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COVID-19 News & Information


COVID-19 news is available everywhere — but look here for the information you need to know now.

Self Quarantine and Self Isolation Instructions

The infectious disease COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, may continue to spread in our community. We place some people on home quarantine in order to limit the spread of this virus to others in our community.

Children as Young as 6 Months Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

Many parents have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to vaccinate their very young children — and, finally, that opportunity has arrived. Some parents, however, have questions about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

After COVID-19: Will I get my sense of smell back?

It’s a lingering COVID-19 symptom that, at first glance, might not seem as alarming as other long-term effects, like heart or lung problems. But for those who suffer from it, the loss of smell can be devasting — and even dangerous.

BJC Visitor Policy

To ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, BJC HealthCare has a limited visitor policy in place. These restrictions are not related to local community stay-home ordinances. BJC hospitals and health service organizations are limiting visitors due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the community, which is expected to continue over the coming months. Our restrictions are designed to protect patients, their families, and our staff and providers by further limiting the risk of exposure.

What pregnant people should know about vaccines, boosters and omicron

Ebony Carter, MD, wants pregnant people to know that when they’re vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, the only thing they’ll be passing on to their unborn child is a better chance at a healthy start in life.

Convenient care, urgent care, emergency care or virtual care – what’s the difference?

While convenient care, urgent care, virtual care and the ER aren’t meant to replace visits to your doctor, they are there when you need to see someone during off hours, weekends, or more quickly than going to your physician.

If you’ve had COVID-19, do you need the vaccine?

While some people who have recovered from COVID-19 may have developed antibodies, experts say the COVID-19 vaccine is still the best choice for protection against the virus, even after recovering from previous infection.

CDC endorses COVID-19 booster shots for children age 12 and older; also shortens booster interval recommendation for adults

On Jan. 7, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded its endorsement of COVID-19 booster shots to children age 12 and older and recommended boosters for immunocompromised children ages 5-11, citing rising infections in teens and young adults and a troubling increase in pediatric hospitalizations.

CDC Urges All Adults to Get COVID-19 Booster Shots

The CDC strengthened its recommendations for COVID-19 booster shots recently, noting that all adults should get a booster shot when eligible and approving boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds.

Healthy Tips to Help Manage Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes for the Upcoming Holidays

“Thanksgiving is just one day; diabetes management is year-round,” says Diane Zych, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator on the BJC Community Health Improvement team. “People with diabetes can enjoy Thanksgiving just as much as people who don’t have diabetes.”