Page: County data backs up restrictions on St. Louis County youth sports

"I will not be meeting with the (youth sports) task force."

Tom Franklin
September 14, 2020 - 10:31 am

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — The restrictions on high-contact sports like football in St. Louis County will endure despite public pushback.

On Monday, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page stated he will not meet with the county's youth sports task force. He blames other aspects of the pandemic and county government "that take my time," but he also said he'll leave the decisions on youth sports to county health experts.

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The task force, made up of a variety of local doctors, has come out stating there is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission in youth sports. It will meet with the St. Louis County Health Department Monday afternoon.

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Page feels the county's health data does back up the ban on football games and other youth sports restrictions.

"There's a 20% positivity rate with the 15 to 19-year-old age group," Page noted.

When asked about neighboring counties like Jefferson and St. Charles allowing high school football games, Page again defended the restrictions, saying he's taking a different approach then they are. He also stated doesn't want to put 15 to 19-year-olds at risk.

He made the comments after getting a flu shot during the press conference. Page spent his address stressing the importance of getting a flu shot.

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