Page: No firm date yet on relaxing stay-at-home order in St. Louis County

"We do believe we are trending in the right direction."

Maria Keena
May 04, 2020 - 9:19 am

    CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — As the state of Missouri opens for business in Phase 1 of Governor Mike Parson's plan on Monday, the wait continues in the St. Louis region.

    St. Louis County Executive Sam Page says to ease safety restrictions there needs to be evidence the numbers are coming down. He notes 65-percent of cases in Missouri are in St. Louis County, and a significant number of tests are still coming back positive.

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    Page talked with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson this morning, and they are both still looking at mid-May.

    "We do believe we're trending in the right direction," Page stated at his Monday morning media briefing. "We've watched the reports last week, and it appears we've reached the peak. We need to see this trending down (in order to re-open)."

    Page says it's known that when restrictions are lifted, the virus will spread. He emphasized testing, isolation, and contact tracing are key.

    However, Page says by mid-week, it's time to have the conversation about what re-opening will look like.

    "We will give our businesses guidance on social distancing. We intend that guidance to be similar in the city of St. Louis, and we're working together to determine what that guidance will look like."

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    You can watch Page's entire briefing below:

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