Deaconess has continued to closely monitor local and national COVID-19 guidelines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), widespread uptake of highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, high rates of vaccine- and infection-induced immunity at the population level, and the availability of effective therapeutics have moved the pandemic to a different phase.
Using a comprehensive approach to assessing COVID-19 community levels, the CDC has identified the St. Louis region as a community with low levels of COVID-19. Guided by the information and recommendations of the CDC and local public health agencies, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being will lift the mask mandate.
As of Monday, May 1, 2023 masks are now optional. Individuals should continue to make decisions that are best for their own health and well-being. Masking is still strongly encouraged at the Center for any individual who shows signs or symptoms of a respiratory illness or those who may be immunocompromised. Masks are available at the Center upon request.
Please continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations for isolation after exposures, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor the guidelines and pandemic and make policy updates as needed. If you have any questions about in-person convenings or the Center’s COVID-19 policies, please contact, David Nehrt-Flores, Deaconess Center Director.