ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued an advisory Tuesday recommending masking in public, regardless of vaccination status.

The advisory comes as COVID-19 infections have spiked recently, leading to increases in hospitalizations. St. Louis County currently has 388 new cases of COVID-19 per day. Over the last seven days, St. Louis County’s hospitalization rate is now 11.4 new admissions per 100,000 residents.

St. Louis City and County have returned to the COVID-19 “Red” level according to CDC standards. The CDC recommends wearing a mask in public indoor spaces and on public transportation, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, and getting tested when exhibiting symptoms. Those at high-risk for contracting the virus should consider taking additional precautions.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health recommends the following:

• Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status
• If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, wear a mask that provides you with greater protection and consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you
could be exposed
• If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for severe
disease consider self-testing to detect infection before contact
• Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters
• Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible
• Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.