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St. Louis area coronavirus deaths top 110, as cases in Illinois, Missouri increase

St. Louis area coronavirus deaths top 110, as cases in Illinois, Missouri increase

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Updated at 4:25 p.m. with new totals from Jefferson and St. Charles counties. 

ST. LOUIS — At least 115 people in the St. Louis region with the new coronavirus have died, as cases of the virus topped 4,600 in Missouri and 23,000 in Illinois since the beginning of the outbreak.

New deaths in the region reported Monday, include eight in St. Louis County, where now 50 people with the virus have died. 

In Missouri, there were 4,686 confirmed cases of the virus by Tuesday afternoon, including 133 deaths. The state's death toll from the virus is about 2.5 times higher than one week earlier. 

In Illinois, there were 1,222 new cases and 74 new deaths reported Monday, bringing the state's total up to 23,247 cases and 868 total deaths connected to the pandemic.

That is about about 2.2 times more COVID-19 deaths in the state compared with the week before. 

In both Missouri and Illinois, state counts have differed from totals provided by local health departments, often lagging behind. But the latest numbers released on the local level in the St. Louis metro area include:

St. Louis County: 1,811 cases, 50 deaths as of Monday. Deaths connected to the county include former Webster Groves preschool teacher Juanita Eason GrahamJudy Wilson-Griffin, a nurse at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, Lisa Steelman, a paraprofessional at Rose Acres Elementary School and Rev. Carl S. Smith, a North County minister and former St. Louis police officer.

St. Louis: 706 cases, 24 deaths as of Monday. Deaths connected to the city include Jazmond Dixon, 31, who was a biomedical services employee of the Red Cross in St. Louis and at least five nursing home residents at Life Care Center in St. Louis. The nursing home reported that at least 40 residents and 9 employees tested positive for the virus as of Friday. 

St. Charles County: 401 cases, 16 deaths as of Tuesday. Confirmed cases connected to the county include at least 60 residents and 12 staff at the Frontier Health & Rehabilitation nursing home. At least nine residents at the nursing home with the virus have died. There have also been at least 27 cases reported at the CenterPointe psychiatric hospital in the county.

Jefferson County: 139 cases, three deaths as of Tuesday. Six people at the Festus Manor Care Center nursing home have tested positive for the virus. Facility officials declined to say how many of those were staff or residents.

Franklin County: 87 cases, four deaths as of Tuesday. At least 34 of the positive cases are from the Grandview Healthcare Center nursing home in Washington. Three of the nursing homes' residents who were infected have died. 

St. Clair County: 201 cases, 11 deaths as of Tuesday. 

Madison County: 128 cases, two deaths as of Tuesday.

Monroe County: 47 cases, five deaths as of Tuesday. Four of the deaths, including two new deaths announced Tuesday, are associated with an outbreak at Garden Place Senior Living in Columbia where at least 17 residents and eight employees have been sickened by the virus. 

The the area’s major health care systems — SSM Health, BJC HealthCare, Mercy and St. Luke’s — reported Tuesday there were 702 hospitalizations from the virus over the past 24 hours, up from 607 on Sunday. Of those, 185 were in ICUs and 145 were on ventilators, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force.

Dr. Alex Garza, head of the task force, has said that an estimated 80,000 people in the region could catch the coronavirus by the end of April.

Nationally, by Monday afternoon more than 25,000 patients with the virus have died in the U.S., according to a New York Times database. Nearly 600,000 people across the country have tested positive for COVID-19.


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