Updated: 6:17 pm 13 Mar 20
The City of Clayton is committed to the health of our community and proactive communications about important issues. Clayton is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. This disease continues to generate concerns in the U.S. and around the world and at this time there is one confirmed case and one presumptive positive case in St. Louis County.
Our goals are to be proactive in our preparations for COVID-19, focus on prevention, and take actions designed to reduce the impact of this disease if and when it may be confirmed in our community. In order to build coordinated efforts, the Clayton Fire Department (CFD) is reaching out to several stakeholders in our community including schools and universities, major employers and other businesses, medical and senior care facilities, religious and community groups, and large venues such as the Center of Clayton. Of course, diseases do not respect municipal boundaries, so we are also working closely with other public safety partners, St. Louis County and neighboring cities, and we are following the guidance offered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other Federal and state agencies. Finally the department has increased training and our dispatch agency has instituted screening questions to better ascertain risk factors before we respond to calls for service.
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
The St. Louis County Department of Health is operating a health hotline (314-615-2660) which is being staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are also posting information and updates on their website.
The CDC offers updates and information on the disease on their website.
The City of Clayton, our partners, neighbors and stakeholders will continue to monitor this evolving situation and report new information here and on our website www.claytonmo.gov/COVID19 when it becomes available. Protecting the health and safety of our community remains our top priority. If you have any questions about the City of Clayton’s preparations, please direct them to CFD Public Information Officer Ryan Harrell at RHarrell@ClaytonMO.gov.