St. Louis County EMS workers to wear gloves, masks, and eye protection for flu-like cases


CLAYTON, Mo. — The St. Louis County Department of Health has a new mandate for emergency medical responders to wear full personal protective equipment when responding to calls with flu-like or respiratory symptoms.

This comes as a directive from the St. Louis County Health Department as the CDC changed its recommendations late yesterday afternoon.

The CDC says this is a precautionary measure to help keep first responders safe as well as better protect their most high-risk patients including those with chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. 

Personal protective equipment acts as a barrier. It includes gloves, masks, gowns, and eye protection. PPE is a routine component of the EMS infectious disease protocol.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has established a hotline for COVID-19 information. Call 314-615-2660 or go to

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