St. Louis Area Breaks COVID Hospitalization Record (Again)

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Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the St. Louis area surpassed 1,000 today, quickly surpassing yesterday’s record number of cases.

The numbers reported today by the St. Louis Metropolitan Task Force represent a surprising upward trend in cases where the omicron variant crosses the St. Louis area. At the four St. Louis area hospitals, a total of 1,023 hospitalizations were reported – yesterday’s count was 964. Just over ten percent of patients are on ventilators. The region averages ten deaths a day, with the task force reporting twelve deaths.

More children have also been hospitalized with COVID-19 since yesterday’s report: the number rose to 61, but was at 54 yesterday. The day before yesterday, the last time the numbers were this high was December 1, 2020 with 962 patients in hospitals in the region.

Missouri Rep. Cori Bush called yesterday’s numbers heartbreaking in a Tweet.

“I will not stop pushing for more federal resources to save lives in St. Louis,” Bush wrote in the Tweet. “We cannot give up our work to end the pandemic. ”

Other figures included, the region has an average of 168 daily admissions and 160 patients were discharged from hospitals yesterday.

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