Saint-Louis region records record COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations | Politics

In the St. Louis area, the four major health systems – BJC HealthCare, SSM Health, Mercy and St. Luke’s – have reported a total of 964 patients with confirmed COVID-19. The previous record, of 962 patients, was seen on December 1, 2020.

On average over the past week, 159 people have been admitted to hospitals across the region each day with COVID-19, the highest level seen so far throughout the pandemic.

The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 doubled over the weekend. As of Thursday, the most recent pediatric data available, there were 26 children hospitalized with the virus locally. As of Monday, they were 54, according to the task force.

On Monday, a newly added site began offering PCR testing at the St. Charles Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway in St. Charles. It’s one of several state-sponsored sites slated to open in the coming days, in response to the recent overwhelming demand for testing.

AIM Laboratories, a Bridgeton-based company founded in 2009, offered self-administered PCR tests at the Family Arena. Between 1,500 and 1,600 people had signed up for testing on Monday, said Raza “Sonny” Naqvi, president and CEO of AIM Laboratories.

Demand for COVID-19 tests has grown rapidly over the past 10 days, Naqvi said, and the portion of tests giving positive results has jumped. A few months ago, less than 1% of COVID-19 tests performed in AIM laboratories came back positive. Last week, the rate hit 14%, Naqvi said.

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