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. 

  1. 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. 
  2. Business occupancy will be limited to 25% to practice social distancing. It will begin on Friday at 5 pm.
  3. Late night services in bars will have to close after 10 pm. This will also start on Friday. 
  4. 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. 
  5. People waiting for their COVID-19 result have to quarantine themselves to avoid accidentally infecting others.  
  6. Ensure health providers will report new COVID-19 cases “promptly.”
  7. With the help of the director of human service, provide “safe places” for teachers to quarantine.

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