Epidemiological investigations indicate there is clear evidence of community transmission in St. Louis County.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.”
Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:
The following 38 additional cases confirmed:
Due to the potential volume of results becoming available, the ability to provide data on each positive case will likely diminish moving forward
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.
County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced on 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 and will end on April 22, 2020, at 11:59 PM. 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.
The Stay at Home Orders were enacted to prevent the spread of this pandemic.
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.
The following states have been identified as Areas of Community Transmission. Please follow the guidance provided by the CDC if you have traveled or intend on traveling to any of these states:
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming
Individuals who travel to Illinois and stay overnight. This does not include individuals who live in Illinois and who commute for work to St. Louis.
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.