coronavirus

Jefferson County now has 76 positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, after the Jefferson County Health Department reported seven new cases today (April 5).

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

The Health Department has a new online dashboard with detailed information about the illness. Brianne Zwiener, communications specialist with the Health Department, said the dashboard will be updated once a day, with information about case count, cases by ZIP code, cases by gender and age, the number of deaths, and the number of residents who have recovered patients.

Earlier today, the Health Department announced a second coronavirus-related death in the county. The resident was a male in his 40s who had been hospitalized, the Health Department reported.

According to the dashboard, the county has 39 male cases and 37 female cases. The cases include two people 10 or younger, seven people in their 20s, nine people in their 30s, 11 people in their 40s, 19 people in their 50s, 19 people in their 60s, five people in their 70s, three people in their 80s and one person in their 90s.

The ZIP codes where positive cases in the county have been located include 13 in 63010 (Arnold), six in 63012 (Barnhart), six in 63016 (Cedar Hill), five in 62020 (De Soto), three in 63025 (Eureka), six in 63026 (Fenton), nine in 63028 (Festus), two in 63048 (Herculaneum), five in 63049 (High Ridge), four in 63050 (Hillsboro), eight in 63051 (House Springs), six in 63052 (Imperial), one in 63069 (Pacific) and two in 63070 (Pevely).

In a Facebook post, Health Department Director Kelley Vollmar said the county has had one recovered case, which means the person “met at least the minimum CDC criteria to be released from case management.”

She said the “three minimum criteria are that they (patients diagnosed with the disease) are seven days past the onset of their symptoms, they have improved symptoms and they are fever free for at least 72 hours. This does not mean they are totally symptom free, only that their symptoms have improved.”

On April 2, the Health Department announced the county’s first death related to the coronavirus. The resident was a female in her 80s, who had been hospitalized, the Health Department reported.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends everyone wear a cloth face mask while in a public setting, according to its website.

On April 3, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued a statewide stay-at-home order that takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday (April 6).

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

As of today, Missouri had 2,367 positive cases and 34 deaths from the coronavirus, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The CDC reported that the U.S. had 304,826 positive cases and a total of 7,616 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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