St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update July 13, 2020
Important Reminders about Coronaviruses and Reducing the Risk of Exposure
This guidance on disinfecting and sanitizing is intended for all, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening requires all of us to move forward together, to continue to focus on critical protective measures, and by practicing social distancing along with other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Important things to remember about COVID-19:
- Coronaviruses on surfaces and objects naturally die within hours to days. Warmer temperatures and exposure to sunlight will reduce the time the virus survives on surfaces and objects.
- Normal routine cleaning with soap and water removes germs and dirt from surfaces. It lowers the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection.
- Disinfectants kill germs on surfaces. By killing germs on a surface after cleaning, you can further lower the risk of spreading infection. EPA-approved disinfectantsexternal icon are an important part of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. If disinfectants on this list are in short supply, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions). Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.
- Store and use disinfectants in a responsible and appropriate manner according to the label. Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together–this can cause fumes that may be very dangerous to breathe in. Keep all disinfectants out of the reach of children.
- Do not overuse or stockpile disinfectants or other supplies. This can result in shortages of appropriate products for others to use in critical situations.
- Always wear gloves appropriate for the chemicals being used when you are cleaning and disinfecting. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be needed based on setting and product. For more information, see CDC’s website on Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities.
- Practice social distancing, wear facial coverings, and follow proper prevention hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently and using alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Additional information provided by the CDC can be found here.
This past weekend, testing for COVID-19 was held by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health in partnership with the Hancock School District and more than 280 residents were tested. (Photo Attached) Additional pop-up testing locations are listed below. Appointments are required and can be made online here.
First one July 15th (Every Wed and Fri.)
Bellefontaine Rec Center
9669 Bellefontaine Rd. Saint Louis, MO 63137
August 1 & 2: 8am - 12pm
Northside Seventh-day Adventist Church
9001 Lucas & Hunt Road St. Louis, MO 63136
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411. St. Louis County COVID-19 website stlcorona.com.