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The Jefferson County Health Department reported two new COVID-19-related deaths and a small increase in cases in its latest weekly update released today, May 25.

The latest deaths were a man in his 40s and a man in his 80s.

With the latest COVID-19 deaths, the county has seen a total of 548 residents who died because of the virus since the start of the pandemic, according to the Health Department.

During the week of May 15 to May 21, the county had 377 new COVID-19 cases, an 11.53 percent increase from the previous week when 335 cases were reported, according to the Health Department.

Despite that increase, the county still is in the green level on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) three-color COVID-19 warning system for the 11th consecutive week.

As of today, the county had seen a total of 54,549 coronavirus cases since the first ones were reported in March 2020, according to the Health Department.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, which reports data from the four major hospital systems in the area, reported that as of Tuesday, May 24, there were a total of 130 inpatient confirmed COVID-19 positive hospitalizations and 16 COVID-19-positive patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). In addition, a total of six COVID-19 positive patients were on ventilators as of May 24.

Flu

The latest flu season ended on May 21 with a total of 1,291 cases and four death.

The next flu season will start in late September or early October, according to the Health Department.

Vaccines

Health officials urge residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The agency also encourages those who have received two COVID-19 vaccines to get a booster.

In addition, the CDC recommends those who are immunocompromised or who are 50 or older to get a second booster shot.

Eligible people may get the second booster if it’s been at least four months since their first one.

The Health Department also recommends people who are exposed to COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested. Those who are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease are advised to have a plan for rapid testing if needed and to talk to their healthcare provider about whether they need to take other steps to limit the spread of the diseases, including frequent hand-washing, wearing masks and social distancing.

People may sign up for a vaccine appointment through the Health Department by going to the state vaccine Navigator website at covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator. Or they may call 877-435-8411. Or, to find another local vaccine site, visit vaccinefinder.org.