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County Executive urges residents to help stop the spread of COVID-19

With the number of positive COVID-19 cases rising drastically in the county, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has issued a stern message to residents: “Change your behaviors immediately to stop the spread.”

“Our county is facing a severe rise in positive cases and hospitalizations, as well as an increase in deaths,” Ehlmann said. “I am calling on each county resident to do what is necessary to help us get this virus under control.”

As of 9 a.m. on Nov. 18, the rate of change in positive cases over the past 14 days was 96%, with 456 new cases reported on Nov. 16 and 3,251 individuals in quarantine.

Ehlmann has not ordered the closing of any restaurants or bars, nor placed any new restrictions on businesses.

“One of the biggest issues we have is that people are not limiting their contacts,” Ehlmann said. “We all must be doing that immediately so we can keep our kids in school and our businesses open.

“Our hospitals tell me they are on the verge of being at capacity, and if that happens, there won’t be beds available for anyone, no matter what health care issue they are facing.

“I am not asking people to stop living their lives but I am asking them to limit their activities to the critical things, such as work and school. By doing so, we can better ensure that the community can enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season.”

Ehlmann is advising everyone to do the following:

  • Limit daily activities to work, school and necessary errands.
  • Avoid bars and restaurants where you can’t social distance.
  • Use carry-out rather than dining in.
  • Wear a mask in public or when around people outside of your household.
  • Keep weekly contacts to less than 10 people.
  • Avoid groups that exceed 10 people.
  • Frequently sanitize commonly touched surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often.

“It shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone that these are things we need to do,” Ehlmann said. “We just need to do them. All of them. All of us.”

For more information on COVID-19 numbers and orders within the county, residents can visit sccmo.org/COVID, or call the Department of Public Health hotline at (636) 949-1899.

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