County executive Sam Page said on Wednesday he hopes people will continue to wear masks while court proceedings continue, highlighting a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that vaccinated adults wear masks and similar mandates in communities across the country.
Vaccinations in the county rose to 1,700 doses per day as of July 27, from 1,100 per day in early July, Schmidt said. Still, at the current rate, the county will not reach 50% vaccinated by the end of October, Schmidt said.
Statewide, 48% of residents received at least one dose of the vaccine and 42% were fully immunized, according to the Department of Health and Seniors Services.
Missouri reported 4,488 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people killed by the virus to 9,777. The statewide weekly average of new COVID infections was of 2,267, the highest rate since January.
St. Louis task force hospitals on Wednesday reported a daily average of 431 hospitalized patients for COVID over the past week, up from 420 on Tuesday and more than ever since early February.
Pediatric cases are on the rise
In southwest Missouri, Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Katie Towns said 58 people died in July, the highest monthly total since January, and 27 people died in last week.