Emergence of Delta Variant 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”)
July 26, 2021
St. Louis County COVID-19 Update
St. Louis County Combats Delta Variant With New Mask Mandate
Amid a wave of new COVID-19 infections, St. Louis City and County have issued an indoor health order once again requiring all people, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings in public places.
“We are among the first counties to reinstate a mask requirement,” county Executive Dr. Sam Page said Monday morning. “Let’s be among the first to eradicate this pandemic.”
The region’s earlier mask mandate was retracted on June 1st, when case numbers were slowing and vaccination rates were rising steadily. At that time an average of 40 people were being diagnosed with the virus each day in St. Louis County. The emergence of the Delta variant and a stalling pace of vaccination has undone that progress. The current average is 218 diagnoses per day. Black residents are disproportionately affected.
“Vaccines remain our focus,” says Dr. Page. “Until more people get vaccinated, we all must continue doing what we can to protect ourselves and others.”
The full public health order can be found online here. Those who have not yet been vaccinated can visit revivestl.com to find a free vaccination appointment.
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