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Message from University City Police on COVID-19
St. Louis County Statement on Youth Sports
The St. Louis County Department of Pubic Health, the St. Louis Sports Medicine COVID-10 Task Force and the City of St. Louis have issued this joint statement on youth sports:
The St. Louis Metropolitan Area is in the middle of a dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases and there is widespread transmission of the virus occurring in the community, particularly in the younger population. This unfortunately increases the risk of spread to everyone, particularly when people gather in groups. Furthermore, children will further suffer as this increase in activity threatens the ability of children to return safely to school and to sports this fall.
While the risk of transmission during competitive youth sports games is most likely low, all of the activities surrounding the games increase the likelihood of spreading the virus. This includes teams, coaches and parents gathering before, during and after games and practices, carpooling and other activities associated with participating in sports teams, especially if proper mitigation practices are not in place.
For these reasons, the St. Louis Sports Medicine COVID-19 Task Force, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and the City of St. Louis Department of Health all agree that for now, competitive activities like games and scrimmages should be paused.
Although there have been COVID-19 cases associated with sports participation, it is the significant amount of virus circulating within the community that is the primary reason for having to roll back youth sports activities because they can create conditions for continued spread. The same conditions exist for any activity where person-to-person interaction is high, where groups of people get together for proms, graduation ceremonies or in bars, or where mitigation practices are low.
We all agree that participation in sports benefits young people physically, mentally and emotionally. Unfortunately, because of the significant spread of the virus within the community, these actions, as well as others, are needed until our communities are safe again.
Regardless of these constraints, the new recommendations still allow for physical activity -- such as sports skills and conditioning, both of which will allow our athletes to continue to develop as young athletes -- but in a much more controlled environment. Both the Department of Public Health’s guidelines and the task force’s recommendations contain these measures.
Everyone in the community can help bring competitive youth sports back by consistently wearing masks in public, social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, emphasizing the importance of disclosing exposures with parents and athletes, avoiding congregating in crowds, including informal gatherings, and avoiding traveling with teams to other areas that aren’t practicing similar measures to control the virus. These measures will help decrease the virus in the community and allow all of us to get back to doing the things we love, such as youth sports.
Parks, Centennial Commons and Community Center
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the availability of staff to perform essential services, the City has suspended all mulch services until further notice.
City Manager Gregory Rose has announced that trails, tennis courts and general areas of parks will reopen on Friday, May 1st. However, basketball courts, athletic fields, pavilions, golf course, community center and Centennial Commons Recreation Center will remain closed until further notice.
Ruth Park Golf Course and driving range are now open.The golf course will be open 6:00 am to sunset for walking only. Push carts will be available. Tee times can be reserved by calling 314-727-4800 by Mastercard or Visa only. No cash will be taken. The club house will be closed and restrooms will be located in the main parking lot. Online starting times will be taken but you will still need to call the golf shop for payment. Flagsticks are to remain in at all times and cups have been inverted for easy ball retrieval. Ball washers and drinking water will not be available on the course (coolers or fountains).
Recreation Programs and Events
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the availability of staff, the Summer Day Camp program has been canceled for 2020. The Heman Park Pool will not be opened this summer. Centennial Commons remains closed as well.
The dog park will reopen on Saturday May 23. No more than 10 people will be allowed in the dog park at one time.
Solid Waste Services
- Bulk item collection has been suspended until a future date
- Yard-waste collection will now continue as normal; no need to call in for service. The standard yard waste stickers requirement is waived until the end of this implementation period. The calls for yard waste service must be made to the department office (314) 505-8560 by the end of the business day prior to the regular collection day where a residence is located. If you are on a Monday collection route, please ensure calling it in as of the close of business on Friday of the previous week.
- Trash and recycling collection continues as regularly scheduled. Please ensure your carts are on the curbside before 7:00 a.m. on the collection day. Walk-out service for trash and recycling at qualified residences also continues as regularly scheduled. Please contact the department office at (314) 505-8560 with any questions.
- It is critical at this time to keep contamination out of recycling. Please keep the sorters at the recycling plant safe by only putting acceptable items in your recycling cart or dumpster. NEVER place medical waste or personal protective equipment in recycling; i.e. wipes, gloves, masks, paper towels, medical needles are NOT allowed.
Only recycle clean and dry:
• paper and cardboard
• plastic, glass, and metal household containers
Drop Off and Pick Up Hours
Due to the Current COVID -19 Crises, effective March 25, 2020, the Planning & Development Department will only accommodate the drop off and pick up of all permits and applications during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. These measures are being implemented due to the closure of City Hall. All drop off’s and pickups will be located at a temporary station at the former police station east side entrance of City Hall. If you have any questions please contact the Planning & Development Department at 314-505-8500. Applicants should provide a photocopy ID and appropriate authorization documentation with the packet. If you choose to pay by check please include it with your application or if you choose to pay by credit card staff will contact you once the application is entered to collect payment via telephone.
Small Business Assistance Program
The City has established a COVID-19 Business Resource Page with information for restaurants and other businesses regarding regional and national funding assistance information. The City is also exploring ways to assist on a local level. For more information, contact Libbey Tucker, Director of Economic Development, firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 505-8533.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University City Municipal Division dockets have been postponed. Notice of your new court date will be mailed to the address on file with the court. The Court office is closed to the public. Updates can be checked on Municourt.net. For further information please visit the
- The Library redesigned its website to focus on Library resources you can access from home. In particular, there’s a tab at the top of the page “Enjoy the Library from Home!” which includes links to all of our e-media platforms, as well as links to their help pages.
- Library staff are recording and uploading all kinds of videos to the Library’s YouTube channel, including story times for kids and grown-ups, book talks, and how-to videos for fun stuff to do at home.
- Staff has switched phone reference service hours to 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, (314) 827-5669. Email reference is available at email@example.com.
- The Library is also very active on our Facebook page, sharing information about Library resources, COVID-19, and the 2020 Census, as well as the videos we’re posting on our YouTube channel.
Business Assistance Information
Daily COVID-19 Updates
August 14, 2020
Water Quality Assurance
As announced by Dr. Page this morning, the Department of Public Health is recommending that building owners and managers take steps to minimize water stagnation during closure. The concern stems from the quality of water that can be compromised when sitting in building plumbing systems for extended periods of time. This can result in possible sediment build-up in pipes, leading to possible mechanical issues and bacterial growth. That bacterial growth can also occur in water treatment equipment such as softeners and filters, plumbing fixtures and hot water heaters that have not been in use regularly.
Legionella, a pathogenic bacteria that can cause serious and life-threatening diseases, thrives in stagnant water. To protect the health of employees, water should be flushed through a facility’s plumbing system to remove any stagnant water.
Please contact your local water utility Missouri American Water, about water quality issues and to coordinate maintenance activities. A complete set of guidelines from DPH will be posted on stlcorona.com on Monday.
Pop-Up Testing Locations
The following COVID-19 pop-up testing locations are scheduled for the month of August. Testing is by appointment only and can be made online here. All pop-up testing locations are between the hours of 8:00 am and noon.
Mehlville High School
3200 Lemay Ferry Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63125
Saturday and Sunday, August 15th and 16th
North Kirkwood Middle School
11287 Manchester Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Saturday and Sunday, August 22nd and 23rd
Gotsch Middle School
8348 South Laclede Station Rd.
St. Louis, MO, 63123
Saturday and Sunday, August 29th and 30th
If I am concerned that I have coronavirus or may have been exposed, what do I do?
Contact the St. Louis County COVID-19 Hotline 24/7 at (314) 615-2660