Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely
The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads through exhaled air droplets and aerosols. The risk of transmission increases significantly indoors, especially when people aren’t wearing masks.
For those reasons, County Executive Dr. Sam Page has issued the following Public Health Advisory in advance of Thanksgiving.
Please take the following recommendations seriously, in order to protect your loved ones as well as your community:
- Do not share a meal with anyone outside your immediate household. Even though you trust your distant family members and close friends, they still may spread COVID-19– or they might become infected by it.
- Avoid any travel that isn’t absolutely necessary this holiday season. Traveling itself poses risks, especially if you travel with anyone outside your close family. And holiday gatherings often include individuals who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, including older people.
- If you see anyone outside your immediate family this week, make sure they are already in your circle of friends – your pandemic bubble. That is, a group of no more than 10 that you already spend time with. Relatives who live in other places are, by definition, not in your bubble.
- If you experience any typical COVID-19 symptoms – cough, fever, headache, exhaustion or diarrhea – isolate yourself and arrange to get a test. St. Louis County residents can get a free COVID-19 test. Visit stlcorona.com for testing information.
- If you travel outside St. Louis County, please avoid indoor dining, including at restaurants and bars.
- Please support St. Louis County restaurants by ordering food for curbside pickup, drive- through or delivery
- If you do travel or attend a gathering this week, or if you have been exposed to someone who tests positive, self-quarantine for 14 days. This is necessary because COVID-19 can take up to two weeks to become infectious or produce symptoms.
- Finally, hands, face and space. Wash your hands, cover your face and keep your space from other people.
DPH Holiday Closure
Please note that the St. Louis County of Department of Public Health will be fully closed on Thursday (11/26) and Friday (11/27) this week for the holiday. This means that DPH will be pausing the services listed below on those days.
- COVID-19 testing at either John C Murphy clinic or South County Clinic
- Clinic services at all three of our locations
- Case investigations & contact tracing
- Vital records
- Daily updates to the COVID-19 dashboard on stlcorona.com
In addition, there will be no DPH COVID-19 Update disseminated on Friday, (11/27). DPH will resume normal business operations on Monday (11/30), and we look forward to continuing to provide these services to the people of St. Louis County. If you call any of our offices on 11/26 or 11/27, please leave a message. We will do our best to return your call and appreciate in advance your patience.
**Due to the holiday closure there will be no update on Friday 11/27***