ST. LOUIS COUNTY (August 4, 2020) - Cases of COVID-19 and deaths from the virus are sharply down in long-term care facilities in St. Louis County, a new report shows.
The report, issued by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, shows the number of new COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities fell from a high of 674 in May to 130 in July. Similarly, COVID-19 deaths in these facilities fell from 202 in May to 11 in July.
The reductions in cases and in deaths reflect an intense emphasis on protecting the segment of our population most vulnerable to the disease.
When the pandemic began, St. Louis County quickly put in place a High-Risk Task Force to work closely with our long-term care facilities. Those efforts got national attention when the Centers for Medicine and Medicaid Services cited the work in a publication the agency wrote on the pandemic in nursing homes. The state of Missouri has replicated such response efforts statewide as a result of our program.
“I am proud of St. Louis County’s Department of Public Health’s implementation of thoughtful, compassionate, and effective guidelines that are being recognized on a national level,” County Executive Sam Page said.
DPH works with facilities to ensure that aggressive mitigation measures are in place, assist in stocking personal protective equipment and cleaning and to make certain that testing is readily available. This vital work is done in coordination with the State Section for Long Term Care Regulations, who license these facilities, and the Saint Louis County High Risk Task Force. The existence of cases in facilities should not be interpreted as an indictment of the care residents receive — close quarters and the age/chronic health conditions of many residents have made long-term care facilities vulnerable to outbreaks.
In all, 1,798 residents of 81 LTCs have tested positive for COVID-19, and 416 of these residents have died, for a case-fatality rate of 23.1% among LTC residents as of July 27, the report shows. These cases account for 15.5% of St. Louis County’s COVID-19 cases and 64.4% of the County’s COVID-19 deaths.
The report, which is attached to this email, can also be found here at stlcorona.com.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline: (877) 435-8411. St. Louis County COVID-19 website: stlcorona.com. Please follow the St. Louis County Department of Public Health on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for daily updates. @StLouisCoDOH
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (August 3, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced Monday that the county is partnering with community health centers to increase COVID-19 testing in north St. Louis County.
St. Louis County has committed $4 million of its CARES Act grant to ensuring that testing reaches historically underserved communities.
“To increase accessibility to testing, we have been working to establish and enhance more partnerships, especially in areas where the virus has disproportionately impacted our residents,” said Dr. Page. One of those partners is the Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers.
“The BJK People's Health Centers has served the health care needs of the North County underserved community for more than 20 years, and in this unprecedented time of crisis and concern, this injection of County funding to support and broaden our COVID-19 mitigation and testing efforts in North County, as well as support our general partnership to attend to the health needs of our community, is a great step in the direction of good health and healing,” said Dwayne Butler, CEO of BJK People’s Health Centers.
People’s will receive $578,000 for testing through the remainder of the year. More community health center partnerships will be announced soon.
“A robust testing environment is critical to helping us understand the level of spread in our community to get proper treatment to those who need it,” said Dr. Page.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (August 2, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Monday, August 3, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
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For those unable to attend, the media briefing will be streamed on County Executive Page’s Facebook page.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (August 2, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced Sunday that the county will purchase thousands of mobile hotspots and tablets to ensure all students have the tools they need for virtual school this fall.
“This year – the year of COVID-19 – internet access is a basic school supply,” Dr. Page said. “But it’s a school supply that just isn’t accessible to thousands of our residents.”
In March, the St. Louis County Library conducted a survey of school districts and found that more than 10,000 households in St. Louis County do not have access to the internet or a device to access it. Partnering with the library and the school districts, St. Louis County will use $4 million from its CARES Act grant to provide:
“I am committed to doing what it takes to make sure that no child goes without the tools they need to be successful in virtual school this fall,” Dr. Page said. “If more hotspots or tablets are needed, we’ll invest what we have to in order to meet our goal.”
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (July 30, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
He will talk about business restrictions that go into effect on Friday and updates on testing.
Friday, July 31, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (July 30, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 3 p.m. today.
As COVID-19 infection rates continue to climb, Dr. Page will discuss schools and a formal recommendation from the Department of Public Health, as requested by superintendents.
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 3 p.m.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (July 28, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Dr. Page will be joined by leaders of Cool Down St. Louis to discuss utility assistance during this pandemic.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
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