Local leaders say this could be avoided if everyone took on personal responsibility to help smooth the curve.
ST. LOUIS – When the area St. Louis Metropolitan set another record for COVID-19 and hospital admissions, with local leaders facing the possibility of further restrictions – even at home orders like seasonal ones spring.
“I think we definitely need to entertain that question, ”said Dr. Alex Garza, head of St. Urban Pandemic Task Force. Louis said. “I don̵7;t think it has to be that way. Everything stopped like we had in the spring. But sure, we need to do more than we do now. So how it looks, I think, is a question. “
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Local leaders say they do not want to have to issue the kind of extensive accommodation order needed this past March, emphasizing the need for personal responsibility – but not dismissing the idea of more restrictions. .
St. District CEO Louis Sam Page posted this announcement on Facebook:
“The latest COVID-19 numbers are of grave concern and indicate that we are not generally complying with our public health orders, including wearing a mask. We want everyone to do the right thing so that we don’t have to consider the restrictions further. But if the numbers don’t change direction, we’ll have to look at other options. “
Mayor St. Louis Lyda Krewson responded with similar thoughts at a press conference Friday afternoon.
“That’s not what we want to do,” she said. “There are a lot of other issues related to shutdowns: you put more people out of jobs, more businesses out of business, we don’t have enough support for those people or businesses right now. And that is why this is actually an individual behavior right now. But no, it’s not out of the question – I’m sorry to say, it’s not out of the question. “
On the East Metro side, tighter restrictions were in effect; Governor JB Pritzker said he hopes to avoid statewide missions, but added, “I can’t tell you what next week or next week will be.”
Dr. Garza points out that social gatherings seem to be the most common scenario where a virus spreads – and those need to be contained, in order to flatten the curve.
“So although people can be really good at wearing a mask in public or the like, that doesn’t mean you can go back and invite ten people over to your home, even though they are friends your friends and you feel comfortable around them, ”he said. “Everyone took off their masks and that’s how transmission happened.”
He also said that it is important that mitigation strategies be implemented widely and consistently as one region.
“I’m not trying to be too dramatic about this, but we are quickly closing all the ways where we have to try to figure this curve out in order to solve cases.”