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Below is the information disseminated to the local media yesterday evening. Anticipate receiving a similar email each day at approximately 11:30 AM from a member of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health or one of their designees.

The St. Louis County Department of Pubic Health, the St. Louis Sports Medicine COVID-10 Task Force and the City of St. Louis have issued this joint statement on youth sports:

September 30, 2020

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update

 

Data Dashboard Update

 

Throughout this pandemic, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health has been collecting data about COVID-19 cases based on internal COVID-19 case investigations. At this time, we would like to take this opportunity to spotlight the data that is publicly available on the dashboard located online here

 

On the dashboard, you can view information such as new and cumulative cases of COVID-19, how many people have been tested, and how many have been released from isolation. You can also view recent cases mapped by zip code with school district boundaries overlaid. The dashboard has recently been updated with fuller explanations of the data presented to help people understand where the data comes from and how it is presented. All data is updated on a daily basis.

 

Two more detailed reports are also available on the dashboard, the In Depth Two Week Analysis and the Long Term Care Facility Report. These reports examine how the pandemic is evolving and further expand analysis for subsets of the population.

 

All of these metrics are used as the County makes policy decisions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community.

 

SLU Partnership

 

As discussed by Dr. Page this morning, DPH is proud to announce a dramatic expansion of partnership with SLU. Using $600,000 of CARES Act funding, DPH has contracted with the university’s College for Public Health and Social Justice to provide scientific, analytic and research support to strengthen our fight against COVID-19, capitalizing on their deep expertise in data sciences and public health practice.

 

Specifically, SLU will help improve the ability to track the transmission of COVID-19 in St. Louis County and represent the state of the virus with data. The university will work with our training staff to move our contact tracing curriculum online and provide additional booster trainings for up to 250 of our people in contact tracing and case investigation.

 

Multiple SLU faculty will add their expertise to our epidemiology, communications and geospatial work. It will help us research and plan for an eventual COVID-19 vaccine. And it will allow us to use SLU’s COVID-19 app for symptom tracking and contact tracing.

 

 

Long Term Care Facility 

 

As this pandemic continues, efforts to protect the most vulnerable members of our community – the residents of long-term care facilities, have been prioritized. This work has greatly reduced the spread among this high-risk population  and resulted in recognition from both state and federal authorities.

 

As of today, St. Louis County is adopting the new state plan for long-term care facilities, which allows many of them to start socially distanced family visits. It is understood that loneliness and isolation can be critical problems for these residents, and visits from a family members can make a big difference. 

 

Under the state guidelines, facilities that have not had any cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents, or those that have not had a facility-acquired case in the past 14 days, are able to allow indoor visits for residents who do not or are not suspected to have COVID-19 or who have been released from isolation.

Outdoor visits may occur in any facility for residents who do not or are not suspected to have COVID-19 or who have been released from isolation.

Under the guidelines, five visitors may be designated for each resident, with two allowed to be present at a given time by appointment and with social distancing being practiced. Proper hand hygiene and face coverings should be used. 

At the same time, St. Louis County is still requiring all our long-term care facilities to quickly report every COVID-19 case among residents and staff, along with every hospitalization and every death tied to the disease. This reporting remains a crucial part of our ability to support these facilities and fight the spread of COVID.

Sara Dayley

Digital and Media Relations

Saint Louis County Department of Public Health

(314) 615-5090 (Office)

Twitter: @StLCountyDOH

FB: @StLCountyDOH

Insta: @StLCountyDOH

 

COVID-19 Office Protocol

Dear Staff,

We are continuing to monitor and plan for multiple contingencies relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.  The current reports on the coronavirus show a very fluid situation.  We are reaching out today to ensure you that we monitoring this evolving situation.  Our internal team is meeting regularly to ensure that we are taking appropriate precautions and preparing protocols in case the virus affects any of our communities.

           

This update is intended to give you guidance on what you can do individually to help prevent the spread of the virus.  It is also to provide information to office planning as we look to balance the need to serve our clients and our responsibility to the community.

CONTAINMENT

While there are no known cases of COVID-19 within the St. Louis County Government Offices, that could change. If you are sick, have a fever or other symptoms, please contact your doctor or local health organization and get tested. If you or anyone in your household are showing any symptoms, you must self-quarantine yourself for 14 days. If possible, we will provide resources for you to work from home during the quarantine period. Please contact Chelsea if you have questions about your individual situation.

Planning for Remote Work and Office Closures

If someone in our office tests positive for COVID-19, or is showing symptoms consistent with the virus, we will follow the guidance from state and local health agencies, and direct a partial or full office plan to work remotely for at least 14 days. In the event this happens, we will provide detailed instructions and equipment where needed to ensure that work can continue during the quarantine period. We will also do an intensive cleaning of the office during the quarantine period.  

We know this is a stressful situation and uncertainty only heightens that stress. We have a plan to ensure we are doing all we can to limit the impact of this situation while, at the same time, ensuring that we can continue to keep the community safe.

PREVENTION

At this time the CDC reminds us that the best preventative steps to help avoid the coronavirus and other flu and cold viruses, include simple but important measures to practice as part of your daily routine:

Please continue to do the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick.

 

  • Practice good respiratory etiquette.  Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.  Use tissues and dispose of them immediately.  Use hand sanitizers afterwards.

 

  • Avoid handshakes.

 

  • Avoid people who are sick, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

 

  • Clean and disinfect your areas frequently.

 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 

  • Eliminate non-essential travel (business and personal).  For essential travel, research the CDC Travel Guidelines. Current advisories include China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Venezuela and Hong Kong and the European Union.

 

COVID-19 has more significant impact to certain groups, including the elderly and those with underlying conditions (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html). If you are in this group, please take additional precautions by closely following the prevention guidance. 

You will find additional travel information attached to this document.  Thank you for your individual prevention and containment efforts. We will get through this together.

Respectfully,

 

Wesley Bell

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney

 

TRAVEL UPDATES

 

While this office continues to recommend that you reconsider all non-essential business and personal travel, we wanted to make you aware of the following important updates on travel.

 

Until further notice, anyone returning from a cruise will be required to work remotely for 14 additional calendar days before returning to work inside the office. Please communicate with your supervisor in advance of departing on a cruise.  We understand that some positions don’t have a work from home component, and we will assist supervisors with these situations on a case by case basis, and will also assist with any questions regarding PTO in these situations. 

 

This same protocol is in effect for anyone traveling to, and returning home from, any of the countries on the CDC’s Level 2 List (Japan) and Level 3 List (China, Iran, Italy and South Korea). 

 

Finally, large gatherings that include travel in the next 60 days should be done via video technology, or cancelled and rescheduled if video technology will not suffice.

 

In addition, the CDC has some updated recommendations on cruise travel:

 

  • The CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel at this time. Cruise ship passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

  • Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships.

  • Please check out the following link for more information on CDC TRAVEL ADVICE

 

Thank you for your continued attention to these updates and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. 

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