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 will take effect on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 12:01 AM. This will ensure that residents can meet their basic needs and essential services will still be provided. The new restrictions will require people to stay at home when possible.
It is just as important to recognize what is not impacted by this as what is. 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.
Suggestions to Prepare for Home Stays
• Consider and plan for those in your home who are considered vulnerable (those over age 60, anyone with a serious medical condition).
• Create a contact list with phone numbers of neighbors, schools, and employers.
• Set up online shopping accounts, if desired.
• Plan ahead and think about what you will need in order to stay at home for an extended period of time. Think ahead and plan how you will keep enough food and medications in your home during this period.
Have Supplies on Hand
Buy as much as you need. Stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and hardware stores will remain open but we encourage residents to shop less often in order to spend less time in public. Supplies on hand should include:
• Non-perishable food
• First aid kit including thermometer
• Medications (over the counter and prescription)
• Toilet paper and other personal hygiene items
• Cleaning supplies (antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.)
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.
Public Information Coordinator