Uptick in COVID-19 cases in St. Louis concerns mayor
This is a heading that we haven’t used since early November. Mayor Lyda Krewson says: “Every boom worries us.”
ST. LOUIS – After weeks of plateau data points, St. Louis has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases.
The St. Louis Department of Health reported Monday that the 7-day moving average rose from 20 on March 25 to 28 on April 28. The positivity rate also increased from 4% to 5.1% over the same period.
“We’ve seen a real drop in the number of cases in the past two months, and it has hit a plateau in the past few weeks,” Mayor Lyda Krewson said during a COVID-19 briefing Monday afternoon. “Now we’re starting to see an upward trend. That worries us.”
The increase is despite advances in the introduction of vaccines and the increased convenience of returning to crowded rooms.
As Cardinals fans flock to the Busch Stadium, everyone is fighting for their attention and their money. But one place that doesn’t make as much profit as you’d like: the nearby Wheelhouse, a bar that’s 50% full.
“I’m definitely addicted to seeing every mayor’s briefing, the news and the goings-on,” said owner Stephen Savage.
Savage has spoken out loudly against restaurant restrictions, and recently testified in Jefferson City in favor of laws that would restrict the local government’s ability to impose health restrictions during a pandemic. When the county announced easing restrictions – but the city stuck – he was not surprised.
“I hate to say it, but ‘this is the new normal’ is that we are disappointed with the city and its response to helping small local businesses and businesses in general,” said Savage.
The city’s health director, Dr. Fredrick Echols says he doesn’t like reversing restrictions when the number of cases increases. An increase he suspects could be the result of trips over the spring break and Easter gatherings.
He is encouraged to see widespread availability of vaccines, but warns that vaccinated patients can still spread disease.
“We are determined to make sure that we keep the community at the forefront of everything we do. Part of that is that we communicate well with the community so that they understand why we are taking certain steps and in certain cases. ” why we don’t take certain steps, “said Echols.
As fans continue to roll past Wheelhouse, Savage says he knows his crowd will be back when they open at full capacity.