Covid-19/Coronavirus Information

November 20, 2020

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update

 Isolation and Quarantine

Because of the surge in COVID-19 cases, DPH may not be able to quickly contact every person who has tested positive or every person who is a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Therefore, it’s crucial that you know how to self-isolate and self-quarantine. The intent of a new order on isolation and quarantine is to assure that people who have COVID-19 immediately isolate themselves, and that people who have been exposed to COVID-19 immediately quarantine themselves. Isolation and quarantine are important components of a multi-layered strategy to prevent, limit, and contain the spread of COVID-19 in St. Louis County.

Unsure what some of these terms really mean? They are defined in the public health order as the following:

  • "Close Contact" is an individual who was within 6 feet of a Positive Person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset, or for asymptomatic Positive Persons, 2 days prior to the date of testing;
  • "Isolation" and "isolated" mean the separation of a Positive Person or of a Person Under Investigation from any other person;
  • "Quarantine" means the restriction of movement and separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to COVID-19 but who is/are not symptomatic from people who have not been exposed to COVID- 19;
  •  "Self-isolate" means a person who has self-observed COVID-19 Symptoms separating themselves from others who are asymptomatic while seeking advice from a healthcare provider or DPH.

For Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts to People with COVID-19 please click here. For Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19 please click here and for the Third Amended Quarantine and Isolation Order its entirety please click here. 

Media Links/Resources

Article: Where masks aren't mandatory in St. Louis region, virus cases boom


Article: Hospital capacity 'a problem' in Missouri as governor calls on people to limit holiday gatherings


Article: As Missouri COVID cases surge, what does it mean to be ‘safe’ in the pandemic?


Pop-Up Flu Vaccines and COVID-19 Testing

In additional to the public health orders, testing and getting a flu shot is absolutely imperative for not only your health but the safety of your loved ones and the community. However, like COVID-19, the flu is a respiratory illness. It is possible to get flu and COVID-19 at the same time. That’s why it's important to take steps to prevent both diseases. Appointments are required for both COVID-19 testing and flu vaccines. Click here to make a reservation.

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