St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force believes surge is coming

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ST. LOUIS, MO. – In the last 24 hours, 73 people died from coronavirus in Illinois. The pandemic also taking its first lives in Madison and Monroe counties. There is a spike in cases in Washington, Missouri where they are 20 new cases at Grandview Healthcare.  Many of those sick in their 80’s and 90’s.

In Missouri, the total number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus stands at 3,037. There are 53 people who have died. Lincoln County reporting one of those deaths as a man in his 60’s.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force says pandemic is far from over here. “We believe a surge is coming based on our models.

The only way to slow it down or make it possible that our hospitals can handle the surge is to decrease the number of those infected,” said Dr. Garza.

Dr. Garza says hospitalization between Mercy, BJC, SSM, and St. Lukes hospitals went up from 545 to 586 in one day.  ICU patients, from 224 to 239 and patients on ventilators went up from 172-186.

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