Sam Page and St. Louis County Council remain at odds over COVID response

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – For several weeks, members of the St. Louis County Council have been at odds with County Executive Sam Page. On Tuesday, a Democrat on the council crossed party lines to vote against Page’s power.

The council passed a pair of bills limiting the power of both the county executive and the health department. The first bill would force Page to explain his COVID-related decisions to the council. The second bill gives the council authority to extend any and all public health orders.

Page claims the county council has other plans.

“The bills before council to eliminate public health restrictions do nothing to help protect the health and welfare of people in St. Louis County,” Page said.

Democrat Rita Heard Days says Page is not telling the truth and she crossed party lines to make sure both bills passed.

“This has never been about undoing any mandates, or social distancing, or changing parameters around people visiting establishments. That’s not what this is about at all,” she said. “It was about understanding that there are other branches of government and we should be included on some of the decisions being made.”

Councilman Tim Fitch says he sent a letter to the associate county counselor that shows the council is trying to establish a mandatory mask order relating to the pandemic.

“Sam Page has tried his best to make the oversight bills appear that they’re an attempt to end the mask mandate. They are not,” Fitch said.

Councilwoman Days says Page is making assumptions on what the council would do.
She says he should be working with them to collaborate and be more inclusive.

“We don’t support carte blanche – whatever you want to do and do it however you do it,” she said. “Without including us. That hasn’t happened.”

For his part, Page says he will veto the bill if it passes because he doesn’t believe they support public health.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

More local COVID-19 maps and stats


Latest News

More News