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The Jefferson County Health Department reported three new COVID-19-related deaths today (April 21), bringing the county’s total number deaths from the disease to 239 since the pandemic began.

The latest three deaths included two men in their 70s and a man in 80s.

One of those deaths was connected to a long-term care facility in Jefferson County.

In all, 88 of the county’s COVID-19-related deaths have been from long-term care facilities, the Health Department reported.

As of today, the county had a total of 22,952 COVID-19 cases since the first ones were reported in March 2020, the Health Department reported.

Of those cases, 1,343 were connected to long-term care facilities.

Orange status

For a sixth consecutive week, the county is in the orange level of the Health Department’s COVID-19 warning system.

The orange status is the second highest on the four-color system and indicates widespread but controlled transmission of the coronavirus.

Several factors are evaluated when determining the color level, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and White House Pandemic Task Force guidelines. However, the main indicator is the seven-day rolling average number of cases per day per 100,000 people.

The rolling average number of cases for the week of April 11 to April 17 was 13.90. That was down from the previous week, when the seven-day rolling average was 19.24 per day per 100,000 people in the county, which has a population of about 225,000.

If the county has 10 to 24 new COVID-19 cases per day per 100,000 people, it is in the orange level. If it has 25 or more cases per day per 100,000 people it would be in the red, or highest, level.

Health officials urge residents to continue taking steps to curb the spread of the virus, including avoiding crowds, wearing masks in public, practicing social distancing and frequent hand-washing, staying home when you are sick and getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccines

The Health Department has switched to the Missouri Vaccine Navigator system for COVID-19 vaccine registration. The system allows people to register for a vaccine and make their appointment to receive a vaccine on the same day from a list of available sites.

The Health Department’s vaccine clinics have been posted on the Navigator system and are open to all eligible Missourians.

People interested in receiving a vaccine through the Health Department must register with Navigator first and then schedule an appointment. To register online, go to covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator/. Or, call 877-435-8411.

Comtrea, which also offers health care services around the county, provides vaccine clinics, too. To make an appointment, go to comtrea.org/vaccine or call 636-232-2308.

Mercy also has created an online sign-up method to help distribute vaccines.

“With a steady supply of vaccine coming in, we’re ready for anyone 16 and up to choose their appointment times,” said Jon Lakamp, Mercy chief pharmacy officer.

To sign up with Mercy, go to mercy.net/MOVaccine.

“If you don’t see your preferred location, keep checking back,” Lakamp said. “Appointments will be posted according to vaccine availability and are for first doses only. You’ll schedule your second dose during your first appointment.”

For those without internet access, call 833-364-6777.

SSM Health has an online vaccine appointment site at ssmhealth.com/access/covid19-vaccine-scheduling.

Other hospital systems and pharmacies also are registering people for the vaccines. To find a local vaccine site, visit vaccinefinder.org.

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