St. Louis, Missouri 2021-07-19 14:59:00 –
COVID-19 positive rates are rising in St. Louis County, and vaccination rates are centered around national numbers. County executive Dr. Sam Page hopes that new vaccination initiatives can turn things around, rather than new restrictions to control the virus.
“”[We are] We focused on vaccination of people, so we don’t have to go back to the limits, “Page said in a media briefing Monday morning. “Vaccines allow children to safely return to the classroom. Vaccines allow us to return to our office. And vaccines prevent us from being seriously ill with this virus. Make it possible. ”
The average daily number of COVID-19 cases in St. Louis County has almost doubled in the last two weeks, increasing 94% from 100 cases on July 4 to 194 cases on Sunday. New York Times COVID-19 dashboard.
Hospitals in the metro area have also been hit hard.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force announced six news COVID-19-related deaths on Monday. According to the announcement, COVID-19-positive admissions of confirmed inpatients increased from 247 on Sunday to 264 on Monday, and the 7-day moving average of those admitted to regional hospitals with COVID-19 remains 39.
For Missouri as a whole, this number is even more alarming. The state’s average daily case count doubled from 979 on July 4th to 1,981 on Sunday, an increase of 102%. Times‘Dashboard.
To combat these numbers, Page has announced two initiatives within the past week to increase immunization rates for county residents.
As part of St. Louis County’s annual New Semester Immunization Program, announced at a briefing on Monday, anyone over the age of 12 can be vaccinated with COVID-19 with their parents.
The COVID-19 vaccination rate for the younger age group is lower than that for the elderly group. 55% of people over the age of 12 in St. Louis County are fully vaccinated, while 79% of people over the age of 65 are fully vaccinated. Times‘Dashboard.
“Our kids are back in the classroom this month. We need to do everything we can to prepare them,” says Page. “That’s why we make the COVID-19 vaccine available in all three clinics.”
Shots are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm and September 17th at three clinics (6121 N. Hanley Road, 4000 Jennings Station Road and 580 S. Lindbergh Boulevard).
Another initiative, first announced last week, “Sleeves Up STL,” aims to distribute information that vaccines are safe, effective and free to the northern county community through hairdressers and hairdressers.
“We know that hairdressers and hairdressers are reliable places in many communities, not only for people to take care of their hair, but also for discussing current events and problems,” he said. Says. “And we believe that vaccines should be part of those conversations.”
Page says the St. Louis Public Health Service will begin recruiting 50 salons and hairdressers to participate in the initiative on Monday. Shopkeepers receive posters, leaflets and other materials to facilitate discussions. He says the Metropolitan St. Louis Urban League also offers businesses thousands of masks.
Currently, Page says the county is not immunizing people fast enough.
“We are not the place where we need to be vaccinated,” says Page. “We are not, we are not nearby, and we really need to work hard.”
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