • Attending a celebration outside of our homes.

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.

April 10, 2020

Pets and COVID-19

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

If you have or believe you have COVID-19, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals. This is just as we would normally do around other people. See if a friend or loved one can care for your animal(s) if you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. These steps can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.

Million Mask Drive

The Greater St. Louis Million Mask Drive is a volunteer effort of citizens sewing fabric masks for local healthcare workers and first responders in our region at no cost. Here is a video highlighting how a few people can make a big difference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Sb6hUniT4&feature=youtu.be

For those who would like to donate fabric or volunteer time sewing, please send an email to: greaterstlmask@gmail.com.

 This is a specific effort to complement the on-going request for cloth masks for those serving in supportive and in-direct roles. If that support personnel has these items, it would preserve the much needed N-95 masks for the healthcare workers and first responders who must work in direct contact with those confirmed to have COVID-19.

End of the School Year

We will all experience different reactions to the news that the overwhelming majority of school facilities have closed for the 2019-2020 year. We need to be ready to meet the needs of our school-aged children, especially emotional needs. The loss of extracurricular activities and significant events, like graduation and prom, can potentially be a significant one. They will be looking to us, their parents, teachers, coaches, and community leaders, as a barometer to gauge their own reactions. We should look for new ways to celebrate our children’s accomplishments and inspire their creativity and resilience moving forward.

The loss of the school year can also mean that food sources for children are exhausted. A list of resources can be found here: https://stlouisco.com/Your-Government/County-Executive/COVID-19/COVID-19-Resources

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.

April 9, 2020

Stay and Pray

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

We can:

  • Take advantage of the ability to participate in services that are available online or on television.
  • Continue family traditions through video chat or phone calls.
  • Cook traditional foods to enjoy the familiar tastes and smells of the holiday.
  • Celebrate in person with those that live with us.

What we should avoid doing:

  • Attending any in-person worship service.
  • Congregating in public areas.
  • Inviting others to celebrate at our home.
  • Attending a celebration outside of our homes.

Text Message Alerts

 St. Louis County continues to leverage technology to inform and educate as many people as possible to limit the impact COVID-19 will have on our region. As a reminder, text message alerts are available. Messages are only disseminated during reasonable hours of the day and the content is focused on the most important topics and/or services.

To sign up for them, text: STLOUISCOALERT to 67283. To stop receiving alerts, text: STOP STLOUISCOALERT to 67283.

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.

April 8, 2020

National Guard Assistance

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

Substance Abuse During a Pandemic

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Some of our friends and family members that might be more susceptible to the increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs may need more assistance. Those that have support networks based on interacting with others, peer groups, and meetings will have to identify and utilize other options as we respond to this pandemic. There are many service-providers that are providing valuable and free support online.

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.

April 7, 2020

Food Need

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

St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search has been providing drive-thru food pick-up for children since March 30th. Participating branches are providing two shelf-stable breakfasts and two lunches on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while supplies last. Further information can be found here: https://www.slcl.org/drive-thru-meals

An additional list of food resources can be found here: https://stlouisco.com/Your-Government/County-Executive/COVID-19/COVID-19-Resources

Mental Health During a Pandemic

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Fear and anxiety caused by this pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. How someone responds to the outbreak can depend on their background, the things that make them different from other people, and the community they live in. That stress can be displayed in the following ways:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

If someone is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like they might want to harm themselves or others, contact one of the following:

  • Call 911
  • Contact Behavioral Health Response (BHR): 314-469-6644 (immediate access to a counselor or social worker, free of charge)
  • Mid-Missouri Crisis Line: Text “HAND” to 839863
  • Disaster Distress Help Line: 1-800-985-5990, or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8225) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 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.

April 6, 2020

Immediate Need for Cloth Masks

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

The cloth masks will be worn by those serving in supportive and in-direct roles, thereby preserving much needed N-95 masks for the healthcare workers and first responders who must work in direct contact with those confirmed to have COVID-19. The CDC notes that homemade masks are not considered PPE, as their capability to protect health care professionals is unknown, but this option is a better option than no option.

The CDC has directions for making two types of cloth masks, one that does not require sewing and one that does. Both types can be made out of items found in your home. For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

If you or your organization is able to provide cloth masks, please email EOCdonations@stlouisco.com.

Caring for Another at Home

Individuals that are caring for family, friends, or other individuals who are suspected of, or have been confirmed by testing to have COVID-19 should follow all of the aforementioned precautions. They should also be monitoring their own health for signs of symptoms. Further measures for care providers include

  • Understand the orders for the patient that have been provided by the care provider and the department of health. You will be responsible for providing for the patient’s basic needs. Discuss any questions with your health care provider or DPH representative.
  • Do not reuse masks and gloves. Remove them using the following procedure: remove gloves first, wash hands, remove mask, wash hands.
  • Maintain personal hygiene standards to prevent transmission including frequent hand hygiene. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Both you and the patient should wear masks when in the same room.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly. Wear gloves while handling laundry, then throw the gloves away, and wash hands when finished.
  • Place all disposable gloves, facemasks, and any other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Wash hands immediately after handling these items.

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.

April 5, 2020

Treating COVID-19 at Home

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

  • Stay at home – Separate living quarters and bathrooms from others and do not share common items such as drinking glasses, dishes, household items, towels, bedding, electronics, or other items with other members in your home.
  • Have no visitors – With the exception of those already living with you, law enforcement, fire department staff, emergency medical personnel, healthcare providers, or DPH staff.
  • Incorporate restrictions in outside activities: do not come within 6 feet of another person, do not use common stairwells, hallways, or elevators to get outside, and do not leave your own property or leasehold.
  • Monitor symptoms – continue to assess for fever (take temperature twice a day), coughing, shortness of breath and other less common symptoms. Contact a healthcare provider/department of health representative for guidance if symptoms worsen. Do not seek care at a medical facility without calling first.
  • Continue to practice preventative measures including hand washing and covering coughs & sneezes.
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces at least once a day. “High-touch” includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, tablets, keyboards, and bedside tables.

Attached is the letter that is being sent to those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting test results.

Metro Transit

The stay at home order is applicable to those utilizing public transit. Individuals should limit trips on Metro Transit to essential trips only, such as essential workers commuting to work or going to the grocery store. Limiting travel is vital to public health.

Metro Transit announced effective today, the indoor areas at the Civic Center, Riverview, North County and Ballas Transit Centers will be closed until further notice. These four Metro Transit Centers will remain open for MetroBus and MetroLink service, but riders will not be able to access the indoor areas at the transit center. This measure is being implemented as part of Metro Transit’s ongoing efforts to minimize potential exposure to riders and employees while continuing to provide critical transportation options for essential workers and necessary trips during the COVID-19 crisis.

 Cloth Masks

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

The CDC has directions for making two types of cloth masks, one that does not require sewing and one that does. Both types can be made out of items found in your home. For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

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.

April 4, 2020

Cloth Masks

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

The CDC has directions for making two types of cloth masks, one that does not require sewing and one that does. Both types can be made out of items found in your home. For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force

 Today, St. Louis Regional Health Care Systems launched the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force. This is a unified effort amongst BJC HealthCare, Mercy, SSM Health, and St. Luke’s Hospital. The goal of this is to coordinate across multiple disciplines, including health care systems, governmental bodies, and public health officials, to work together to provide the best possible care to an influx of patients. The St. Louis County Executive’s Office and St. Louis County Department of Public Health are proud to be a part of this collaboration.

“A unified commitment will save lives,” St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page said. “St. Louis has one of the best healthcare systems in the country. Bringing all of our talent together will help us fight the surge that is coming. This is the most responsible, effective way to lessen the impact.”

No Yard Waste Pick-Up for Some

 Yesterday, there was confusion in some communities regarding waste pick-up. If you received a recorded call regarding your Waste Connections service, it was intended to indicate that yard waste collection has been suspended until May. This will allow the resources to adjust to accommodate the large increase in residential waste. Again, this applies to yard waste only and regular trash pick-up and recycling will continue as scheduled.

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.

April 3, 2020

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

St. Louis County Parks are Closing

To slow the spread of COVID-19, St. Louis County parks will officially close tonight at 8 PM. They will remain closed through at least April 22nd, to remain consistent with the stay at home order.

“This will help us save lives. That’s our top priority,” St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page said. “I had hoped we could keep the parks open but the spread of COVID-19 is too big of a threat to the health of our residents.”

To ensure the public is aware of the park closings, several different steps will be taken. Social media platforms have and will continue to be utilized. A press release was authored and disseminated to the local media on April 2, 2020. Barricades will be placed at park entrances that are not already gated. Electronic message boards will be positioned on streets that lead to entrances of Creve Coeur Lake Park, Jefferson Barracks Park, Lone Elk Park and Grant’s Trail. The county Parks Department will collaborate with Great Rivers Greenway to barricade and provide signage for the trail networks in County parks.

Dashboard

 St. Louis County has created a dashboard with information and statistics that is accessible any time at www.stlcorona.com. The dashboard displays cumulative cases, age breakdowns, lives lost, hotline calls, and other pertinent information. [The loss of life will be reflected in the dashboard and individual email notifications will be phased out. Thank you for the patience as we continue to adapt to best handle this evolving pandemic.]

We anticipate adding a map to the dashboard today. That map will detail the breakdown of the spread of COVID-19 and the way it is affecting individual zip codes in St. Louis County. It will depict some areas experiencing more of an impact than others. Attention and resources are being deployed appropriately to address those needs. Zip codes that have fewer cases should not become complacent or disregard the guidelines set forth. A map is attached. Today is the only time it will be included in this update.

It is important to recognize that since March 22, 2020, epidemiological investigations indicate there is clear evidence of community transmission in St. Louis County. Simply put, this is community spread. This should re-new and re-inforce the call for strict adherence to the stay at home order.

Please note, the map is based on statistics that are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available. This is limited to depicting known and confirmed cases.

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.

April 2, 2020

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

 Rapid Notification Order

 The St. Louis County Department of Public Health’s Rapid Notification Order goes into effect today, April 2, 2020. The order is intended to enhance and accelerate the notification process and minimize confusion. Ultimately, the order will result in DPH being able to save lives while providing the public with the best information available as expeditiously as possible.

As previously noted, DPH will require any laboratory company or healthcare provider who receives a positive test result for COVID-19 to report that finding to DPH immediately, but not later than six hours after notification of the result. Additionally, healthcare providers will be required to report a death, if that death is caused by or from complications of COVID-19, to DPH immediately, but not later than twenty-four hours after the time of such death. Furthermore, negative test results will also have to be submitted immediately, but not later than twenty-four hours after notification of the result.

If both positive and negative results are being reported in a systematic fashion, DPH will eventually have the ability to report the overall amount of tests being administered with confidence. This is a benchmark DPH is striving for.

The Rapid Notification Order is attached and can also be viewed at www.stlcorona.com.

 Essential Businesses

The purpose of the Stay at Home Order is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and has been in effect since March 23, 2020. Businesses that are not essential must comply with the order and those that refuse can expect enforcement action to begin soon.

If businesses that are not essential are continuing their operations, please report these violations of the executive order. This can be done to the St. Louis County Counselor by email to countycounselorcovid19@stlouisco.com or online by visiting www.stlcorona.com.

The Stay at Home Order can be viewed at www.stlcorona.com.

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.

April 1, 2020    

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

Essential Businesses

This is a challenging time for everyone in our community. We continue to encourage our businesses to comply with the Stay at Home Order which went into effect on March 23, 2020. By complying with this order, we can minimize the spread of COVID-19, and therefore limit the economic impact this virus has on our community. Businesses not complying with the Essential Business portion of the Stay at Home Order can expect enforcement action to begin in the near future.

Examples of essential businesses are doctor’s offices, pharmacies, grocery stores, take-out restaurants, gas stations, plumbers and electricians, banks, and laundromats. A more comprehensive list is below.

Businesses that are not essential include, but are not limited to, dine-in restaurants, beauty salons, and gyms.

If businesses that are not essential are continuing their operations, please report these violations of the Executive Order. This can be done to the St. Louis County Counselor by email to countycounselorcovid19@stlouisco.com or online by visiting https://stlouisco.com/Your-Government/County-Executive/COVID-19/COVID-19-Reporting-Executive-Order-Violations.

The complete Stay at Home Order can be found at https://stlouisco.com/portals/8/docs/document%20library/CountyExecutive/Executive%20Orders/Stay%20at%20Home%20Order.pdf.

 Essential Businesses include:

  • Health care operations and essential infrastructure
  • Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, and convenience stores. These include stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Food and beverage production, processing, and distribution, including farming, ranching, fishing, dairies, creameries, wineries, and breweries
  • Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services
  • Organizations that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities to vulnerable individuals
  • Gas stations and auto supply, auto repair, and bicycle repair facilities
  • Banks, insurance providers, real estate firms, and related financial institutions
  • Hardware stores
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, landscaping, private security, and others providing services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes
  • Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of 6 feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible
  • Schools and other entities that typically provide food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers
  • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for drive-thru, delivery, or carry out
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home, including telecom services
  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, including tech support, signage, and storage
  • Businesses that ship or deliver food or goods directly to residences
  • Airlines, taxis, rail, and others providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in the order
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children
  • Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children
  • Businesses that provide pet care, including animal shelters and boarding facilities
  • Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist with legally mandated activities; or to exercise constitutional rights, including but not limited to obligations under any court rule or order and for activities of essential businesses
  • Businesses that offer childcare services, but only to the extent that they provide services to people who are necessary employees of essential businesses and government functions, and provided that they take reasonable actions to comply with social distancing conditions

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.

March 31, 2020    

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

 DPH has been closely monitoring this outbreak and has done so with the limitations in our public health and healthcare systems’ capacity to obtain notifications as rapidly as we would like. The healthcare community is working together to ensure the most expeditious notification processes.

Moving forward, DPH will require any laboratory company or healthcare provider who receives a positive test result for COVID-19 to report that finding to DPH immediately, but not later than six hours after notification of the result. Additionally, healthcare providers will be required to report a death, if that death is caused by or from complications of COVID-19, to DPH immediately, but not later than twenty-four hours after the time of such death.

These changes should expedite the process and minimize confusion, while continuing to provide the public with the best information available.

Daily Briefs

As these daily briefs are no longer dependent on receiving statistical information later in the day, they will be provided earlier, with the goal of 11:30 AM.

We will attempt to focus efforts on providing emerging information, noteworthy trends, or other remarkable topics.

Dashboard

 The dashboard located at www.stlcorona.com has a tab labeled “Educational Materials.” That folder contains a wealth of information. Please use, distribute, and share the information as widely as possible. The more people that consume it, the more lives that can potentially be saved. There is basic information, cleaning recommendations, stress and coping literature, and information for those individuals and professions that will be most impacted by COVID-19.

 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.

March 30, 2020             

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will continue to be versatile in its response to COVID-19. We are striving to provide easy access to important information, statistics, testing criteria, and contact information to those in St. Louis County. To achieve that end, a new dashboard has been created and can be accessed from www.stlcorona.com. This page will enable and empower our community to make informed decisions and stay up-to-date as this pandemic evolves.

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

A screenshot of the dashboard is below. We are confident that it will be a tremendous resource moving forward and will provide a user-friendly experience.

Here is a link: https://stlcogis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=6ae65dea4d804f2ea4f5d8ba79e96df1

If that does not work, a screen shot of the way to access the link from www.stlcorona.com is attached.

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

 Daily 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.

March 29, 2020

As of 2:00 PM on 3/29/2020, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Two deaths.
  • 323 total positive cases, an increase of 32 new positive cases from yesterday’s 291.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 111 calls on 3/28/2020. This is a significant decrease from the 259 calls fielded on 3/27/2020.

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

We are evaluating the possibility of providing this media advisory earlier in the day. The reporting process(es) involved at the State and local levels are not always consistent. This results in differing numbers at differing times and ultimately confusion. We acknowledge this and are working the best we possibly can under the circumstances.

Severe Illness is Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat COVID-19.

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

Recommendations for the Public:

  • Do not ingest aquarium use products or any other chemicals that contain chloroquine phosphate.  These chemicals are not intended for human consumption and can lead to serious health consequences, including death.
  • Medications like chloroquine, and the related compound hydroxychloroquine, should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare provider as prescribed medications.  They should only be used according to the instructions provided.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any unexpected symptoms after taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine by contacting your healthcare provider or your poison center.

Donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Needed:

Due to the national and global span of the current pandemic, the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is not adequately meeting the demand. Thus, the St. Louis County Police Office of Emergency Management is seeking immediate assistance in gathering PPE.

To be clear, area first responders have PPE at this time. This is a forward-thinking decision that will ensure area first responders have the necessary equipment for the duration of the pandemic.

If you or your organization is able to provide this equipment, email EOCdonations@stlouisco.com. Officials will respond and coordinate pick-up from any location in the area, state, or Midwest region. For the safety of our responders, we cannot currently accept used equipment, food, drink, open packages, or homemade items. Items currently needed include: surgical masks, nitrile gloves (latex free), safety glasses, sanitizing wipes, N-95 masks, medical gowns, goggles, face shields, disposable coveralls, hand sanitizer, and booties.

 Daily 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.

March 28, 2020                          

As of 2:00 PM on 3/28/2020, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Two deaths.
  • 291 total positive cases, an increase of 70 new positive cases from yesterday’s 221.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 259 calls on 3/27/2020. This is a fair decrease from the 347 calls fielded on 3/26/2020.  

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

We are evaluating the possibility of providing this media advisory earlier in the day. The reporting process(es) involved at the State and local levels are not always consistent. This results in differing numbers at differing times and ultimately confusion. We acknowledge this and are working the best we possibly can under the circumstances.

Smokers are More Vulnerable to COVID-19

As the act of smoking requires an individual’s fingers and a potentially contaminated cigarette to be in contact with their lips, it increases the possibility of the virus being transmitted from hand to mouth. Additionally, there is a great increase in risk of serious illness for those with lung disease or reduced lung capacity.

The same principles apply to any tobacco product, including, but not limited to, cigars, e-cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco.

Wellness and Mental Health

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

Here are some things you can do to support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
  • Take care of your body, take deep breaths and stretch.
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

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

Daily 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.

March 27, 2020                          

As of 12:00 AM on 3/27/2020, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Two deaths.
  • 221 total positive cases, an increase of 78 new positive cases from yesterday’s 143.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 347 calls on 3/26/2020. This is a slight decrease from the 368 calls fielded on 3/25/2020.  

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

We are evaluating the possibility of providing this media advisory earlier in the day. The reporting process(es) involved at the State and local levels are not always consistent. This results in differing numbers at differing times and ultimately confusion. We acknowledge this and are working the best we possibly can under the circumstances.

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.

The St. Louis County Police Department also stands ready to serve. Please contact the Bureau of Communications or your local precinct.

Donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Needed:

Due to the national and global span of the current pandemic, the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is not adequately meeting the demand. Thus, the St. Louis County Police Office of Emergency Management is seeking immediate assistance in gathering PPE.

To be clear, area first responders have PPE at this time. This is a forward-thinking decision that will ensure area first responders have the necessary equipment for the duration of the pandemic.   

If you or your organization is able to provide this equipment, email EOCdonations@stlouisco.com Officials will respond and coordinate pick-up from any location in the area, state, or Midwest region. For the safety of our responders, we cannot currently accept used equipment, food, drink, open packages, or homemade items.

Items currently needed are:

  • Surgical masks
  • Nitrile gloves (latex free)
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • N-95 Masks
  • Medical gowns
  • Goggles
  • Face shields
  • Disposable coveralls
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Booties

Daily 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.

 

March 26, 2020                          

As of 12:00 AM on 3/26/2020, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Two deaths. Today, DPH received notification of a death of a 80-89 female with chronic medical conditions.
  • 143 total positive cases, an increase of 24 new positive cases from yesterday’s 119.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 368 calls on 3/25/2020. This is a decrease from the 604 calls fielded on 3/24/2020.  

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

Criteria for testing include:

Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, lower respiratory symptoms)

AND

-Hospitalized/critically ill patients

-People living in congregate settings

-Those at high risk for poorer outcomes including those >60 and people with chronic medical conditions

-Close contact to those with known COVID-19 infection

-Healthcare workers

Testing is focused on those who are the most ill or most at risk in our community because they will benefit most from the testing.

If you are ill, whether you test positive or negative, your healthcare provider’s advice for managing your symptoms will be the same. Currently, anyone with a fever and cough should assume their illness could be COVID-19 and take steps to protect others in the community and household from the disease. If you are sick, you need to stay home and stay away from other people in your home. If you need to go into public to visit a healthcare provider, wear a mask and practice meticulous hand washing.

Testing locations and current screening process information can be found at www.stlcorona.com and:

North County – (314)653-5000, Mid County – (314)747-3000, West County – (314)251-0500, South County – (314)966-9666

Additionally, all SSM Health area hospitals can be reached for testing information at www.ssmhealth.com/covid19.  

Close contact is defined as: (A) being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case – or – (B) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on)

Daily 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 available.​

March 25, 2020                          

Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • One death.
  • 119 total positive cases, an increase of 22 new positive cases from yesterday’s 97.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 604 calls on 3/24/2020. This marks a decrease from the 885 calls fielded on 3/23/2020.  

As a reminder, the manner in which the numbers has changed to streamline the process. The practice should bring local health departments to a consistent level of the timing and reporting of the numbers. Furthermore, it is important to understand the statistics provided are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available. 

Risk

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

According to the CDC, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness. However to date, data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk
  • Other high-risk conditions could include:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immune compromised including cancer treatment
    • People of any age with severe obesity or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not /well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk

Many conditions can cause a person to be immune compromised, including cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of contortionists and other immune weakening medications

Testing Locations and Instructions

Filters are in place to ensure an expedited testing process for those that meet the necessary criteria. Citizens must call prior to arriving at any testing facility. This is to ensure that individuals are filtered to the next step, if any, appropriately. An operator will transfer them to a screener to get authorization for testing and provide further instruction.

Phone numbers are associated with physical location of that citizen. A map attached to this email displays this. Those numbers are:

North County – (314)653-5000

Mid County – (314)747-3000

West County – (314)251-0500

South County – (314)966-9666

Additionally, all SSM Health area hospitals can be reached for testing information at www.ssmhealth.com/covid19.  

These processes are in place to ensure that medical professionals, facilities, and supplies are not inundated and exhausted unnecessarily. Furthermore, it reduces the time and manner that people that potentially have COVID-19 are in public.

Daily Information

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who ​have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

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 available.

March 24, 2020                          

Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • One death.
  • 97 total positive cases, an increase of seven new positive cases from yesterday’s 90.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 885 calls on 3/23/2020. This marks a significant increase of the 396 calls fielded on 3/22/2020.  

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

Due to the volume of results now available, the ability to provide data on each positive case has diminished. 

Testing Locations and Instructions

Filters are in place to ensure an expedited testing process for those that meet the necessary criteria. Citizens must call prior to arriving at any testing facility. This is to ensure that individuals are filtered to the next step, if any, appropriately. An operator will transfer them to a screener to get authorization for testing and provide further instruction.

Phone numbers are associated with physical location of that citizen. A map attached to this email displays this. Those numbers are:

North County – (314)653-5000

Mid County – (314)747-3000

West County – (314)251-0500

South County – (314)966-9666

Additionally, all SSM Health area hospitals can be reached for testing information at www.ssmhealth.com/covid19.  

These processes are in place to ensure that medical professionals, facilities, and supplies are not inundated and exhausted unnecessarily. Furthermore, it reduces the time and manner that people that potentially have COVID-19 are in public.

 New Criteria for Testing

 The criteria for testing has changed as a result of this pandemic evolving. The new testing criteria is less focused on travel and more focused on symptoms. This is a consequence of clear evidence of community transmission being present in St. Louis County. The criteria now requires:

  • Close contact of a COVID patient WITH symptoms.
  • High risk (age or underlying medical condition) WITH symptoms.
  • Hospitalized WITH symptoms.

Please note that each of those require symptoms. Again, symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Daily Information

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who ​have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

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 available.

 

March 23, 2020                          

Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • One death.
  • 90 total positive cases, an increase of 35 new positive cases from yesterday’s 55.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 396 calls on 3/22/2020.

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

Epidemiological investigations indicate there is clear evidence of community transmission in St. Louis County.

Testing Locations and Instructions

Testing facilities are located in North, South, West, and Central St. Louis County. Please know that DPH will work with testing partners to ensure that testing services are available to the uninsured and will further work to address potential cost barriers to such services.

While we cannot disclose the specific locations of those sites at this time due to the facilities being privately run, St. Louis County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline is available countywide to everyone and anyone. Anyone experiencing symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, and coughing, should be encouraged to call our hotline at (314)615-2660. Those with general questions regarding COVID-19 should call (877)435-8411.   

St. Louis County to Enact Stay at Home Orders to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

 County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced on March 21, 2020, that St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis will be adopting new restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the region. The new restrictions took effect on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 12:01 AM and will end on April 22, 2020, at 11:59 PM. This ensures that residents can meet their basic needs and essential services will still be provided. The restrictions will require people to stay at home when possible. This announcement will not affect the ability of residents to go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, and take a walk in a public park. The Stay at Home Orders were enacted to prevent the spread of this pandemic.

Daily Information

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who ​have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

 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 available.​

March 19, 2020                          

Today, as of 3:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Ten total positive cases.
  • The following five additional cases confirmed today are still under investigation to determine origin:
  • ​6th Case: 60-69 years old
    • 7th Case: 30-39 years old
    • 8th Case: 50-59 years old
    • 9th Case: 80-89 years old
    • 10th Case: 50-59 years old
  • 38 tests have returned negative results. 
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 652 calls on 3/18/2020.

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

As of March 14th, all presumed positive tests will be considered confirmed positive. The Missouri State Laboratory will no longer require presumed positive tests be sent to the Centers for Disease Control for that additional level of confirmation.

Disinfecting Details Regarding COVID-19

  The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health. The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel. The results provide key information about the stability of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects.  This testing is considered preliminary at this point and has not been peer reviewed.  This is not meant to invoke fear, but to assist our community in taking every possible precaution in spreading this virus.

Knowledge is power and knowing that information continues to change and this public health crisis evolves. 

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who ​have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

  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 available.​

March 18, 2020                          

Today, as of 3:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Five positive cases. The confirmed case today is a 30-40 year old and it is travel related. The nature of the travel, whether domestic or international, is still under investigation.  
  • 32 tests have returned negative results. 
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 648 calls on 3/17/2020.

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

As of March 14th, all presumed positive tests will be considered confirmed positive. The Missouri State Laboratory will no longer require presumed positive tests be sent to the Centers for Disease Control for that additional level of confirmation.

Social Distancing – Quarantine – Isolation

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

Social distancing should be used by those who are not sick when in public or at work. The goal of social distancing is to reduce face-to-face contact and reduce the spread of the disease.

Quarantine should be used by people who may have been exposed but are not sick. The person could have the virus in their body even if they do not have symptoms. They need to stay away from others until they find out definitively.

Isolation is used for people suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. The goal of this is to keep the person from infecting others.

Please see the attached image created by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and disseminate the image as you see appropriate.  

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who ​have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

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 available.​

March 17, 2020 

As of 3:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • 11 tests with pending results. 
  • Three tests were sent 3/16/2020 and six thus far on 3/17/2020.
  • 27 tests have returned negative results. 
  • Three positive cases (3/7/2020, 3/13/2020, 3/16/2020).

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

As of March 14th, all presumed positive tests will be considered confirmed positive. The Missouri State Laboratory will no longer require presumed positive tests be sent to the Centers for Disease Control for that additional level of confirmation.

The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 695 calls on 3/16/2020.

  ​Coping with Social Distancing 

 The constant media coverage of the outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about an infectious disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.  Successfully coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Healthy alternatives to help cope with this stress while still practicing social distancing include the following:

  • ​​Maintain a routine.  Try to maintain a regular meal and sleep schedule while practicing social distancing. The regular schedule can help to reduce stress and fear of the unknown.
  • ​​Go for a walk or exercise at home.  Try to go out into nature as much as possible for the benefits of Vitamin D (sunlight). If you cannot get out of the house, most streaming services offer exercise and yoga classes. 
  • Do not indulge in binging.  Binging in eating, alcohol or drug use and even television and oversleeping are all unhealthy habits. 
  • We can all use this time to do some spring cleaning and decluttering.  On top of increasing anxiety, household clutter can harbor infections, pollutants, and create unhygienic spaces. 
  • Be a better friend/relative.  Take the time to run through your contacts and reach out to those people that you haven’t spoken to in a while.  Offer to help out a friend or neighbor who may be less mobile.  Pick up groceries or needed prescriptions. 
  • ​​Learn something new.  Take an online class, research a topic that interests you, or watch “how-to” or “DIY” videos for the project that you have been meaning to finish. 

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who ​have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

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 available.​

March 16, 2020 

Today, as of 3:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • 14 tests with pending results. 
  • Four tests were sent 3/15/2020 and three thus far on 3/16/2020. 
  • 19 tests have returned negative results. 
  • Two positive cases, one reported on 3/7/2020 and one reported on 3/13/2020.

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

As of March 14th, all presumed positive tests will be considered confirmed positive. The Missouri State Laboratory will no longer require presumed positive tests be sent to the Centers for Disease Control for that additional level of confirmation.  ​

Mental Health: Managing Anxiety and Stress

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

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

There are many things you can do to support your child during this time, as they may be influenced by inaccurate or false information.

  • Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Try to keep up with regular routines and with schools closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model.  Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Also, consider connecting with your friends and family members virtually.

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

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

St. Louis County has created an email address for the unique needs of COVID-19, stlcorona@stlouisco.com. This is to be used for all COVID-19 requests that would otherwise be sent to the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, the St. Louis County Police Office of Emergency Management, or any of the personnel of those Departments.

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 available.

March 15, 2020 

Today, as of 3:30 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • 11 tests with pending results. 
  • Two tests sent 3/14/2020 and four thus far on 3/15/2020. 
  • 19 tests have returned negative results. 
  • Two positive cases, one reported on 3/7/2020 and one reported on 3/13/2020.

As of March 14th, all presumed positive tests will be considered confirmed positive. The Missouri State Laboratory will no longer require presumed positive tests be sent to the Centers for Disease Control for that additional level of confirmation.  ​

Think Family First

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

  • Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.
  • Consider getting a two-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials to keep at home. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
  • Establish ways to communicate with others in a virtual capacity (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
  • Establish plans to telework, what to do about child care needs, and how to adapt to cancellation of events.
  • Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members. 

“It is likely that everyday life will continue to be affected by the challenges presented by COVID-19,” Co-Director Spring Schmidt said. “We believe these difficult, but proactive, decisions will reduce the impact this virus will have on our community and all those in it.” Continue to Practice Social Distancing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines social distancing as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.” The main goal of social distancing is to “flatten the curve,” which refers to reducing the peak number of cases at any one time during the outbreak. By flattening the curve through effective public health measures, the number of people simultaneously infected will be much lower than if no measures were taken.

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

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

St. Louis County email address for unique needs of COVID-19 media inquiries is stlcorona@stlouisco.com. This is to be used for all COVID-19 requests that would otherwise be sent to the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, the St. Louis County Police Office of Emergency Management, or any of the personnel of those Departments.

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 available.

 

March 14, 2020 

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

Today, as of 3:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • 13 tests with pending results.
  • Ten tests sent 3/13/2020 and two thus far on 3/14/2020.
  • Nine tests have returned negative results.
  • One presumptive positive case was initially reported on 3/13/2020.
  • One positive case confirmed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as was initially reported on 3/7/2020.

“As community testing is expected to expand rapidly in the next several days, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health will only be able to reliably provide numbers on presumptive and confirmed cases,” Acting Director Spring Schmidt said. “We will provide more detailed information for as long as the number is an accurate reflection of what is happening in St. Louis County.”

St. Louis County Establishes Technical Specialists Team

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

“Our community is filled with tremendous talent. With the coronavirus, we must tap into that talent,” said County Executive Sam Page. “As we continue to assemble this team, I thank each member for devoting their expertise to this public health challenge.”

 Executive Order from Dr. Sam Page

Signed on Friday, March 13, 2020, the Executive Order from Dr. Sam Page is in effect. The order limits the ability to gather 250 people or more in a single space or room.

Section 6 of the Executive Order specifies, “It is further declared unlawful for any person to organize or to attend an intentional gathering of more than 10 individuals of high-risk groups as that term may be defined by the Director of the Department of Public Health.”

The Department of Public Health definition of “High-Risk Individuals” includes those who:

-Are over 60 years of age

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

-Have weakened immune systems

-Are pregnant

The Department of Public Health call center fielded 1,039 calls from 3/9/2020-3/13/2020.

  Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

  For generic COVID-19 questions, please call 2-1-1. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877)435-8411.

St. Louis County has created an email address to meet the unique needs of COVID-19 media inquiries. That email address is stlcorona@stlouisco.com, which is to be used for all COVID-19 requests that would otherwise be sent to the St. Louis County Department of Health, the St. Louis County Police Office of Emergency Management, or any of the personnel of those Departments.

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 available.

March 13, 2020 (2nd Notice)

Executive Order from Dr. Sam Page

Effective starting 5 PM on Friday, March 13, 2020

It is hereby declared unlawful for any person to organize or to attend an intentional gathering of 250 people or more in a single space or room. It is further provided that any person who organizes a gather of 249 people or less shall take appropriate action to minimize risk to the greatest extent possible by implementing and enforcing mitigation measures, including but not limited to social distancing, limiting the time period of gatherings, cleaning of all surfaces, and posting of signs. It is further declared unlawful for any person to organize or to attend an intentional gathering of more than 10 individuals of high-risk groups as that term may be defined by the Director of Department of Public Health.  For additional information, please go to https://stlouisco.com/Your-Government/County-Executive/COVID-19.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health continues to stress preventative actions are required to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes limiting large, social interactions and practicing social distancing. Those feeling ill should stay home to protect others in the community.  Social and faith groups remain an important factor of personal health. Staying connected with others in small group or virtual settings will be an important component of withstanding this extended incident.

Other preventative actions include:

–          Washing 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.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health continues to count the number of tests sent to the State of Missouri Public Health Laboratory. This is a rapidly evolving situation and is highly dependent on external contributors.  Updates will be provided as they become available.

Rsidents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

  For generic COVID-19 questions, there is an additional line now available to take calls, 2-1-1. 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 CDC or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information available.  

March 13, 2020 

Media Advisory – COVID-19 Contact Information

St. Louis County has created an email address to meet the unique media needs of COVID-19 media inquiries. That email address is Stlcorona@stlouisco.com, which is to be used for all COVID-19 requests that would otherwise be sent to the St. Louis County Department of Health or the St. Louis County Police Office of Emergency Management. (636) 825-9322 remains an accurate phone number for inquiries as well. This requests will be answered as expeditiously and accurately as possible. 

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 available.

March 12, 2020 

On 3/12/2020 as of approximately 1:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has three test results pending. Nine tests have returned negative results. One case, initially reported on 3/7/2020, has been confirmed positive by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). One sample was sent for testing on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and two samples were sent today, March 12, 2020. Four people are currently being monitored for travel-related exposure and three people for potential local exposure. 

Please note that St. Louis County is counting the number of tests that we have sent to the State of Missouri Public Health Laboratory. This is a rapidly evolving situation and is highly dependent on external contributors.  We will provide updates as they become available.

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

The call center has taken over 999 cumulative calls. On Wednesday, March 11, 174 calls were fielded, but that does not include calls that left voicemails. The majority of these calls were requests from healthcare facilities and general information on Coronavirus.

For generic COVID-19 questions, there is an additional line now available to take calls, 2-1-1. 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 CDC or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information available.  

 ***The media line is 636-825-9322.***

Contact State Representatives

Please contact state representatives to let them know your opposition to the Better Together Task Force Plan, which would eliminate municipal government in the proposed Metropolitan Saint Louis. You may email the State Representatives, but a phone call is more effective.

 

State Representative Contact Information

Vic Allred 573-751-6593 Vic.Allred@house.mo.gov
Sonya Anderson 573-751-2948 Sonya.Anderson@house.mo.gov
Allen Andrews 573-751-9465 Allen.Andrews@house.mo.gov
LaDonna Appelbaum 573-751-4183 LaDonna.Appelbaum@house.mo.gov
Dottie Bailey 573-751-0562 Dottie.Bailey@house.mo.gov
Ben Baker 573-751-9781 Ben.Baker@house.mo.gov
Gretchen Bangert 573-751-5365 Gretchen.Bangert@house.mo.gov
Donna Baringer 573-751-4220 Donna.Baringer@house.mo.gov
Jerome Barnes 573-751-9851 Jerome.Barnes@house.mo.gov
Chuck Basye 573-751-1501 Chuck.Basye@house.mo.gov
Doug Beck 573-751-9472 Doug.Beck@house.mo.gov
Hardy Billington 573-751-4039 Hardy.Billington@house.mo.gov
John Black 573-751-3819 John.Black@house.mo.gov
Rusty Black 573-751-2917 Rusty.Black@house.mo.gov
Ashley Bland Manlove 573-751-2124 Ashley.Blandmanlove@house.mo.gov
Jack Bondon 573-751-2175 Jack.Bondon@house.mo.gov
LaKeySha Bosley 573-751-6800 LaKeySha.Bosley@house.mo.gov
Bob Bromley 573-751-7082 Bob.Bromley@house.mo.gov
Paula Brown 573-751-4163 Paula.Brown@house.mo.gov
Richard Brown 573-751-7639 Richard.Brown@house.mo.gov
Ingrid Burnett 573-751-3310 Ingrid.Burnett@house.mo.gov
Bob Burns 573-751-0211 Bob.Burns@house.mo.gov
Danny Busick 573-751-3647 Danny.Busick@house.mo.gov
Steve Butz 573-751-0438 Steve.Butz@house.mo.gov
Jon Carpenter 573-751-4787 Jon.Carpenter@house.mo.gov
Chris Carter 573-751-7605 Chris.Carter@house.mo.gov
Maria Chappelle-

Nadal

573-751-4265 Maria.Chappellenadal@house.mo.gov
Jason Chipman 573-751-1688 Jason.Chipman@house.mo.gov
Phil Christofanelli 573-751-2949 Phil.Christofanelli@house.mo.gov
Doug Clemens 573-751-1832 Doug.Clemens@house.mo.gov
Jeff Coleman 573-751-1487 Jeff.Coleman@house.mo.gov
Mary Elizabeth Coleman 573-751-3751 MaryElizabeth.Coleman@house.mo.gov
Dirk Deaton 573-751-9801 Dirk.Deaton@house.mo.gov
Bruce DeGroot 573-751-1247 Bruce.Degroot@house.mo.gov
Chris Dinkins 573-751-2112 Chris.Dinkins@house.mo.gov
Shamed Dogan 573-751-4392 Shamed.Dogan@house.mo.gov
Dean Dohrman 573-751-2204 Dean.Dohrman@house.mo.gov
J. Eggleston 573-751-4285 J.Eggleston@house.mo.gov
Mark Ellebracht 573-751-1218 Mark.Ellebracht@house.mo.gov
Brandon Ellington 573-751-3129 Brandon.Ellington@house.mo.gov
Karla Eslinger 573-751-2042 Karla.Eslinger@house.mo.gov
David Evans 573-751-1455 David.Evans@house.mo.gov
Bill Falkner III 573-751-9755 Bill.Falkner@house.mo.gov
Craig Fishel 573-751-0232 Craig.Fishel@house.mo.gov
Travis Fitzwater 573-751-5226 Travis.Fitzwater@house.mo.gov
Rick Francis 573-751-5912 Rick.Francis@house.mo.gov
Bruce Franks Jr. 573-751-2383 Bruce.FranksJr@house.mo.gov
Elaine Gannon 573-751-7735 Elaine.Gannon@house.mo.gov
Alan Gray 573-751-5538 Alan.Gray@house.mo.gov
Alan Green 573-751-2135 Alan.Green@house.mo.gov
David Gregory 573-751-2150 David.Gregory@house.mo.gov
Derek Grier 573-751-9765 Derek.Grier@house.mo.gov
Aaron Griesheimer 573-751-6668 Aaron.Griesheimer@house.mo.gov
Dave Griffith 573-751-2412 Dave.Griffith@house.mo.gov
Elijah Haahr 573-751-2210 Elijah.Haahr@house.mo.gov
Kent Haden 573-751-3649 Kent.Haden@house.mo.gov
Mike Haffner 573-751-3783 Mike.Haffner@house.mo.gov
Tom Hannegan 573-751-3717 Tom.Hannegan@house.mo.gov
Jim Hansen 573-751-4028 Jim.Hansen@house.mo.gov
Steve Helms 573-751-9809 Steve.Helms@house.mo.gov
Mike Henderson 573-751-2317 Mike.Henderson@house.mo.gov
Ron Hicks 573-751-9768 Ron.Hicks@house.mo.gov
Justin Hill 573-751-3572 Justin.Hill@house.mo.gov
Dan Houx 573-751-3850 Dan.Houx@house.mo.gov
Barry Hovis 573-751-6662 Barry.Hovis@house.mo.gov
Brad Hudson 573-751-3851 Brad.Hudson@house.mo.gov
Tom Hurst 573-751-1344 Tom.Hurst@house.mo.gov
Keri Ingle 573-751-1459 Keri.Ingle@house.mo.gov
Jeffery Justus 573-751-1309 Jeffery.Justus@house.mo.gov
Ann Kelley 573-751-2165 Ann.Kelley@house.mo.gov
Hannah Kelly 573-751-2205 Hannah.Kelly@house.mo.gov
Kip Kendrick 573-751-4189 Kip.Kendrick@house.mo.gov
Bill Kidd 573-751-3674 Bill.Kidd@house.mo.gov
Jeff Knight 573-751-1167 Jeff.Knight@house.mo.gov
Glen Kolkmeyer 573-751-1462 Glen.Kolkmeyer@house.mo.gov
Deb Lavender 573-751-4069 Deb.Lavender@house.mo.gov
Tony Lovasco 573-751-1484 Tony.Lovasco@house.mo.gov
Warren Love 573-751-4065 Warren.Love@house.mo.gov
Steve Lynch 573-751-1446 Steve.Lynch@house.mo.gov
Ian Mackey 573-751-0100 Ian.Mackey@house.mo.gov
Don Mayhew 573-751-3834 Don.Mayhew@house.mo.gov
Tracy McCreery 573-751-7535 Tracy.McCreery@house.mo.gov
Andrew McDaniel 573-751-3629 Andrew.McDaniel@house.mo.gov
Peggy McGaugh 573-751-1468 Peggy.McGaugh@house.mo.gov
DaRon McGee 573-751-9469 DaRon.McGee@house.mo.gov
Mike McGirl 573-751-2398 Mike.McGirl@house.mo.gov
Peter Merideth 573-751-6736 Peter.Merideth@house.mo.gov
Jeffrey Messenger 573-751-2381 Jeffrey.Messenger@house.mo.gov
Rocky Miller 573-751-3604 Rocky.Miller@house.mo.gov
Gina Mitten 573-751-2883 Gina.Mitten@house.mo.gov
Mike Moon 573-751-4077 Mike.Moon@house.mo.gov
Judy Morgan 573-751-4485 Judy.Morgan@house.mo.gov
Lynn Morris 573-751-2565 Lynn.Morris@house.mo.gov
Herman Morse 573-751-1494 Herman.Morse@house.mo.gov
Jay Mosley 573-751-9628 Jay.Mosley@house.mo.gov
Dave Muntzel 573-751-0169 Dave.Muntzel@house.mo.gov
Jim Murphy 573-751-3719 Jim.Murphy@house.mo.gov
Jim Neely 573-751-0246 Jim.Neely@house.mo.gov
Michael O’Donnell 573-751-3762 Michael.Odonnell@house.mo.gov
Jonathan Patterson 573-751-0907 Jonathan.Patterson@house.mo.gov
Donna Pfautsch 573-751-9766 Donna.Pfautsch@house.mo.gov
Tommie Pierson Jr. 573-751-6845 Tommie.Pierson@house.mo.gov
Randy Pietzman 573-751-9459 Randy.Pietzman@house.mo.gov
Patricia Pike 573-751-5388 Patricia.Pike@house.mo.gov
Dean Plocher 573-751-1544 Dean.Plocher@house.mo.gov
Jeff Pogue 573-751-2264 Jeff.Pogue@house.mo.gov
Brad Pollitt 573-751-9774 Bradley.Pollitt@house.mo.gov
Suzie Pollock 573-751-1119 Suzie.Pollock@house.mo.gov
Jeff Porter 573-751-2689 Jeff.Porter@house.mo.gov
Wiley Price 573-751-2198 Wiley.Price@house.mo.gov
Raychel Proudie 573-751-0855 Raychel.Proudie@house.mo.gov
Crystal Quade 573-751-3795 Crystal.Quade@house.mo.gov
Greg Razer 573-751-2437 Greg.Razer@house.mo.gov
Rodger Reedy 573-751-3971 Rodger.Reedy@house.mo.gov
Holly Rehder 573-751-5471 Holly.Rehder@house.mo.gov
Tim Remole 573-751-6566 Tim.Remole@house.mo.gov
Doug Richey 573-751-2238 Doug.Richey@house.mo.gov
Louis Riggs 573-751-3613 Louis.Riggs@house.mo.gov
Lane Roberts 573-751-3791 Lane.Roberts@house.mo.gov
Steven Roberts 573-751-1400 Steven.Roberts@house.mo.gov
Shane Roden 573-751-4567 Shane.Roden@house.mo.gov
Rebecca Roeber 573-751-1456 Rebecca.Roeber@house.mo.gov
Wes Rogers 573-751-2199 Wes.Rogers@house.mo.gov
Don Rone 573-751-4085 Don.Rone@house.mo.gov
Robert Ross 573-751-1490 Robert.Ross@house.mo.gov
Rory Rowland 573-751-3623 Rory.Rowland@house.mo.gov
Joe Runions 573-751-0238 Joe.Runions@house.mo.gov
Becky Ruth 573-751-4451 Becky.Ruth@house.mo.gov
Matt Sain 573-751-3618 Matt.Sain@house.mo.gov
Robert Sauls 573-751-5701 Robert.Sauls@house.mo.gov
Adam Schnelting 573-751-2250 Adam.Schnelting@house.mo.gov
Nick Schroer 573-751-1470 Nick.Schroer@house.mo.gov
Greg Sharpe 573-751-3644 Greg.Sharpe@house.mo.gov
Dan Shaul 573-751-2504 Dan.Shaul@house.mo.gov
Jeff Shawan 573-751-1066 Jeff.Shawan@house.mo.gov
Brenda Shields 573-751-3643 Brenda.Shields@house.mo.gov
Noel J Shull 573-751-9458 Noel.Shull@house.mo.gov
John Simmons 573-751-3776 John.Simmons@house.mo.gov
Cody Smith 573-751-5458 Cody.Smith@house.mo.gov
Sheila Solon 573-751-3666 Sheila.Solon@house.mo.gov
Chrissy Sommer 573-751-1452 Chrissy.Sommer@house.mo.gov
Bryan Spencer 573-751-1460 Bryan.Spencer@house.mo.gov
Dan Stacy 573-751-8636 Dan.Stacy@house.mo.gov
Mike Stephens 573-751-1347 Mike.Stephens@house.mo.gov
Martha Stevens 573-751-9753 Martha.Stevens@house.mo.gov
Kathryn Swan 573-751-1443 Kathryn.Swan@house.mo.gov
Nate Tate 573-751-0549 Nate.Tate@house.mo.gov
Jered Taylor 573-751-3833 Jered.Taylor@house.mo.gov
Cheri Toalson Reisch 573-751-1169 Cheri.Toalson-Reisch@house.mo.gov
Curtis Trent 573-751-0136 Curtis.Trent@house.mo.gov
Sarah Unsicker 573-751-1285 Sarah.Unsicker@house.mo.gov
Rudy Veit 573-751-0665 Rudy.Veit@house.mo.gov
Rob Vescovo 573-751-3607 Rob.Vescovo@house.mo.gov
Cora Faith Walker 573-751-4726 CoraFaith.Walker@house.mo.gov
Sara Walsh 573-751-2134 Sara.Walsh@house.mo.gov
Barbara Washington 573-751-0538 Barbara.Washington@house.mo.gov
John Wiemann 573-751-2176 John.Wiemann@house.mo.gov
Kenneth Wilson 573-751-9760 Ken.Wilson@house.mo.gov
Kevin Windham 573-751-4468 Kevin.Windham@house.mo.gov
David Wood 573-751-2077 David.Wood@house.mo.gov
Dale Wright 573-751-3455 Dale.Wright@house.mo.gov

Municipal Fact Sheet

In the St. Louis Region, and within St. Louis County, dozens of
municipalities interact with each other, higher levels of governments and a variety
of public and private entities in order to improve the effectiveness and restrain
the costs of services. The region is noteworthy for its relatively low costs and
high quality of service delivery.

 

Municipal Collaboration