Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:
As a reminder, the manner in which the numbers has changed to streamline the process. The practice should bring local health departments to a consistent level of the timing and reporting of the numbers. Furthermore, it is important to understand the statistics provided are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available.
It is important to understand that everyone is at risk of contracting COVID-19. This pandemic will affect all people, regardless of age, sex, race, or health conditions. The CDC identified that “the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.”
According to the CDC, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
Filters are in place to ensure an expedited testing process for those that meet the necessary criteria. Citizens must call prior to arriving at any testing facility. This is to ensure that individuals are filtered to the next step, if any, appropriately. An operator will transfer them to a screener to get authorization for testing and provide further instruction.
Phone numbers are associated with physical location of that citizen. A map attached to this email displays this. Those numbers are:
Additionally, all SSM Health area hospitals can be reached for testing information at www.ssmhealth.com/covid19
These processes are in place to ensure that medical professionals, facilities, and supplies are not inundated and exhausted unnecessarily. Furthermore, it reduces the time and manner that people that potentially have COVID-19 are in public.
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.