COVID-19 Hospitalization

Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has spent the last eight months treating COVID-19 patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

But when she returns home to her small town of Spring Hill, Kansas, she's often stunned by what she sees, like on a recent stop for carryout.

The St. Louis region could see renewed government restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus if the number of new cases doesn’t go down within a week, St. Louis and St. Louis County leaders said Monday.

The number of people testing positive is increasing in the bistate area. The metro area has seen about 1,412 new positive cases per day over the last week. That's up 57.8% over last week, according to data gathered by the New York Times.

That puts the region at a dangerous crossroads, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page told reporters Monday.

Although recent data shows COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Missouri are at or near all-time highs, the state health department this week introduced new reporting strategies that will provide less current information about the virus to the public.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced that it would stop providing daily COVID-19 updates on social media and launched a website that only provides three-day-old COVID-19 case, death and testing data.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of new coronavirus admissions on Monday at hospitals in the St. Louis Region. Corrected data from the St. Louis Metropolitan Task Force puts the number at 66.

St. Louis hospitals admitted 66 patients with the coronavirus on Monday, the largest single-day number in more than four months.

New hospital admissions have only risen above the 60-person mark three times previously, and all those days were at the beginning of the pandemic.

Missouri this week saw a dramatic increase in the number of coronavirus cases, with nearly 800 people testing positive on Thursday.

The seven-day average of new cases in Missouri is nearly three times what it was a month ago. As of Thursday, about 600 new cases were diagnosed each day. 

However, during the same period, the seven-day average of daily deaths dropped by 32%.