ST. LOUIS — Concerns over the coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, are growing in the St. Louis area.
5 On Your Side is focusing on giving you facts and not spreading fear. We’ve gathered up the latest information you need to know about the virus, which we’ll continue to update as new information comes in.
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Cases in Missouri:
Missouri now has 23 deaths and more than 1,900 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of April 2. The number of cases continues to increase rapidly as the testing becomes more streamlined. The state has reported more than 100 new cases seven of the last eight days and surpassed 1,000 cases Monday.
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St. Louis County
Of the state's cases, 712 are in St. Louis County, according to the state's website Wednesday.
On Thursday, the county announced its sixth death, a man in his 70s. No other information was provided about him.
On Wednesday, the county announced its fifth COVID-19 death, a man in his 50s.
On Tuesday, the county announced its fourth death, a man in his 80s with chronic health conditions.
St. Louis County reported its third COVID-19 death late Monday night, a woman in her 50s with chronic medical conditions. The St. Louis County Department of Health said it was notified late Monday night of the death. While the agency did not publicly identify the woman, 5 On Your Side previously identified her as Juanita Graham, a former preschool teacher in the Webster Groves School District.
A woman in her 80s with chronic medical conditions was the second person to die from COVID-19 in the county.
The first death was Judy Wilson-Griffin.
While Judy Wilson-Griffin is the first person to die from the coronavirus in the St. Louis area, she will always be remembered as a beloved healthcare worker. Wilson-Griffin worked at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, SSM Health confirmed with 5 On Your Side Friday night.
She was in her 60s and tested positive on March 17.
In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 St. Louis County issued a stay-at-home order that started on March 23.
The City of St. Louis now has 239 cases, including its first death, as of April 1. The city has 28 test results pending and 272 people are being monitored.
The woman who died is 31-year-old Jazmond Dixon. On March 17, she went to an urgent care location, which sent her to the hospital for treatment. Two days later, she was on a ventilator. Three days after that, on March 22, she passed away, a family member told 5 On Your Side. They said she did not have any underlying health issues. Her case was not travel-related.
On March 31, all City of St. Louis buildings were closed to visitors.
St. Louis also has a stay-at-home order in place until April 22.
St. Charles County
St. Charles County has 129 cases as of Thursday, including six deaths. The county is monitoring 469 people.
Three of the six people who have died in the county were residents of the same senior facility.
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann released guidelines requiring non-essential businesses to close and for residents to stay at home as much as possible.
On Wednesday, the county's health department reported that three residents of a senior living facility tested positive for COVID-19. Two of the people were hospitalized and the third was in quarantine.
Jefferson County has 54 cases as of April 2, according to the county's health department, including one death.
The county executive and health director issued a stay-at-home order through April 23.
Franklin County announced it has 24 total cases in the County on March 31.
The Franklin County Health Department is expecting to see more cases as the virus spreads throughout the St. Louis area.
“We want to again remind the public that we can all do our part to limit the spread of illness by following public health guidance on social distancing, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and staying home while sick,” Brinker said.
On Tuesday, dine-in options in Franklin County were suspended until April 17.
Restaurants and bars will only be allowed to have carryout, curbside pick-up or delivery options.
The county also closed places of public accommodation such as golf courses, movie theaters and gyms.
The impact on other Missouri counties in the St. Louis area has been limited.
You can see a county-by-county breakdown with the interactive map below.
The map reports the higher number of confirmed cases for each local county as confirmed by the state or local health department. The numbers from county health department officials may not match the state count.
The age breakdowns for the cases listed on the state's website are as follows:
- Under 20 50
- 20-24 154
- 25-29 124
- 30-34 123
- 35-39 113
- 40-44 141
- 45-49 157
- 50-54 191
- 55-59 185
- 60-64 179
- 65-69 144
- 70-74 109
- 75-79 62
- 80+ 101
Cases in Illinois:
On April 3, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the state had 1,209 new cases and 53 additional deaths. This brings the total to 8,904 cases and 210 deaths in the state.
Patients have ranged in age from younger than 1 to 99 years old, the Illinois Department of Public Health said.
Most of the cases and deaths have been in the Chicago area.
IDPH said the number of COVID-19 cases being reported is rising quickly partly because testing is becoming easier, but also because the virus is spreading across communities.
On March 31, Gov. Pritzker extended the stay-at-home order for Illinois through the end of April. He also announced that students will stay home from school through the end of April.
On April 2, the state launched a new statewide initiative called “All in Illinois” to reinforce the state’s message during the coronavirus pandemic: stay home and stay safe.
As Illinois residents practice social distancing, the initiative is a way to “unite residents across the state and remind them we are all in this together.”
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The state has issued a disaster proclamation. Gov. Pritzker called the proclamation an "operational procedure" that opens up Illinois to receive more state and federal resources and tools in how it handles coronavirus cases. The proclamation also would allow Illinois to be eligible to receive federal reimbursement.
On March 25, Gov. Pritzker announced the state would delay its tax filing date to July 15, which is the same date the federal tax deadline was moved to. He also announced two new loan programs for small businesses.
He also announced a new initiative, Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, that will support nonprofits across the state. Gov. Pritzker said about $23 million has been raised for the fund so far. If you’d like to donate to the fund, click here.
On March 27, Gov. Pritzker announced more than 500 former medical professionals have submitted applications to come back to work to support the state’s coronavirus response.
In the Metro East, there are cases in the following counties:
- Bond: 3
- Clinton: 8
- Fayette: 2
- Jersey: 1
- Macoupin: 1
- Madison: 29
- Marion: 2
- Monroe: 4
- Montgomery: 2
- Randolph: 8
- St. Clair: 55
- Washington: 1
On April 2, St. Clair County announced its third COVID-19 death, a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions.
On March 27, St. Clair County announced the first COVID-19 death in the Metro East. A woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions died Friday afternoon, health officials announced. On March 29, officials announced a second person, a woman in her 30s, had died of COVID-19.
On March 25, St. Clair County announced an increase in testing and some new measures to keep residents healthy.
Details about the Metro East patients are limited.
Two people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Randolph County, marking the first reported cases in the county.
The cases were contact-related, the Randolph County Health Department said in a Sunday press release.
The two are under isolation as the department monitors their health and works to identify and notify anyone who has been in close contact with them.
Cases in the U.S.:
The U.S. had more than 236,000 cases on April 2, according to an interactive map provided by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering. That's the most of any country in the world.
The number of people who've died from the virus in America rose to 4,513 people as of April 2, according to the CDC.
On March 27, President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week. The package will support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic. As he signed the bill Friday, Trump declared it “will deliver urgently needed relief.” He thanked members of both parties for putting Americans “first.”
Pres. Trump previously signed an $8.3 billion measure to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. The legislation will pay for a multifaceted attack on a virus, known as COVID-19, that is spreading more widely every day, sending financial markets spiraling, disrupting travel and potentially threatening the U.S. economy's decade-long expansion.
You can see a state-by-state breakdown of funds by clicking here.
In recent days, however, Congress has struggled to advance major economic bills that would help rescue the economy. On Tuesday, however, the stock market had one of its best days ever as both sides said they were nearing a deal on a massive aid bill.
Cases around the world:
More than 896,000 people around the world have been sickened by the virus, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization, and more than 45,000 deaths have been reported as of April 2.
On March 26, the United States surpassed China as having the most confirmed cases, according to the interactive map shown below from Hopkins. The U.S. is followed by Italy, Spain, China and Germany. The map tracks the numbers in real-time.
The CDC has given Warning Level 3 travel notices for dozens of countries, including many in a blanket warning for Europe. A Level 3 warning means all nonessential travel to these areas should be avoided. Besides the countries listed below, the CDC is advising against cruise ship travel worldwide.
Frequently asked questions:
What is a coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the CDC, patients diagnosed with this coronavirus experience a mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Patients with severe complications from the virus often develop pneumonia in both lungs.
How does the virus spread?
The virus is spread person-to-person. According to the CDC, spread is happening mainly between people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) of each other via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets land on the noses and mouths of other people, who then inhale them.
The CDC says it may be possible for the virus to spread by touching a surface or object with the virus and then a person touching their mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main method of spread. As the virus was discovered just a few months ago, more research is required to learn more about the spread pattern of the virus.
How do I protect myself and others?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 or medication to directly treat COVID-19. Therefore, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. The CDC recommends maintaining personal preventative actions such as:
- Avoiding close contact with those who are sick
- Not touching your eyes, mouth or nose, especially with unwashed hands
- Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for last least 20 seconds
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue
There also is no need for members of the general public to wear surgical masks to guard against coronavirus. Individuals should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it.
Is there a cure for the virus?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. Once infected, there is not an antiviral treatment available for COVID-19. People should take care to avoid being exposed to the virus and seek medical care to relieve symptoms if infected with the virus.