The CDC recommends the use of cloth masks for those that are looking for alternative ways to protect themselves when going to areas that may prove difficult to practice social distancing, like the grocery store or pharmacy. The use of cloth masks is believed to slow the spread of the virus, while also preserving much needed N-95 masks for healthcare workers and first responders, who must work in direct contact with those confirmed to have COVID-19.
The CDC has directions for making two types of cloth masks, one that does not require sewing and one that does. Both types can be made out of items found in your home. For more information visit: DIY Cloth Face Coverings.
Today, St. Louis Regional Health Care Systems launched the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force. This is a unified effort amongst BJC HealthCare, Mercy, SSM Health, and St. Luke’s Hospital. The goal of this is to coordinate across multiple disciplines, including health care systems, governmental bodies, and public health officials, to work together to provide the best possible care to an influx of patients. The St. Louis County Executive’s Office and St. Louis County Department of Public Health are proud to be a part of this collaboration.
“A unified commitment will save lives,” St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page said. “St. Louis has one of the best healthcare systems in the country. Bringing all of our talent together will help us fight the surge that is coming. This is the most responsible, effective way to lessen the impact.”
Yesterday, there was confusion in some communities regarding waste pick-up. If you received a recorded call regarding your Waste Connections service, it was intended to indicate that yard waste collection has been suspended until May. This will allow the resources to adjust to accommodate the large increase in residential waste. Again, this applies to yard waste only and regular trash pick-up and recycling will continue as scheduled.
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.