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Virus cases in St. Louis region appear to moderate, for now

Virus cases in St. Louis region appear to moderate, for now

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ST. LOUIS — The number of coronavirus cases in the St. Louis region Saturday appeared to moderate.

Twelve people in the region died, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, which gathers data from the four major health systems in the area. That number was down from the 16 deaths recorded Friday.

The number of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in area hospitals dipped to 734, down 33 from Friday’s total of 767. The rolling seven-day average of area COVID hospitalizations, however, dipped by just three, from 796 on Friday to 793.

Area hospitals had 82% of their beds filled, and were at 86% capacity in their intensive care units.

St. Louis County registered 898 new cases of the virus, up from the 620 recorded the day before. No new deaths from the disease have been reported in the county for the last two days.

St. Louis County has had a total of 74,745 cases and 1,475 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Two people died of the disease in the city of St. Louis, bringing the total to 316, and 155 more people were confirmed to have the virus. The city total now stands at 18,194 cases.

St. Charles County added 244 new cases, for a total of 31,535, but no new deaths. Franklin County also saw no new deaths, but 110 new cases.

The Metro East region — Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties — added 596 new cases, for a total of 48,493. Three new deaths brought the tri-county area’s toll to 799.

Overall, 5,944 people have now died of the disease in Missouri, a one-day increase of 32. The number of new cases in the state rose 3,825 to 420,583.

In Illinois, 99 more people succumbed to the virus, bringing the state’s death toll to 17,494. New cases in Illinois rose by 6,717 to a total of 1,024,039.

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