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KMOX: St. Louis County activates Emergency Operations Center for coronavirus

Co Executive says the focus is on "preparedness" not "panic"

Megan Lynch, March 5, 2020

Clayton MO (KMOX) - St. Louis County is activating its Emergency Operations Center, saying it's preparation for possible local coronavirus cases.

The gradual activation includes medical, emergency management, public information, and first responder organizations.

In a release, County Executive Sam Page says, "we must always keep things in perspective.  This is not a reason to panic.  We are focusing our efforts on preparedness."

There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in St. Louis County or the State of Missouri.

The county has set up a website, stlcorona.com to provide information on the virus and how to stay well. The Health Department also is staffing a hotline to answer questions about this coronavirus or COVID-19. That number is 314-615-2660, operating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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