COVID-19 Communication

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update



December 7, 2022

DPH Media Update

 

COVID cases on the rise in St. Louis County

St. Louis County is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. The rolling seven-day average is currently 213 new cases per day. St. Louis County is in the CDC’s high category for COVID transmission levels. The South County area of our region has had the highest number of cases per 100,000 people with 376 cases in the past 7 days. While nearly all areas of our region have seen an increase in COVID cases, the Central and Outer North areas have had the highest percent change in the past week. To view additional COVID data visit our COVID dashboard

Given this recent trend as well as the rapid increase of flu cases in our region, DPH continues to strongly recommend that residents use the tools available to slow the spread of respiratory viruses: get up to date on vaccines, including boosters and flu shots; wear masks in crowded public indoor places; wash hands regularly; and isolate and get tested if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19. If you feel sick, please stay home and get tested. If you use an at-home test, you can report a positive result online here.  

 COVID-19 vaccinations are offered weekdays at the John C. Murphy Health Center in Berkeley, the South County Health Center in Sunset Hills and the North Central Community Health Center in Jennings from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Flu shots are also available at the three health centers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Free testing for COVID-19, flu and RSV is available at John C. Murphy Health Center on Tuesdays and South County Health Center on Thursdays. Testing is also available with your primary care provider or with at-home tests.

Q&A 

As a parent, when should I keep my child home from school?  We understand that there are a lot of factors you consider when determining whether you or your child should stay home, and that keeping a child home from school is difficult to coordinate. Isolation and quarantine are key tools to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among children and in the community. We need the cooperation of parents to help create the safest environment for children to learn and play. Please keep your kids home if they are sick or if they are exposed to COVID-19 and are not up to date on their vaccines. In addition, please follow your school’s guidance if your child is excluded from school. For questions about your school’s policy, you’ll need to get in touch with your school directly. For the latest public health guidance, please go to http://www.stlcorona.com or http://www.CDC.gov.  

Do you (DPH) still have authority to isolate and quarantine?  Yes, DPH has the authority to do isolation and quarantine. We work with schools and partners to explain isolation and quarantine. If you have any specific questions, please email us at comments.dph@stlouiscountymo.gov

Do people still have to quarantine even if the health department doesn’t call them and tell them to?  Yes! It is everyone’s responsibility to follow CDC and DHSS guidelines when they apply to them, meaning: If you believe you have COVID, you should follow the guidelines for isolation. If you find out you’ve been around someone with COVID, you should follow the guidelines for quarantine.  

What should people do if they can’t get a test and they have symptoms?  Finding a test may be difficult during this current surge in cases. If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (especially if you have a known exposure, but even if you don’t) and you can’t get a test, you should consider yourself a case. This means you should notify those with whom you had close contact, which is defined as being within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more. For testing options, visit ReviveSTL.com.

If I am concerned that I have coronavirus or may have been exposed, what do I do?
Contact the St. Louis County COVID-19 Hotline 24/7 at (314) 615-2660

Where can I get information and updates?
Visit St. Louis County’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at www.STLcorona.com
Please follow St. Louis County, the County Department of Public Health and the County Executive on social media for updates.

http://twitter.com/StLCountyDOH
https://www.facebook.com/StLCountyDOH
https://www.facebook.com/CountyExecutiveSamPage/
https://twitter.com/drsampage

University City's City Hall follows St. Louis County's Guidance, which can be found here:  https://stlouiscountymo.gov/st-louis-county-departments/public-health/covid-19/

Where can I get updates about travel?
Coronavirus Disease Information for Travel can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

What resources are available from St. Louis County? 
  • Guidance for the general public, churches, schools, businesses, and community organizations on how to prevent the spread of germs and diseases.
  • Regular updates on COVID-19 from the state and federal government.
  • Health education and promotional materials to help promote hand washing, Cover Your Cough, and other community messages.
  • Assistance with emergency planning and preparation.
  • Literature and information for vulnerable populations.
  • St. Louis County clinics can provide medical care to all County residents, regardless of ability to pay.
  • Call (314) 615-0500 if you do not have a doctor.
Additional resources on cleaning your home:  https://www.safehome.org/resources/keeping-house-clean-flu-coronavirus/

Business Assistance Information

The COVID-19 Resources for Business provides up-to-date information on support, loans, and grants for restaurants and other businesses.