ST. LOUIS — While the St. Louis Metropolitan Task Force usually focuses on COVID-19, on Friday it announced an initiative to combat another disease: the flu.
During the briefing, the task force incident commander Dr. Garza announced the launch of PSA campaign,"It's time to roll up your sleeves, St. Louis." The campaign encourages everyone to get their flu vaccine this year to limit the potential of having both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.
The PSAs features several notable people from the St.Louis area, including some members of the 5 On Your Side team. With the PSA campaign, the task force also announced the launch of the website VaccinateSTL.org.
The intent of the website is to help people find a location where they can get a flu vaccine near them as well as providing more information on the flu vaccine.
Watch the briefing and the PSA below:
The task force reported a decrease in new hospital admissions (data is lagged two days) and an increase in the 7-day moving average of admissions. The 7-day moving average of hospitalizations remained the same.
The number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs increased from Thursday, while the number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators remained the same.
Here is a full breakdown of the latest data:
- New hospital admissions (data lagged two days) decreased from 39* yesterday to 36 today.
- The seven-day moving average of hospital admissions (data lagged two days) increased – from 35 yesterday to 36 today.
- The seven-day moving average of hospitalizations decreased – from 268 yesterday to 267 today.
- Inpatient confirmed COVID positive hospitalizations increased – from 258 yesterday to 264 today.
- Inpatient suspected COVID positive hospitalizations increased - from 134 yesterday to 140 today.
- The number of confirmed COVID positive patients in the ICUs increased- from 69 yesterday to 73 today.
- The number of confirmed COVID positive patients on ventilators remained the same at 47 today.
- Across the system hospitals, 36 COVID-19 patients were discharged yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of COVID-19 patients discharged to 5,877.