After several weeks of the number of reported new COVID-19 cases in the City of St. Louis plateauing, an increase has occurred over the past 14 days. As of this release, the 7-day rolling average of daily cases rose from 20 on 3/25/21 to 28 on 4/8/21. This increase raises concerns among public health officials as the percent positivity rate of cases also increased to 5.1% from 4.0% over the same time period.
The recent rise in COVID-19 cases is not unique to the City of St. Louis. According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued this past Friday, the United States was in its fourth week of an upward trend in COVID-19 cases.
“Locally the rise in cases we are experiencing could be the result of gathering during spring break and Easter observances,” says Dr. Fredrick Echols, acting director of health for the City of St. Louis. “A contributing factor to the national increase could also be the lifting of virus mitigation controls including social distancing and face covering requirements. as well as presence of the more contagious variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. We will continue to pay close attention to our reported cases over the next few days and weeks.”
The City of St. Louis Department of Health is encouraging St. Louisans to stay the course and reminding everyone that we have come to far to relax now. Properly wearing a face covering, physically distancing yourself from those not in your immediate household, and avoiding crowds are proven methods to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.
City of St. Louis residents who would like to get vaccinated can register at https://stlouisdph.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08qM4vOqB5dJniR or call 314- 657- 1499 if you do not have access to the internet. If you previously filled it out and have secured your vaccinations through another agency, you may remove yourself from the list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 314-657-1499.
Department of Health
Immunizations and Public Health