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Key Points to the Ste Genevieve County Plan for Response and Recovery

Phase 1: Slow the Spread/Response

Phase 2: Reopen / Recovery

Phase 3: Establish Protection Then Lift All Restrictions

Phase 4: Rebuild Our Readiness for the Next Pandemic

Phase 1: Slow the Spread/Response

We are currently in Phase 1. Case counts have declined in Ste Genevieve County due to the compliance of businesses and residents to maintain recommended guidelines established to slow the spread.

A key factor in moving to the recovery phase is: sustained reduction in cases for at least 14 days. Timeframes between steps in Phase 2 can be shortened or lengthened based on surveillance data.

Phase 2: Recovery Planned to Begin May 4, 2020

There are four steps to achieve before reaching Phase 3. Key elements in each step must include:

  • Physical distancing strategies
  • Maintain focus on testing, isolation strategies and healthcare
  • Individual businesses will be responsible for implementing strategies specific to their business to meet these guidelines.
  • Personal protection through hand hygiene, wearing face masks, respiratory etiquette, and self-isolation with symptom onset, as well as disinfecting all surfaces frequently between interpersonal contacts.

 

Step 1: Reopen business and organizations with occupancy limitations, no mass gatherings

  • Businesses and organizations can be reopened restricted to 10 people only at a time in the facility, or:
  • If your business is not subject to fire or building code occupancy limitations set by your jurisdiction, you should calculate your occupancy limits based on the following formula:
  • For businesses with retail location of less than 10,000 square feet:
  • Building square feet divided by 30 = Quotient
  • Quotient x .25 =occupancy limit
  • For businesses with the retail location of 10,000 square feet or more:
  • Building square feet divided by 30 = Quotient
  • Quotient x .10 = occupancy limit

Step 1: Reopen business and organizations with occupancy limitations, no mass gatherings

  • Maintain 6 feet of distancing. Appointments are best rather than walk in services with people in waiting areas.
  • Good hand hygiene, and disinfection of all surfaces between interpersonal contacts
  • Mass gatherings are not permitted.
  • High risk individuals should continue to limit interactions to those that are considered vital.
  • People shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance or in end-of-life circumstances.
  • Daycare providers need to follow established Missouri Department of Health and CDC guidelines.
  • Lodging facilities need to follow established Missouri Department of Health and CDC guidelines.

 

From Ste Genevieve County Memorial Hospital: 4-29-2020

-       We will continue all precautions, no visitors, screenings at doors, etc.  Employee monitoring, etc.  We are opening up all our services allowing slower schedules with more time between patients for a clean of the area and to decrease exposure to other patients.

-       We are starting elective surgeries; all surgeries are monitored for 7 days prior and Covid testing on nasal and oral surgeries per ENT professional medical society recommendations. 

-       We have two respiratory clinics for all testing, we will see all patients for all symptoms same day.  Bloomsdale is open 7 days a week and we have testing abilities 7 days a week in the Bloomsdale walk-in clinic.  We just ask patients call ahead and staff will come to them in full PPE to reduce exposure.  We are keeping the screening trailer at this time while we monitor as the county opens. 

-       We do have the COVID IGG testing, we do not have payment guidance through CMS or private insurance, and this is holding us back, but we are working through offering this testing. 

-       We are stocked on PPE, we have abilities for N95 reuse through state cleaning, and also washable surgical gowns.