Thank you for visiting our COVID-19 Communications page. We will be updating this page daily as situations change. We also have a weekly news bulletin we send out on Friday afternoons with the latest information on the COVID-19 situation and other city business. To sign up, email Communications Director Allison Bamberger at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up online here.
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Message from University City Police on COVID-19
Parks, Centennial Commons and Community Center
All parks, trails and sports courts are now closed in University City due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the National State of Emergency for the Coronavirus, effective Sunday, March 15, 2020, 1:00 a.m. Centennial Commons and the Community Center will be closed until further notice. Both buildings will be deep cleaned. Until further notice, all Commission, Committee, and Board meetings are cancelled.
As we continue to navigate the challenges presented during the outbreak of COVID-19, we are continuing to work on a Golden Lion participant meal distribution program with our partner agencies and will update participants on the availability of meals for seniors as soon as possible
Lap swim at University City Natatorium will be closed March 16 - April 3.
Parks Department Updates
Mulch Delivery Services
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the availability of staff to perform essential services, the City will be suspending any new requests for mulch delivery services until further notice.
Solid Waste Services
- Bulk item collection has been suspended until a future date
- Yard-waste collection has changed to a call-in service, effective Monday, March 30, to meet the logistical needs of the current work environment as required under the County Executive Order. 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.
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.
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, email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
April 7, 2020
St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
The St. Louis County Department of Human Services (DHS) is aware of the food needs of the region that COVID-19 has amplified, especially as other providers are limited in what they can offer and the duration they can do so. DHS is working with many partners throughout the region, including the Regional Response Team, school districts, and Food Bank. DHS is evaluating the best options available to provide the uninterrupted, equitable distribution of food for those in need.
St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search has been providing drive-thru food pick-up for children since March 30th. Participating branches are providing two shelf-stable breakfasts and two lunches on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while supplies last. Further information can be found here: https://www.slcl.org/drive-thru-meals
An additional list of food resources can be found here: https://stlouisco.com/Your-Government/County-Executive/COVID-19/COVID-19-Resources
Mental Health During a Pandemic
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Fear and anxiety caused by this pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. How someone responds to the outbreak can depend on their background, the things that make them different from other people, and the community they live in. That stress can be displayed in the following ways:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
If someone is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like they might want to harm themselves or others, contact one of the following:
- Call 911
- Contact Behavioral Health Response (BHR): 314-469-6644 (immediate access to a counselor or social worker, free of charge)
- Mid-Missouri Crisis Line: Text “HAND” to 839863
- Disaster Distress Help Line: 1-800-985-5990, or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8225) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877)435-8411.
St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information.
Previous COVID-19 Updates
- March 31, 2020
- March 30, 2020
- March 29, 2020
- March 28, 2020
- March 27, 2020
- March 26, 2020
- March 25, 2020
- March 24, 2020
- March 23, 2020
- March 22, 2020
- March 21, 2020
- March 20, 2020
- March 19, 2020
- March 18, 2020
- March 17, 2020
- March 16, 2020
- March 15, 2020
- March 14, 2020
- March 13, 2020
- Executive Order
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