ST. LOUIS — The bi-state region saw declines in COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations on Monday.
Missouri reported 879 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, down from 2,137 the day before.
The state's seven-day average has declined from a peak of 4,723 on Nov. 20, and on Monday fell again to 1,653, according to a Post-Dispatch analysis.
The Department of Health and Senior Services reported 2,067 hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide, down from 2,158 the day before. The state also reported five more deaths due to the virus.
Illinois reported 2,944 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, down from 3,292 the day before. The seven-day average fell to 4,650, the lowest level since Oct. 27.
There were 2,962 hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide, down from 2,994 the day before, continuing the decline the state has seen since a peak of 6,175 on Nov. 20.
Illinois also reported 49 more deaths due to the virus.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force reported 67 new COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in the area, up from 65 on Sunday. The seven-day average was 77, the lowest number since early November.
The task force reported a total of 591 virus patients across area BJC HealthCare, Mercy, SSM Health and St. Luke's Hospital facilities — up from 569 the day before. Task force data lags two days.
NOTE: Missouri updated its data dashboard on Sept. 28 to delete duplicate cases. This resulted in a decrease of total cases which caused the daily count to reflect a negative number.
Note from St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force regarding the numbers for July 20: There was a delay in reporting some test results leading to the increase in reported hospital admissions.
Note from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: Note: Due to an abrupt change in data measures and the reporting platform issued by the White House on Monday, July 13, and effective Wednesday, July 15, Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) and the State of Missouri were unable to access hospitalization data during the transition. .
Note from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The discrepancy in the number of deaths on July 19, 2020, was due a duplicate record being discovered by the Missouri DHSS.