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Good morning,

                 

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.

July 13, 2020

 

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

 

Important Reminders about Coronaviruses and Reducing the Risk of Exposure

 

This guidance on disinfecting and sanitizing is intended for all, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening requires all of us to move forward together, to continue to focus on critical protective measures, and by practicing social distancing along with other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Important things to remember about COVID-19:

 

  • Coronaviruses on surfaces and objects naturally die within hours to days. Warmer temperatures and exposure to sunlight will reduce the time the virus survives on surfaces and objects.

  • Normal routine cleaning with soap and water removes germs and dirt from surfaces. It lowers the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection.

  • Disinfectants kill germs on surfaces. By killing germs on a surface after cleaning, you can further lower the risk of spreading infection. EPA-approved disinfectantsexternal icon
    are an important part of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. If disinfectants on this list are in short supply, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions).  Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.

  • Store and use disinfectants in a responsible and appropriate manner according to the label.  Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together–this can cause fumes that may be very dangerous to breathe in. Keep all disinfectants out of the reach of children.

  • Do not overuse or stockpile disinfectants or other supplies.  This can result in shortages of appropriate products for others to use in critical situations.

  • Always wear gloves appropriate for the chemicals being used when you are cleaning and disinfecting. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be needed based on setting and product. For more information, see CDC’s website on Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities.

  • Practice social distancing, wear facial coverings, and follow proper prevention hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently and using alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

 

Additional information provided by the CDC can be found here. 

 

Pop-Up Testing

 

This past weekend, testing for COVID-19 was held by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health in partnership with the Hancock School District and more than 280 residents were tested. (Photo Attached) Additional pop-up testing locations are listed below. Appointments are required and can be made online here. 

 

First one July 15th (Every Wed and Fri.)

Bellefontaine Rec Center

9669 Bellefontaine Rd. Saint Louis, MO 63137

 

August 1 &  2:  8am - 12pm

Northside Seventh-day Adventist Church

9001 Lucas & Hunt Road St. Louis, MO 63136

 

Contact Information

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline: (877) 435-8411. St. Louis County COVID-19 website stlcorona.com

Sara Dayley

Director of Public Information & Communication

Saint Louis County Department of Public Health

6121 N Hanley Rd

(314) 615-5090 (Office)

e-mail: SDayley@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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