St. Louis health care systems vaccinated a majority of those in Phase 1A

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ST. LOUIS- The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force touched on several topics during today’s briefing including the status of the COVID vaccination in Missouri.

Dr. Alex Garza, incident commander for the task force, says local health care systems are confident they have vaccinated a majority of those in Phase 1A. He says the hospitals feel like they can get through the rest of the population fairly quickly.

Dr. Garza says the state will signal when it is ok to move on to the next phase. Gov. Mike Parson tweeted earlier today that he’d make an announcement on that later this week.

Meanwhile, Dr. Garza says that while some of the overall hospitalization numbers are dropping, there are still too many people in area hospitals suffering from COVID.

The data shows that for only the second time in the last two months, the number of COVID positive and COVID suspected patients in the hospital have fallen below 800.

Area hospitals are also seeing the lowest number of patients on ventilators since before Thanksgiving.

There are also fewer people in the ICUs. Today’s data shows that number is the lowest its been in more than two months.

Matt Hartnett, the ICU nurse manager at St. Luke’s Hospital spoke during today’s briefing. He says his staff has been amazing during the pandemic and their skill sets have grown exponentially.

He says his staff has always gotten what it’s needed to do their jobs and that’s helped keep his staff in good spirits.

Here is a breakdown of the all the data:

– New hospital admissions (data lagged two days) increased from 96 yesterday to 113 today.

– The seven-day moving average of hospital admissions (data lagged two days) remained the same at *98 today.

– The seven-day moving average of hospitalizations decreased – from 767 yesterday to 757 today.

– Inpatient confirmed COVID positive hospitalizations decreased – from 760 yesterday to 732 today.

– Inpatient suspected COVID positive hospitalizations decreased – from 61 yesterday to 47 today.

– The number of confirmed COVID positive patients in the ICUs decreased – from 156 yesterday to 147 today.

– The number of confirmed COVID positive patients on ventilators decreased – from 93 yesterday to 89 today.

– The number of COVID deaths remained the same at 21 today.

– The seven-day moving average of COVID deaths remained the same at 18 today.

– Across the system hospitals, 130 COVID-19 patients were discharged to home yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of COVID-19 patients discharged to 15,990.

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