The Jefferson County Health Department announced seven new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the county this evening (April 2), bringing the total to 54 cases.
“Our Public Health Preparedness team has started contact investigations and notifications regarding these cases,” the Health Department reported. “Those identified as coming into contact with the positive case will be notified individually.”
Earlier in the day, the Health Department announced the county’s first death related to the coronavirus. The resident was a female in her 80s, who had been hospitalized, the Health Department reported.
“We are deeply saddened by this news,” Health Department Director Kelley Vollmar said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time.”
According to a Health Department social media post today, the county has 25 female cases, 23 male cases and six cases were being determined. The cases include one person 10 or younger, seven people in their 20s, eight people in their 30s, four people in their 40s, 13 people in their 50s, 11 people in their 60s, three people in their 70s, one person in his or her 80s and five cases to be determined.
In a social media post, the Health Department gave zip codes where the positive cases in the county are located – 63010 (Arnold), 63012 (Barnhart), 63016 (Cedar Hill), 63019 (Crystal City), 62020 (De Soto), 63026 (Fenton), 63028 (Festus), 63049 (High Ridge), 63050 (Hillsboro), 63051 (House Springs), 63052 (Imperial), 63069 (Pacific) and 63070 (Pevely).
Brianne Zwiener, communications specialist with the Health Department, said the number of cases in each zip code would not be provided.
Vollmar said everyone around the county needs to take precautions to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
“Community spread is present in our community, and, unfortunately, we will continue to see this virus spread and case counts increase,” she said. “It is important residents follow guidelines and regulations in place from government agencies across the nation, as well as in Jefferson County.”
The first three confirmed cases in Jefferson County were announced March 23, and there have been new cases everyday since then.
As of today, Missouri had 1,834 positive cases and 19 deaths from the coronavirus, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the U.S. had 213,144 positive cases and a total of 4,513 deaths as of today.
According to the World Health Organization and CDC numbers, the U.S. now leads the world in positive cases.
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, go to jeffcohealth.org/coronavirus-covid19.