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DPH COVID-19 Update 3/20/2020

As anticipated, the ability to provide reliable statistics pertaining to pending tests or tests sent for analysis has significantly diminished. This is an encouraging step as more people are being tested by more health care professionals; however, it has an adverse effect on the accuracy of the numbers. Additionally, the statistics provided are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available.

  • Mar 20, 2020
  • News & Updates

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update March 20, 2020

Today, as of 6:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • A woman, 60-69 years of age, with underlying health conditions, is the first COVID-19 related death in St. Louis County. The positive test result was received on 3/17/2020.
  • Ten total positive cases.
  • 49 tests have returned negative results.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 612 calls on 3/19/2020.

As anticipated, the ability to provide reliable statistics pertaining to pending tests or tests sent for analysis has significantly diminished. This is an encouraging step as more people are being tested by more health care professionals; however, it has an adverse effect on the accuracy of the numbers. Additionally, the statistics provided are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available.

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.

Text Message Alerts

St. Louis County will provide text message alerts to keep the community updated on COVID-19. “Increasing access to information as this issue quickly evolves is crucial. Text message alerts are just another way to do that in addition to our website, stlcorona.com, which is updated daily,” said County Executive Sam Page.

To receive alerts, text: STLOUISCOALERT to 67283

To stop receiving alerts, text: STOP STLOUISCOALERT to 67283

Areas of Community Transmission

An area of community transmission is described as areas that have experienced community spread of COVID-19.

The following States and Counties have been identified as Areas of Community Transmission. Pleas follow the guidance provided by the CDC if you have traveled or intend on traveling to any of these States: California, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado - Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison Counties

This list is available at stlcorona.com.

Domestic Travelers (Including those returning from Spring Break)

Information regarding the spread of COVID-19 within the United States is constantly evolving and areas of domestic travel are being scrutinized. The CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, festivals, parties, or concerts may increase chances of getting COVID-19.

There are several things you should consider if you have traveled domestically. Consider the risk of passing COVID-19 to others, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are older adults or have severe chronic health condition. These people are at higher risk of getting very sick. If your symptoms are mild or you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.

  • Is COVID-19 spreading in the area where have been?
  • Have you been in close contact with others during your trip?
  • Has your work or school told you to stay home for 14 days for self-monitoring after traveling?
  • Do you live with someone who is older or has a serious, chronic medical condition?

To be safe when returning home, you can follow these steps to be a responsible member of the community and reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 onto others.

  • Stay at home. Do not go to work, school, or leave your house for 14 days. Discuss your work situation with your employer.
  • Monitor your health. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever (temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher). Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Practice social distancing within the home. Avoid contact with other people for the 14 days. Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from family members and others in the home when possible.

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.