St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced new restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19 in the county, as per a KSDK report.
The new restrictions will be effective for the next four weeks Page said.
This is due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the county.
The county reported 523 new cases last Sunday and 297 on Monday, said KSDK.
“Hospital admission” has been increasing at a higher rate than the local government anticipated, said Page.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, there are now 240 hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
59 patients were in ICU and 28 among them were on ventilators.
COVID-19 cases among young groups have also been increasing.
According to Page, COVID-19 cases among the 10-19 age group in the county have been increasing “more than anywhere.”
On the other hand, the 20-29 age group has also been recording more cases compared to before.
New Measures to Curb COVID-19 Cases In The County
During his press conference, Page also announced new measures to curb COVID-19 cases in the county.
- All “pre-approved plans” for gatherings will be given guidelines by the Department of Public Health. In addition, gatherings will only have a limit of 50 participants.
- Business occupancy will be limited to 25% to practice social distancing. It will begin on Friday at 5 pm.
- Late night services in bars will have to close after 10 pm. This will also start on Friday.
- There will be a “graduated process” in closing businesses that don’t follow the new measures. Businesses who don’t follow the rules “should not be open,” Page said.
- People waiting for their COVID-19 result have to quarantine themselves to avoid accidentally infecting others.
- Ensure health providers will report new COVID-19 cases “promptly.”
- With the help of the director of human service, provide “safe places” for teachers to quarantine.