The Jefferson County Health Department reported 139 new COVID-19 cases since July 31, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 1,559 since March.
Of the 139 cases, an additional three cases were from the evening of July 31 after the report for that day was released. Another 18 cases were from Saturday (Aug. 1), 28 from Sunday (Aug. 2) and 90 today (Aug. 3), according to the Health Department.
Today’s 90 cases is the highest number of cases reported in a single day since the pandemic began.
During the week that began July 19, the county had 237 people test positive for the coronavirus and 1,768 test negative, which translates into an 11.8 percent positivity rate, the Health Department reported.
“Community spread of COVID-19 within Jefferson County is increasing at a very concerning rate,” Health Department Director Kelley Vollmar said. “It is imperative residents immediately begin implementing preventive actions such as wearing masks, socially distancing and avoiding mass gatherings in order to protect the public health of our families, friends and neighbors.”
Of the county’s total cases, 457 are open, or active, ones – the highest number of active cases since March, the Health Department reported.
Active cases are the number of positive cases excluding COVID-19 deaths and those patients who have been released from isolation.
The Health Department reported that the county has had 25 COVID-19-related deaths and 1,072 cases have been released from isolation, which means those patients had recovered enough to be released from case management, according to the Health Department reports.
Five other cases are under investigation.
Despite the steady rise in cases over the past few weeks, there have been no COVID-19 deaths reported in the county since July 16.
However, Health Department Director Kelley Vollmar has said that with the increase in cases, deaths are likely to increase as well.
Health officials urge residents to practice social distancing, wear masks and take other steps to limit the spread of the virus.
The Health Department also encourages residents to pay attention to the agency’s system that warns about the level of threat to the community from COVID-19 at any given time. The system uses a green, yellow or red guidance status to indicate the level of threat.
Currently the county is at the yellow guidance status, which means people should continue taking preventive steps to curb the spread of the virus.
The system also has a green level, which is less restrictive, and a red level, which would have more restrictions in place.
For more information about the system, go to jeffcohealth.org.
County coronavirus stats
Of the county’s total cases, 1,442 are lab-confirmed cases and 117 are probable cases, according to the Health Department.
As of July 31, there were 87 county residents who had been hospitalized due to the coronavirus, the Health Department reported. The Health Department reported this evening that it had not completed compiling hospitalization data by the time the report was released.
The Health Department also reported today that 30 of the county’s cases were transmitted through travel, 685 were from contact and 844 are unknown.
According to the Health Department, 581 of the county’s coronavirus cases have been men, 773 cases have been women and 205 are unknown.
The confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county include 42 people younger than nine, 102 people 10 to 19 years old, 289 people 20-29 years old, 234 people 30-39 years old, 239 people 40-49 years old, 239 people 50-59 years old, 178 people 60-69 years old, 108 people 70-79 years old, 108 people in their 80s or older and 20 unknown.
The Health Department also reported that cases in the county have been reported for the following ZIP codes: 304 cases and 166 recovered cases in 63010 (Arnold), 65 cases and 39 recovered cases in 63012 (Barnhart), 45 cases and 32 recovered cases in 63016 (Cedar Hill), 24 cases and 16 recovered cases in 63019 (Crystal City), 71 cases and 50 recovered cases in 63020 (De Soto), 17 cases and 10 recovered case in 63023 (Dittmer), 23 cases and 15 recovered cases in 63025 (Eureka), 154 cases and 107 recovered cases in 63026 (Fenton), 207 cases and 162 recovered cases in 63028 (Festus), one case and one recovered case in 63047 (Hematite), 15 cases and 11 recovered in 63048 (Herculaneum), 107 cases and 68 recovered cases in 63049 (High Ridge), 71 cases and 40 recovered cases in 63050 (Hillsboro), 81 cases and 59 recovered cases in 63051 (House Springs), 196 cases and 135 recovered cases in 63052 (Imperial), one case and one recovered cases in 63065 (Mapaville), seven cases and three recovered case in 63069 (Pacific) and 37 cases and 26 recovered cases in 63070 (Pevely). Another 133 cases do not have ZIP code information.
In addition, the Health Department reported today that it has monitored a total of 1,941 cases, and of those, 806 are still actively being monitored and another 1,135 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.
Long-term care facilities
Of the county’s total cases of the coronavirus, 309 have been at long-term care facilities, which includes residents and staff members who live inside Jefferson County.
Jefferson County has had at least eight COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, Vollmar said.
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 25 COVID-19 deaths, 18 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, 106 are active ones, and 185 have been released from isolation. Residents in long-term care facilities go through two quarantine periods before being released from isolation.
Also, according to the Health Department, 26 people from long-term care facilities have been hospitalized, as of Friday.
State, U.S. stats
As of today, Missouri had 52,887 positive cases of the coronavirus and 1,255 deaths related to the disease, according to the DHSS.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the U.S. had 4,649,102 cases, which includes 47,576 new cases, and a total of 154,471 coronavirus-related deaths, including 469 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.