CLAYTON – St. Louis County on Monday saw an average of 273 new COVID-19 cases each day, a 30% increase from a week earlier, officials said.
The increase follows a steady increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, which has moved the county from a “low” risk category to a “medium” risk category, according to guidelines from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“There are times like today where we need to pause and give an update on the virus, especially when cases are steadily rising,” Page said. “This is not a cause for alarm, rather a reminder that COVID-19 is still very much among us and that there are ways to prevent it from being captured, spread and become very ill from it.”
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St. The Louis County Department of Public Health offers drive-thru COVID-19 testing and COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses at health centers in Berkeley, Jennings and Sunset Hills. No appointments are required.
Health authorities recommend people 50 years of age and older get another booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if they have not already received one.
The county also still recommends wearing a mask if someone is in the high-risk group or living with someone who is, Page said. It includes people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, the elderly, people with other health complications and children under the age of five are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.
St. Louis County has registered 3,341 deaths due to COVID-19. They are among an estimated 1 million Americans killed by COVID since the beginning of the pandemic in the beginning.
Page said it was a “cruel milestone.”
“It’s a great number,” he said. “So many families affected by the virus, so many families each year marking anniversaries, birthdays and holidays without a loved one who had been lost due to the pandemic.”