St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson Counties suggest limiting gatherings to 10 or less

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ST. LOUIS - The leaders from St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson Counties came together today and announced they will be limiting gatherings to 10 people. 

Yesterday, St. Charles County announced its first positive case. Jefferson and Franklin Counties are both testing several cases but there are no positive cases.

All the leaders echoed that their residents are doing a great job putting themselves in self-quarantine and offering help.  

About 800,000 thousand people live in those counties. The leaders said their local media has gone away over the years and they are relying on TV stations like FOX 2 to get out the word.

They are encouraging social distancing. Like other communities, restaurants in their counties are only taking out not dine-in and they are limiting groups to ten people. Plus, Franklin county has a contract with local hotels to come to the aid of ems workers if needed.

Franklin County Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker said, “To take refuge and isolation should they respond to a scene they may become positive at or be exposed to so they don’t have to go home and expose their families to said virus.”

The men believe most if not all of their citizens are being cooperative and are following coronavirus guidelines. In fact, one woman in St. Charles County called up offering to begin sewing surgical masks in case the hospital start running out.

Franklin County Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker says county officials have even entered into contracts at hotels in case first responders need to go into isolation.

Those who have a fever, dry cough or difficulty breathing should call their healthcare provider. Any other concerns, please call the St. Charles County Public Health hotline at 636-949-1899.

The St. Charles County Public Health Department asks that everyone practice the following:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others as much as possible.
  • Wash hands frequently and often for 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with household sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when sick, except to seek medical attention.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the St. Charles County Department of Public Health website at sccmo.org/COVID.

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