St. Francois County continues to experience widespread community transmission of COVID-19. Hospitals which serve our citizens both locally and in the metro area are at or near capacity. Our healthcare workers are exhausted. We need to work together to support them as they have supported our community throughout the pandemic. Our most vulnerable citizens need our help to slow the spread of the virus as it threatens to overwhelm our healthcare system. Every citizen, business, and organization has a role to play.

The Health Center is advising the public to do the following:              

  • If you are sick, stay home and contact your medical provider.          
  • Avoid socializing in groups larger than 10 or groups that do not allow for proper social distancing.                                                                 
  • Wear face coverings when in public settings.                                          
  • When in public, individuals should maximize physical distance from others.      
  • Vulnerable persons should limit movement in the community to essential services only.  
  • Continue to practice good hygiene.                       

Due to the rapid increase in cases, our capacity to investigate cases in a timely manner is not possible. We are prioritizing cases which are healthcare workers, first responders, reside or work in congregate facilities, and persons age 3-21.

Effective Monday, November 30th, 2020 St. Francois County Health Center will no longer provide release letters to individuals in quarantine due to COVID-19 within the County. This will allow more time for positive case investigation and close contact identification.

For COVID-19 Close Contacts:  Those who are considered close contacts and are quarantined for 14 days, will need to communicate last date of exposure with their employer/school administration and reference CDC guidelines to determine approved release date.

For COVID-19 Positive Individuals: Schools and employers should accept the positive lab and initial St. Francois County Health Center isolation letter with release date as confirmation of earliest approved release date.

SFCHC will provide isolation letters to COVID-19 positive individuals only; NOT those in quarantine.

St. Francois County Schools have been informed of this change.

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