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.
Below is a breakdown of the cases of which we know.
Cases in Missouri:
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases Monday.
The department reported 10,945 cases and 605 deaths Monday, an increase of 156 cases and 11 deaths. The state also reported an increase of 2,772 tests in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests to 154,110..
The single-day case increases reported by DHSS over the last week were:
- 114 on Sunday
- 219 on Saturday
- 139 on Friday
- 175 on Thursday
- 136 on Wednesday
- 88 on Tuesday
As of Monday, the percent of tests coming back positive in Missouri — also known as the positivity rate — was 7.28%. That number has been trending down since peaking at 10% on April 19. That number can represent an increase in testing capacity, a decrease in the spread of the virus or both.
Cases in Illinois:
There have been 96,485 total confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4,234 deaths as of May 18, according to the Illinois Department of Health. A total of 561,649 tests have been performed.
May 5, Gov. Pritzker announced a five-phase, regional plan for reopening the state.