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DPH COVID-19 Update 3/21/2020

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 21, 2020
  • News & Updates

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update March 21, 2020

Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • One death.
  • 17 total positive cases. (One case previously identified as St. Louis County has been re-located out of state.)
  • The following eight additional cases confirmed:
    • 20-29 years of age, travel-related
    • 50-59 years of age, unknown origin
    • 30-39 years of age, unknown origin
    • 40-49 years of age, unknown origin
    • 50-59 years of age, unknown origin
    • 40-49 years of age, unknown origin
    • 30-39 years of age, unknown origin
    • 40-49 years of age, unknown origin
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 413 calls on 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.

St. Louis County to Enact Stay at Home Orders to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced today, March 21, 2020, that St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis will be adopting new restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the region. The new restrictions will take effect on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 12:01 AM. This will ensure that residents can meet their basic needs and essential services will still be provided. The new restrictions will require people to stay at home when possible.

It is just as important to recognize what is not impacted by this as what is. This announcement will not affect the ability of residents to go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, and take a walk in a public park.

Suggestions to Prepare for Home Stays

  • Consider and plan for those in your home who are considered vulnerable (those over age 60, anyone with a serious medical condition).
  • Create a contact list with phone numbers of neighbors, schools, and employers.
  • Set up online shopping accounts if possible.
  • Plan ahead and think about what you will need in order to stay at home for an extended period of time. Think ahead and plan how you will keep enough food and medications in your home during this period.

Have Supplies on Hand

Buy only as much as you need to avoid frequent shopping trips. It is not necessary to buy these items in bulk. Stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and hardware stores will remain open, but we encourage residents to shop less often in order to spend less time in public. Supplies on hand should include:

  • Non-perishable food
  • First aid kit including thermometer
  • Medications (over the counter and prescription)
  • Toilet paper and other personal hygiene items
  • Cleaning supplies (antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.)

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.