Jefferson County is still at the CDC’s lowest level of community transfer, although COVID-19 cases are rising in the county.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – A child under the age of 10 died of COVID-19 in Jefferson County, It was reported by the National Board of Health this week.
The National Board of Health did not say whether it was a boy or a girl, and gave no further details about the death.
“We are deeply saddened by this news and our condolences go out to their family and friends,” Brianne Zwiener, the health department’s public communications officer, said in a press release. “As this is a pediatric death, out of respect and privacy for the family, no other information is provided.”
According to the Department of Health’s weekly update on respiratory diseases, Jefferson County is still at the CDC’s lowest level of community transmission, even though COVID-19 cases are rising in the county. The report said there were 335 new COVID-19 cases this week, an increase of 81% from last week and the highest in the county since February.
“An increasing number should be seen as a call for residents to increase their personal hygiene practices and update vaccinations / boosters if they are qualified as a proactive way to protect themselves and others around them,” Zwiener said in the release.
The update on respiratory diseases also includes influenza numbers for this year. A total of 1,284 cases of influenza have been reported this year, four of which resulted in deaths. At the same time, there have been 148 COVID-19 deaths in the county.
Earlier this week, St. The Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force saw an increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions, but executives said it was not a “cause of alarm.”
“Today we reported 120 people hospitalized,” said Task Force Incident Commander Dr. Alex Garza Monday, “which we have not seen in about two months.”
The increase is remarkable, but Dr. Garza said: “It’s still not the dramatic peaks we saw in the previous waves, but it’s still something I think we need to be aware of.”