St. Louis County Requiring Face Masks In County Buildings
Employees and visitors to county buildings in St. Louis County will now need to wear a face mask. Effective August 11, the requirement for a face mask applies to all visitors - regardless of vaccination status.
The move comes as COVID-19 numbers in St. Louis County - especially those with the Delta variant - continue to rise. According to details released by the county with the announcement, St. Louis County has seen 120 new cases over the past week, against a total population of 200,000 residents. That number represents a substantial transmission rate as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC "defines substantial transmission as 50 or more new cases per 100,000 residents in a week".
To date, St. Louis County is tracking well with COVID-19 vaccination rates. According to data released by the county health department, 116,522 people have received at least one dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. Translated into a percentage, that equals about 67.7% of the total population of St. Louis County that is age 16 years or older.
Even with the vaccine, public health officials are encouraging the wearing of a face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and it's variants. County health officials shared that "[w]earing a face mask is a proven way to limit spread of COVID-19, in particular to the unvaccinated, including children who are too young to be eligible for the vaccine."
At the same time, the county continues to promote getting the COVID-19 vaccine when possible. To find a vaccine site near you, click here to visit the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector. Along with details about the locals for each site, the website also provides a lot of details and resources about both COVID-19 and the vaccines - including demographic data, weekly and monthly numbers, and more.