End of St. Louis County mask mandate could be in sight

Missouri

CLAYTON, Mo. – The mask mandate in St. Louis County could be lifted by the end of the year.

St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page said COVID-19 numbers in the region have declined since the county enacted a mask mandate months ago.

“If the trend would continue and if the vaccination rate among 5 to 11-year-olds goes as hoped, then it’s certainly possible that we could be without a mask mandate by the end of the year,” he said.

During a COVID briefing on Monday morning, Page said progress is being made but the numbers simply aren’t low enough yet to lift the mandate. He said the positivity rate in St. Louis County is still too high, as is the average case rate per 100,000 people in the county. 

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force shows the rolling average of COVID-19 patient hospitalizations and COVID patients in intensive care units are nearly half of what they were in late September.

Page said approximately 3,300 more child-sized doses arrived in the county on Monday.

“Getting our kids vaccinated in time for the holidays will allow families to gather indoor safely and enjoy traditions that were sidelined last year,” Page said. “Over the next several weeks, as more of the child-sized vaccines are administered, we can look at 2022 with confidence that the elusive thing called ‘normal’ is within reach.”

Parents must make an appointment for their children to get the Pfizer vaccine. Page said they can schedule an appointment by visiting ReviveSTL.com or the Walgreens or CVS websites. So far, more than 3,800 children in the 5-11 age group across Missouri have been vaccinated.

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