Some local Covid positivity rates are rising

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Over the past few weeks, mask mandates have been dropped and vaccination requirements have been lifted at St. Louis-area businesses, gyms and music venues.

Meanwhile, some places have seen an increase in COVID cases. Mike Jelinek is a physician assistant at Total Access Urgent Care.

“Over the past two weeks, unfortunately, we have started to see a slight increase in our Covid positive cases,” he said.

Jelinek said the positivity rate among their patients had increased from 3% to 6% in two weeks. The St. Louis County Public Health Department told News 4 that it saw an increase in its positivity rate from 3.9% to 5.4% during the same period. and health officials said the average daily number of new cases rose from 50 to 65.

A spokesperson for the St. Louis pandemic task force said the increases are likely the result of the ebb and flow in the number of cases that will fluctuate now that people are attending events and restrictions have been lifted. .

“Our fear is about the relaxed requirements for masks, we hope this trend does not continue to increase. But I think it is important for people to realize that we are still seeing positive cases, that people are still getting sick,” Jelinek said.

A St. Charles County Health Department spokesperson said their positivity rate has not changed. The hospitalization rate in the St. Louis area also remained relatively unchanged, but Missouri’s statewide rate has dropped significantly over the past two weeks.

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