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The Jefferson County Health Department has reported three more COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number of county residents who have died from the virus to 320 since the pandemic began.

Those deaths include a man in his 60s, a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s.

During the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, the county had 512 new COVID-19 cases, which was down from the previous week when 603 cases were reported.

Of those 512 cases, 81.9 percent was among unvaccinated people, and 18.6 percent was breakthrough cases, meaning cases among those who had been vaccinated, according to the Health Department.

Sara Wilton Health Department epidemiologist said the weekly case count has decreased 11.72 percent from the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2 to the week of Oct. 3-Oct. 9.

“We reported 150 youth cases in week 40 (Oct 3-Oct. 9), accounting for 29.3 percent of all weekly cases,” she said.

As of today (Oct. 13), the county had seen a total of 31,828 coronavirus cases since the first ones were reported in March 2020, the report said.

Red status

For a 12th consecutive week, the county is in the red status on the Health Department’s COVID-19 warning system. Red is the highest level on the four-color system and indicates high transmission of the virus in the community.

The main indicator of the color status is the total number of cases in a seven-day period per 100,000 people.

The number of cases per 100,000 people for Oct. 3 to Oct. 9 was 227.56, which was down from the previous week when there were 268 new cases per 100,000 people, the Health Department reported.

A total of 11 percent of COVID-19 tests among Jefferson Countians during that week was positive, which was down from the prior week at 12.3 percent.

Vaccines

Health officials urge residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to take other steps to limit the spread of the virus, including wearing masks and social distancing.

As of today, 42.63 percent of Jefferson County residents was vaccinated, which was up slightly from the week before, when 42.49 percent was vaccinated, according to the Health Department.

Wilton said two age groups have passed the 70 percent vaccinated mark – those age 70 to 79, with 76.75 percent vaccinated, and those 80 and older, with 77.55 percent vaccinated.

“Our 60–69-year-old age group is close at 67.87 percent fully vaccinated,” she said.

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.