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St. Louis County COVID-19 Update ~ March 15, 2021​

posted Mar 15, 2021, 9:44 AM by City Clerk

March 15, 2021​

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update
County Works to Reduce Waiting List as More Become Eligible for Vaccine
As a new tier of essential workers become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Saint Louis County is working to reduce the number of people still waiting on the shot.    
County Executive Dr. Sam Page estimated that more than 100,000 people are newly eligible for the vaccine in Saint Louis County. Phase 1B Tier 3 includes those who work in schools, childcare, transportation, infrastructure, and agriculture. 
“While we may begin inviting some individuals in Tier 3 to make appointments for vaccine in the coming days, we must remember that many people in earlier tiers have been waiting a long time to get their chance,” Dr. Page said Monday morning. “We intend to prioritize people in the earlier tiers in the next week or more.”
At the same time, the County is working with school administrators to develop vaccination plans for educational personnel. Returning to in-person education is a high priority. More information about this effort will be available soon
Residents in Phase 1A and 1B are encouraged to register for their vaccination in as many locations as possible. In all tiers, the Department of Public Health will continue to prioritize the most vulnerable people in each tier for appointments.
New Isolation and Quarantine Order
Saint Louis County is relaxing its isolation and quarantine order to be consistent with the latest CDC guidance.
Starting today, those who have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 need to quarantine themselves for 10 days, beginning with the day of first exposure. After 10 days, assuming no symptoms, they are free to end quarantine. Under the old order, it was 14 days.
Similarly, those who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate themselves for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. If patients have no fever for at least 24 hours and symptoms are improving, they can end isolation after 10 days. Until now, those who tested positive for COVID-19 would need to isolate themselves for as many as 14 days.
The new protocols can be found at stlcorona.com.
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