As of 2:00 PM on 3/28/2020, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:
We acknowledge that although the laboratory test is becoming more broadly available, there are limitations in our public health and healthcare systems’ capacity to obtain samples from people as rapidly as we would like. The healthcare community is working together to assure equitable access to COVID-19 testing resources in the St. Louis region.
We are evaluating the possibility of providing this media advisory earlier in the day. The reporting process(es) involved at the State and local levels are not always consistent. This results in differing numbers at differing times and ultimately confusion. We acknowledge this and are working the best we possibly can under the circumstances.
As the act of smoking requires an individual’s fingers and a potentially contaminated cigarette to be in contact with their lips, it increases the possibility of the virus being transmitted from hand to mouth. Additionally, there is a great increase in risk of serious illness for those with lung disease or reduced lung capacity.
The same principles apply to any tobacco product, including, but not limited to, cigars, e-cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco.
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
Here are some things you can do to support yourself:
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. You can also contact the Missouri Crisis Line for help at 1-888-761-4357 or text “HAND” to 839863.
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.