The number of COVID-19 cases in St. Louis County is rising steadily, though mask mandates or other protective restrictions are “a long way off,” according to the county executive on the same page.
At a news conference Monday morning, Page said the number of cases in the county was up 30% last week compared to the week before. The county is now averaging 273 new COVID-19 cases per day.
“…Your risk of getting COVID-19 is higher than it was a week ago and substantially higher than it was a month ago,” says Page.
In light of this jump, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services changed the county’s risk level from low to medium on Friday, May 13.
A reporter asked Page if a mask mandate will be considered. In response, the county executive said the county is “a long way from restrictions.”
“We’re at a point now, like the rest of the country, where our conversation isn’t about mandates,” says Page. “It’s about how we can live with the virus, about vaccinations, about being considerate and getting tested, especially if you’re sick.”
Page later recommended that people at high risk or those who live with people at high risk wear masks in public spaces.
The county executive’s briefing comes on the same day the United States hit 1 million deaths from COVID-19. In St. Louis County, 3,341 people have died from COVID-19.
Despite the recent increase in cases, Page added that the increase in cases has not been matched by an increase in hospitalizations.
“This is not a cause for alarm,” says Page. “Rather it is a reminder that COVID is still with us and there are ways to help prevent getting it.”
So if you’re stubborn or live under a rock, here are some gentle suggestions on where to go to get a free shot if you haven’t gotten one yet.
St. Louis County is offering free COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots at its health clinics in Jennings (4000 Jennings Station Road; 314-615-9700) berkeley (6121 North Hanley Road; 314-615-0500) and sunset hills (4580 South Lindbergh Boulevard; 314-615-0400). No appointments necessary.
There are also plenty of local pharmacies that offer free shots. So you have no excuse. And even if you think so, it’s not (unless you’re listening to a qualified medical professional*).
*Qualified medical professionals do not include: radio personalities, politicians, offbeat YouTubers, your conservative uncle on Facebook, fringe doctors with revoked licenses, etc.