City of St. Louis and St. Louis County Take New Approach to COVID-19 Response
Due to the increasing supply of COVID-19 vaccines and the daily increase in the number of residents vaccinated in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County, both jurisdictions have revoked the orders of their COVID-19 health commission. Public health officials in the city and county say trends and data show the metro has hit significant benchmarks for new confirmed cases, new hospital admissions, total hospitalized patients, and positivity rates. Residents are reminded that the pandemic is by no means over. The city and county are simply in one place where a new strategy can be implemented.
The change in strategy seeks to ensure that the maximum number of people and businesses are taking prudent precautions to reduce and slow the spread of exposure to SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
“We have come to a point in the pandemic where we need to rely more on personal responsibility to prevent the virus from spreading further,” said Dr. Fredrick Echols, Acting Director of Health for the City of St. Louis. “The path to end the pandemic now depends heavily on individuals, academic institutions, places of worship and companies.”
“Although our local strategy has changed, we need to remain vigilant and follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of health for Saint Louis County. “We are counting on local residents, visitors and the business community to take the lead in this effort.”
Each Department of Health encourages its residents, schools, and businesses to use the departments as a resource to monitor and implement CDC guidelines to further slow the spread of SARS CoV-2 and other communicable diseases and protect the health of our communities.