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DPH COVID-19 Update 3/17/2020

Please note that these tests only reflect those conducted at the State Public Health Laboratory. The availability and accessibility of commercial labs has and will continue to affect the reliability of the actual numbers.

  • Mar 17, 2020
  • News & Updates

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update March 17, 2020

Today, as of 3:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • 11 tests with pending results.
  • Three tests were sent 3/16/2020 and six thus far on 3/17/2020.
  • 27 tests have returned negative results.
  • Three positive cases (3/7/2020, 3/13/2020, 3/16/2020).

Please note that these tests only reflect those conducted at the State Public Health Laboratory. The availability and accessibility of commercial labs has and will continue to affect the reliability of the actual numbers.

As of March 14th, all presumed positive tests will be considered confirmed positive. The Missouri State Laboratory will no longer require presumed positive tests be sent to the Centers for Disease Control for that additional level of confirmation.

The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 695 calls on 3/16/2020.

Coping with Social Distancing

The constant media coverage of the outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about an infectious disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Successfully coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Healthy alternatives to help cope with this stress while still practicing social distancing include the following:

  • Maintain a routine. Try to maintain a regular meal and sleep schedule while practicing social distancing. The regular schedule can help to reduce stress and fear of the unknown.
  • Go for a walk or exercise at home. Try to go out into nature as much as possible for the benefits of Vitamin D (sunlight). If you cannot get out of the house, most streaming services offer exercise and yoga classes.
  • Do not indulge in binging. Binging in eating, alcohol or drug use and even television and oversleeping are all unhealthy habits.
  • We can all use this time to do some spring cleaning and decluttering. On top of increasing anxiety, household clutter can harbor infections, pollutants, and create unhygienic spaces.
  • Be a better friend/relative. Take the time to run through your contacts and reach out to those people that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Offer to help out a friend or neighbor who may be less mobile. Pick up groceries or needed prescriptions.
  • Learn something new. Take an online class, research a topic that interests you, or watch “how-to” or “DIY” videos for the project that you have been meaning to finish.

Contact Information

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.