INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED HERE AS UPDATED

Good morning,

                 

Below is the information disseminated to the local media yesterday evening. Anticipate receiving a similar email each day at approximately 5:30 PM from a member of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health or one of their designees.

March 31, 2020    

                     

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

 

Late on 3/30/2020, St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification of a death of a 50-59 year old female with chronic medical conditions. This is the third death in St. Louis County.

 

DPH has been closely monitoring this outbreak and has done so with the limitations in our public health and healthcare systems’ capacity to obtain notifications as rapidly as we would like. The healthcare community is working together to ensure the most expeditious notification processes.

 

Moving forward, DPH will require any laboratory company or healthcare provider who receives a positive test result for COVID-19 to report that finding to DPH immediately, but not later than six hours after notification of the result. Additionally, healthcare providers will be required to report a death, if that death is caused by or from complications of COVID-19, to DPH immediately, but not later than twenty-four hours after the time of such death.

 

These changes should expedite the process and minimize confusion, while continuing to provide the public with the best information available.

 

Daily Briefs

 

As these daily briefs are no longer dependent on receiving statistical information later in the day, they will be provided earlier, with the goal of 11:30 AM.

 

We will attempt to focus efforts on providing emerging information, noteworthy trends, or other remarkable topics.

 

Dashboard

 

The dashboard located at www.stlcorona.com has a tab labeled “Educational Materials.” That folder contains a wealth of information. Please use, distribute, and share the information as widely as possible. The more people that consume it, the more lives that can potentially be saved. There is basic information, cleaning recommendations, stress and coping literature, and information for those individuals and professions that will be most impacted by COVID-19.

 

Contact Information

 

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, www.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.

 

Sergeant Benjamin Granda
Public Information Coordinator
314-615-4282

bgranda@stlouisco.com

 

March 30, 2020    

                     

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

 

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will continue to be versatile in its response to COVID-19. We are striving to provide easy access to important information, statistics, testing criteria, and contact information to those in St. Louis County. To achieve that end, a new dashboard has been created and can be accessed from www.stlcorona.com. This page will enable and empower our community to make informed decisions and stay up-to-date as this pandemic evolves.

 

Moving forward, the daily updates pertaining to COVID-19 that are provided by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health will look slightly different. They will focus more on educational/informational materials, that will likely support trends, emerging information, or other topics that need more of a focus. Numbers associated with positive cases, calls for service, and other data will no longer be provided in these updates. Instead, they will be displayed in the easily accessible dashboard.

 

A screenshot of the dashboard is below. (Sorry - screenshots don't copy over) We are confident that it will be a tremendous resource moving forward and will provide a user-friendly experience.

 

Here is a link: https://stlcogis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=6ae65dea4d804f2ea4f5d8ba79e96df1

 

If that does not work, a screen shot of the way to access the link from www.stlcorona.com is attached.

 

We acknowledge that although the laboratory test is becoming more broadly available, there are limitations in our public health and healthcare systems’ capacity to obtain samples and notifications from people as rapidly as we would like. The healthcare community is working together to assure equitable access to COVID-19 testing resources in the St. Louis region.

 

Daily Information

 

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, www.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.

 

Sergeant Benjamin Granda

Public Information Coordinator
314-615-4282

bgranda@stlouisco.com

 

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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