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In the last two weeks, Missouri has become a hotspot for COVID-19. St. Louis County Department of Public Health is increasingly concerned about the risks to the residents of St. Louis County as the Delta variant becomes more widespread. 

  • COVID cases are increasing at an alarming rate, especially among young people, Black people and North County residents.
  • Children are transmitting COVID-19 to each other much more easily now. In the last month, we have seen multiple outbreaks in daycares and camps.
  • People with COVID-19 from the Delta variant may have more traditional cold symptoms like runny nose, sore throat, and headache than cough and fever. It’s harder than ever to guess if your symptoms are from COVID-19, so get tested.


What should you do to protect yourself?

  • Vaccines are effective against the Delta variant. Anyone over the age of 12 should get a vaccine right away. 
  • Wear a mask in public, even if you are vaccinated, and in large gatherings even if outside. 
  • Children under 12 are at high risk. Make sure they are not exposed to unvaccinated people and large crowds where you don’t know who is vaccinated or not.
  • Unvaccinated children should wear masks when around unvaccinated people, including other children. Parents should get vaccinated and wear masks as an example. 
  • Don’t guess! If you have any symptoms, even just cold symptoms, get tested – whether you are vaccinated or not. Stay home even if you have a mild cold.