St. Louis County coronavirus deaths nearly double this weekend

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The St. Louis County dashboard with the latest numbers released Sunday, April 5.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

Update: In numbers released Monday morning, the total number of cases stands at 985 and the deaths at 14. 

Two weeks after its first death from COVID-19, St. Louis County nearly doubled its number of coronavirus deaths this weekend. The county now has 862 total cases and 13 deaths, up from 781 cases Friday and 663 Thursday. On Friday, the county had recorded seven deaths, but six more patients died in the last two days.

Cases have increased so much this week that the county has developed a dashboard to track all the data related to the cases.

Originally, the county would send out a daily email noting new cases and then deaths. But as cases grew this week, the county stopped releasing daily breakdowns of age and gender. Instead, the county unveiled the new dashboard at STLCorona.com to keep track of the grim statistics related to the area’s COVID-19 outbreak.

In the last 24 hours, according to the dashboard, 62 new cases have been diagnosed in the county. The coronavirus hotline run by the county Department of Public Health — 314-615-2660 — received 235 calls in just one 24-hour period this week.

In just about two weeks since March 23, the county’s cases have spiked from 101 to nearing 900. The county’s first death happened two weeks ago Friday.

For the first time Friday, the county released data by ZIP code showing the geographic location of cases so far.

The sixth death in the county, which the health department learned about Thursday, is of a man in his 70s, and it is not yet known if he had any underlying medical conditions.

As of the latest numbers on the dashboard Thursday, cases diagnosed in St. Louis County have been mostly female, with 344 female cases and 309 male cases.

Ages of cases are: three who are 0-9, 17 who are ages 10 to 19, 97 who are in their 20s, 76 in their 30s, 104 in their 40s, 154 in their 50s, 122 in their 60s, 59 in their 70s and 30 who are 80 to 99.

Although the county stopped releasing descriptive data on all cases, it released this information about the deaths to the virus so far:

Three victims have been female and three have been male. The death toll includes women in their 50s, 60s and 80s, all with underlying medical conditions.

Among the men who have died, ages have been in the 50s, 70s and 80s. The man in his 80s had underlying medical conditions, but it is unknown at this time whether the men in their 50s and 70s have underlying medical conditions that would have made them more susceptible to the disease.

As cases and deaths grow, the county warned Thursday that it may not be able to provide individual notifications beyond the dashboard of each new death, as officials “continue to adapt to best handle this evolving pandemic.”