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DPH COVID-19 Update 12/23/2020

COVID-19 testing continues to be an important factor in reducing the spread and keeping you and your family safe. This holiday season consider getting tested, be sure to get your flu vaccine and continue to take personal protective measures.

  • Dec 23, 2020
  • News & Updates

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing continues to be an important factor in reducing the spread and keeping you and your family safe. This holiday season consider getting tested, be sure to get your flu vaccine and continue to take personal protective measures.

Why should a healthy person consider being tested for COVID-19?

  • To rule out the possibility that you have COVID-19 and don’t know it.

Make sure that you are not an asymptomatic carrier of the virus. Asymptomatic spreaders are a major reason containing this virus has been so challenging.

  • To take action early if you do have COVID-19.

If you are in the early stages of a COVID-19 infection, detecting it early allows you to quickly isolate, rest and recuperate, monitor your symptoms and seek medical care if needed.

  • To spend time with friends and family--especially those at high risk.

If you plan to spend a prolonged period of time with loved ones, especially older adults or those with underlying conditions, stay away from high risk activities for 10 days and then get tested.

  • To help get the virus under control.

Widespread testing among healthy people helps to stop the spread of COVID-19. Screening healthy people, staying on top of positive cases, identifying new outbreaks quickly, and being aware of how the virus spreads among people without symptoms, are powerful tools in our efforts to suppress the virus.

It is important to remember that a COVID-19 test is a one-time assessment, and will only show if you are infected at the time of the test. Everyday prevention measures, such as hand-washing, physical distancing and mask-wearing should always be practiced, even after you have been tested.

Online registration is now open for upcoming community testing events scheduled between Dec. 23-Jan.14 in the following counties: Benton, Camden, Clay, Hickory, Johnson, St. Francois, St. Louis City, Stone and Washington. To register for community testing events in Missouri, visit health.mo.gov/communitytest. To make an appointment online in St. Louis County click here.

DPH Holiday Closure

Please note that the St. Louis County of Department of Public Health will be fully closed on Friday (12/25) this week for the holiday. This means that DPH will be pausing the services listed below:

  • COVID-19 testing at 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, (12/25). DPH will resume normal business operations on Monday (12/28), 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 12/25, please leave a message. We will do our best to return your call and appreciate in advance your patience.