Latest CDC Guidance
The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) is reviewing CDC guidance released this week that outlines two options to shorten quarantine for close contacts of people with COVID-19 .
Please note that DPH is not changing its current guidelines which require that close contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last time they were around someone with COVID-19. As the CDC notes, “Any option to shorten quarantine risks being less effective than the currently recommended 14-day quarantine.” In other words, reducing the length of quarantine would increase the chance that some people who actually have the disease will be released from quarantine and infect others.
Community transmission is especially high in St. Louis County right now and hospital capacity is severely strained. Shortening our quarantine period would be especially risky under these conditions and will be approached with a great deal of caution.
DPH will continue to review the new CDC information and will announce when a decision has been made about whether to adopt any changes to the quarantine order, which can be found here, or its home-quarantine instructions, which can be found here. Until such time, no one is authorized to end quarantine early in St. Louis County.
If you were around anyone outside your household during Thanksgiving, it is highly recommended to get tested for COVID-19. Testing will continue to be available at both our John C Murphy Health Clinic located in Berkeley, and our South County Health Clinic in Sunset Hills. Additional pop-up locations are also available. To make an apportionment today, do so online here.
Today, Public Health-Primary Care Integration will be closed the remainder of the day. COVID-19 testing will continue as scheduled.