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What Happened Last Week, April 5, 2021

Each week, we do our best to help you stay on top of the news in the County. And honestly, we're thrilled that so many people find this newsletter a useful resource. (Please share with your friends, who can sign up here: https://bit.ly/3nijXBs).

Over 2,000 St. Louis Countians have perished from COVID, but it has had a life-altering impact on all of us. From business losses to school closings to, as President Biden called it "the loss of living," we've all had much to endure this year.

One year ago, the first safer at home order placing restrictions on in-person dining and group sizes was announced. Dr. Page saw the risk of COVID-19 early on, and St. Louis County was one of the first jurisdictions to take such decisive action. While controversial at the time among those who questioned just how serious COVID-19 would become, the Public Health Department's fact-based safety measures have since been proven to have saved lives.

The CDC recently published its own study that showed that counties with mask orders and restrictions on in-person dining had fewer cases. (See the study here: bit.ly/MMWR3521.) St. Charles County's case rate percentage increase was three times that of St. Louis County's from June-November of 2020. (Read more here: Where Masks Aren't Mandatory in St. Louis Region, Virus Cases Boom at https://bit.ly/3fnXjV8.) This fall, the entire country suffered from an upsurge in COVID-19 cases; almost immediately after the Public Health Department temporarily limited in-person dining on November 17, the case rate decreased dramatically.

  • One year ago, surgical and N-95 masks were in extremely short supply, with jurisdictions bidding against one another for critical PPE and residents taking to their sewing machines. Since then, the County has secured and distributed over 3,500,000 masks.
  • One year ago schools announced closures - and many wondered how families with food insecurity would manage and how children without access to technology would keep up. Since then, well over 1,000,000 meals have been provided to families through the County Library's cooperation with Operation Food Search and over 10,000 hotspots and 6,000 chrome books have been provided to children who would otherwise not have access to technology needed for hybrid learning.
  • One year ago, the risk to residents of long-term residential communities was becoming clear; Dr. Page announced a "rapid response" force of healthcare providers who would provide specialized support for long-term care facilities - a program that became a model for the nation.
  • One year ago, businesses and municipalities sounded the alarm that the impact to their budgets would be dramatic. The County responded with $24M in CARES Act funding for small businesses (nearly 14% of the total received by the County) not including the $6M set aside for child care providers - more than the state of Missouri has provided to non-farm small businesses statewide. And the County dedicated over 27% of its CARES Act funding ($47M) to local governments through the Municipal Relief Program. Eighty three of the 88 municipalities applied for and received funds from the program, which helped them weather this crisis.
  • The last year also saw the creation of a Humanitarian Program that addressed the very real human crises resulting from the pandemic, with particular focus on seniors, housing, technology, and children. The senior and homebound programs provide meals, cleaning supplies, protective equipment, and medical transportation services to elderly folks. The housing stability programs include rent assistance, utility assistance, and legal services for foreclosure proceedings and domestic violence law.
  • Weeks before the first reported COVID case, Dr. Page announced the website STLCorona.com. Since its initial development, STLCorona has become a one-stop-shop for COVID data, vaccination information, guidelines, and news. It's still the place to go for accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19.

Of course, the County and its departments have done much more over the last year - so much that reviewing it here would make this email far, far too long. You can review a timeline of the last year at the County's annual report here: https://stlouiscountymo.gov/st-louis-county-government/county-executive/

 

Early on, Dr. Page told us that this pandemic would test our community, but that we'd be inspired by the people of St. Louis County - who he was certain would pull together to help their neighbors. He was right.

We are inspired by your dedication, and we're grateful for his. Some have used the tough decisions Dr. Page has had to make as fodder for political attacks against him. His response? To shrug, tell us that's just part of the job, and remind us that this year has been hard on everyone - including those who disagree with him politically. And then he puts his head down and continues doing the work that needs to be done.

It's not lost on us that less than a year after unexpectedly taking office, a calm-spoken medical doctor with decades of public service was thrust into managing a worldwide pandemic. He is the right leader for this moment, and we're grateful.

Now, looking forward, with increased vaccinations (more on those below!) and the hard work of people like you who continue to practice safe physical distancing and mask wearing, the case numbers in our County are improving.

We're hopeful for the future, and that's all due to your hard work.

 

Now, let's turn to this week's updates.

 

General Reminders:

Live Briefings: On Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30am, Dr. Page holds live briefings that are broadcast live on his County Executive facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CountyExecutiveSamPage/). See past briefings at the Youtube channel here: https://bit.ly/3l7ic9T.

County Council Meetings: Every Tuesday, the St. Louis County Council holds its meeting live by web/teleconference. During that meeting Dr. Sam gives his weekly County Executive Report.  This week’s meeting is on Tuesday at 6:30pm. To join, go to https://stlouiscountymo.gov and click on “Public Notices" at the top, where you will find a link and instructions for how to join the meeting. Watch past Council meetings at the County Council's Youtube channel here: https://bit.ly/2DWLpTW

COVID Testing: The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health provides tests to the general public via its two clinics or at pop-up testing events. Tests through DPH are free of charge. Make an appointment through DPH online at  https://bit.ly/306heAX  or by calling 314-615-0574. The Department of Public Health is also now offering free flu shots as a drive-up serviceat its clinics. Appointments for flu vaccines can be made here. https://bit.ly/39JLFmZ

 

This Week's Updates:

VACCINE INFORMATION: The County’s biggest priority is to get as many people vaccinated as possible as quickly as possible.

**What's the current vaccination total? To date, the County's Department of Public Health has given over 80,000 vaccine doses! This past week alone the DPH administered 18,000 doses! Even so, there are hundreds of thousands of people on the County's pre-registration list, many of whom are frustrated because of lack of vaccine availability.

Here's why vaccine availability is an issue: Because the state allocates doses to hospitals, local public health agencies and other providers, the County's vaccine supply is entirely dependent upon how many vaccine doses the state provides. Health officials throughout the St. Louis region (including Dr. Page) have expressed concern with the amount of vaccine that has been allocated to the region. Governor Parson announced a change in the state's vaccine distribution model that will result in St. Louis County's region receiving thousands more doses per week, going from 35% of the state's allocation to 42%. That's welcome news!

How do I register for the vaccine with the County? Pre-register for the vaccine with the County by:

Please help distribute registration information to any of your neighbors, friends, and community members who might not have easy access to the internet. They can call the registration hotline at 314-615-2660. Only individuals who preregister are given appointments at DPH clinics and sites, and no appointments are given unless the County has vaccine available. Residents who want a slot at a mass vaccination event can pre-register with the state at covidvaccine.mo.gov.

What vaccines are being used? The vaccines have been rigorously evaluated and are 85-95% protective against getting severely ill with COVID; they're described as "PPE at a molecular level." The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services has created a website addressing frequently asked questions and providing more detailed information about the vaccines. (https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts/) See Vaccine FAQs here: https://stlcorona.com/news/dph-covid-19-update-12162020/ Three vaccines are currently in use. Two of the vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one dose.

**Who is eligible for the vaccine? The state of Missouri is tasked with managing the vaccine rollout and distribution, and determines what groups are eligible to receive the vaccine and when they can receive it. The state's website, https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/ , contains information about vaccine eligibility.

In recent weeks, the state opened vaccine eligibility to 1b, Tier 3 (teachers, child care workers and other individuals who, per the state's definition, "keep the essential functions of society running") and Phase 2 (disproportionately affected populations and those at increased risk, such as prisoners and unhoused individuals).

**The state will open vaccine eligibility to all Missourians this Friday, April 9.

The state's vaccine categories are defined in more detail at the state's website: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority/ but in general are as follows:

  • Phase 1a (patient-facing healthcare providers and long-term care facility residents and staff) (People in this category are eligible for vaccines now.)
  • Phase 1b (high-risk individuals between ages 18-64; individuals 65+; first responders; essential workers)
  • Tier 1: First responders and emergency workers (People in this category are eligible for vaccines now.)
  • Tier 2: High risk individuals, including those with pre-existing conditions and anyone 65+  (People in this category are eligible for vaccines now.)
  • Tier 3: Individuals who "keep the essential functions of society running." Examples provided by the state include teachers, childcare workers, transportation systems, and food and agriculture. (People in this category are eligible now.)
  • Phase 2 (disproportionately affected populations and those at increased risk, such as prisoners and unhoused individuals) (People in this category are eligible as of today)
  • Phase 3 (all Missouri residents) (People in this category will be eligible April 9.)

What is the County doing to help vaccinate teachers? The County sponsored a mass vaccination event for school personnel and plans to conduct more events for school personnel in the coming weeks. The event at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College vaccinated approximately 2,000 school employees

“We all want students and educators safely back in their classrooms. In-person learning is the ideal setting and our children need to be in a place where they can socialize, develop interpersonal skills and share life experiences with their friends," Dr. Page said. "Vaccinating our educators is a key step to returning to a traditional classroom setting.” We agree!

How is the County helping people who are homebound and seniors?  Saint Louis County has launched a pilot program to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to those who are unable to leave their homes. DPH estimates that there are thousands in the county who qualify as “homebound” under definitions provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Working with the Mehlville Fire District and the Office of Emergency Management, DPH began delivering vaccine to homebound residents and their caregivers two weeks ago, and that work continues. Fire districts throughout the county are involved in the rollout. The County has been collecting referrals from partner agencies for participation. For more information or to see if you qualify, email dphcovidvaccine@stlouisco.com or call 314-615-2660.

DPH has partnered with the County Older Residents Program to assist older individuals who may need assistance. Those individuals are encouraged to call the Health Department at 314-615-2660. A member of DPH will document the caller’s name, take a call back number and then pass that information along to the staff of the County Older Residents Program, who are responsible for calling individuals from that list and filling out their registration form over the phone. Staff from the older residents program will reach out to schedule their appointment over the phone.

DPH has also established a contract with an interpreter service, available for any assistance needed in providing information about pre-registering and vaccine appointments.

How is the County helping people in group homes? DPH has partnered with area fire districts (Eureka, Pattonville, Mehlville, Affton, and Richmond Heights) and the St. Louis County Police Department Office of Emergency Management to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to about 1,000 residents and staff in group homes and other housing facilities that have not yet received vaccinations.

**What mass vaccination events have occurred, and what events are scheduled? As the images at the top of this email show, this past week has been a busy one for vaccinations in St. Louis County! In general, mass vaccination events are coordinated by the state. If you want a slot at a mass vaccination event, you can pre-register with the state at covidvaccine.mo.gov.

St. Louis County participated in an event on February 20 at UMSL (serving 2,375 people), one on March 5 at the North County Recreaction Center (serving over 2,000) people and another at UMSL to administer second doses.

On Saturday, March 20, an event was held at North County Recreation Complex specifically targeting some of our most vulnerable areas in north St. Louis County. A second vaccination event targeting North County zip codes occurred on March 25 at the Metro North Fire District. Approximately 500 people were served at that event.

The County sponsored an event targeted to school personnel on March 23 and 24 that vaccinated approximately 2,000 school personnel. A mass vaccination event with the National Guard occurred on March 26 and 27 at Queeny Park at 550 Weidman Road. That event was so successful that an additional mass vaccination clinic at Queeny Park was held this past Thursday. Over the weekend an event was held at South Technical High School in Sunset Hills - the first of multiple events to be held in South County.

This Thursday another a mass vaccination event will be held at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 6050 Wells Road.

These are appointment-only events, and registrations will be taken from the county’s preregistration list. (bit.ly/STLCoCOVIDVaccineRegPlans for additional dates for vaccination events at the South County sites are still being developed.

How Can You Help? As Saint Louis County prepares for a dramatic increase in vaccine supply and eligible residents, County officials are seeking additional volunteers to help distribute this new surge of doses! The Department of Public Health administered a record 15,000 vaccinations last week, and hopes to exceed this number in coming weeks.

Medical training is not necessary, although those with a medical background can help with vaccine administration and patient monitoring. Both clinical and non-clinical volunteers who would like to serve in this capacity can sign up at http://www.stlcorona.com/volunteer. Hundreds of volunteers have already donated their time and skills to the vaccination effort.

Dr. Page also called on primary care physicians and other medical providers to register to administer vaccines in their offices or clinics. “As a patient's most trusted source of information on vaccines, you play a critical role in helping build confidence and getting the COVID-19 vaccination distributed widely throughout the county,” Page said. Health care providers can sign up to be vaccinators at https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/vaccinators/.

What is the County doing to promote vaccine registration in underserved communities? A breakdown by ZIP code of those who pre-registered for the vaccine showed low participation in several areas of north St. Louis County - as low as 3 percent in some north county communities compared to 39 percent in the central part of the county. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Page tapped more than 20 community leaders with deep roots in north St. Louis County to help increase vaccine registration and ensure all residents are connected to the latest COVID-19 information, including former County Executive Charlie Dooley, Councilwoman Shalonda Webb, and Dawn Chapman, co-founder of Just Moms. The so-called North County Outreach Group will work closely with Damon Broadus, the director of Health Promotion and Public Health Research, and with Rochelle Walton Gray, COVID-19 Vaccine Community Outreach Coordinator. Both were hired by the Health Department to bolster the County’s response to the pandemic, focusing on the vaccine rollout. St. Louis Bishop Lawrence Wooten Sr., Williams Temple Church of Christ, will serve as chair. Read more at the St. Louis American HERE.

Also, as noted above, the County has conducted mass vaccination events specifically targeting some of our most vulnerable areas in north St. Louis County.

**Get The Facts PSA Launched: The St. Louis County Health Department launched a campaign on Friday titled "Get the Facts on the COVID-19 Vaccine" to motivate those who might be hesitant to get vaccinated. The campaign debuts with four videos featuring St. Louis County Council Chairwoman Rita Days, Councilwoman Shalonda Webb, retired DPH nurse Barbara Forde, and DPH administrator Will Bogan III.

Council Chairwoman Rita Days: https://youtu.be/1KwyvvhMa2Y

Councilwoman Shalonda Webb:https://youtu.be/6YxxjM2rxQY

Retired DPH Nurse Barbara Forde https://youtu.be/W4vurNiJJGk

DPH Administrator Will Bogan III: https://youtu.be/PbKKXEIhPUU

COVID restrictions lifted: With new cases of COVID-19 in rapid decline and vaccines becoming more widely available, Saint Louis County is lifting certain restrictions. The new guidelines, which are already in effect, allow for private indoor gatherings of up to 20 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people (up from 10). Also, businesses may remain open until midnight rather than 11 p.m. (That curfew does not apply to carry-out or delivery service.) Conference centers and outdoor facilities may increase their operating capacity so long as they are still able to maintain health and safety precautions. Some other businesses, including casinos, sporting venues, theme parks and museums, may submit plans for reopening, which the Department of Public Health will review and approve on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Page called these changes a “cautious reopening” made possible by expected improvements in vaccine distribution. County residents are still urged to take common-sense measures like wearing masks, staying home when sick, and respecting others’ personal space. The new event planning guidelines can be found online at STLCorona.com.

COVID quarantine guidelines amended: The County amended COVID quarantine guidelines this week to reflect newly changed CDC guidance. Those who have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 need to quarantine themselves for 10 days, beginning with the day of first exposure. After 10 days, assuming no symptoms, they are free to end quarantine. Find the newly-revised quarantine guidance at STLCorona.com: https://stlcorona.com/dr-pages-messages/public-health-orders/all-public-health-orders-archives/fifth-amended-quarantine-and-isolation-order/

Evidence of UK variant discovered in Coldwater Creek wastewater: In a reminder that we are not out of the woods yet and we need to be vigilant about mask wearing and social distancing, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services found high levels of the UK variant of COVID-19 in testing of wastewater at the Coldwater Creek treatment plant in North County. So far, the creek is the only area of the state that shows significant levels of the variant, which mutated from the original COVID-19 virus and spreads more quickly. Read more here: https://callnewspapers.com/uk-covid-19-variant-found-at-high-levels-in-north-county-south-county-tests-find-low-levels/

 

**American Rescue Plan update: The American Rescue Plan, which was signed by President Biden earlier this month, will provide funds directly to the state of Missouri, to counties, and to municipalities -- as well as to businesses and families.

A majority of Americans, including people from both parties, support the Plan, which passed on a party-line vote of 50-49 (all Democrats voting in favor). The Plan provides up to $1,400 stimulus payments to working families who are struggling to pay the bills, will combat the pandemic with surge vaccine production and distribution, provides $350 billion in state and local government aid to prevent layoffs and service cuts, significantly extends unemployment benefits, provides $25 billion in support for the restaurant community, provides $40 billion of support to keep people in their homes, and provides $178 billion to help safely reopen schools.

Unlike the CARES Act funding, which was provided during the emergent phase of the pandemic, the ARP funding is intended to provide communities with resources to recover. Whereas the CARES Act funding was very specific in scope and had an extremely restricted timeline (funds had to be spent by the end of December 2020, and could only be spent under very stringent federal criteria), ARP funds have far more limited restrictions and a longer timeline.

Last week, Dr. Page met with members of the County Council individually to discuss their priorities for use of the ARP funding. He looks forward to working with them to ensure that St. Louis County emerges from this crisis healthy and strong.

 

**Emergency Rental Assistance Plan Update: On April 5 (today!), the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will begin accepting applications to provide temporary rental assistance to low and moderate-income households that have had a loss of income, have qualified for unemployment benefits, faced significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more info on the program go to: https://stlcorona.com/resident/resources-rent/ A call center is available to answer your questions. That number is 314-806-0910.

 

1,500 Grandpads distributed: In cooperation with the St. Louis County Library, last Sunday the County distributed 1,500 GrandPad tablets. The GrandPad is checked out from the library for one year to the recipients; it is designed to meet the needs of seniors to access technology and stay connected to loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 70% of the tablets were provided to seniors over 75 years old, and over half were distributed to seniors with a yearly income of less than $25,000. Eighty-eight percent of the recipients indicated that they have been limited in their activities outside the home. Importantly, 40% previously did not have access to the internet at home, and over half did not have a device that allowed them to use the internet.

The Grandpads were purchased using $1 million in federal CARES Act funds. Providing the tablets is part of the Digital Equity Initiative established in
2020, which included $4 million to purchase tablets and hotspots for St. Louis County students with limited access to the internet.

 

New DPH Director Announced: Dr. Page has appointed Dr. Faisal Khan, 48, a former DPH director, to return to lead the Department of Public Health. Dr. Khan had previously served with DPH from 2010 to 2018, first as director of communicable disease control services and later as the department director. Dr. Khan is a medical epidemiologist with 22 years of experience in the public health field, including with departments in West Virginia and Massachusetts, and in the countries of Pakistan, Vietnam, Australia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and others. His experience includes serving as the lead epidemiologist of the External Peer Review Program for the Veterans Health Administration, as a director of state HIV/AIDS & STD programs, and designer of research studies focused on clinical quality improvement, disease surveillance, disease prevention and program evaluation. Dr. Khan is leaving his position as the Chief Executive Officer of the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, a federal facility in Kansas City, Mo., to take leadership at the DPH.

**Assessor's Office 2021 Preliminary Residential Property Values Available Online Now: The Assessor's Office 2021 reassessment information is now online. Owners of Residential property can view their 2021 preliminary values at http://revenue.stlouisco.com/ias/. Preliminary Commercial property values will be available online in mid-April: http://revenue.stlouisco.com/ias/

If you know any property owner who doesn’t have computer or internet access, needs assistance, or has questions after reviewing their preliminary value online, have them contact the Assessor’s Office Monday – Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm: Residential property owners call: 314-615-4981; Commercial property owners call: 314-615-4984

 

**Print personal property and real estate tax receipts: As you gather paperwork to file your taxes or renew your license plate, did you know you can print your personal property and real estate tax receipts from the County's webpage? Visit https://stlouiscountymo.gov/ and click on the "Print Tax Receipts" icon.

 

Schedule appointments online with Collector of Revenue: Did you know you can avoid the line and schedule an online appointment with the Collector of Revenue? Visit https://stlouiscountymo.gov/ then click on "Services & Appointments." Scroll down and click on "Collector of Revenue." You'll find the online scheduling tool at the bottom of the page. You can pick the location and time that best suits you. Property tax receipts are also available via mail and online at http://revenue.stlouisco.com/Collection/ppInfo/

 

St. Louis County opens satellite Court location in North County: In order to provide access to justice for residents of North County impacted by the pandemic, St. Louis County approved the use of $130,000 in CARES Act funding to remodel underutilized office space at The Crossings in St. Ann.

The 21st Circuit opened its first public computer kiosks and remote information center on the first floor of the Clayton courthouse in August of 2020. Now, public computer kiosks in the satellite office in St. Ann are linked to the main courthouse in Clayton, and allow litigants to participate remotely in courtroom proceedings including landlord-tenant and small claims dockets, associate criminal matters, name changes, preliminary family court proceedings, weddings and Order of Protection hearings. Bailiffs are available to assist people using the computers.

Victims of domestic violence may file for orders of protection in person at the St. Ann office of Adult Abuse. Victims can also file for orders of protection entirely online using the court’s website, https://wp.stlcountycourts.com/order-of-protection/.

Landlord/tenant mediation services will be available at the St. Ann satellite court through the St. Louis Mediation Project, coordinated by Washington University School of Law’s Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program. The project also provides free, pre-eviction mediation services in the North County community. A short video introducing the St. Ann Satellite Court is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX5R_xsYeJk

 

**Justice Center responds to COVID challenges with creative innovations: Since the pandemic began, St. Louis County Department of Justice Services has looked for creative ways to respond to COVID and keep residents engaged. When masks were in short supply at the beginning of the pandemic, residents pulled together to create over 1,000 masks. When programming had to be suspended, Justice Services found other activities, like chess, that kept residents busy and engaged.

As resident James Davis said, “While I’m here my job is to better myself. If I walk in this building and I do nothing, and I walk back out then I’m subject to walk back in.” Watch this video to see more about the work being done at the Justice Department: https://fb.watch/4FJL1Tg-yO/

When visitation had to be restricted to one adult visitor each week, leaving residents with no way to see their children for months at a time, Justice Services got creative and used donated tablets to start a family virtual visitation program that has been hugely successful. Some residents whose families did not have transportation to the Justice Center, are now finally able to visit their children through these virtual visits. Hear more about the programs here ---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2-kIejB5g4

 

Newly-replaced LCRA Board takes action to curb illegal dumping in Wellston: St. Louis County economic development officials are working to clean up a notorious dumping site next to Normandy High School in Wellston and ensure that it stays free of debris. The County's Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority board (LCRA), which was replaced by Dr. Page in mid-January, approved contracts with three firms to maintain and remove debris from lots in Wellston. Economic Partnership officials are working with the local government leaders on tentative plans to restrict throughways to the area and use a donated camera from the LCRA to identify license plate numbers of any trucks that enter with debris and leave without it. LCRA is also working to put concrete barriers on LCRA-owned vacant lots, which would curb massive dumping. Read more here.

 

**Elections in St. Louis City Tuesday: On Tuesday, St. Louis City voters will select a new mayor. Tuesday's election is a runoff between City Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Alderwoman Cara Spencer. Last month, Dr. Page said, “The city and the county share one of the longest borders in the state. No problem ever stops at that line, and no good solution should have to. I join Kanas City Mayor Quinton Lucas in endorsing Tishaura Jones for mayor of St. Louis City."

 

Congratulations to Alexus Williams, an attorney in the County Counselor's Officer, for officially receiving her award from the Missouri Lawyers Media for the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Award. She was chosen for significantly advancing diversity, inclusion & the dignity of all people in Missouri's legal profession.

 

Dr. (Jenny) Page named medical society president: Dr. Jenny, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with Mercy Hospital South as well as the medical director of acute rehabilitation at Mercy Hospital South, was named president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society! She will lead more than 1,600 physician members of one of the oldest local medical societies in the United States.

 

St. Louis County Library News:

In-person browsing opens by appointment: As part of the Library’s efforts to slowly and safely reintroduce important services during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is offering access to the library by appointment only for internet computer use and collection browsing. The first day for library visits will be Tuesday, March 23. For the safety of the community, patrons are asked to follow safety guidelines. Learn more and schedule your appointment at https://www.slcl.org/using-the-library/library-visits#online-appointment

St. Louis County Library has been ranked as a 4-­star library in the 2020 Library Journal Index of Public Library Service and is the only four star library in the state of Missouri. The rank of four stars indicates a high per capita use in seven major areas of library service: physical circulation, circulation of electronic materials, library visits, program attendance, public internet computer use, Wi-Fi sessions, and retrieval of electronic information (e-retrievals).

The St. Louis County Library system has distributed millions of meals during the pandemic. St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search provide drive-thru food pick-up for children from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at 10 SLCL branches. Participating branches provide two shelf-stable breakfasts and two lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while supplies last. Meals are available free of charge for children ages 18 and under. Meals are distributed in the branch parking lots. Details: www.slcl.org/drive-thru-meals.

Period supply kits: Flow kits from St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies are available at four SLCL branches starting this week: Florissant Valley, Lewis & Clark, Natural Bridge and Weber Road. The free kits contain 20 period supplies and are available to pick up during drive-thru meals or curbside hours. www.slcl.org/period-supplies

 

Emergency Diapers: St. Louis Area Diaper Bank and St. Louis County Library have partnered to provide families with emergency diapers at two different library locations, Florissant Valley Branch, 195 New Florissant Rd. and Lewis & Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd. Families can pick up a one-time supply of 50 diapers and receive a referral to a local agency for help with ongoing support during curbside services hours: Monday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appropriately sized diapers will be provided for children ages 3 and under. Supplies and sizes may be limited.

 

Tap In Center: St. Louis County Library is partnering with several justice involved organizations to provide a Tap In Center at the Florissant Valley Branch for individuals to get legal assistance and connect with local support services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tap In Center will be open on Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. At the Tap In Center, individuals can meet with an attorney, learn their case status and court date information; apply for a public defender; connect with local services through the Bail Project; enroll in a program to receive court reminders, and get assistance navigating the court process during COVID-19. They will also be able to utilize library services such as free Wi-Fi, computers, copy and print services, and sign up for a library card.

 

Tutoring available: Tutor.com is a great resource available through the St. Louis County Library system through the County's Digital Equity Initiative. You can meet online with a career coach and get resume writing assistance. Students in grades K-12 can connect with live tutors in a free, safe and secure online Tutor.com classroom 7 days a week. Learn more at www.slcl.org/tutor.

Free tutoring is also available for unique learners. In partnership with the St. Louis County Library and funded through the CARES Act, Miriam Learning Center will offer free, in-person and virtual tutoring with special education, reading, content, and other certified teachers. Click here to learn more: https://bit.ly/FreeMiriamTutoring

 

Chromebook and Hotspot kits are now available for check out! Each kit contains one Chromebook and one hotspot and can be checked out for two weeks on any adult SLCL card. Learn more: www.slcl.org/computerkits.

 

Events and Classes: The St Louis County Library has many events, classes and workshops each week - truly too many to list! Check out the online calendar to see what’s happening this week. https://www.slcl.org/events

 

**Submit your original poems! In celebration of #NationalPoetryMonth, adults 18+ are invited to submit their original poems for inclusion in the St. Louis County Library poetry compilation. Details at www.slcl.org/celebrating-poetry

 

St. Louis County Parks news: 

 

The Spring/Summer Activity Guide is available online now! Learn more about special events, summer day camps, swimming lessons, outdoor programs and more: http://ow.ly/my0Z50DQ9n5  Please note, events and programs listed in the guide are subject to change based on updated recommendations and guidelines provided by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.

 

NOW HIRING - Camp Counselors for Summer 2021! Counselors provide a safe, educational and responsible summer recreation program for children ages 5 through 12. Camp runs June through August. Counselors can work up to 30+ hours a week Monday through Friday. Applicants must be ages 16+. Pay rate is $10.50/hour. Download an application here http://ow.ly/xWFr50DuLwQ and send to the appropriate email below. Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park: SDouglas2@stlouisco.com; North County Recreation Complex: JHurley@stlouisco.com

 

**Geo-Poker! The next Geo-Poker event is on April 10! Come play a unique game of poker with us at Queeny Park. Use GPS coordinates to find the hidden containers that hold your cards. Collect cards as you go and see who gets the best poker hand. Work with a team or go solo on your search through the woods. See event page for details. https://www.facebook.com/events/796149897654882/

 

Did you know that St. Louis County Parks have over 165 miles of trails to explore? Find a trail near you at: https://bit.ly/3fuXjmr Need some inspiration? Check out this A-Z guide of hiking trails and parks in and around St. Louis County: https://bit.ly/3qANsRl

 

To say this is a challenging, fast-paced time is an understatement, but we hope updates like this will help you keep track of what's going on week-to-week.

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