Because the health department was unable to determine the person’s movements at the meeting where most people were unmasked, Echols said officials decided the best way to protect the public’s health was to ask everyone there to quarantine.
“The likelihood that several individuals could have been exposed and potentially infected is something we are really concerned about,” Echols said.
Five of seven council members were at the meeting (two attended virtually) as well as St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and St. Louis County Department of Public Health Director Faisal Khan.
Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have been on a sharp increase across Missouri and in the St. Louis area because of a highly infectious mutation of the virus — the delta variant. The variant is responsible for overwhelming hospitals in southwest Missouri, where it first took hold.
In an effort to prevent a similar trajectory in the St. Louis area, the city and county issued a mask mandate that went into effect on Monday, July 26, for all indoor spaces.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control current guidelines state that people who are fully vaccinated do not need quarantine after contact with a confirmed cases unless they have symptoms; and that they should get tested three to five days after their exposure and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days.