The Jefferson County Health Department announced four new COVID-19 cases over the past two days – one case on Friday (May 22) and three cases today (May 23).
That means the county has had a total of 337 cases.
Of those cases, 87 are open, or active, ones.
Active cases are the number of positive cases excluding COVID-19 deaths and those patients who have been released from isolation.
As of today, the county had 15 COVID-19-related deaths, and 235 people had been released from isolation, which means they had recovered enough to be released from case management, according to the Health Department.
The minimum criteria for patients diagnosed with the disease to be released from case management is that they “are seven days past the onset of their symptoms, they have improved symptoms and they are fever free for at least 72 hours,” Health Department Director Kelley Vollmar said.
The Health Department also reported that 45 county residents have been hospitalized due to the coronavirus.
Health officials urge residents to continue practicing social distancing, frequently washing hands with soap and water or 60 percent alcohol-based hand sanitizer, wearing a face covering in public, staying home when you are sick, and covering your cough and sneeze.
Long-term care facilities
Of the county’s 15 COVID-19 deaths, 11 of them have been in long-term care facilities. At least five of those deaths were residents at Festus Manor Care Center, where at least 62 residents and 25 staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Health Department reported a total of 126 total cases of the coronavirus in long-term care facilities, which includes residents and staff members who live inside Jefferson County.
Previously, the Health Department had reported 131 cases at long-term care facilities, but that number included staff members who do not live in Jefferson County.
Brianne Zwiener, communications specialist with the Health Department, said staff members from long-term care facilities who live outside Jefferson County no longer will be included in the count, so the number has been revised downward.
According to a dashboard the state has set up, Jefferson County has had two outbreaks in long-term care facilities.
Zwiener said on Wednesday night (May 20) she did not know where the other outbreak has occurred.
Out of the 126 cases in long-term care facilities, 73 cases are active and 42 have been released from isolation. Also, according to the Health Department, 15 people from long-term care facilities have been hospitalized.
Residents in long-term care facilities go through two quarantine periods before being released from isolation, the Health Department reported.
The Health Department announced Friday that the Department of Health and Senior Services will hold free, drive-thru testing in the county Monday through Wednesday, June 1-3, as part of a statewide effort to get a better count of people who have the virus.
Health officials hope to test at least 500 people during the three-day event in Jefferson County.
“Testing everyone, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not, helps us to identify the percentage of COVID-positive people in our community,” Vollmar said. “The more information and data we can gather about COVID in our communities, the more equipped we are to make decisions for the county moving forward.”
The testing will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 1 and June 2 at Faith Community Church, 4824 Scottsdale Road, in House Springs and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 3, at the Hillsboro Community Civic Center, 10349 Business 21.
For more information about the testing, go to jeffcohealth.org/blog/2020/5/22/covid-19-drive-through-testing-available-in-jefferson-county-june-1-3.
County coronavirus stats
The confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county include six people 10 or younger, 29 people in their 20s, 46 people in their 30s, 47 people in their 40s, 74 people in their 50s, 66 people in their 60s, 34 people in their 70s, 31 people in their 80s or older and four unknown cases.
The Health Department also reported that cases in the county have been reported for the following ZIP codes: 40 cases and 33 recovered cases in 63010 (Arnold), 12 cases and 12 recovered cases in 63012 (Barnhart), 22 cases and 11 recovered cases in 63016 (Cedar Hill), nine cases and seven recovered cases in 63019 (Crystal City), 23 cases and 20 recovered cases in 63020 (De Soto), two cases and one recovered case in 63023 (Dittmer), four cases and four recovered cases in 63025 (Eureka), 29 cases and 22 recovered cases in 63026 (Fenton), 104 cases and 32 recovered cases in 63028 (Festus), four cases and three recovered in 63048 (Herculaneum), 14 cases and 12 recovered cases in 63049 (High Ridge), 13 cases and 10 recovered cases in 63050 (Hillsboro), 17 cases and 15 recovered cases in 63051(House Springs), 27 cases and 24 recovered cases in 63052 (Imperial), one case and one recovered case in 63069 (Pacific) and nine cases and eight recovered cases in 63070 (Pevely). Information is not available for seven cases.
In addition, the Health Department reported today that it has monitored a total of 583 cases, and of those, 298 are still actively being monitored and another 285 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.
Zwiener said a person released from monitoring has completed the 14 days without a temperature or symptoms.
State, U.S. stats
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends everyone wear a face mask while in public, according to its website.
As of today, Missouri had 11,752 positive cases of the coronavirus and 676 deaths related to the disease, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The CDC reported the U.S. had 1,595,885 cases, which includes 24,268 new cases and a total of 96,002 coronavirus-related deaths, including 1,852 new 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.