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Large vaccination clinics held in St. Louis and across MO as state reports 0 new COVID-19 deaths

Saturday’s vaccination clinic at Union Station in St. Louis targeted people aged 65 and older and people with qualifying health conditions

ST. LOUIS — About 1,800 people received the coronavirus vaccine Saturday on the third day in a row of large vaccination events in St. Louis.

Altogether, roughly 4,500 people were vaccinated at events in the city on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Several counties in the St. Louis area are planning large-scale vaccination clinics in the coming weeks, and city officials said they will likely hold more large events like the ones held last week as soon as more vaccine doses arrive.

Saturday’s vaccination clinic at Union Station in St. Louis targeted people aged 65 and older and people with qualifying health conditions. City officials said some vaccine doses were also given to city police officers, firefighters and corrections workers.

“The supply of what’s being made available is not keeping up with how many people are currently eligible to be vaccinated,” said Jacob Long, a spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson.

The state held nine mass vaccination clinics staffed by the Missouri National Guard Friday as part of an effort to innoculate roughly 18,000 people. State officials are working to speed up distribution of the vaccine across Missouri.

State officials said Sunday that 394,065 people in Missouri have received the first dose of a vaccine — or about 6.4% of the state's population. Of those, 117,592 have received a second dose.

The state's health department reported 458,819 COVID-19 cases and 6748 deaths as of Sunday, a single-day increase of 1,040 cases and no deaths.

The department also reported 4,156,792 PCR tests Sunday, a single-day increase of 13,317.

The seven-day positivity average for the state remained the same Sunday, 9.4%.

Credit: KSDK
Credit: KSDK
Credit: KSDK
Credit: KSDK

On Sunday, the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force reported 56 COVID-19 admissions, the lowest number of admissions since Nov. 2. As of Sunday, there were 490 confirmed COVID-19 patients in task force hospitals, the lowest since Nov. 5.

The following data are the combined figures from the four major health systems (BJC HealthCare, Mercy, SSM Health, St. Luke’s Hospital) that are part of the task force, for January 31.

  • New hospital admissions (data lagged two days) decreased - from 66 yesterday to 56 today.
  • The seven-day moving average of hospital admissions (data lagged two days) decreased – from 67 yesterday to 65 today.
  • The seven-day moving average of hospitalizations decreased - from 559 yesterday to 548 today.
  • Inpatient confirmed COVID positive hospitalizations decreased – from 503 yesterday to 490 today.
  • Inpatient suspected COVID positive hospitalizations increased – from 32 yesterday to 56 today.
  • The number of confirmed COVID positive patients in the ICUs decreased – from 110 yesterday to 103 today.
  • The number of confirmed COVID positive patients on ventilators decreased – from 81yesterday to 79 today.
  • The number of COVID deaths decreased – from 11 yesterday to 7 today.
  • The seven-day moving average of COVID deaths decreased – from 12 yesterday to 11 today.
  • Across the system hospitals, 68 COVID-19 patients were discharged to home yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of COVID-19 patients discharged to 17,774.
  • Today, staffed bed hospital capacity is at 76%, an average across our task force hospitals. The ICU’s are at 79% of their total staffed bed capacity.