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 stlcorona.com.