Page: St. Louis County at least 2-3 weeks from relaxed social distancing

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page offered an update Monday morning on where the county stands during the pandemic.

Sam Masterson
April 13, 2020 - 10:22 am

    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced that the county is making "a significant investment" in COVID-19 testing materials and supplies, which he hopes will help move the region closer to relaxing some restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

    "We understand that an improved testing environment is an important part of the recovery phase as we start to consider what the future brings," Page says.  

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    He says the county is working with a public health crisis, a humanitarian crisis, and an economic crisis.

    Page says improved testing could lead to a relaxation of social distancing guidelines, but we're probably two or three weeks away from having that discussion. That would be 

    As of now, all St. Louis County parks, K-12 school buildings and non-essentials businesses are closed through at least next Wednesday, April 22, in accordance with the County's stay-at-home order. All Missouri school buildings are closed through at least the end of this academic year, due to a recent order from Gov. Mike Parson.

    Page says the county is eligible for up to $175 million of federal stimulus relief, to be spent towards COVID-19 expenses. 

    The full press conference from Page was originally posted on Facebook, but has since been taken down.

    The City of St. Louis and St. Louis County continue to be the epicenter for COVID-19 cases in Missouri, with the county at 1,633 cases and 42 deaths, including nine more over the weekend.

    Statewide, Missouri has lost 110 people to the virus and there are 4,160 cases as of Sunday afternoon. 

    Ninety-two of the 110 deaths have been people over the age of 60. 

    Illinois health officials say the state is seeing the first downward trend in the death toll since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

    Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Sunday that there were 43 more deaths from the virus, a count lower than each of the past six days. 

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