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St. Louis County COVID-19 Update ~ May 5, 2021

posted May 5, 2021, 9:38 AM by City Clerk
May 5, 2021
St. Louis County COVID-19 Update

Wanted: Vaccination Partners

The Department of Public Health is forging partnerships with community organizations to put on targeted vaccination events in neighborhoods across the county. Churches, businesses, labor unions, community groups and other organizations are partnering with DPH to provide vaccinations for their members and followers. We’ve already put on several such vaccination events, and many more are planned.

By partnering with community organizations like these, we are leveraging the level of trust they have already earned – and we’re making it ever-more convenient for individuals to get vaccinated.

As announced by County Executive Dr. Sam Page this morning, DPH is inviting community organizations, houses of worship, businesses, non-profit agencies and other community-based entities to help put on vaccination events. DPH is looking for any group that can provide adequate space and can recruit individuals to get vaccinated. To apply or to learn more, please click here​ or visit https://stlcorona.com/covid19-vaccines/vaccination-partnerships/​. 

DPH seeks to serve more homebound residents

To date, DPH and its partners in County fire districts and departments have vaccinated about 550 homebound residents and their caretakers. Now, we are looking for more homebound individuals to serve.

We use the definition of “homebound” from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. We believe that there may be more than 1,000 individuals in our County who meet this definition. If you are limited to your home and want a vaccine, or know someone in that condition who does, please email us at
dphcovidvaccine@stlouisco.com or call 314-615-2660.

COVID-19 Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities Remain Low

While those living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities (LTCFs) remain among our most vulnerable residents, vaccination and other public health precautions have been effective in protecting these individuals from COVID-19. Newly released data shows that the infections in LTCFs have declined dramatically in recent months, although the virus has not been entirely eradicated.

In April 2021, 37 new infections were reported across the 144 LTCFs in Saint Louis County. This represents little change from the 31 cases reported in March, but a sharp overall decline from the peak in November 2020, when more than 1,100 cases were reported.

Unfortunately, people living in long-term care facilities are still at high risk of severe complications and death resulting from COVID-19, largely as a result of chronic health conditions among this group. Since March 2020, 1,159 LTCF resident deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported to DPH. Five of those deaths were reported in April 2021.

The Department of Public Health hopes to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 through vaccination and testing. Please visit stlcorona.com for further information.


County Executive Press Conference
 
This morning's press conference by County Executive Dr. Sam Page can be found here: https://stlcorona.com/covid19-vaccines/events/

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