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COVID-19 cases on the rise in the St. Louis area

He said COVID-19 trends are starting to look more like what epidemiologists would expect from the flu virus

NS. LOUIS – According to the leader of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the St. Louis area has increased “for the first time in ages” in the past two weeks.

At a briefing Tuesday, data from the task force showed that the number of new cases in the past 14 days had increased by 5.8% from the previous 14-day period. dr. Clay Dunagan said the increase was widespread throughout the area.

“Many counties have experienced slight increases in (case) rates,” said Dr. Dunagan.

As for why, said Dr. Dunagan that maps of the whole world give pretty clear directions.

“It’s easy to see that most of the countries currently experiencing severe outbreaks are in the Northern Hemisphere,” said Dr. dunigan. “And I think that’s why many have suggested that part of the stabilization and increases that we’re seeing are the seasonal effect of the respiratory virus.”

He said the COVID-19 trends are starting to resemble something epidemiologists would expect from the flu virus.

“It might just be one of the winter respiratory viruses that we’re used to, whether it’s the flu or rhinoviruses or any of the other coronaviruses,” said Dr. Dunagan.

He said that COVID-19 becoming a seasonal virus that peaks a few months a year would probably be the best-case scenario compared to what the pandemic has looked like over the past 18 months. While unsure of the long-term outlook for COVID-19, he said he expects flat or increasing transmission rates over the holiday season.

The number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the St. Louis area has leveled off in recent days after weeks of continued decline. Due to that change, the number of COVID-19 patients in region hospitals and intensive care units is declining more slowly than in previous weeks.

One thing that has remained largely consistent is that the majority of people treated in area hospitals for COVID-19 are unvaccinated. On Tuesday, the task force said 73% of COVID patients had not been vaccinated.

About 52% of people live in the St. Louis area, which is similar to the Missouri average but about 10% lower than the national average.

dr. Dunagan said the childhood vaccination process went smoothly in the beginning. He said parents are getting their kids vaccinated about as soon as the facilities can get the lower dose, and all vaccinations have been able to get all the doses they’ve asked for.

He said the vaccine is still the most effective way to limit the severity of the virus and prevent its spread, but news of Pfizer’s new antiviral treatment is encouraging. He said the task force is still waiting to review the studies.

“If those numbers hold up, this will become a key piece of weaponry in fighting COVID,” he said.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force will hold a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday afternoon.

The data for November 9, 2021 is as follows:

  • New hospital admissions (data lagged two days) increased – from 29 Monday to 35 Tuesday.
  • The seven-day moving average of hospital admissions (data lagged two days) rose – from 32 Monday to 35 Tuesday.
  • The seven-day moving average of hospital admissions rose – from 228 Monday to 230 Tuesday.
  • Inpatient confirmed COVID-positive hospital admissions increased – from 234 Monday to 241 Tuesday.
  • Inpatient suspected COVID positive hospital admissions rose – from 36 Monday to 42 Tuesday.
  • The number of confirmed COVID-positive patients in the ICU has fallen – from 66 Monday to 62 Tuesday.
  • The number of confirmed COVID-positive patients on ventilators has fallen – from 38 Monday to 41 Tuesday.
  • On Monday, 1 death from COVID was reported.
  • The seven-day moving average of COVID deaths remained the same on Tuesday 5.
  • In the system hospitals, 19 patients were discharged on Monday, bringing the cumulative number of discharged COVID-19 patients to 29,937.
  • Of the 223 COVID patients hospitalized in the three reporting Task Force hospital systems Tuesday — 62 have been fully vaccinated. That is 27% of the patient population.
  • There are 4 COVID positive children aged 0-11 in the Task Force hospitals.
  • There are 4 COVID positive children aged 12-18 in the Task Force hospitals.
  • There is 1 COVID-positive child aged 0-11 in the ICU.
  • There is 1 COVID-positive child aged 12-18 in the ICU.
  • The hospital capacity of the staffed beds on Tuesday is an average of 90% in our task force hospitals. The ICs are at 77% of their total manned bed capacity.

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