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Health officials weigh in on minimizing community transmission of COVID-19

Emily Ness
Updated: August 12, 2020 10:13 PM

Young people age 20-29 make up the largest percentage of COVID-19 cases across the state with over 14,000. Health officials attribute this to an increase in community transmission brought on by outings and gatherings. To minimize the risk of community transmission, health officials are stressing the importance of following current COVID-19 restrictions.

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“We don’t want to go backwards. We want to encourage people to follow the Governor’s orders so we don’t have to close establishments, so our kids can be in school, so our businesses can really welcome people into their store fronts,” Amy Westbrook, Public Health Division Director for St. Louis County said.

According to Westbrook, health officials are reminding everyone—and especially young people—that it is too soon to partake in large gatherings and that they should wear masks both indoors and outdoors if they are not able to socially distance.

“People probably feel safer outdoors, even if they are in large crowds, but if you are in large crowds and you are not able to maintain social distancing, do wear masks,” Westbrook said.

Westbrook added that it is important restaurants and bars are following their COVID-19 preparedness plans and enforcing the statewide mask mandate.

It is also important restaurants and bars close down and inform employees and guests should they have a case of COVID-19. According to Westbrook, this helps health officials track community transmission.

Westbrook said it is also critical that people stay home if they are sick or if they have been exposed to someone who is sick.

Other tips for minimizing community transmission of COVID-19 include practicing exceptional hand hygeine, cleaning shared spaces more frequently and posting signs and posters around businesses and public spaces to reinforce social distancing. Hanging out with the same small group of peope and avoiding unnecessary trips can also help stop the spread.

More on minimizing commnity trasnmission of COVID-19 can be found here.

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