July has seen St. Charles County’s largest number of confirmed cases of coronavirus to date with a considerable spike in the 20-29 age group. The good news is that while that group has seen the largest increase in confirmed new cases, it has seen zero deaths. The bad news is that people are still dying from COVID-19. Of the 92 deaths associated with the county’s viral outbreak as of noon on July 28, 86 have been individuals age 60 and older.
In an effort to lower the rate of infection and increase the county’s economic viability, local leaders have joined together to strongly request that all businesses require customers to wear cloth face coverings in their establishments.
A press statement issued on July 27 by St. Charles County, noted that the plea “comes after an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the county over the past several weeks. The local leaders want to stop the spread of the virus now, before even suggesting a return to even a modified version of shelter in place.”
The St. Charles County Department of Public Health has consistently recommended that residents wear cloth face coverings when in public, practice social distancing, wash hands often and sanitize common areas.
Local leaders making the request include County Executive Steve Ehlmann; Scott Tate, president/CEO of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce; Saint Charles Mayor Dan Borgmeyer; St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano; O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy; Cottleville Mayor Jim Hennessey; Dardenne Prairie Mayor David Zucker; Weldon Spring Mayor Don Licklider; Lake Saint Louis Mayor Kathy Schweikert; Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione; Wendy Berry, executive director of the Cottleville-Weldon Spring Chamber of Commerce; Kathy Duck, president/CEO of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries; and Tony Mathews, president/CEO of the Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce.
The leaders have a message for all community residents and businesses: “Mask Up, St. Charles County. Let’s keep St. Charles County safe and economically healthy.”
Businesses looking for a free sign to get this message across can download and print one from the county’s website at sccmo.org. Questions about COVID-19 symptoms or testing can be directed to the St. Charles County Department of Public Health Hotline at (636) 949-1899.