New COVID variants in St. Louis County cause of concern for health director

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 / 9:18 AM CDT
Updated: April 7, 2021 / 9:18 am CDT

ST. LOUIS – As vaccination efforts increase in the area, St. Louis County’s Health Director says people still need to be careful as the UK and Southern California variants of COVID circulate the area.

Dr. Faisal Kahn, the St. Louis county health director, said roughly 25% of the people in the county are vaccinated, which means 75% are still at risk and at risk.

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Kahn also said during a morning briefing that the area has seen a slight increase in daily diagnosed COVID cases.

“We have also seen a decrease in COVID test numbers in the region. This is cause for concern as it suggests a feeling of complacency about the presence of COVID in our midst, ”said Kahn.

The UK and Southern California variants were found based on testing of the canal scale inspection by the University of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

According to Kahn, 70% of all new infections diagnosed in the USA are attributed to these variants. The strains are said to carry a more aggressive infection and are easier to spread between people.

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He asks everyone to continue to distance themselves socially, avoid unnecessary travel, avoid crowded places, and keep washing their hands.

St. Louis County residents are also eligible to attend the mass COVID vaccination events held by FEMA at the America’s Center. Register either on the Missouri State Vaccine Navigator website or by calling 877-435-8411.

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