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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:

November 30, 2020

 

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update

 

Food Establishment and Bar Operating Guidelines

 

The County Executive and the Department of Public Health would like to promote the available dining options under the new food establishment and bar operating guidelines and encourage all County residents to please support these industries by using curbside, takeout, delivery, or outdoor services whenever possible.  While the guidelines have focused on the highest risk activities to prevent indoor, unmasked transmission of COVID-19,  these allowable activities are available and should be patronized to keep you, your family, and all of our restaurant workers safe this holiday season.  

 

Please see additional information about the current operating guidelines below:

 

Businesses offering indoor concessions, such as movie theaters, where the food or drink would be consumed indoors, must cease concession service. Bar service and drinking establishments must act accordingly:

  • All drinking establishments must only provide carry-out and delivery. No consumption is allowed on the premises.

  • Bars that are separate areas in restaurants and hotels or other facilities (such as roof top bars, lounge bars, and other defined areas where primarily alcoholic beverages are served) must also only provide carry-out and delivery.

The goal of these guidelines is to reduce the risk of spreading the virus among staff and guests in these facilities. The core set of principles to prevent the spread of infections by respiratory transmission (including COVID-19) include:

  • Practice social distancing – maintain 6 feet between and among employees and guests at all times.

  • Monitor employee health – check the status of your employee’s health and screen employees for COVID-19.

  • Use protective equipment – a fabric face cover must always be worn by employees and guests, except when eating.

  • Clean/sanitize/disinfect – wash and sanitize hands, and wipe down frequently touched surfaces with EPA-approved disinfectant.

 

To view the guidelines in its entirety, please click here

 

Post Thanksgiving Safely

 

If you spent time over the Thanksgiving holiday with anyone outside of your household, especially guests from out of state, please make an appointment to get tested for COVID-19. Appointments can be made online here. 

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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