ST. LOUIS – Dr. Alex Garza, the head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force said the weekend’s rise in COVID-19 cases was “alarming” during his coronavirus briefing Monday afternoon.
“We don’t want to go backwards, but we know we have to balance any overlading of our hospitals, preventing any excess deaths in our community, and as well as keeping our community and our economy open,” Garza said. “That’s a very delicate balance.”
Monday there were 38 hospital admissions, whereas Sunday there were 35. Garza said hospital admissions consistently in the 30s and reaching 40 is very concerning. The rolling seven day average of hospital admissions is up to 34.
Garza said hospitalizations are going up as well. He reported 260 people currently hospitalized, 58 confirmed COVID-19 positive patients in the ICU, and 31 people on ventilators.
The reproductive number in the metropolitan area is above one and Garza said that’s “concerning because that means active transmission is occurring.”