St. Louis County COVID-19: Seniors in facilities

Visitors are screened like facility staff – including temperature checks

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – St. Louis County is easing restrictions when it comes to places like independent residential centers and senior housing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The visitors are checked like the staff of the facilities – including temperature checks.

Visitors are still not allowed to enter assisted living and nursing homes, except in circumstances at the end of life.

As part of the new ordinance, St. Louis County executive Sam Page said assisted living and nursing homes can have visitors on their property outside as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.

“When a home has many different care levels, they need to adhere to the more restrictive care level for their public areas,” said Page.

Page said that senior citizens’ social isolation was a problem. He said the county will continue to seek creative ways to allow family members to safely visit people inside.

According to data, up to 25% of COVID-19 cases come from residents of older senior facilities.

According to the county’s dashboard, the amended regulation aims to ensure that residential facilities that house and treat elderly people who are medically at risk in long-term care facilities use the most aggressive strategies to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Other facilities that also house people at high risk but that do not offer assisted living or long-term care, such as retirement homes and communities, must meet social distancing and other requirements to protect this less vulnerable but still high-risk population.

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Page also discussed the expanded testing in the county, which began Monday. He said the county had received more than 6,000 calls regarding the tests and the county had tested 700 people.

Testing began Monday at the county’s Berkeley and Sunset Hills clinics for asymptomatic individuals who are in regular contact with others outside the home.

Page also announced that online scheduling will be available at stlcorona.com.

“There is still a lot of interest in testing in St. Louis County,” said Page. “The more people we get tested, the better we can understand the scope of COVID-19 in our community.”

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Page will be holding briefings every week at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

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