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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page is responding after St. Louis County saw it’s largest single-day increase of reported coronavirus deaths.

In the entire St. Louis region there are at least 31 additional coronavirus deaths being reported with the majority of them from St. Louis County. Today’s briefing comes after St. Louis County reported 20 new deaths. Page said he doesn’t know how many days ago some of those deaths happened.

Page responded to a question about the spike in deaths talking about why it’s important not to relax the stay-at-home orders too soon. “Because as soon as we relax those and virus begins to spread in the community like we expect it to, then we want to make sure it moves at a pace we can manage because it will be two weeks or three weeks before we see the surge in the hospitals after we relax stay at home order, ” Page said.

Missouri now reports just over 7,300 cases with at least 332 deaths statewide. Illinois has surpassed 48,000 cases with more than 2,100 deaths. Illinois reported 144 additional deaths Tuesday that was the largest single-day increase in deaths so far for Illinois.

St. Louis county reports 1,067 COVID patients have now recovered in the county. Our additional counties confirm 532 others have recovered.