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St. Louis residents are hearing COVID-19, and RSV cases are rising.

As we ease into the winter season, the number of cases of COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are increasing. Last week, almost half (44%) of St. Louis adults have heard that RSV cases are increasing, and 1 in 5 (21%) heard COVID cases are rising in nursing homes. More older adults (50+ years old) than younger adults (47% vs 8%) and Blacks than Whites (37% vs 8%) are hearing about rising COVID cases.

The most recent COVID-19 variant (JN.1 Omicron) now accounts for 3 out of 5 (62%) COVID cases in the US. Most recent COVID tracking data showed 796 new COVID-19 hospitalization cases in Missouri in the week that ended December 30, 2023. This is a 4.3% increase from the prior week. Although the JN.1 variant is spreading fast, lab data indicates that the updated COVID vaccine, existing rapid tests and medical treatments are still effective with this variant. The World Health Organization also noted that this variant does not pose an additional risk to public health.

Community organizations in St. Louis can help address respiratory infections by spreading the messages below about COVID and RSV vaccination and other effective mitigation strategies, including rapid testing and COVID-19 treatment. Specifically, St. Louis County leaders are recommending face masks for group gatherings.

This week’s report is based on 161 responses from a panel of adult residents of St. Louis City and County surveyed from Saturday, January 6, to Monday, January 8, 2024. Explore these data and more at iHeardSTL.

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Cases of COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are rising. Make sure to stay up-to-date with vaccinations, test yourself and mask in indoor public spaces. Let’s keep each other safe and healthy! Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.

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