The Jefferson County Health Department has reported 114 new COVID-19 cases in the county, including five at long-term care facilities. That brings the total number of cases in the county to 3,519 cases since the first ones were reported in March.
The latest cases include 68 from Sept. 11, another 28 cases from Sept. 12, and 18 more through midnight Sunday (Sept. 13).
Of the total cases in the county, 840 are open, or active, ones, according to the Health Department.
Active cases are the number of positive cases excluding COVID-19 deaths and those patients who have been released from isolation.
The county has had a total to 52 deaths since the pandemic began, and 2,604 cases have been released from isolation, which means the patients recovered enough to be released from case management.
Another 23 cases are under investigation, the Health Department reported.
The county is currently at the red level on the Health Department’s COVID-19 warning system.
The red level, which is the highest on the four-color system, indicates widespread uncontrolled community transmission and calls for stricter guidelines to limit the spread of the virus, including a possible stay-at-home order.
As of today (Sept. 14), the Health Department Board of Trustees had not scheduled a special meeting to discuss any type of countywide order. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 24).
Health Department Director Kelley Vollmar urges residents to wear masks, as well as to practice social distancing, avoid crowds and take other preventive steps to limit the spread of the virus.
Any Missouri resident who wants a COVID-19 test may get one for free next week at Faith Community Church, 4824 Scottsdale Road, in House Springs.
The testing will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 22) and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 23).
Vollmar said she hopes to see more than 900 people tested at the event.
“The more testing we can do, the better picture we have of what’s going on within the community as far as community spread,” she said.
The Jefferson County testing event is just one of several being held around the state. The cost of the testing will be covered by CARES Act funding, the report said.
Anyone who would like to register for the event may visit health.mo.gov/communitytest or call the Missouri COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.
County COVID-19 stats
Of the total cases in the county, 3,228 are lab confirmed and 291 cases are probable, the Health Department reported.
A total of 3,429 county residents were tested for COVID-19 over the past week, and 371 were positive and 3,058 were negative. That translates to a 10.8 percent positivity rate, which is down from the previous week, according to the Health Department.
As of Sept. 5 (the most recent data available), 216 Jefferson County residents had been hospitalized for COVID-19 in a Mercy or BJC facility. Data from SSM is not available.
The Health Department reported today that 35 of the county’s total cases were contracted through travel, 1,282 were transmitted through contact with someone with the virus, and it’s unknown how 2,202 of the cases were contracted.
According to the Health Department, 1,559 of the county’s coronavirus cases have been men, 1,889 cases have been women and 71 are unknown.
The confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county include 125 people younger than nine, 334 people 10 to 19 years old, 617 people 20-29 years old, 496 people 30-39 years old, 549 people 40-49 years old, 539 people 50-59 years old, 383 people 60-69 years old, 261 people 70-79 years old, 212 people in their 80s or older and three unknown.
The Health Department also reported that cases in the county have been reported for the following ZIP codes: 619 cases and 314 recovered cases in 63010 (Arnold), 174 cases and 98 recovered cases in 63012 (Barnhart), 106 cases and 63 recovered cases in 63016 (Cedar Hill), 87 cases and 57 recovered cases in 63019 (Crystal City), 282 cases and 139 recovered cases in 63020 (De Soto), 39 cases and 23 recovered case in 63023 (Dittmer), 42 cases and 20 recovered cases in 63025 (Eureka), 300 cases and 201 recovered cases in 63026 (Fenton), 527 cases and 341 recovered cases in 63028 (Festus), one case and zero recovered in 63030 (Fletcher), one case and one recovered case in 63047 (Hematite), 65 cases and 27 recovered in 63048 (Herculaneum), 212 cases and 139 recovered cases in 63049 (High Ridge), 249 cases and 158 recovered cases in 63050 (Hillsboro), 184 cases and 114 recovered cases in 63051 (House Springs), 470 cases and 303 recovered cases in 63052 (Imperial), three cases and two recovered in 63057 (Liguori), one case and one recovered cases in 63065 (Mapaville), 14 cases and seven recovered case in 63069 (Pacific) and 98 cases and 61 recovered cases in 63070 (Pevely). Another 45 cases do not have ZIP code information.
The Health Department also reported today that it has monitored a total of 3,524 cases, and of those, 746 are still actively quarantined and another 2,778 have been released from quarantine.
Brianne Zwiener, Health Department communications specialist, 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 coronavirus cases, 531 have been at long-term care facilities, which includes residents and staff members who live inside Jefferson County.
The county has had at least 18 COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, the Health Department reported.
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 52 COVID-19 deaths, 40 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, 194 are active ones, and 297 have been released from isolation. Residents in long-term care facilities go through two quarantine periods before being released from isolation.
State, U.S. stats
Missouri had 102,747 positive cases of the coronavirus and 1,705 deaths related to the disease, according to the DHSS as of today.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the U.S. had 6,503,030 cases, and a total of 193,705 coronavirus-related deaths, as of today.
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.