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St. Louis County COVID-19 Update ~ August 2, 2021​

posted Aug 2, 2021, 10:26 AM by City Clerk

August 2, 2021​

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update

Crowded Council Meeting Raises Concerns About COVID-19 Exposure

The County and City health departments are investigating possible COVID-19 transmission related to last week’s County Council meeting, County Executive Dr. Sam Page said Monday morning. Dr. Page briefed the media virtually, citing the potential exposure.

A city resident who attended the meeting has tested positive for the virus. Others who attended the standing-room only meeting may also be infected. The County Department of Public Health is working with the city to identify those at the meeting and, through contact tracing, see how wide the exposure to COVID-19 might be.  

DPH Direct Dr. Faisal Khan is self-quarantining this week at the recommendation of the communicable disease experts on his team. The city’s health director, Dr. Fredrick Echols, said yesterday that everyone who attended the meeting should quarantine, including those fully vaccinated.  Case investigators and contact tracers are currently working to identify specific individuals and may make a more individual recommendation for quarantine based on whether they can identify the level of exposure.  

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health further recommends that attendees get tested.

Dr. Page also expressed his dismay at the events captured on camera at the meeting, which have put Saint Louis County in the national spotlight.  He encourages anyone with additional footage of the meeting to come forward.

“I listened to the anger. I saw the frustration. I recognize this fear and anxiety and I do appreciate hearing these concerns,” Dr. Page said. “However, it saddens me that protecting lives has become divisive.” 

St. Louis County continues to see exponential growth in COVID-19 cases, with about 274 people now diagnosed each day. Anyone who feels ill should get tested, and anyone still unvaccinated should seek out the vaccine now. More information about testing and vaccines can be found at https://revivestl.com/

County Executive Press Conference

Monday's press conference by County Executive Dr. Sam Page can be found here:​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tdtnFaw6Ec

For the latest information on COVID-19 and vaccines, back-to-school vaccine events for kids, etc. go to the St. Louis County Department of Health’s website: https://stlcorona.com/ . If you have questions regarding the latest COVID-19 guidelines, please contact the St. Louis County Department of Public Health at (314) 615-9700.

Sara Dayley

Public Information Officer

Saint Louis County Department of Public Health


 

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