Quick Links
Skip to main contentSkip to navigation

City of Jennings

City Government

Working...

Ajax Loading Image

 

COVID -19

 

 

May 5, 2020    

                     

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

 

COVID-19 and Dental Settings

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies dental settings as having unique characteristics that warrant additional infection control considerations and places dental health care providers in the “very high exposure risk” category. The practice of dentistry as involving the use of instruments that create a visible spray that contains large particle droplets of water, saliva, blood, microorganisms, and other debris. This spatter travels only a short distance and lands on the floor, nearby operatory surfaces, dental health care professionals, or the patient. The spray also might contain certain aerosols. While surgical masks offer some protection, they do not guarantee safety against inhalation of airborne infectious agents. Additional study and evaluation is needed to assess the risk of transmission during dental practice or to determine whether dental health care professionals are adequately protected when providing dental treatment using Standard Precautions.

 

Here are some recommendations from the CDC:

                     Postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits.

                     Stay at home if you are sick.

                     Evaluate the necessary course of dental treatment by phone before responding to the office.

                     Dental health professionals should utilize the appropriate levels of PPE.

                     Clean and disinfect rooms promptly.

 

What constitutes a dental emergency? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the following:

                     Uncontrolled bleeding

                     Trauma involving the facial bones, potentially compromising the patient’s airway

                     Severe pain from inflammation

                     Treatment prior to or following a procedure or surgery

                     Final crown/bridge cementations if temporary restoration is compromised

                     Gum infection with pain or swelling

                     Broken or knocked out tooth

                     Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other cancer treatment

                     Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheeks or gums

                     Biopsy of abnormal tissue

 

Dental health care professionals should regularly consult with their state dental boards or other regulating agencies for requirements specific to their jurisdictions.

 

Mental Health During a Pandemic

 

As a reminder, everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Fear and anxiety caused by this pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. How someone responds to the outbreak can depend on their background, the things that make them different from other people, and the community they live in. If someone is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like they might want to harm themselves or others, contact one of the following:

·        Call 911

·        Contact Behavioral Health Response (BHR): 314-469-6644 (immediate access to a counselor or social worker, free of charge)

·        Mid-Missouri Crisis Line: Text “HAND” to 839863

·        Disaster Distress Help Line: 1-800-985-5990, or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

·        National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8225) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

Dignified Transfer Center

 

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 13 decedents. 36 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 49 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

 

Contact Information

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877)435-8411.​

 

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information.

 

May 4, 2020    

                     

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

 

Stay at Home Orders

 

Stay at Home Orders in St. Louis County remain in effect. This is despite the expiration of the State of Missouri’s Stay at Home Order and the activation of the Economic Re-opening Order today at 12:01 AM. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) and the St. Louis County Executive’s Office believe that this is necessary based on the unique challenges St. Louis County offers. It is the largest county in the state and has by far the most positive COVID-19 cases. Dr. Sam Page, the St. Louis County Executive, is working with other elected officials in the region to systematically ease restrictions. An announcement is anticipated this week.   

 

Small Business Relief

 

The St. Louis County Small Business Relief (“SBR”) Program will provide financial relief, in the form of a one-time grant of $15,000 or less, to qualifying small businesses that were closed during the Stay at Home Order. The grant can be used to pay for the costs of business interruption as a result of the business closing during the Stay at Home Order and to cover costs associated with reopening safely. A business is eligible for an SBR grant if the business (including for-profit entities, sole proprietorships, and non-profit organizations) has its principal place of business in St. Louis County, had 50 or fewer full-time employees as of March 1, 2020, and was closed during the Stay at Home Order.

 

The process for awarding SBR grants will incorporate community input to guide grant awards to the small businesses that need financial relief the most. SBR grants will be awarded to businesses based upon recommendations received from the Council member and, where applicable, mayor of the municipality where the business’s principal place of business is located. More information on SBR grants and the application process can be found here: http://stlcorona.com/resources/small-business-relief-program/.

 

There are restrictions. At this time, the SBR Program will award a maximum total of $2.5 million in grants per County Council district. Additional funding may be provided in the future. Additionally, no business may receive an SBR grant if the business has a director, officer, employee, agent, or sub-contractor that is an elected or appointed official of St. Louis County, an elected or appointed official of any municipality within St. Louis County, or is a member of the immediate family of any such elected or appointed official.

 

Dignified Transfer Center

 

The Dignified Transfer Center is currently accommodating 20 decedents. 28 additional individuals have been through the center and transported to a crematorium or funeral home, at the request of family. To date, 48 individuals have entered the Dignified Transfer Center.

 

Contact Information

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877)435-8411.​

 

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information.

 

 

 

 

THE CITY OF JENNINGS IS GETTING A TESTING SITE.

 

 

 

 

April 21, 2020    

                     

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

 

Close Quarters and Shared Spaces

 

The highest risk of passing COVID-19 exists with those that are in prolonged close contact with one another, for example, those that we live with or share space with at work. There should be an understanding of why disinfecting shared spaces is so important and why preventative measures can make a difference. We should:

·        Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in common areas often.

·        Use the proper materials and preventative measures when cleaning.

·        Wash clothing in the warmest water allowable.

·        Monitor symptoms after cleaning a potentially contaminated area.

 

One of the most effective methods for a COVID-19 positive person to minimize the impact of COVID-19 within a household is isolating properly. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Isolation considerations should include separating yourself from other people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. We should:

·        Not share dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, or food with others.

·        Not share towels or bedding with others.

·        Wear a mask if we have to be around others.

 

Again, the here are some tips for providing care at home for someone with COVID-19:

·        Help the person who is sick follow their doctor’s instructions for care and medicine.

·        Make sure the person who is sick drinks a lot of fluids and rests.

·        Help them with grocery shopping, filling prescriptions, and getting other items they may need. Consider having the items delivered through a delivery service, if possible.

·        Take care of their pet(s), and limit contact between the person who is sick and their pet(s) when possible.

 

Contact Information

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877)435-8411.​

 

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information.

 

April 20, 2020    

                     

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

 

Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Employees

 

To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that critical infrastructure employees may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community. Guidance for critical infrastructure employers and employees is attached.

 

Additional guidance includes:

  • Employers should increase the frequency of cleaning commonly touched surfaces.
  • Employers should work with facility maintenance staff to increase air exchanges in room.
  • Employees should not share headsets or other objects that are near mouth or nose.
  • Employees and employers should consider pilot testing the use of face masks to ensure they do not interfere with work assignments.
  • Employees should physically distance when they take breaks together. Stagger breaks and don’t congregate in the break room, and don’t share food or utensils.

 

Masks

 

St. Louis County Department of Public Health is asking everyone to remain diligent in continuing to wear masks while in public. This simple act helps to keep essential employees, like health care workers, grocery workers, custodians, transportation professionals, and first responders, safe and healthy.

 

This can be accomplished by wearing cloth masks. This helps preserve the sought after N-95 masks for the healthcare workers and first responders who must work in direct contact with those confirmed to have COVID-19. The CDC notes that homemade masks are not considered PPE, as their capability to protect health care professionals is unknown, but this option is a better option than no option. The CDC has directions for making two types of cloth masks, one that does not require sewing and one that does. Both types can be made out of items found in your home. For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

 

Contact Information

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877)435-8411.​

 

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information.

 

 

 

 

 

April 11, 2020    

                     

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

 

Guidance for Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s

 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia most likely does not increase risk for COVID-19, just like it does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related factors like age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk. As an example, people with dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease may forget to wash their hands or take other recommended precautions to prevent illness. Additionally, diseases like COVID-19 and the flu may worsen cognitive impairment due to dementia.

 

Here are a few suggestions to help:

·        Use extra reminders, including written, to remember important hygienic practices.

·        Inquire about filling prescriptions for a greater number of days to reduce trips to the pharmacy.

·        Make alternative plans for the person with dementia should adult care, respite, etc. be modified or cancelled in response to COVID-19.

·        Make alternative plans for care management if the primary caregiver should become sick.

·        Inquire about the availability for telehealth for current physician appointments.

 

For people living with dementia, increased confusion is often the first symptom of any illness. If a person living with dementia shows rapidly increased confusion, contact your health care provider for advice. Again, it is recommended that you call your health care provider instead of going directly to an emergency room. Your doctor may be able to treat the person without a visit to the hospital, which is ideal as it does not potentially expose that individual to COVID-19 if they do not have it.

 

Stay and Pray

 

Passover, Easter, Ramadan, and other religious holidays are important celebrations of our faiths. This year, we will be celebrating them in new ways, creating new traditions and finding creative ways to enjoy the holidays and our family and friends. We must all work together to keep everyone in our community and our places of worship healthy and safe.     

 

We can:

·        Take advantage of the ability to participate in services that are available online or on television.

·        Continue family traditions through video chat or phone calls.

·        Cook traditional foods to enjoy the familiar tastes and smells of the holiday.

·        Celebrate in person with those that live with us.

 

What we should avoid doing:

·        Attending any in-person worship service.

·        Congregating in public areas.

·        Inviting others to celebrate at our home.

·        Attending a celebration outside of our homes.

 

Contact Information

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877)435-8411.​

 

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information.

 

 

April 10, 2020    

                     

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

 

Pets and COVID-19

 

Some viruses cause illness in people, while others can cause illness in certain types of animals. The CDC is aware of a very small number of pets, including dogs and cats, outside the United States that are reported to be infected with the virus. There are no reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States, but this information is developing rapidly and further studies are needed to understand if/how animals could be affected by COVID-19.

 

If you have or believe you have COVID-19, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals. This is just as we would normally do around other people. See if a friend or loved one can care for your animal(s) if you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. These steps can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.

 

Million Mask Drive

 

The Greater St. Louis Million Mask Drive is a volunteer effort of citizens sewing fabric masks for local healthcare workers and first responders in our region at no cost. Here is a video highlighting how a few people can make a big difference:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Sb6hUniT4&feature=youtu.be

 

For those who would like to donate fabric or volunteer time sewing, please send an email to: greaterstlmask@gmail.com.

 

This is a specific effort to complement the on-going request for cloth masks for those serving in supportive and in-direct roles. If that support personnel has these items, it would preserve the much needed N-95 masks for the healthcare workers and first responders who must work in direct contact with those confirmed to have COVID-19.

 

End of the School Year

 

We will all experience different reactions to the news that the overwhelming majority of school facilities have closed for the 2019-2020 year. We need to be ready to meet the needs of our school-aged children, especially emotional needs. The loss of extracurricular activities and significant events, like graduation and prom, can potentially be a significant one. They will be looking to us, their parents, teachers, coaches, and community leaders, as a barometer to gauge their own reactions. We should look for new ways to celebrate our children’s accomplishments and inspire their creativity and resilience moving forward.

 

The loss of the school year can also mean that food sources for children are exhausted. A list of resources can be found here: https://stlouisco.com/Your-Government/County-Executive/COVID-19/COVID-19-Resources

 

Contact Information

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877)435-8411.​

 

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information.

 

March 21, 2020                          

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

 

Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

 

·        One death.

·        17 total positive cases. (One case previously identified as St. Louis County has been re-located out of state.)

·        The following eight additional cases confirmed:

o   20-29 years of age, travel-related

o   50-59 years of age, unknown origin

o   30-39 years of age, unknown origin

o   40-49 years of age, unknown origin

o   50-59 years of age, unknown origin

o   40-49 years of age, unknown origin

o   30-39 years of age, unknown origin

o   40-49 years of age, unknown origin

·        The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 413 calls on 3/20/2020.

 

As anticipated, the ability to provide reliable statistics pertaining to pending tests or tests sent for analysis has significantly diminished. This is an encouraging step as more people are being tested by more health care professionals; however, it has an adverse effect on the accuracy of the numbers. Additionally, the statistics provided are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available. 

 

St. Louis County to Enact Stay at Home Orders to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

 

County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced today, March 21, 2020, that St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis will be adopting new restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the region. The new restrictions will take effect on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 12:01 AM. This will ensure that residents can meet their basic needs and essential services will still be provided. The new restrictions will require people to stay at home when possible.

 

It is just as important to recognize what is not impacted by this as what is. This announcement will not affect the ability of residents to go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, and take a walk in a public park. 

 

Suggestions to Prepare for Home Stays

 

•           Consider and plan for those in your home who are considered vulnerable (those over age 60, anyone with a serious medical condition).

•           Create a contact list with phone numbers of neighbors, schools, and employers.

•           Set up online shopping accounts if possible.

•           Plan ahead and think about what you will need in order to stay at home for an extended period of time. Think ahead and plan how you will keep enough food and medications in your home during this period.

 

Have Supplies on Hand

 

Buy only as much as you need to avoid frequent shopping trips. It is not necessary to buy these items in bulk. Stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and hardware stores will remain open, but we encourage residents to shop less often in order to spend less time in public. Supplies on hand should include:

 

•           Non-perishable food

•           First aid kit including thermometer

•           Medications (over the counter and prescription)

•           Toilet paper and other personal hygiene items

•           Cleaning supplies (antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.)

 

Daily Information

 

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who ​have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

  

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411.​

 

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information available.​

March 20, 2020                          

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

 

Today, as of 6:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

 

  • A woman, 60-69 years of age, with underlying health conditions, is the first COVID-19 related death in St. Louis County. The positive test result was received on 3/17/2020.   
  • Ten total positive cases.
  • 49 tests have returned negative results. 
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 612 calls on 3/19/2020. 

As anticipated, the ability to provide reliable statistics pertaining to pending tests or tests sent for analysis has significantly diminished. This is an encouraging step as more people are being tested by more health care professionals; however, it has an adverse effect on the accuracy of the numbers. Additionally, the statistics provided are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available.  

 

As of March 14th, all presumed positive tests will be considered confirmed positive. The Missouri State Laboratory will no longer require presumed positive tests be sent to the Centers for Disease Control for that additional level of confirmation.

 

Text Message Alerts

 

St. Louis County will provide text message alerts to keep the community updated on COVID-19. “Increasing access to information as this issue quickly evolves is crucial. Text message alerts are just another way to do that in addition to our website, stlcorona.com, which is updated daily,” said County Executive Sam Page.

 

To receive alerts, text: STLOUISCOALERT to 67283

 

To stop receiving alerts, text: STOP STLOUISCOALERT to 67283

 

Areas of Community Transmission

 

An area of community transmission is described as areas that have experienced community spread of COVID-19.

 

The following States and Counties have been identified as Areas of Community Transmission. Pleas follow the guidance provided by the CDC if you have traveled or intend on traveling to any of these States: California, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado - Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison Counties

 

This list is available at www.stlcorona.com.

 

Domestic Travelers (Including those returning from Spring Break)

   

Information regarding the spread of COVID-19 within the United States is constantly evolving and areas of domestic travel are being scrutinized. The CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, festivals, parties, or concerts may increase chances of getting COVID-19. 

 

There are several things you should consider if you have traveled domestically. Consider the risk of passing COVID-19 to others, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are older adults or have severe chronic health condition These people are at higher risk of getting very sick. If your symptoms are mild or you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.

 

·                     Is COVID-19 spreading in the area where have been? 

·                     Have you been in close contact with others during your trip? 

·                     Has your work or school told you to stay home for 14 days for self-monitoring after traveling? 

·                     Do you live with someone who is older or has a serious, chronic medical condition? 
 

To be safe when returning home, you can follow these steps to be a responsible member of the community and reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 onto others.

 

·                     Stay at home. Do not go to work, school, or leave your house for 14 days. Discuss your work situation with your employer. 

·                     Monitor your health. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever (temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher). Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. 

·                     Practice social distancing within the home. Avoid contact with other people for the 14 days. Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from family members and others in the home when possible. 

 

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who ​have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

  

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411.​

 

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information available.​

 

March 19, 2020                         

 

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

 

Today, as of 3:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

 

 *             Ten total positive cases.

*             The following five additional cases confirmed today are still under investigation to determine origin:

 

*         ​6th Case: 60-69 years old

 

                *             7th Case: 30-39 years old

                *             8th Case: 50-59 years old

                *             9th Case: 80-89 years old

                *             10th Case: 50-59 years old

 

*             38 tests have returned negative results.

*             The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 652 calls on 3/18/2020.

 

 As anticipated, the ability to provide reliable statistics pertaining to pending tests or tests sent for analysis has significantly diminished. This is an encouraging step as more people are being tested by more health care professionals; however, it has an adverse effect on the accuracy of the numbers. Additionally, the statistics provided are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available. 

 

 

As of March 14th, all presumed positive tests will be considered confirmed positive. The Missouri State Laboratory will no longer require presumed positive tests be sent to the Centers for Disease Control for that additional level of confirmation.

 

Disinfecting Details Regarding COVID-19

 

  The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health. The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel. The results provide key information about the stability of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects.  This testing is considered preliminary at this point and has not been peer reviewed.  This is not meant to invoke fear, but to assist our community in taking every possible precaution in spreading this virus.

 

Knowledge is power and knowing that information continues to change and this public health crisis evolves.

 

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314) 615-2660 with their concerns. Those who ​have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411.​

 

 St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com <http://www.stlcorona.com/> . Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information available.​

 

 

March 17, 2020                         

 

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

Today, as of 3:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

 *             11 tests with pending results.

*             Three tests were sent 3/16/2020 and six thus far on 3/17/2020.

*             27 tests have returned negative results.

*             Three positive cases (3/7/2020, 3/13/2020, 3/16/2020).

 

Please note that these tests only reflect those conducted at the State Public Health Laboratory. The availability and accessibility of commercial labs has and will continue to affect the reliability of the actual numbers.

 

As of March 14th, all presumed positive tests will be considered confirmed positive. The Missouri State Laboratory will no longer require presumed positive tests be sent to the Centers for Disease Control for that additional level of confirmation.

 

 The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 695 calls on 3/16/2020.

 

 Coping with Social Distancing

 

  The constant media coverage of the outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about an infectious disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.  Successfully coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Healthy alternatives to help cope with this stress while still practicing social distancing include the following:

 

*             ​​Maintain a routine.  Try to maintain a regular meal and sleep schedule while practicing social distancing. The regular schedule can help to reduce stress and fear of the unknown.

 

*             ​​Go for a walk or exercise at home.  Try to go out into nature as much as possible for the benefits of Vitamin D (sunlight). If you cannot get out of the house, most streaming services offer exercise and yoga classes.

 

*             Do not indulge in binging.  Binging in eating, alcohol or drug use and even television and oversleeping are all unhealthy habits.

 

*             We can all use this time to do some spring cleaning and decluttering.  On top of increasing anxiety, household clutter can harbor infections, pollutants, and create unhygienic spaces.

 

*             Be a better friend/relative.  Take the time to run through your contacts and reach out to those people that you haven’t spoken to in a while.  Offer to help out a friend or neighbor who may be less mobile.  Pick up groceries or needed prescriptions.

 

*             ​​Learn something new.  Take an online class, research a topic that interests you, or watch “how-to” or “DIY” videos for the project that you have been meaning to finish.

 

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314)615-2660 with their concerns. Those who ​have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

 

  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411.​

 

 St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com <http://www.stlcorona.com/> . Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information available.​