The St. Louis County Department of Public Health ("DPH") has been closely monitoring the global public health crisis caused by a viral illness called COVID-19. Infections with COVID-19 have been reported around the world. The first confirmed instance of person to-person spread of the virus in the United States was reported on January 30, 2020.The first confirmed instance of COVID-19 in St. Louis County was reported on March 7, 2020. A state of emergency was declared in St. Louis County on March 13, 2020, resulting in several executive orders and DPH orders, policies, and rules.
Isolation of individuals diagnosed with certain communicable diseases and quarantine of close contact to those diagnosed with certain communicable disease are core public health practices employed to protect the public. State law provides that the "local health authority ... shall require isolation of a patient ... with a communicable disease, quarantine of contacts, concurrent and terminal disinfection, or modified forms of these procedures necessary for the protection of the public health" 19 CSR 20-20.050(1).
DPH executed the first Quarantine and Isolation Order effective March 17, 2020 and that Order has been amended and continues in effect until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.
COVID-19 is considered an infectious, contagious, communicable, and dangerous disease for purposes of§§ 192.020-1, 192.139, & 192.300 RSMo., 19 CSR 20-20.020, and other state and local laws. The DPH's director is the "local health authority" under 19 CSR 20-20.050(1) pursuant to 19 CSR 20-20.010(26), Section 4.130 of the Charter, and Section 600.010 SLCRO, and has been delegated the authority to act on St. Louis County's behalf for the public health purposes described in § 192.300 RSMo.
To provide non-congregate sheltering to individuals without permanent housing so that such individuals who have or potentially have contracted COVID-19 have a place to quarantine or isolate so as to mitigate the transmission risk to others in St. Louis County.
III. Policy – Non-Congregate Sheltering
IV. Effective Date
This Order is effective immediately upon execution and retroactive to the date of DPH's Quarantine and Isolation Order effective March 17, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.
This Order by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health establishing restrictions for Quarantine and Isolation for COVID-19 is authorized pursuant to sections 192.006, 192.200 and 192.300 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, 19 CSR 20-20.050 of the Rules of the Department of Health and Senior Services and by the Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency by County Executive Sam Page effective March 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., as may be further amended. The purpose of this order is to enhance the public health and prevent the entrance of infections, contagious, communicable or dangerous diseases into St. Louis County.
So ordered this 26th day of January 2021.
Dr. Emily Doucette
Onye na -eme Director
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