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The Jefferson County Health Department has reported 81 new COVID-19 since the agency's last report on Feb. 19, for a total of 21,486 cases in the county since the first ones were reported in March.

Of those cases, 29 were from Feb. 19, another 27 cases were from Feb. 20 and 25 cases were from Sunday (Feb. 21), the Health Department reported.

The Health Department also reported eight additional COVID-19-related deaths on Feb. 19, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the county to 204 since the start of the pandemic.

The eight additional deaths include a man in his 40s, a man in his 50s, two women in their 60s, a woman in her 70s, a man in his 80s, a man in his 90s and a woman in her 90s.

Deaths are normally reported on Wednesdays, but due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, the Department of Health and Senior Services gave another update on Feb. 18, the agency said in a written statement.

Of the county’s 204 COVID-19 deaths, 76 have been from long-term care facilities, and of the county’s total coronavirus cases, 1,335 have been at long-term care facilities, which includes residents and staff members who live in Jefferson County, the Health Department reported.

The county is currently in the orange status on the Health Department’s COVID-19 warning system, the second highest level on the four-color system.

The orange status indicates widespread but controlled transmission of the coronavirus.

Even though new COVID-19 cases have been on the decline, Health Department officials say it’s still important to continue taking steps to limit the spread of the virus, such as limiting nonessential travel, avoiding crowds, wearing masks, practicing social distancing and frequent hand-washing, and staying home when you are sick.

Vaccine

On February 20, the Health Department vaccinated 690 people at a large-scale vaccination clinic in Arnold. The Health Department has plans to vaccinate another 280 people Tuesday (Feb. 23), which is a rescheduled clinic because of inclement weather last week.

Comtrea, which offers health care services around the county, also has rescheduled vaccine clinics that had been set for last week but were postponed because of the inclement weather. Anyone who had one of the appointments will be contacted, said Nathanael Herbert, Comtrea marketing communications manager.

Both the Health Department and Comtrea give all vaccines by appointment only and will contact people who have registered for the vaccine and who are eligible to receive it under the state’s distribution plan to set up the appointments.

To register for a vaccine through the Health Department, go to https://hipaa.jotform.com/210384965090155. People without internet access may call the Health Department registration line at 636-789-8941.

To register with Comtrea, visit comtrea.org/vaccine-inquiry.

According to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, an estimated 6.9 percent of Jefferson County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and a total of 23,835 doses have been administered, including both first and second doses, to county residents.

Only those who are included in Phase 1A, Phase 1B Tier 1 and Phase 1B Tier 2 of the state’s vaccine distribution plan may receive the vaccines at this time. For more information about the state’s vaccine plan, go to covidvaccine.mo.gov.

Mercy also has created an online sign-up method to help distribute vaccines to those eligible under the state’s vaccination plan. To sign up with Mercy, go to mercy.net/MOVaccine.

Other hospital systems and pharmacies also are registering people for the vaccines.

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