COVID 2019 Latest News

Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) illness have been confirmed in all 50 U.S. states, including the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.

Below is a reverse chronological timeline of activities undertaken by St. Charles County Government to reduce the spread of illness and mitigate the impact of the worldwide pandemic on this community. Please also see the COVID-19 homepage for a chart updated with the latest numbers.

Update 11:20 a.m, 3.27.20: Marriage License Issuance

Starting Tuesday, March 31, Marriage License issue will temporarily be administered by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays outside the Administration Building at 201 N. Second St., St Charles, MO 63301. To make an appointment and apply for a marriage license, please email recorder@sccmo.org and attach a completed marriage license information sheet (PDF).

Update 2 p.m., 3.26.20: St. Charles County Council Meeting Update 

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, public attendance at the 7 p.m., Monday, March 30, St. Charles County Council meeting will be through virtual presence only. The meeting will be available live on Charter Spectrum Channel 993, on the County website at tv.sccmo.org/CablecastPublicSite, or on YouTube at youtube.com/SCCMOTV. The Council will be accepting comments by e-mail at Council@sccmo.org or in writing until 5 p.m., Monday, March 30; comments will be included in the record of the meeting. In addition, comments of no more than approximately 300 words received in a timely fashion will be verbalized during the meeting as long as the subject matter pertains to the COVID-19 response or any item on the agenda. For more detailed information about e-mailed comments, and to review the agenda, visit http://www.sccmo.org/AgendaCenter/SCCMO-County-Council-1/ 

Update 6 p.m., 3.25.20: Three Residents of Senior Facility Test Positive for COVID-19

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) are conducting an epidemiological investigation on three positive COVID-19 cases from the Frontier Health & Rehabilitation in St. Charles. Two residents are hospitalized, and one has been quarantined.

The facility has notified employees, residents and family members, and is working in closely with Public Health to contain the virus. Those who have had direct contact with the residents or employees of the center will be screened and evaluated. A special wing with private rooms is being used exclusively to house any residents who may have been exposed.

The first positive case, a female in her 80s, was confirmed on Monday, March 23 and has been hospitalized. The second resident is a female in her 70s and also is hospitalized. The third, a male in his 50s, is being quarantined. 

“Community spread is present in our community,” says St. Charles County Department of Public Health Director Demetrius Cianci-Chapman, “and we will, unfortunately, see this virus continue to spread to all areas of our community. We need to protect the most vulnerable, and we can do that by staying home except for essential business and for work. The elderly and vulnerable in our population are counting on us to do everything we can to provide a safe environment.”

Citizens who make their home in residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as those who receive their daily care in adult day care centers, are particularly vulnerable to this virus, according to DHSS.

“The health and safety of our residents and staff is always our highest priority,” says Craig Workman, spokesman for Frontier Health & Rehabilitation. “and we are taking all appropriate steps to protect our residents and staff. For the past two weeks, we have screened every resident and staff member every day for possible signs and symptoms of the virus. All outside visits and non-essential interactions with the public have been eliminated as have group activities. Our dining rooms are closed to meet the social distancing guidelines.”

Update 2:30 p.m., 3.25.20:St. Charles County Department of Corrections to Close Lobby to Public at 7 a.m., March 26

The St. Charles County Department of Corrections lobby at 300 N. Second St. in St. Charles will close to the public as of 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, until further notice. The lobby will not be accessible for video visitation or Jail ATM services.

Inmate visits were suspended on March 16. Attorney visits with inmates will continue to be permitted; however, the location, days and times may be modified from the current procedures. These modifications will be determined by the Director of Corrections.

Families can visit sccmo.org/Corrections for more information on how to access Jail ATM for bail, inmate account deposits, and video chat services. For questions, please call Corrections at 636-949-3003.

Update 10:30 a.m., 3.25.20: A Message from St. Charles County Government (Posted on County Facebook)

Over the last few weeks, St. Charles County Government and the St. Charles County Department of Public Health have worked tirelessly to distribute important and accurate information regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is our priority to protect the health, safety and well-being of our community by minimizing exposure to this sweeping and fluid pandemic. We appreciate your patience as we learn together; more importantly, we aim to empower you with critical information to help guide your decisions about protecting the health of you, your loved ones and neighbors.

As you can imagine, we have received many social media messages regarding COVID-19 and are working to catching up. In particular, we’ve received many questions and comments on social media about the Executive Order issued March 23, 2020, and wanted to provide clarification:

• The order is not a “stay at home” order or a “shelter in place” order. It establishes social distancing requirements for residents and businesses in St. Charles County in incorporated and unincorporated areas.

• The order requires residents to remain within their residence or on the surrounding property except to engage in activities they deem necessary to their physical, mental or spiritual well-being, or for employment while maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet between themselves and others. Examples of necessary activities include grocery shopping, visiting the pharmacy, and non-elective physician appointments.

• The order requires retail stores and other areas of public accommodation to communicate social distancing requirements. This is most often observed through the use of signage and other reminders. Signage resources are available for download at https://www.sccmo.org/2115/COVID-19-Resources-for-Download.

• The restrictions do not specify which businesses are essential.

• There is no curfew specified in the order.

• Stronger restrictions or mandates by St. Charles County Government may be necessary in the future to protect the health and well-being of our residents as COVID-19 continues to spread.

• The order does not have an end date; it will expire only upon further order.

Visit https://www.sccmo.org/…/View/15365/20-06-Executive-Order-PDF to view the Executive Order (Executive Order 20-06).

Visit https://www.sccmo.org/Archive.aspx?ADID=4098 to view the entire press release about the order.

For questions and information about COVID-19, visit https://www.sccmo.org/2105/COVID-19 or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily.

Update 3:46 p.m., 3.24.20: Message to Public Regarding Circle K in St. Charles County

Late yesterday, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health learned that a resident who tested positive for COVID-19 is an employee of Circle K at 3700 Elm Street in St. Charles. The store closed voluntarily, and Public Health Department epidemiologists are investigating and screening known contacts.

We know it is scary to know of exposure, or even possible exposure, to a pandemic virus, but it is extremely important that the public not panic. There are many factors to consider regarding risk, and there are ways to help minimize that risk.

First, the more time that someone interacts with a person who has COVID-19, the more likely a transmission. Convenience store interactions are generally brief. In every instance, maintaining a distance of 6 feet from another is extremely important, especially if those interactions are longer. Here is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about spread.

There are published reports and other evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can live on surfaces for days and potentially weeks. Surfaces and items touched by people with COVID-19, and even people without COVID-19, do contribute to the spread of the disease when those surfaces are not sanitized and/or hands are not cleaned.

This is why everyoneshould remain, or immediately become, much more diligent about regularly washing their hands, not touching their face and cleaning or sanitizing frequent touch surfaces such as cell phones, desktops, doorknobs, keyboards, and all the examples that have been given by many sources for many weeks. People with these behaviors will have lessened their risk.

While the Department of Public Health does contact tracing about persons who have tested positive, it is not possible for department staff to identify every person who may have entered Circle K in the past two or more weeks due to the nature who paid at the pump, paid in cash, etc. If you were in the store in the past two weeks, please monitor your health.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms such as dry cough and fever, isolate yourself from others and call a healthcare provider. People who visited the store but do not have symptoms do not need to self-quarantine unless they notice COVID-19 symptoms. If you have questions, call the St. Charles County Public Health Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, or visit sccmo.org/COVID for more information.

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html) for managing contacts of positive Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Update 2:45 p.m., 3.24.20: St. Charles County Government Buildings Close to the Public at 5 p.m., March 24. Public can Access Services Online, Staff Available by Phone

To protect the health and safety of the community and help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the St. Charles County Government buildings and facilities listed below will close to the public effective at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020, until further notice. Staff will remain on-site to conduct business, answer telephones, and assist customers with processing items online. Future announcements will be made about public meetings typically held in these facilities.

For a list of online services available through St. Charles County Government, visit sccmo.org/OnlineServices. Visit sccmo.org/directory for a list of department and division phone numbers or call the main switchboard from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 636-949-7900. Read full release

Update 7:30 p.m., 3.23.20: St. Charles County Reports First COVID-19 Death

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health has received word of the first death related to COVID-19. The resident was a man in his 70s who had been hospitalized.

“We are extremely saddened by this news,” says County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.”

Ehlmann stressed the importance of following guidelines and regulations in place from government agencies across the United States, as well as in St. Charles County. “It is crucial,” he said, “that we all do everything we can to stop the spread of this disease.”

Update 5:20 p.m., 3.23.20: St. Charles County Executive Issues Additional COVID-19 Guidance

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann today issued new guidance to all St. Charles County residents, requiring them to remain within their residence or on the property surrounding their residence, except to engage in activities they deem necessary to their physical, mental or spiritual well-being, or for employment. Additionally, local retail stores and all other places of public accommodation must communicate social distancing requirements to customers. The restrictions are effective at 12:01 a.m., March 24, as a measure to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“The restrictions do not specify which businesses are essential,” says Ehlmann. “Businesses and residents, not County Government, should determine what is essential. There is no way government can be aware of the unique needs of every individual.

“As this pandemic worsens,” he says, “it is essential that government not get in the way of the essential supply chain that will deliver services and products to fight this pandemic, or in the way of individuals who have medical and other needs.” Ehlmann continued, “Businesses know that for the long-term good, we need to ‘flatten the curve’ and they will determine on their own that they need to close – either because people don’t see them as essential, or for the protection of their employees and customers.”

Ehlmann says, however, that stronger restrictions or mandates may be necessary in the future as COVID-19 continues to spread. “We need to maintain the confidence of our residents as, if this pandemic continues to worsen, County Government will be forced to take even stronger, more intrusive measures to protect people from contagion. We need to keep everyone’s trust in this crucial time.”

The restriction includes all incorporated and unincorporated areas of St. Charles County. Ehlmann stresses that social distancing is crucial. “The county has three positive cases just today that are community-acquired, meaning they are not related to travel,” he says. “We are getting reports that some businesses are doing a great job and others are not. All businesses need to enforce the 6-foot rule.”

Ehlmann said residents who have questions about what services are essential are encouraged to visit the numerous websites available suggesting how that decision could be made.

For information and questions about COVID-19, please visit sccmo.org/COVID, or call the St. Charles County Department of Public Health Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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Update 8 a.m., 3.24.20: Recorder of Deeds Office Closed to the Public

Effective March 24, 2020, St Charles County Recorder of Deeds will be closed to the public to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 virus. During this closure, marriage license issuance will be temporarily suspended, and all other contact or business must be conducted by phone, email, mail or eRecording.

Documents can be dropped off to record in the Assessor/Collector drop-off box in front of the Administration Building at 201 N. Second Street in St. Charles. To record, the office needs a self-addressed, stamped envelope to return the document and will accept business check or attach a note with a phone number to be called for credit card.

If you have recently applied for/have been issued a marriage license, but are not able to solemnize your marriage within 30 days after the issue date due to the impact of COVID-19. We will reissue your marriage license at a later date at no cost to you.

Update 7:30 p.m., 3.23.20: St. Charles County Reports First COVID-19 Death

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health has received word of the first death related to COVID-19. The resident was a man in his 70s who had been hospitalized.

“We are extremely saddened by this news,” says County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.”

Ehlmann stressed the importance of following guidelines and regulations in place from government agencies across the United States, as well as in St. Charles County. “It is crucial,” he said, “that we all do everything we can to stop the spread of this disease.”

Update 5:20 p.m., 3.23.20: St. Charles County Executive Issues Additional COVID-19 Guidance

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann today issued new guidance to all St. Charles County residents, requiring them to remain within their residence or on the property surrounding their residence, except to engage in activities they deem necessary to their physical, mental or spiritual well-being, or for employment. Additionally, local retail stores and all other places of public accommodation must communicate social distancing requirements to customers. The restrictions are effective at 12:01 a.m., March 24, as a measure to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“The restrictions do not specify which businesses are essential,” says Ehlmann. “Businesses and residents, not County Government, should determine what is essential. There is no way government can be aware of the unique needs of every individual.

“As this pandemic worsens,” he says, “it is essential that government not get in the way of the essential supply chain that will deliver services and products to fight this pandemic, or in the way of individuals who have medical and other needs.” Ehlmann continued, “Businesses know that for the long-term good, we need to ‘flatten the curve’ and they will determine on their own that they need to close – either because people don’t see them as essential, or for the protection of their employees and customers.”

Ehlmann says, however, that stronger restrictions or mandates may be necessary in the future as COVID-19 continues to spread. “We need to maintain the confidence of our residents as, if this pandemic continues to worsen, County Government will be forced to take even stronger, more intrusive measures to protect people from contagion. We need to keep everyone’s trust in this crucial time.”

The restriction includes all incorporated and unincorporated areas of St. Charles County. Ehlmann stresses that social distancing is crucial. “The county has three positive cases just today that are community-acquired, meaning they are not related to travel,” he says. “We are getting reports that some businesses are doing a great job and others are not. All businesses need to enforce the 6-foot rule.”

Ehlmann said residents who have questions about what services are essential are encouraged to visit the numerous websites available suggesting how that decision could be made.

For information and questions about COVID-19, please visit sccmo.org/COVID, or call the St. Charles County Department of Public Health Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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Update 2:45 p.m., 3.23.20: Three New Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported in St. Charles County

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health has been notified of three new positive tests for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the county. The residents are a male in his 70s and two females, one in her 20s and one in her 80s. The cases are the first community-acquired in the county, meaning they are not travel-related.

Public Health epidemiologists have begun contact investigations and notifications regarding these cases. These community-acquired cases highlight the extreme importance of social distancing.

Residents who show symptoms or have questions should call the St. Charles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, which operates daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Update 11 p.m., 3.21.20:  Third Positive COVID-19 Case Reported in St. Charles County

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health has been notified of a third positive test for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the county. The resident is a male in his 20s who traveled to Spain; he has been quarantined since his return.

Public Health epidemiologists have begun contact investigations and notifications regarding this case.

Residents who show symptoms or have questions should call the St. Charles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, which operates daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Update 3.21.20: St. Charles County Executive Responds to St. Louis City, County Announcement

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann responded today to reports that St. Louis City and St. Louis County will be forcing “non-essential” businesses to close.

“I do not believe we are in a situation where government should be deciding which businesses must close and which may stay open,” says Ehlmann. “We will continue to educate our residents that they should stay home except to go to work and procure the services they feel are essential. If businesses and residents work together to do what is right at this critical time, we will be doing everything we need to do right now to slow the spread of this disease.”

Update 7 p.m., 3.20.20: Second Positive COVID-19 Case Reported in St. Charles County

The Department of Public Health has been notified of a second positive test for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the county. A woman in her 50s traveled to Illinois and was briefly in contact with someone there who later tested positive for the disease.

Public Health epidemiologists have begun contact investigations and notifications regarding this case.

“I cannot express strongly enough how important social distancing is,” says St. Charles County Director of Public Health Demetrius Cianci-Chapman. “This case demonstrates how just a brief encounter with someone can cause the spread of this disease. It is imperative that every single person takes this seriously. Adhering to precautions set by the CDC and state and local health departments regarding hand washing and social distancing is crucial.

“St. Charles County Public Health and hospital officials stress that residents should not panic and not go to hospital emergency rooms. “If you have symptoms, you should either call the County’s hotline number, or call your health care provider,” says Cianci-Chapman. “A screening call is necessary to start the testing process.”

For more information and precautions for COVID-19, as well as updates, when available, visit sccmo.org/COVID. Residents who show symptoms or have questions should call the St. Charles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, which operates daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Update 4:52 p.m., 3.20.20: A Message from St. Charles County Government
Keeping our community safe and providing reliable information is a top priority for St. Charles County Government. We know that there is a lot of information, as well as misinformation and rumors, on social media about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and actions taken by government. We encourage you to turn to this website to read the latest information from St. Charles County Government and St. Charles County Public Health and share this with your family and friends. Thank you!

Update 11:30 a.m, 3.20.20: Assistance for Small Business Owners: Small business owners in need of guidance and loan resources during the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to visit the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) online at https://bit.ly/2Wx5s2q. Learn more about the SBA’s disaster assistance response to the Coronavirus Disease at https://bit.ly/3bpfln5.

Update 5 p.m., 3.19.20: Police Department Suspends Fingerprinting Services: The St. Charles County Police Department is suspending all fingerprinting services until further notice. For more information, please call 636-949-3000.

Update 5:17 p.m., 3.19.20: Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County to Temporarily Suspend In-Person Services: The Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County will close to in-person services beginning Friday, March 20, for at least one week. The change in service is in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended guidelines to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and affects all Missouri Job Centers. While the in-person services are closed, the center will continue to be staffed. Signs have been posted on the doors directing customers to call 1-888-728-JOBS (5627) or locally, 636-255-6060, or go online to jobs.mo.gov to access resources until further notice. View the Workforce and Business Development website for more information

Update 3.19.20: St. Charles County Executive Addresses Gatherings
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has announced that, effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, March 20, recreational, social and entertainment gatherings will be limited to 10 or less.

County Executive Ehlmann says the decision will be monitored constantly with the region’s health care professionals. “As I’m sure everyone knows, this outbreak remains a rapidly changing and evolving situation,” says County Executive Ehlmann. “Our St. Charles County Department of Public Health is in constant contact with health care providers, and we are making decisions based on what is best for the health of our community.”

Public Health Director Demetrius Cianci-Chapman strongly urges people who are sick to stay home. “This is not a ‘stay off the roads because they’re slippery’ directive,” he says. This virus is spreading from person-to-person very easily,” Cianci-Chapman says, “and it is vital that we all take all precautions available for the most vulnerable around us – those who are over 60 years of age and people with chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Update 7:20 p.m., 3.18.20: First Positive COVID-19 Case Reported in St. Charles County

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health has been notified of the first positive test for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the county. The case is travel-related and the patient, a woman in her 20s, has been quarantined at home.

The St. Charles County Public Health Department currently is monitoring 191 people. While the CDC test criteria remains in place, private lab testing has been made available. In this case, the positive test was taken to a private lab.

In St. Charles County, there have been 10 people sent for testing; eight have been negative and two tests are pending. All are travel related. The department currently is monitoring 17 people for symptoms that are contacts to known cases.

“We have been monitoring individuals with symptoms and those who have traveled in areas where COVID-19 is prevalent,” says St. Charles County Public Health Director Demetrius Cianci-Chapman. “We are not surprised that there is a case in our community because of the spread of the virus around the globe. It is important for residents to keep this in perspective and to continue social distancing and good hand-washing practices to help us keep the spread at a minimum.”

Update 6:12 p.m., 3.18.20: The April 7, 2020 General Election in St. Charles County is postponed to June 2, 2020: Governor Parson today signed Executive Order 20-03 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020. View the St. Charles County Election Authority website for more information.

Update 1:08 p.m., 3.18.20: St. Charles County Parks Cancels Programs Through April 3; Parks Remain Open: The St. Charles County Parks Department is suspending all recreation programs through April 3, 2020.In addition, all indoor reservations that are larger than 50 people scheduled through May 10 will be rescheduled. Parks staff will be contacting those with reservations to make the changes. All County Parks will remain open at this time. Stay informed on changes and updates by visiting the Parks website, Facebook, or by calling the department 636-949-7535.

Update 6:40 p.m., 3.17.20: St. Charles County Executive Announces Timetable to Prohibit On-Premise Consumption at Restaurants and Bars: St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has announced a directive and signed an Executive Order that prohibits all restaurants and bars in the county from providing for or allowing on-premise consumption of food or beverages effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, March 20. The directive is in line with other states and cities, including St. Louis and Franklin counties and St. Louis City, that have issued the same or similar orders to prevent further spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 Disease (COVID-19). 

Update 12:30 p.m., 3.17.20: The St. Charles County Planning & Zoning Commission has posted a revised agenda for its 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, meeting to encourage limited attendance in adherence to restrictions of gatherings of more than 50 people to protect citizens from the spread of COVID-19. Visit the Community Development website for more information.

Update 4:56 p.m., 3.16.20: The St. Charles County Department of Public Health is waiting on two COVID-19 tests to come back from the state lab. This afternoon, County Executive Steve Ehlmann issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency. Please see the link above for specifics.

Staff continue to work with community agencies and organizations to plan responses, answer questions and address needs. The Public Health Department hotline for questions about symptoms and testing is 636-949-1899.

PRECAUTIONARY TIP OF THE DAY: Check on those who are most vulnerable – older adults and those who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. Offer to go to the grocery store for them or run other errands.

Update 3:23 p.m. 3.16.20: The St. Charles County Municipal Court has suspended all court sessions until April 3. The court will notify any defendant who is currently scheduled for a suspended court session via U.S. Mail of rescheduled court dates. The court office is still operating during regular business hours to accept payments and filings. For updates and more information, visit the Municipal Court webpage.

Update 6:40 p.m., 3.15.20: Joint Statement from Five Regional Leaders of Bi-State Government - After meeting today with 15 health care professionals and other key regional stakeholders, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern, and Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler have all agreed to take the following proactive measures in an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the region:

  • Effective immediately and for the next eight weeks, scheduled events and social gatherings with more than 50 people in attendance are prohibited across all five jurisdictions, as recommended by the CDC. This decision will be reevaluated constantly in communication with the region’s top health care professionals.
  • It is recommended that at least by Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all public, private, charter and parochial schools across all five jurisdictions close until further notice. This decision will be reevaluated by April 3.
  • In Missouri, decisions regarding the mandatory closure of restaurants, bars and nightclubs remain under consideration and are expected to be made soon.

The COVID-19 outbreak remains a rapidly evolving situation and available information is fluid. In the meantime, it is vitally important that members of the general public continue to practice recommended preventative measures, such as social distancing and robust personal hygiene, as recommended by the CDC.

Update 7:20 p.m., 3.13.20: St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has declared an emergency in the county as a result of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Today, President Donald Trump declared a State of Emergency for the United States, and Gov. Mike Parson issued the same declaration for the state of Missouri. 

Read the full release for more information and recommendations, including recommendations for individuals/families, schools/childcare, assisted living facilities/senior living facilities and adult day programs, workplaces, and church/faith based organizations.

Update 6:35 p.m., 3.13.20: As a precaution, starting Monday, March 16, 2020, the St. Charles County Department of Corrections is suspending inmate visits for the next 30 days. Attorney visits will be permitted, however the location, days and times may be modified from the current procedures. These modifications will be determined by the Director of Corrections. For more information, visit the Department of Corrections website.

Update 10:30 a.m., 3.13.20: The St. Charles County Public Health Department has sent two new COVID-19 tests to the state lab. Both are travel-related. One traveled to France, and the other was in another state when in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. Both are self-quarantined. Results will be posted in the charts below when available.

PRECAUTIONARY TIP OF THE DAY: SOCIAL DISTANCING
The term “social distancing” is being used often when talking about COVID-19 and it is highly recommended to limit the spread of this disease. The term means keeping your distance from other people in order to keep from catching or spreading the virus. The St. Charles County Public Health Department recommends keeping a distance of 6 feet from others whenever possible. Avoid handshakes, fist-bumps, hugs, and kisses, as well as touching your own mouth, nose or eyes. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

Update 10 a.m., 3.11.20: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19. At 8 a.m. today, the hotline opened and can be reached at 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Update 3.8.20: In response to the presumptive positive Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) case announced Saturday evening, March 7, 2020, in St. Louis County, St. Charles County Government has activated its Incident Command structure at the County Emergency Operations Center. This means the County is taking precautionary measures to prepare for potential spread of the disease. Staff from multiple disciplines are working together in one location to constantly monitor for cases in our area and are following protocol developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Communication will be issued to the public if, and when, new information becomes available.