Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
NEW GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED NOVEMBER 24:
ST. CHARLES COUNTY RESTAURANTS, BARS MUST CLOSE AT 11 P.M.; SCHOOOL QUARANTINE AGREEMENT REACHED
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann and Director of the St. Charles County Department of Public Health Demetrius Cianci-Chapman, in collaboration with school superintendents, announced an agreement to implement Missouri’s School Reopening and Operating Guidance updates. The State’s updates, announced on Nov. 12 by Missouri Governor Mike Parson, were intended to keep children who are not positive for COVID-19 in the classroom. St. Charles County is adopting the updates as a modification to quarantine to allow teachers and students to stay in the classroom when they are a close contact without symptoms or a positive test. As announced by Governor Parson, the school must have a mask mandate fully enforced. The modified quarantine is related to in-person curricular activities only.
A second major issue confronting the county involves the threat of disease transmission in bars and night clubs. After 11 p.m., when such businesses in Illinois, St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis are closed, overwhelming crowds make social distancing impossible. Officials fear an even worse situation on Wednesday night, traditionally the busiest night of the year for bars and night clubs. In response, Cianci-Chapman today issued a public health order pertaining to all county restaurants and bars, ordering them to close by 11 p.m., beginning at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, until otherwise rescinded.
More information is located at sccmo.org/COVID.
With the number of positive COVID-19 cases rising in Saint Charles County, we are asking everyone to take personal steps to help mitigate the spread.
As a County, we were successful in the Spring in keeping our cases down by following some simple guidelines, and we ask that everyone follow those practices once again, so that we do not have to close our local businesses or take further actions. We know that the following steps work, so let’s work together to get through this safely and healthy.
We are advising everyone to do the following:
• Limit daily activities to work, school and necessary errands.
• Avoid bars and restaurants where you can’t social distance.
• Use carry-out rather than dining in.
• Wear a mask in public or when around people outside of your household.
• Keep weekly contacts to less than 10 people.
• Avoid groups that exceed 10 people.
• Frequently sanitize commonly touched surfaces.
• Wash your hands often.
For more information on COVID-19, visit sccmo.org/COVID, or call the Department of Public Health hotline at 636-949-1899.