ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Here are the latest COVID-19 updates for the St. Louis area.
Missouri sets new case records
Missouri on Thursday reported a new record number of new COVID-19 cases in a single day. The state said 4,603 people tested positive in the last 24 hours as the positivity rate ticked up to 22.4 percent, also a record.
Antidepressant may prevent COVID-19 patients from developing serious symptoms
A study conducted by Washington University shows that a drug prescribed for depression and related conditions may prevent COVID-19 patients from developing serious symptoms.
According to the study, fluvoxamine, which is used for depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, prevented serious complications, and made the need for hospitalization and oxygen less likely in COVID-19 patients.
The study involved 152 COVID-19 patients recovering at home, 80 patients were given the drug and 72 were given the placebo over a two-week period.
Parson relaxes Missouri’s K-12 school quarantine guidance
Modifications to Missouri’s K-12 school reopening and operating guidance were announced Thursday morning.
Governor Mike Parson was joined by officials from the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education during a press conference Thursday morning to announce the modifications after large numbers of school students and staff members were quarantined in recent weeks across the state.
The new guidance stresses proper mask wearing may prevent people from being identified as close contacts in K-12 schools. According to the guidance, if two people wore masks and one tested positive for COVID-19 then the exposed individual will not need to quarantine as long as they do not show symptoms.
Anyone deemed a close contact should still quarantine for 14 days if the school does not require masks or if a mask was not worn by the person with the coronavirus or the person who was exposed.
Illinois officials urge residents to stay at home amid spike
The Illinois Department of Health is asking residents to only leave home for “essential activities” to help decease the COVID-19 positivity rate.
After the state’s seven-day positivity rate reached 13.6% from Nov. 4-Nov. 10, the health department released the guidelines in an effort to slow the spread.
The guidelines ask that residents work from home, participate in only essential activities and limit travel and gatherings for the next three weeks.
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New restrictions coming to St. Louis County
New COVID-19 restrictions in St. Louis County could be announced as soon as Thursday, a spokesman for County Executive Sam Page said.
The restrictions are being considered as the number of COVID-19 cases in the St. Louis area continues to rise and hospitalizations surge. Wednesday, the number of coronavirus patients admitted to St. Louis-area hospitals hit a new record. Illinois also set a single-day record for COVID-19 cases Wednesday.
A total shutdown is not likely to be on the table, a spokesman said, but the measures will entail restrictions on capacity.
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