St. Louis County Department of Public Health has added Testing Data to the current dashboard, which is now available and can be found online here. Testing for COVID-19 is important for diagnosing the virus, getting people necessary clinical care, and tracing contacts to limit further disease spread. Taking into account recommendations from national experts in infectious disease and biosecurity, St. Louis County has the goal of approximately 1,000 residents tested per day as a sign of availability. It is also recommended that the test positivity rate, the percentage of total tests conducted that are positive, remains under 10%. The positivity rate in St. Louis County is 7.4% today. A combination of high testing volume and low positivity rate will suggest that most cases are likely being detected. Please note that all testing referenced on this page is PCR testing; this type of test detects active infection. St. Louis County is not including antibody testing results at this time, but will make upgrades to the data in the future..
The goal of the protocols outlined in the document (see attached) is to minimize the risk of virus transmission in and around PWRFs. The St. Louis County Public Water Recreation Facilities Rules and Regulations require pools to be maintained by a properly trained and certified operator responsible for the sanitation, safety, and proper maintenance of the pool, spa, or water recreation attraction, in addition to all physical and mechanical equipment and records. PWRFs include a wide array of facilities, from small neighborhood and hotel pools to large water park venues; each with their own unique physical characteristics, design and staffing. For this reason, Saint Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) is requiring each PWRF operator to consider their specific operation and work with their certified pool operator to develop a written plan. Criteria in its entirety can be found online here later this afternoon.
An additional 100,000 masks will be distributed today, as the St. Louis County Department of Public Health is partnering with the Clergy Coalition. These masks will be distributed by churches throughout North St. Louis County to members of the general public. Thus far, over 250,000 masks have been distributed during this initial phase of a larger effort to distribute PPE to St. Louis County residents. DPH will continue to identify community partners and other churches and community leaders that can help place masks in the hands of our residents.
The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 2 decedents. 54 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 56 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.
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, stlcorona.com. 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.