COVID-19 Communication

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 or sign up online here.

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Message from University City Police on COVID-19

We are asking University City residents to work with us to minimize unnecessary public contact during this public health crisis. In an emergency, please call 911 as always. In a non-emergency situation that still requires a police officer, we are asking that you call our non-emergency number at (314) 725-2211 so that we can determine if your situation can be addressed over the telephone. Community Programs & Events Effective immediately, the University City Police Department will be suspending participation in community service and community education events and activities.  The University City Police Department will continue to provide quality service to our residents.   Easy access to reliable information is essential in a public health emergency, so we are advising all University City residents to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 and the local response to it at and

Business Assistance Information

The COVID-19 Resources for Business provides up-to-date information on support, loans, and grants for restaurants and other businesses.

Daily COVID-19 Updates

April 7, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

Food Need

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:

An additional list of food resources can be found here:

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

Contact Information 

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, 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.

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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

Where can I get information and updates?
Visit St. Louis County’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at

Please follow St. Louis County, the County Department of Public Health and the County Executive on social media for updates.

Where can I get updates about travel?
Coronavirus Disease Information for Travel can be found at

What resources are available from St. Louis County? 

  • Guidance for the general public, churches, schools, businesses, and community organizations on how to prevent the spread of germs and diseases.
  • Regular updates on COVID-19 from the state and federal government.
  • Health education and promotional materials to help promote hand washing, Cover Your Cough, and other community messages.
  • Assistance with emergency planning and preparation.
  • Literature and information for vulnerable populations.
  • St. Louis County clinics can provide medical care to all County residents, regardless of ability to pay. Call (314) 615-0500 if you do not have a doctor.
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