Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak tweeted today (Aug. 7) that 20 inmates at the county Jail in Hillsboro have tested positive for COVID-19.
He said the inmates “are isolated and nearly all asymptomatic.”
Marshak also said the first inmate tested positive on July 29 and then the rest of the inmates were tested, and 19 more tested positive.
He said none of the inmates has had a fever since July 31.
“We were prepared for this and our staff has done an excellent job with isolating and separating inmates,” Marshak said.
Marshak said today that as far as he knows none of the Sheriff's Office employees who work in the jail had caught the virus from the inmates who tested positive.
The Jefferson County Health Department reported 37 new COVID-19 cases today (August 7), including two at county long-term care facilities.
Today’s cases bring the total number of cases in the county to 1,716 since the pandemic began.
Of those cases, 489 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.
The county has had 28 COVID-19-related deaths, and 1,194 cases have been released from isolation, which means the patients recovered enough to be released from case management, according to the Health Department.
Five other cases are under investigation.
As of July 31, there were 87 county residents who had been hospitalized due to the coronavirus, the Health Department reported.
Health Department Director Kelley Vollmar said the department hasn’t reported new data on hospitalizations for the last few days because it is working to gather more detailed information from area hospitals, including current hospitalizations.
The county had 296 people test positive for the coronavirus and 2,192 test negative during the week that began July 26 (the most current data in that category), which translates into an 11.9 percent positivity rate, a slight increase over the week before, the Health Department reported.
Health officials urge residents to practice social distancing, wear masks, avoid large gatherings and take other preventive steps to limit the spread of the virus.
The Health Department also encourages residents to pay attention to the agency’s system that warns about the level of threat to the community from COVID-19 at any given time. The system uses a green, yellow or red guidance status to indicate the level of threat.
Currently the county is at the yellow guidance status, which means people should continue taking preventive steps to curb the spread of the virus.
The system also has a green level, which is less restrictive, and a red level, which would have more restrictions in place.
For more information about the system, go to jeffcohealth.org.
County coronavirus stats
Of the county’s total cases, 1,574 are lab-confirmed cases and 142 are probable cases, according to the Health Department.
The Health Department also reported today that 30 of the county’s cases were transmitted through travel, 760 were from contact and 926 are unknown.
According to the Health Department, 657 of the county’s coronavirus cases have been men, 858 cases have been women and 201 are unknown.
The confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county include 49 people younger than nine, 123 people 10 to 19 years old, 332 people 20-29 years old, 255 people 30-39 years old, 265 people 40-49 years old, 262 people 50-59 years old, 194 people 60-69 years old, 112 people 70-79 years old, 109 people in their 80s or older and 15 unknown.
The Health Department also reported that cases in the county have been reported for the following ZIP codes: 329 cases and 173 recovered cases in 63010 (Arnold), 73 cases and 48 recovered cases in 63012 (Barnhart), 49 cases and 35 recovered cases in 63016 (Cedar Hill), 26 cases and 19 recovered cases in 63019 (Crystal City), 80 cases and 54 recovered cases in 63020 (De Soto), 17 cases and 11 recovered case in 63023 (Dittmer), 25 cases and 15 recovered cases in 63025 (Eureka), 176 cases and 117 recovered cases in 63026 (Fenton), 216 cases and 176 recovered cases in 63028 (Festus), one case and one recovered case in 63047 (Hematite), 17 cases and 13 recovered in 63048 (Herculaneum), 118 cases and 73 recovered cases in 63049 (High Ridge), 82 cases and 49 recovered cases in 63050 (Hillsboro), 95 cases and 66 recovered cases in 63051 (House Springs), 222 cases and 159 recovered cases in 63052 (Imperial), one case and zero recovered in 63057 (Liguori), one case and one recovered cases in 63065 (Mapaville), seven cases and four recovered case in 63069 (Pacific) and 41 cases and 28 recovered cases in 63070 (Pevely). Another 140 cases do not have ZIP code information.
In addition, the Health Department reported today that it has monitored a total of 2,065 cases, and of those, 817 are still actively being monitored and another 1,248 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.
Long-term care facilities
Of the county’s total cases of the coronavirus, 335 have been at long-term care facilities, which includes residents and staff members who live inside Jefferson County.
Jefferson County has had at least 12 COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, the Health Department reported today.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) 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 county’s 28 COVID-19 deaths, 21 have been in long term-care facilities, the Health Department reported.
The Health Department also reported that of the total number of cases at long-term care facilities, 120 are active ones, and 194 have been released from isolation. Residents in long-term care facilities go through two quarantine periods before being released from isolation.
Also, according to the Health Department, 26 people from long-term care facilities had been hospitalized, as of July 31.
State, U.S. stats
As of today, Missouri had 57,379 positive cases of the coronavirus, including 996 new ones, and 1,301 deaths related to the disease, including 21 new ones, according to the DHSS.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the U.S. had 4,858,596 cases, which includes 56,105 new cases, and a total of 158,887 coronavirus-related deaths, including 1,257 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.