The St. Louis County Department of Public Health received 975 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine yesterday, delivered in 195 vials, currently being housed in cold storage at DPH. At this time, DPH has begun scheduling vaccinations of individuals who are in the 1a category of vaccine recipients as defined by the state. DPH will be providing a pre-registration opportunity for people in that category in the near future. DPH will be aggressive in distribution with the limited supply and asks for patience as the process continues.
Vaccines are not yet available to the general public. DPH will continue to follow state and federal guidance to determine who qualifies for vaccinations moving forward. Information will be posted on stlcorona.com as it develops.
St. Louis County Department of Public Health has initiated the transition to a new texting platform to communicate COVID-19 information to individuals. This new phone number is 855-788-7012, and will be the only one St. Louis County Department that will communicate to individuals from this phone number.
DPH sends general information texts about isolation and quarantine, as well as notice that a member of DPH will be calling them later that day. These messages may be sent from 855-788-7012 or from RAVE.
Individuals with COVID testing or vaccine appointments may also be contacted by DPH for their appointment from 646-859-1654.
The December COVID-19 Long Term Care Facilities Report has been released and is viewable online here. According to the report, as of Jan. 3, 4,747 residents of 119 LTCs have tested positive for COVID-19, and 761 of those residents have died, for a case-fatality rate of 16.0% among LTC residents. These cases account for 6.7% of St. Louis County’s COVID-19 cases and 54.7% of the County’s COVID-19 deaths. Among LTC residents, there were 818 newly diagnosed cases with diagnosis dates in December and 73 deaths due to COVID-19 with dates of death in December.