The Jefferson County Health Department announced three more COVID-19-related deaths and 27 new cases of the coronavirus this evening (June 2), bringing the county’s total number of deaths from the disease to 18 and the total number of cases to 390.
It was the second largest number of cases the county has seen in one day since the first cases were reported on March 23. The largest number of cases reported in a single day was 29 on April 19.
Of today’s 27 new cases, 22 of them are at long-term care facilities, and it looks like all three new deaths were at long-term care facilities.
The Health Department reported on Monday that the total number of deaths at long-term care facilities in the county was 11, and that number increased to 14 today.
The new deaths include two men in their 70s, who were both hospitalized, and one man in his 60s, who was not hospitalized, the Health Department reported.
“Our department is saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths in Jefferson County,” Health Department Director Kelley Vollmar said.
She said it is still crucial to take steps to limit the spread of the virus.
“As the summer approaches, we need to remember that COVID-19 is still present in our
communities,” Vollmar said. “COVID-19 has been a long road, but we need to remain diligent in preventative measures such as face coverings and social distancing.”
Brianne Zwiener, communications specialist with the Health Department, said she does not believe any of the new cases reported today were from the free, drive-thru testing that began in the county on Monday (June 1) and runs through Wednesday (June 3).
The testing is part of a statewide effort to get a better count of people who have the virus. Health officials hope to test at least 500 people during the three-day event in Jefferson County.
“Testing everyone, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not, helps us to identify the percentage of COVID-positive people in our community,” Vollmar said. “The more information and data we can gather about COVID in our communities, the more equipped we are to make decisions for the county moving forward.”
The last day of testing will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the Hillsboro Community Civic Center, 10349 Business 21.
For more information about the testing, go to jeffcohealth.org/blog/2020/5/22/covid-19-drive-through-testing-available-in-jefferson-county-june-1-3.
County coronavirus stats
Of the 390 cases in the county, 121 are open, or active, ones, 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.
According to the Health Department, 251 people have been released from isolation, which means they recovered enough to be released from case management.
The minimum criteria for patients diagnosed with the disease to be released from case management is that they “are seven days past the onset of their symptoms, they have improved symptoms and they are fever free for at least 72 hours,” Vollmar said.
The Health Department also reported that 48 county residents have been hospitalized due to the coronavirus.
According to the Health Department, 161 of the county’s coronavirus cases have been men, 224 cases women and five unknown cases.
The confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county include one person younger than nine, seven people 10 to 19 years old, 37 people 20-29 years old, 54 people 30-39 years old, 51 people 40-49 years old, 82 people 50-59 years old, 70 people 60-69 years old, 38 people 70-79 years old, 45 people in their 80s or older and five unknown cases.
The Health Department also reported that cases in the county have been reported for the following ZIP codes: 62 cases and 34 recovered cases in 63010 (Arnold), 15 cases and 12 recovered cases in 63012 (Barnhart), 26 cases and 11 recovered cases in 63016 (Cedar Hill), nine cases and seven recovered cases in 63019 (Crystal City), 23 cases and 21 recovered cases in 63020 (De Soto), six cases and one recovered case in 63023 (Dittmer), four cases and four recovered cases in 63025 (Eureka), 33 cases and 26 recovered cases in 63026 (Fenton), 108 cases and 37 recovered cases in 63028 (Festus), four cases and three recovered in 63048 (Herculaneum), 16 cases and 13 recovered cases in 63049 (High Ridge), 13 cases and 10 recovered cases in 63050 (Hillsboro), 20 cases and 18 recovered cases in 63051 (House Springs), 30 cases and 25 recovered cases in 63052 (Imperial), one case and one recovered case in 63069 (Pacific) and 11 cases and eight recovered cases in 63070 (Pevely). Information is not available for nine cases.
In addition, the Health Department reported today that it has monitored a total of 722 cases, and of those, 309 are still actively being monitored and another 413 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.
Zwiener said a person released from monitoring has completed the 14 days without a temperature or symptoms.
Long-term care facilities
At least five of the deaths at county long-term care facilities have been at Festus Manor Care Center, where at least 62 residents and 25 staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Health Department reported that 155 of the county’s COVID-19 cases have been at long-term care facilities, which includes residents and staff members who live inside Jefferson County.
According to a dashboard the state has set up, Jefferson County has had five outbreaks in long-term care facilities. In addition to Festus Manor, the outbreaks have been at Big River Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cedar Hill; Scenic View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Herculaneum; Fountainbleau Nursing Center south of Festus; and Woodland Manor Nursing Center in Arnold.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services 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 cases at long-term care facilities, 95 are active ones, and 46 have been released from isolation. Also, according to the Health Department, 18 people from long-term care facilities have been hospitalized.
Residents in long-term care facilities go through two quarantine periods before being released from isolation, the Health Department reported.
State, U.S. stats
As of today, Missouri had 13,575 positive cases of the coronavirus and 783 deaths related to the disease, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the U.S. had 1,802,470 cases, which includes 14,790 new cases and a total of 105,157 coronavirus-related deaths, including 761 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.