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May/June 2020

You know the drill: social distancing, only go out for essentials, face mask, and wash and sanitize frequently.  I’m not going to belabor it because you’ve heard it before. 

Below is a list of COVID-19 information from people who know what they are talking about.

I hope when you are reading this, it will be completely outdated and irrelevant.

St Louis City

This is the main page for St. Louis City corona virus information.

It’s quite comprehensive and has links to testing sites, how to sign up for emergency alerts, updates on stay-at-home orders (St Louis City is not lifting its stay-at-home orders or allowing businesses to reopen on May 4.) They van also be contacted by phone or email: City of St. Louis Department of Health, 314-657-1499 (Available 7 days a week, 8am-10pm), health@stlouis-mo.gov.

St Louis County

It’s very easy to find information on the virus from the St Louis County Health Department.  The URL says it all! 

They also have phone numbers to call. For keeping up with local response and testing sites: 314-615-2660. For more general questions: 877-435-8411 or 2-1-1.

St Charles

This also a comprehensive website. Although it refers to “Latest News,” it has  much more: FAQ about the virus, community and government resources, prevention and treatment, etc. 

St Charles County also has a  COVID-19 Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, daily.

Missouri

This site has links to a 144-page reference guide about the corona virus and a guide to making cloth masks. There is also a 24-hour hotline number: 877-435-8411.

US

Everything you would possibly want to know. It is the CDC, after all. Information is available in multiple languages, including ASL (via video). 

Non-Profit Organizations

There are many, but these came immediately to mind.

St Charles All Together is accepting donations to purchase food from local restaurants in order to provide meals to staff at local hospitals.  

The St Louis Community Fund has information on how you can donate to COVID-19 relief and to struggling small businesses. The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund provides direct aid to local nonprofit organizations delivering services to people affected by the virus. The Gateway Resilience Fund offers short-term monetary assistance to small local businesses. 

Stay healthy, stay safe, and KNOW that we will get through this.

Lucy Knapp is the editor of the St. Louis / St. Charles Women's Journal.

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