Missouri launches hotline for coronavirus questions

Posted at 10:58 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 13:05:40-04

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri has launched a telephone hotline staffed by medical professionals for people seeking guidance on the new coronavirus.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said people can call 877-435-8411 at any time on any day. The hotline launched Wednesday morning.

"Communication is vital to our response to this rapidly-evolving situation,” DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams said in a news release. "For several weeks, our COVID-19 webpage has been and continues to be a great resource for the public, but having the hotline as an additional resource will likely be invaluable as citizens seek guidance for their concerns."

The department says 46 people in Missouri have been tested for the virus that causes COVID-19, but just one has tested positive in St. Louis County.

Saint Louis University has suspended most in-person classes next week to try to guard against the coronavirus. Maryville University in St. Louis County also is switching to an online-only class schedule until the end of the month.