St. Louis coronavirus: Task force briefing, MO numbers delayed

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On Friday, the task force said hospitalizations in the St. Louis area were on the rise along with the rest of the state of Missouri, a trend they called concerning

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force is holding its Monday afternoon briefing as data in Missouri remains delayed.

You can watch the briefing on the task force’s Facebook page or in the video player below.

On Friday, Dr. Alex Garza, the incident commander of the task force said hospitalizations in the St. Louis area were increasing along with the rest of the state of Missouri.

“And today we’re reporting one of our highest numbers of admissions that we’ve seen really since around the middle of August. Now we know this isn’t a local problem. Today, the state of Missouri also announced another near-record number of hospitalizations across the state. So this is very concerning,” Dr. Garza said.

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The seven-day average of hospitalizations and new admissions both increased over the weekend.


The task force numbers from Monday are as follows:

  • New hospital admissions (data lagged two days) decreased from 40* yesterday to 27 today.
  • The seven-day moving average of hospital admissions (data lagged two days) increased – from 39 yesterday to 40 today.
  • The seven-day moving average of hospitalizations increased – from 266 yesterday to 272 today.
  • Inpatient confirmed COVID positive hospitalizations increased – from 278 yesterday to 285 today.
  • Inpatient suspected COVID positive hospitalizations decreased – from 115 yesterday to 86 today.
  • The number of confirmed COVID positive patients in the ICUs increased – from 70 yesterday to 72 today.
  • The number of confirmed COVID positive patients on ventilators decreased – from 41 yesterday to 38 today.
  • Across the system hospitals, 26 COVID-19 patients were discharged yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of COVID-19 patients discharged to 6,768.

*A delay in test results increased the number of admissions on Sunday from 38 to 40 but it did not affect the seven-day moving average. We apologize for any issues this may cause.


As of Monday at 3 p.m., the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ dashboard has not been updated since Saturday.

On Saturday, the department dashboard showed 5,066 new COVID-19 cases, which the department later said was due to a “data extract error”.

The department did not provide a reason on Saturday as to why the number of new cases was unusually high. The statement released Sunday said the error was initially raised Saturday morning, at which time the dashboard team began working to identify the problem.

RELATED: Missouri health department says record increase in cases was due to ‘error’

“A database extract error on Oct. 10 resulted in an incorrect inflation of the number of reported cases going back over several days, suggesting that 5,020 cases had been added in 24 hours,” a release from the department said Sunday.

The numbers reported Saturday still appear on the dashboard although it is unclear if they are accurate. The release said the issues were limited to cumulative reporting on the dashboard.

The department said “members have examined the system issue and are working urgently to resolve it.”

“When this issue was initially raised Saturday morning, the dashboard team began working through the data to identify the problem and are working through the weekend to correct the underlying issue,” said DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams in the press release. “Missourians should feel confident that we appreciate their feedback and continue to adapt our processes to ensure effective and accountable reporting to our citizens.”

The department’s full statement can be read on the department’s Facebook page.




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