The Jefferson County Health Department reported 47 new COVID-19 cases today (July 31), bringing the total number of cases in the county to 1,417 since March.
Of the county’s total cases, 404 are open, or active, ones – the highest number of active cases since the pandemic began, the Health Department reported.
Active cases are the number of positive cases excluding COVID-19 deaths and those patients who have been released from isolation.
The Health Department reported that the county has had 25 COVID-19-related deaths and 984 cases have been released from isolation, which means those patients had recovered enough to be released from case management, according to the Health Department reports.
Four other cases are under investigation, said Brianne Zwiener, communications specialist with the Health Department.
Despite the steady rise in cases over the past few weeks, there have been no COVID-19 deaths reported in the county since July 16.
However, Health Department Director Kelley Vollmar has said that with the increase in cases, deaths are likely to increase as well.
Health officials urge residents to practice social distancing, wear masks and take other steps to limit the spread of the virus.
The Health Department also encourages residents to pay attention to the agency’s system that warns about the level of threat to the community from COVID-19 at any given time. The system uses a green, yellow or red guidance status to indicate the level of threat.
Currently the county is at the yellow guidance status, which means people should continue taking preventive steps to curb the spread of the virus.
The system also has a green level, which is less restrictive, and a red level, which would have more restrictions in place.
For more information about the system, go to jeffcohealth.org.
County coronavirus stats
Of the county’s total cases, 1,309 are lab-confirmed cases and 108 are probable cases, according to the Health Department.
In addition, 87 county residents have been hospitalized due to the coronavirus, the Health Department reported.
The Health Department also reported today that 29 of the county’s cases were transmitted through travel, 657 were from contact and 731 are unknown.
According to the Health Department, 537 of the county’s coronavirus cases have been men, 720 cases have been women and 160 are unknown.
The confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county include 36 people younger than nine, 89 people 10 to 19 years old, 228 people 20-29 years old, 181 people 30-39 years old, 190 people 40-49 years old, 201 people 50-59 years old, 154 people 60-69 years old, 83 people 70-79 years old, 69 people in their 80s or older and 186 unknown.
The Health Department also reported that cases in the county have been reported for the following ZIP codes: 288 cases and 146 recovered cases in 63010 (Arnold), 62 cases and 34 recovered cases in 63012 (Barnhart), 45 cases and 32 recovered cases in 63016 (Cedar Hill), 22 cases and 15 recovered cases in 63019 (Crystal City), 65 cases and 47 recovered cases in 63020 (De Soto), 16 cases and 10 recovered case in 63023 (Dittmer), 22 cases and 15 recovered cases in 63025 (Eureka), 147 cases and 103 recovered cases in 63026 (Fenton), 202 cases and 156 recovered cases in 63028 (Festus), one case and one recovered case in 63047 (Hematite), 15 cases and 11 recovered in 63048 (Herculaneum), 98 cases and 62 recovered cases in 63049 (High Ridge), 66 cases and 38 recovered cases in 63050 (Hillsboro), 79 cases and 56 recovered cases in 63051 (House Springs), 187 cases and 123 recovered cases in 63052 (Imperial), one case and one recovered cases in 63065 (Mapaville), seven cases and two recovered case in 63069 (Pacific) and 33 cases and 26 recovered cases in 63070 (Pevely). Another 61 cases do not have ZIP code information.
In addition, the Health Department reported today that it has monitored a total of 1,826 cases, and of those, 755 are still actively being monitored and another 1,071 have been released from monitoring.
Zwiener said a person who is being actively monitored has been in contact with a positive case, but is not showing symptoms.
She said people who are actively monitored are quarantined to their homes and must take their temperature twice a day for 14 days.
Long-term care facilities
Of the county’s total cases of the coronavirus, 306 have been at long-term care facilities, which includes residents and staff members who live inside Jefferson County. One new case was reported at county long-term care facilities today.
Jefferson County has had at least eight COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, Vollmar said.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) defines an outbreak as one or more residents testing positive for the virus or one or more staff members who have worked within a facility in the 14 days before testing positive.
Of the county’s 25 COVID-19 deaths, 18 have been in long term-care facilities, the Health Department reported.
The Health Department also reported that of the total number of cases at long-term care facilities, 110 are active ones, and 178 have been released from isolation. Residents in long-term care facilities go through two quarantine periods before being released from isolation.
Also, according to the Health Department, 26 people from long-term care facilities have been hospitalized.
State, U.S. stats
As of today, Missouri had 50,323 positive cases of the coronavirus and 1,243 deaths related to the disease, according to the DHSS.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the U.S. had 4,405,932 cases, which includes 65,935 new cases, and a total of 150,283 coronavirus-related deaths, including 1,417 new deaths, as of July 31.
Anyone who shows coronavirus symptoms or who has questions should call the Missouri State Hotline at 877-435-8411 or the Mercy Clinical Support Line at 314-251-0500. For more information about COVID-19, visit jeffcohealth.org/coronavirus-covid19.