Starting Monday (March 23, 2020) at 6:00 p.m., the City of St. Louis will be under a “Stay at Home” order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the region. This order allows residents to continue meeting their basic needs and that essential services are provided; however, residents will be required to stay at home when possible.
During a news conference Saturday, Mayor Lyda Krewson said, “We must limit unnecessary social mixing and interactions. We must do that to safeguard our local healthcare systems so that we can safeguard healthcare workers, and most importantly, so that we can prevent additional people in our community from getting sick and flatten this curve and slow the increase.”
Dr. Echols, director of health for the City of St. Louis, reiterated the need for the order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from escalating beyond the capacity of the healthcare system. “This is a community-level response. We need everyone to be accountable,” said Echols. “Hold yourself accountable, hold your neighbors, your friends, your family members accountable, because we all have a part to play in this.”
There are some exemptions to the “Stay at Home” order, including healthcare settings, grocery stores, gas stations, and bars/restaurants that can provide carry-out, pickup, or delivery service. The full order is available on the City of St. Louis’ COVID-19 website, stlouis-mo.gov/covid-19.
Saint Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced similar orders Saturday. Leaders in St. Charles County, Jefferson County, and Franklin County are considering additional restrictions on their jurisdictions.
Saturday’s announcement by the City of St. Louis comes as there are seven positive cases of COVID-19. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as of Friday evening, there were 73 cases of COVID-19 in the State of Missouri. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are more than 15,000 cases in the United States.
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