On 4/1/2020, St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification of a COVID-19 involved death of a 50-59 year old male. This is the fifth death in St. Louis County.
The St. Louis County Department of Public Health’s Rapid Notification Order goes into effect today, April 2, 2020. The order is intended to enhance and accelerate the notification process and minimize confusion. Ultimately, the order will result in DPH being able to save lives while providing the public with the best information available as expeditiously as possible.
As previously noted, DPH will require any laboratory company or healthcare provider who receives a positive test result for COVID-19 to report that finding to DPH immediately, but not later than six hours after notification of the result. Additionally, healthcare providers will be required to report a death, if that death is caused by or from complications of COVID-19, to DPH immediately, but not later than twenty-four hours after the time of such death. Furthermore, negative test results will also have to be submitted immediately, but not later than twenty-four hours after notification of the result.
If both positive and negative results are being reported in a systematic fashion, DPH will eventually have the ability to report the overall amount of tests being administered with confidence. This is a benchmark DPH is striving for.
The Rapid Notification Order is attached and can also be viewed at stlcorona.com.
The purpose of the Stay at Home Order is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and has been in effect since March 23, 2020. Businesses that are not essential must comply with the order and those that refuse can expect enforcement action to begin soon.
If businesses that are not essential are continuing their operations, please report these violations of the executive order. This can be done to the St. Louis County Counselor by email to [email protected] or online by visiting stlcorona.com.
The Stay at Home Order can be viewed at stlcorona.com.
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.