End of pandemic in sight – Garza says area could be vaccinated by July

Missouri

ST. LOUIS – The head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force says the end of the pandemic is in sight. Dr. Alex Garza said Wednesday the region is making significant progress on getting people vaccinated and keeping the number of COVID cases low.

Dr. Garza also said data shows that 75% of the St. Louis area can be vaccinated by the end of July, as long as the rate of vaccinations doesn’t fluctuate too much. He said it will take a little longer for the entire Region C but it could be done by the end of August.

This comes as the local health care systems report only 23 hospital admissions in today’s data. That’s the lowest daily number since Sept. 21, 2020.

Garza stressed people still need to take precautions as work is underway to vaccinate more people.

More people will become eligible to receive the vaccine in Missouri on March 15. The focus must still be on those who are the most vulnerable to receive the shots. That includes people over 65 years of age and those with underlying conditions.

“We’re making some significant progress with vaccinations and hospitalizations but we’re still not finished with the pandemic,” Garza said. “The federal government is projecting you may have heard that there will be enough vaccine for every adult that wants one by May and we are looking forward to the day when will have supply that meets demand and that’s just a few months from now. So, you can say that the end of the pandemic is in sight but we still have a ways to go.”

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Popular

Latest News

More News