St. Louis task force holds COVID-19 hospitalization briefing
The briefing comes a week after the task force’s last update, in which Dr Clay Dunagan said the region “was heading in the wrong direction”
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force will hold a briefing Tuesday afternoon to provide updates on COVID-19 cases in area hospitals.
The briefing should start at 3:30 p.m. You can watch the briefing in the video player above or on the working group’s Facebook page.
The briefing comes a week after the task force’s last update, in which Dr Clay Dunagan said the region was “going in the wrong direction” on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
As to the cause of the increase, Dr Dunagan said there are several different factors.
“[Waning immunity] maybe add to the wave we’re seeing, “said Dr Dunagan,” but for now I would say the dominant impact of the wave is probably crowding in and people forgoing masks and social distancing.
Dr Dunagan also spoke about the omicron variant last week. He said there are still many unknowns about the new variant, but he said there is reason to believe that the vaccinations will reduce the severity of the symptoms of the omicron variant.
“Although we do not yet know whether vaccines fully protect against omicron, there is a lot of evidence and good reason to believe that vaccines will protect against serious illnesses, especially those that have received booster doses,” Dr Dunagan said.
In addition to getting the vaccine, Dr Dunagan said the precautions used in previous stages of the pandemic are the best bet for limiting the spread of all variants of COVID-19.
The data for December 6, 2021 are as follows:
- New hospital admissions (data lagged by two days) increased – from 40 Monday to 57 Tuesday.
- The seven-day moving average of hospital admissions (data lagged by two days) increased – from 54 Monday to 57 Tuesday.
- The seven-day moving average of hospitalizations increased from 408 Monday to 424 Tuesday.
- Hospitalizations confirmed positive for COVID have increased – from 459 Monday to 479 Tuesday.
- Suspected COVID-positive hospitalizations have declined – from 30 Monday to 27 Tuesday.
- The number of patients confirmed positive for COVID in intensive care has increased – from 90 on Monday to 98 on Tuesday.
- The number of patients confirmed positive for COVID on ventilators has increased – from 56 Monday to 61 Tuesday.
- 3 COVID deaths were reported on Monday.
- The seven-day moving average of COVID deaths has declined – from 6 Monday to 5 Tuesday.
- Across hospitals in the system, 60 patients were discharged from the hospital on Monday, bringing the cumulative number of COVID-19 patients discharged to 31,093.
- Of the 454 COVID patients hospitalized in the working group’s three hospital systems reporting Tuesday, 103 are fully vaccinated. That’s 23% of the patient population.
- There are 6 COVID-positive children aged 0 to 11 in the task force hospitals.
- There are 6 COVID positive children between the ages of 12 and 18 in the task force hospitals.
- There are 0 HIV positive children aged 0 to 11 in intensive care.
- There is 1 COVID-positive child aged 12 to 18 in intensive care.
- Hospital capacity in staffed beds as of Tuesday is 91% on average across hospitals in our task force. Intensive care units are at 82% of their total bed capacity.