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St. Louis County COVID-19 Update: 11-16-2020

posted Nov 16, 2020, 9:40 AM by City Clerk

November 16, 2020

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update

 COVID-19 Cases Hit Daily Record

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, St. Louis County has recorded more than 1,000 new cases in a single day. Since yesterday, the county has identified 1,061 new individuals who have contracted COVID-19. Although this total includes some delayed reports from previous days, it marks a shocking milestone that underscores the severity of the crisis. New cases invariably lead to new hospitalizations, and our hospitals are quickly reaching their capacity to care for people. And hospitalizations lead to deaths.

 The cumulative total number of COVID-19 cases reported in St. Louis County during this pandemic is 42,043 as of 9:30 a.m. today. The seven-day average of daily new cases is now 749, which represents a 29 percent increase over the past seven days. Since the pandemic began, 917 county residents have lost their lives to COVID-19. For more information, please visit stlcorona.com and click on COVID-19 Statistics.

Public Health Orders

 As COVID-19 cases continue to drastically increase in St. Louis County, new public health orders announced last week will go into effect Tuesday. Please see details below as many questions have come up and the orders in full can be found online here

 “Safer at Home”: This order means that you must stay at home unless it is necessary to leave for specific activities such as going to work or school, seeking medical care, or buying food or other daily necessities. Exceptions are made for going to church, for visiting family members, and for care for those who need assistance, including children. 

 The order prohibits any gathering of more than 10 people, which is down from the current limit of 50%. Restaurants cannot offer indoor dining. Outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery are allowed. Bars may only provide carryout and delivery. Businesses must reduce their capacity from 50% of the maximum allowed by the fire code to 25%. If you must meet outside of your household, please do so in organized support bubble of no more than 10 people total, including family members or friends. These groups must be established, and even when a group gathers, all participants should practice masking, social distancing and other steps to reduce the risk of transmission. And if any member of the group gets sick, that person must immediately notify the other members. Additional details and the order in full can be found online here.

 Isolation and Quarantine changes: Due to the drastic increase in new cases, DPH is acknowledging that cases may not be contacted quickly enough. DPH Staff is reaching out to as many people as possible with a focus on those who are most likely to spread the virus to others, but will not get to everyone. Therefore, residents who test positive must immediately self-isolate and tell everyone that they were in close contact with to quarantine. Instructions for isolation and quarantine can be found online here

 Face masks: Face coverings must be worn by anyone over the age of 5, in any indoor setting outside of your home, including when at work, when frequenting businesses, or when gathering if you are with people who live outside of your household. Included in this order is everyone at a gym, including those who are working out, participants in organized sports, when not actively playing in a game and students in a school setting. Additional details and the full order can be found online here.​

 Please also be sure to check out the FAQ portion of the new orders online that can be found here: What are the New Public Health Orders and What do They Mean for Me? 

 Pop-Up Flu Vaccines and COVID-19 Testing

 In additional to the public health orders, testing and getting a flu shot is imperative for not only your health but the safety of your loved ones and the community. However, like COVID-19, the flu is a respiratory illness. It is possible to get flu and COVID-19 at the same time. That’s why it's important to take steps to prevent both diseases. Appointments are required for both COVID-19 testing and flu vaccines. Click here to make a reservation. Please note the testing locations today and tomorrow:

 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO 

DATE

TIME

GROUP

LOCATION

11/16/20

8:00AM-4:30PM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY RESIDENTS

John C Murphy Drive Thru,  6121 N Hanley Rd, Berkeley, MO 63134 

11/16/20

8:00AM-4:30PM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY RESIDENTS

SOUTH COUNTY HEALTH CENTER 4580 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63127

11/17/20

8:00AM-5:00PM

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COVID TESTING ONLY

QUEENY PARK 550 Weidman Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131

11/17/20

8:00AM-12:00PM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY RESIDENTS

PRARIE COMMONS ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY 915 Utz Ln, Hazelwood, MO 63042

11/17/20

8:00AM-4:30PM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY RESIDENTS

John C Murphy Drive Thru,  6121 N Hanley Rd, Berkeley, MO 63134 

11/17/20

8:00AM-4:30PM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY RESIDENTS

SOUTH COUNTY HEALTH CENTER 4580 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63127​



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