St. Charles County Government buildings closed to the public on Wednesday, March 25, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the community and County employees. On Friday, May 29, the County Administration Building and the Department of Public Health, both in St. Charles, and the St. Charles County Police Department in O’Fallon reopened with modifications to access and services. Most remaining County buildings, including Courts, reopened Monday, June 1.
“County staff has been working diligently over the past several weeks to make certain buildings are as safe as possible for the public and our employees,” says St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “As with most facilities everywhere, our buildings were not constructed with social distancing in mind. We are making modifications and planning for a future with social distancing as the norm.”
Normal operating hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, resumed at the Administration Building, but with access limited to the first floor. Window service for the Assessor and Collector of Revenue is available on that floor as in the past, and window service for the Recorder of Deeds has been added. The Sheriff, Finance, Human Resources and Community Development departments will have a representative in the lobby behind a plexiglass shield in a shared space, when needed. Visitors for other departments are encouraged to call and make an appointment in advance; a representative from that department will escort the visitor from the first floor to the appropriate office.
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Department of Public Health
The Health Services Division of the Department of Public Health resumed some in-person services during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, however, these services are modified to protect employees and visitors. Services for WIC, vital records and passports ware being offered during regular operating hours, but sexually transmitted disease testing is by appointment only. The Immunization Clinic remains closed and will resume revised services at a later date. The Pet Adoption Center, 4850 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters, continues to offer animals for adoption which can be viewed online; appointments can be made to view adoptable animals. Animal Control officers are working in the community; Environmental Health inspectors are monitoring businesses for social distancing so routine inspections have not yet resumed. Residents are encouraged to check the Department of Public Health website for updated information, or to call 636-949-7400 with questions.
The Police Department reopened with normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fingerprinting has resumed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) licensing and sex offender registration. Visit the Police Department website for information about the department and services, or to call 636-949-3000 with questions.
Additional Information and Precautions
The following County buildings remain closed until further notice:
- The Department of Corrections (County Jail), located adjacent to the Administration Building at 301 N. Second St., St. Charles.
- Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County/Department of Workforce & Business Development, located at 212 Turner Blvd., St. Peters.
Upon entrance to any County building, employees and the public are encouraged to wear cloth facial protection, and everyone is required to have a health screening, including temperature check, before entering. Those with a fever or who have other COVID-19 symptoms are not be permitted to enter the building. Temporary modifications have been made to all buildings to allow for social distancing and flow, including designated entrances and exits with permanent modifications to follow this summer.
Continuing to access County Government services by phone, email or online is strongly encouraged. A comprehensive list of these services can be found on the Online Services page. Residents can visit the online 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.
The St. Charles County Government website will be updated daily, when necessary, to reflect any changes in facility or department services.