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DPH COVID-19 Update 3/29/2020

Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death.

  • Mar 29, 2020
  • News & Updates

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update March 29, 2020

 

Severe Illness is Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat COVID-19.

Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death.

  • Do not ingest aquarium use products or any other chemicals that contain chloroquine phosphate. These chemicals are not intended for human consumption and can lead to serious health consequences, including death.
  • Medications like chloroquine, and the related compound hydroxychloroquine, should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare provider as prescribed medications. They should only be used according to the instructions provided.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any unexpected symptoms after taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine by contacting your healthcare provider or your poison center.

Donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Needed:

Due to the national and global span of the current pandemic, the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is not adequately meeting the demand. Thus, the St. Louis County Police Office of Emergency Management is seeking immediate assistance in gathering PPE.

To be clear, area first responders have PPE at this time. This is a forward-thinking decision that will ensure area first responders have the necessary equipment for the duration of the pandemic.

If you or your organization is able to provide this equipment, email [email protected]. Officials will respond and coordinate pick-up from any location in the area, state, or Midwest region. For the safety of our responders, we cannot currently accept used equipment, food, drink, open packages, or homemade items. Items currently needed include: surgical masks, nitrile gloves (latex free), safety glasses, sanitizing wipes, N-95 masks, medical gowns, goggles, face shields, disposable coveralls, hand sanitizer, and booties.

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.