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Health Advisory 11/24/20

COVID is everywhere in our community, and it is running rampant in much of the country. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread through air droplets and aerosols that we exhale.

  • Nov 24, 2020
  • Press Release

St. Louis County Issues Public Health Advisory as Thanksgiving Weekend Approaches


ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (November 23, 2020) COVID is everywhere in our community, and it is running rampant in much of the country. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread through air droplets and aerosols that we exhale. We know that it spreads more easily indoors, where people expel moving clouds of air droplets, and that it spreads very efficiently if people are close together without wearing masks.

For those reasons, we are today issuing a Public Health Advisory in advance of Thanksgiving.

This year, we ask all St. Louis County residents to be especially intentional about how they celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Please take the following advice to heart so that you can protect your loved ones as well as your community:

  • Please, do not share a meal with anyone outside your immediate household. Even though you trust your distant family members and close friends, they still may spread COVID-19 – or they might become infected by it.
  • Avoid any travel that isn’t absolutely necessary this holiday season. Traveling itself poses risks, especially if you travel with anyone outside your close family. And holiday gatherings often include individuals who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, including older people.
  • If you see anyone outside your immediate family this week, make sure they are already in your circle of friends – your pandemic bubble. That is, a group of no more than 10 that you already spend time with. Relatives who live in other places are, by definition, not in your bubble.
  • If you experience any typical COVID-19 symptoms – cough, fever, headache, exhaustion or diarrhea – isolate yourself and arrange to get a test. St. Louis County residents can get a free COVID-19 test. Visit stlcorona.com for testing information.
  • If you travel outside St. Louis County, please avoid indoor dining, including at restaurants and bars.
  • Please support St. Louis County restaurants by ordering food for curbside pickup, drive-through or delivery.
  • If you do travel or attend a gathering this week, or if you have been exposed to someone who tests positive, self-quarantine for 14 days. This is necessary because COVID-19 can take up to two weeks to become infectious or produce symptoms.
  • Finally, remember: Hands, face and space. Wash your hands, cover your face and keep your space from other people.

We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. And as we give thanks for our loved ones and our community, we must continue to protect them from the spread of COVID-19.