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St. Louis city and county, Franklin County to start breaking down coronavirus cases by ZIP code

The change will allow for better tracking of what areas are being hit harder by the virus

ST. LOUIS — The City of St. Louis will start breaking down its COVID-19 cases by ZIP code.

The change will allow for better tracking of what areas are being hit harder by the virus.

St. Louis reported its first COVID-19 case, a Saint Louis University student, on March 16. On Tuesday evening, St. Louis reported 195 cases, which is a 45-case increase from Monday. 

"In order to truly know what we are up against with #COVID19 and how many people are infected, we need more testing," Krewson said in a tweet Tuesday.

The number of cases in Missouri is up to more than 1,600 as of Wednesday afternoon.

READ MORE: Missouri has more than 1,600 COVID-19 cases, St. Louis County passes 600

St. Louis County Director of Communications Doug Moore said Wednesday that the county would start providing ZIP code data this week. The county has 605 cases as of Wednesday, according to the state's health department. which is about 50 more than the county reported earlier in the afternoon.

Franklin County also announced Wednesday that it will begin releasing the number of cases by ZIP code. It has 18 cases as of Wednesday afternoon.

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