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.
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.
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
- St. Louis County Department of Public Health Hotline: 314-615-2660 (Available 24/7)
- CDC: Recommendations for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Polling Locations