CLAYTON, MO – St. Louis County Executive Sam Page gave his second of three weekly updates today. As of this morning, the county is reporting 1,811 cases and 58 deaths.
St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page is looking to spend millions of dollars to try and get more COVID-19 testing into our area as soon as possible. At the same time, he’s looking at extending the stay at home order set to expire in a week.
County Executive Page spoke inside the county courthouse in Clayton on Wednesday morning. He did not mince words, saying we still have a lot ahead of us in fighting COVID-19 and that the virus will go on for a long time.
Page says he has requested that the St. Louis County Council right away approve $7 million from the health fund to be used mostly to buy coronavirus tests. He says that more testing is needed before the economy can be reopened so that experts know what is happening with the virus in our area.
Page says the African American community is being hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19 in areas like north St. Louis County. He is vowing to address that and not let it continue.
St. Louis County will soon receive nearly $175 million in federal funds to help deal with COVID-19 in our region. Some of those funds would be used to help pay back the $7 million that Page is requesting immediately to buy the tests.
Page also spoke about possibly extending the current stay at home order into May. The current order is set to expire on April 22nd. Page says while no final decision has been made yet, he believes it will likely be extended because this is no time to let up on things that help combat the spread of the virus. Page tells us a final decision could come this week.
Page says he does not anticipate reopening parks anytime soon but that some trails may reopen at some point.
On other issues, we’re told the temporary morgue in Earth City should be ready by Friday but is not needed at this time. Page also says about 50 National Guard members are now in our area and will help with things like transporting supplies.