coronavirus

The Jefferson County Health Department announced eight new positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the county today (April 1), bringing the county total to 47 cases.

Brianne Zwiener, communications specialist with the Health Department, said gender and age information on the new eight cases could not be provided. However, she said the county has 24 female cases, 22 male cases and one case that’s being determined.

In a social media post, the Health Department gave zip codes where some of the positive cases in the county are located – 63010 (Arnold), 63012 (Barnhart), 63016 (Cedar Hill), 62020 (De Soto), 63026 (Fenton), 63028 (Festus), 63049 (High Ridge), 63050 (Hillsboro), 63051 (House Springs), 63052 (Imperial), 63069 (Pacific) and 63070 (Pevely).

Kelley Vollmar, director of the Health Department, said everyone around the county needs to take precautions to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

“Community spread is present in our community, and, unfortunately, we will continue to see this virus spread and case counts increase,” she said. “It is important residents follow guidelines and regulations in place from government agencies across the nation, as well as in Jefferson County.”

“Our Public Health Preparedness team has begun contact investigations and notifications regarding these cases,” the Health Department reported. “Those identified as coming into contact with the positive cases will be notified individually.”

A firefighter with the Rock Community Fire Protection District has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, Chief Jeff Broombaugh said today (April 1). The firefighter is in his 30s and lives in Jefferson County.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crystal City posted on its Facebook page Tuesday (March 31) that a parishioner was diagnosed with the virus. The post said the parishioner was last at church on March 7 and the church has since been cleaned and disinfected.

The first three confirmed cases in Jefferson County were announced March 23, and there have been new cases everyday since then.

As of today, Missouri had 1,581 positive cases and 18 deaths from the coronavirus, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the U.S. had 186,101 positive cases and a total of 3,603 deaths as of today.

According to the World Health Organization and CDC numbers, the U.S. now leads the world in positive cases.

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, go to jeffcohealth.org/coronavirus-covid19.

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