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India’s one-year curfew had a major impact on many people’s lives.

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India's one-year curfew had a major impact on many people's lives.
India's one-year curfew had a major impact on many people's lives.

India’s one-year curfew had a major impact on many people’s lives.

 

On the night of March 24, 2020, the government issued a sudden but straightforward order: India and its 1.4 billion citizens will be fully shut down due to the coronavirus in four hours.

The world’s second-most populated nation came to a halt as the clock struck midnight, isolating everyone in their homes.

Thousands of people lost their jobs in the days that followed, wreaking havoc on the economy. The already stressed health-care system was put under even more pressure. Inequalities in society surfaced, dragging millions more into poverty.

India’s 68-day curfew was one of the most stringent in the world, and it remained in effect in some form for months before being lifted. India has had 11.6 million cases and more than 160,000 deaths since the pandemic started.

The repercussions of the lockdown can still be seen a year later. Some people brushed it off and resumed their lives as normal. Many people, on the other hand, had their lives drastically altered.

THE PERFORMER

First, Neelesh Deepak had to watch his food run out. The actor then became unable to pay his rent in his New Delhi apartment. He returned to his parents’ home in Madhubani, a village in eastern Bihar, due to a lack of funds.

He tried to deal with his alienation from work, coworkers, and friends there. Things had deteriorated when he returned to the Indian capital in October. The majority of theaters were shut down, and those that attempted to reopen failed to re-enter the public eye. Shows were canceled indefinitely, and tens of thousands of coworkers were laid off.

Without a job during the pandemic, the 40-year-old started to feel anxious. Deepak started seeing a therapist after a friend committed suicide and was prescribed medicine. He started to accept the heartbreaking reality that he would have a difficult time making a living outside of the theatre.

This went on for months until he decided to work as a researcher for a charitable organization. His monthly income fell from $500 to $600 to a little more than $150. He can’t even afford to buy food.

He explained, “My family is barely alive.” “My fear of the lockdown hasn’t gone away.” I don’t believe it will ever leave me.”

WORKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

When Nirbhay Yadav, 50, and his 25-year-old son were unexpectedly laid off due to the lockdown, they became part of India’s largest exodus in modern history: 10 million people started fleeing the cities for the countryside.

Yadav and his son fled New Delhi for Banda, a village in central Uttar Pradesh, fearing starvation. In an exhausting and harrowing trip, they marched 600 kilometers (372 miles) in the scorching sun along highways.

When they arrived in Banda with blistered feet, the villagers refused to let them in for fear of contracting the virus. A 14-day quarantine was placed on the father and son.

Many of those who left the cities, however, did not survive, with some dying in car crashes and others succumbing to fatigue, dehydration, or hunger.

“I pray to God that such days never come again,” Yadav said.

The lockdown drained Yadav’s savings over the next few months, forcing him to postpone the weddings of his two daughters, which he had planned for years. He was heartbroken as a result of it.

Some food was delivered by local nonprofit organizations, but it quickly ran out. The state government promised to give every family of migrant workers the equivalent of $13.80 per month for six months, but Yadav never received it.

He returned to New Delhi after 11 months, where things were no better. He can no longer find jobs, except for a single day. He’s cutting back on his meals and sleeping under a highway overpass.

He said, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” “I believe I will never return to this city.”

THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL

Kavita Sherawat, who performed coronavirus tests on patients, wore masks and washed her hands often.

Despite this, the 30-year-old health-care worker, as well as her husband, parents, and in-laws, became contaminated. Her 4-year-old son was the only one who stayed away. But that’s because she’d avoided seeing him in person for several weeks.

She explained, “I couldn’t even feed my son during those months.” “It bothered me.”

She considered leaving her job because she felt she was neglecting her parental responsibilities. Yet she persisted, despite the fact that the rest of her family shied away from her.

During the lockdown, doctors and nurses were hailed as heroes, but people avoided her out of fear of infection. She tested thousands of sick and gasping patients in hospitals, unsure whether she was properly covered.

“Fear transforms you as a human. You begin to value your life more,” she explained. “Those early days continue to terrify me.”

THE MODEL OF TRANSGENDER TRANSGENDER TRANSGENDER TRANSGENDER TRANSGENDER

Tashi Singh described it as the most difficult decision she had ever taken. She chose the lockdown as the process.

She had known for years that she was “a woman stuck in a man’s body,” according to the 21-year-old.

She wanted to tell her parents that she was a woman, that she liked makeup, and that she had always wanted to be a model.

Singh, on the other hand, said she lacked the confidence to do so. Before the lockdown, that is.

They were unsupportive and aggressive when she told them. It wasn’t long before she was engulfed in a cycle of violence.

“I wanted to flee, but where would I have gone?” she wondered. “The whole country was shut down,” she explained.

New problems arose as a result of the violence at home. She was confined to her room for several days. Her hair was shaved by her father. She said that when she tried to flee, he tracked her down and beat her in front of her neighbors.

She managed to flee a few days later, but she struggled to find a place to live and earn a living. A trans model couldn’t find work. It was difficult to obtain sex hormone medications.

“The lockdown taught me how to live,” she said from her shared apartment with six other trans women. “However, I suppose it was a blessing in disguise.”

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Some small businesses won’t enforce new St. Louis County mask mandate

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FLORISSANT, Mo. – Some St. Louis County businesses—and their customers—are already pushing back against the county’s new mask mandate.

At Meyer’s Café and Lounge, our FOX 2 news crew spotted just two of more than 20 customers with masks during lunch hour. A member of the family that owns the restaurant says 90% of the customers don’t wear masks and they’re not going to make them.

For more than 40 years, Meyer’s Café has been making homemade meals and building a loyal customer base.

“I just love the food. I’ve been eating here and I’d rather spend money at a small business for food,” said customer Mary Wynne.

Like many small businesses, Meyer’s made some big changes in the last year and a half.

“Originally, when all this COVID started and they said, ‘Everybody wear a mask and keep everybody safe,’ okay, we did that,” said Diane Creach, who is a cook at the restaurant and member of the family that owns the café.

But this business is now pushing back against a new mask mandate now that more people are getting vaccinated.

“We’re getting our freedom taken away and that’s what’s not fair,” Creach said. “We’re grownups and if we decide to wear a mask, we’ll wear a mask. If we choose not, then we shouldn’t.”

Customer Will Meaney says he doesn’t’ mind and will roll with mask order.

“I have no problem with the mask mandate. A lot of people do,” he said. “I’m not a person for vaccinations but in this case, I got one because I have a lot of underlying conditions.”

Other customers say personal responsibility by individuals choosing to wear a mask should make a mandate unnecessary.

“I think this whole process of trying to get us to understand where we need to be as individuals. Like I said, I served my country for 10 years. I fought for freedom to have a choice,” said customer Gregory Ledguie.

Some of the folks we spoke with expressed frustration that mask policies differ from county to county.

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‘My knees buckled!’ – Missouri woman wins $3M in scratch-off game

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‘My knees buckled!’ – Missouri woman wins $3M in scratch-off game

RICHMOND, Mo. – A woman in western Missouri has claimed one of two remaining $3 million prizes in a scratchers game that launched earlier this year.

The woman, who declined to be identified, recently purchased a 300X scratchers ticket on her way home from work at the Hughes Self Service on Highway 10 in Ray County.

She scratched only part of the ticket and thought she won $100,00. She went up to the counter to have the ticket checked.

“The woman working scanned it and just told me I needed to go home and scratch the rest of it,” she said. “So, I took it home and scratched it the rest of the way off and my knees buckled!”

300X” is a $30 scratchers game that launched on Jan. 4, 2021. There are more than $60.6 million in unclaimed prizes, including one more top prize of $3 million and two $100,000 prizes. People have a 1 in 2.64 chance of winning a prize playing 300X.

“I was excited when I thought I had won $100,000! But this was a little more than that!” she said.

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Nazem Kadri hasn’t lost trust with Avalanche teammates. “Not one bit.”

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Nazem Kadri hasn’t lost trust with Avalanche teammates. “Not one bit.”

Avalanche center Nazem Kadri feels confident that he has not lost the support and trust from his teammates, despite his costly eight-game suspension during the Stanley Cup Playoffs in May.

Without him, the Avs finished 0-4 and were eliminated in the second round for the third consecutive season.

“Not one bit. Not one bit,” Kadri said Monday as Colorado concluded its five-day training camp. “They understand who I am as a person and what kind of character I have. I’d like to think I have everyone’s respect in that locker room and I’m sure they all say the same thing. They understand that I’m a competitive guy and I’m going to go out there and do what I got to do, and I’m going to play hard and I’m going to show up every night.”

Kadri was issued his sixth multiple-game NHL suspension, and first with the Avs, on May 21 — two days after delivering a dangerous and illegal check in Game 2 of a first-round series against St. Louis at Ball Arena. Kadri said his intent was to legally check Blues defenseman Justin Faulk, who was attempting to shoot in a scoring area. Kadri’s right shoulder caught Faulk in the head, and Faulk suffered a concussion.

“I tried to make a responsible defensive play,” Kadri said. “A lot of things could have gone wrong if he jumps by me and scores. So, obviously, it wasn’t my intent to injure at all. I’m trying to step up and prevent him from getting to the net. It happened so quickly and, thankfully, he’s all right and we’re just looking to move on.”

Kadri appealed the suspension in the hope it would be reduced, but it was denied by an independent arbitrator.

“Obviously, I strongly disagree, but what are you going to do?” Kadri said.

Kadri is beginning his third season with the Avs. In his first nine seasons in the league, all with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kadri was suspended five times: Three games for interference (November 2013), four for an illegal check to the head (March 2015), four for cross checking (April 2016), three for boarding (April 2018), and five for a cross check (April 2019).

“I’m kind of used to that situation by now,” Kadri said. “There’s some consequences that go with playing hard and playing feisty. Obviously, I’m a skilled player as well so I’m not just looking to go out there and just play a physical-style game. I enjoy scoring, I enjoy playing on the power play. All that stuff (criticism) is really white noise. I try not to concentrate on it so much and just worry about how I can help this team — and I know I can, for sure.”

Right winger Mikko Rantanen and coach Jared Bednar said the team fully supports Kadri.

“There’s no trust issues,” Rantanen said. “It (stinks) for him that he was out most of the playoffs but he’s a veteran guy and, for sure, he learned what he (did) and I really don’t need to tell him what to do because he’s a veteran guy and he’s gonna get over it for sure.”

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Man arrested on investigation of second-degree murder after death at Denver home for intellectually disabled

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A death in the East Colfax neighborhood prompts a homicide investigation

Police on Saturday arrested a 39-year-old man on investigation of second-degree murder after a man was found dead in a home for intellectually disabled individuals in southwest Denver.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday, police received a 911 call about an injured person in the 3200 block of South Utica Street, according to a Denver police probable cause statement.

Police learned from a witness, whose name is redacted in the statement, that the home belongs to Benjamin Garbooshian, who receives government funds to host individuals with intellectual development disabilities to stay there and receive care.

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Mike Shildt opens ‘Stretch Zone’ studio in Chesterfield

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Mike Shildt opens ‘Stretch Zone’ studio in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt, his wife Michelle, and brother-in-law Joe Morrisey are starting a business together in Chesterfield. They are opening a Stretch Zone franchise. The studios use a strapping system to isolate muscles for stretching.

“It is an amazing sports town, with the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis City SC, and the best fans. Introducing this concept that I believe in, to athletes and fans alike, is really exciting for us and a great way to give back to the community,” writes Mike Shildt.

There are now 136 Stretch Zone locations nationwide. The company expects to open the 200th location by 2022.

Mike Schildt’s Stretch Zone studio is located at 1656 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Learn more: StretchZone.com.

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Five Missouri schools have Confederate names, some want that to change

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ST. LOUIS– Missouri is home to five schools named after Confederate leaders and The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is calling on non-Southern states to rename schools honoring Confederates.

The SPLC’s Whose Heritage? report lists 195 actively running schools named after Confederate leaders. At least 80 of those schools were named after a county or town that honors a Confederate leader. A majority of the schools named after Confederate leaders are in the south

The report says non-Southern states with schools honoring Confederate leaders are:

  • Missouri (5 schools)
  • Minnesota (3)
  • California (2)
  • Washington (1)

The 5 Missouri schools include:

  • Breckenridge Elementary, Breckenridge, Mo
  • Breckenridge High, Breckenridge, Mo
  • McCulloch Elementary, Republic, Mo
  • Price Elementary, Republic, Mo
  • Jackson Park Elementary, University City, Mo

The report also revealed 92 schools honoring confederate leaders have closed or been renamed. Eighteen schools have committed to change their names but have not done so yet.

Georgia, Texas, and Alabama are the states with the most actively running schools.

The SPLC is pushing for all 195 schools honoring Confederates to change their names.

“Elevating the names of pro-slavery men in, on and around public school property is deeply offensive. The fact that some are located in states like California and Minnesota whose soldiers fought on behalf of the Union during the Civil War helps to sustain a culture of white supremacy,” said SPLC Chief of Staff Lecia Brook.

She also says this call to action is even more imperative when considering Black and other students of color attend these schools, potentially unaware of the true history behind the namesakes.

She says it begs the question: what lessons are these actions teaching our children about the Confederacy’s shameful role in American history.

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How Nuggets’ Jamal Murray’s competitive spirit still burns amid ACL rehab

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How Nuggets’ Jamal Murray’s competitive spirit still burns amid ACL rehab

For 159 days, Jamal Murray’s fire’s been burning.

Murray, who spoke with the media on Monday for the first time since tearing his left ACL on April 12, said his desire to be back is “on a different level right now.” He cited the days elapsed since his surgery as evidence of his determination.

There is no timeframe for his return, and there won’t be for months. His rehab and return is predicated, solely, on how Denver’s point guard feels. It was only five months ago that Murray couldn’t even lift his left leg off the bed.

“I’ve come a long way,” Murray said.

But he knows you can’t rush time. And reps. And recovery. For all the anguish he went through after his knee buckled late in the fourth quarter at Golden State, Murray was at peace with his situation. It wasn’t close to the emotional state he was in following the injury when as Nuggets coach Michael Malone revealed on the Nuggets Ink podcast, Murray asked his coach if the team would trade him.

“I want to feel good when I come back,” Murray said. “I don’t want to come back when I’m like 85%, whatever, no matter where the team’s at. I want to come back when it feels like I can play with the same amount of force that I normally play with.”

Murray spent the offseason rehabbing in Denver and in Phoenix. Recently, he went back to Canada for a month where he re-charged after an arduous summer. His trip, he said, included camping with his family and the occasional one-on-one game with his younger brother.

“They don’t want me doing certain things, and I go home, and I have my little brother that just wants to play one-on-one and stuff,”’ Murray said. “I gotta like balance that out, be safe about it.”

Though he can do certain things on the court, it’s the stamina, speed and strength that he knows isn’t there yet. Murray’s focus lately is on his agility – his stopping and starting, sideways pivots and everything else world-class athletes do in the NBA.

When he returned to Denver recently, he couldn’t stand watching the team – his team – run 5-on-5 scrimmages while he watched from the sidelines.

“I was just sick,” Murray said. “First day back, and I can’t even … I’m already upset.”

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Is it safe to trick-or-treat this Halloween? CDC weighs in

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Is it safe to trick-or-treat this Halloween? CDC weighs in

(WJW) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is weighing in on Halloween safety amid the continuing pandemic.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Face the Nation on Sunday that kids can trick-or-treat safely this year, adding, “If you’re able to be outdoors, absolutely.”

Walensky said the key is remaining outdoors and in small groups.

“I wouldn’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I think that we should be able to let our kids go trick-or-treating in small groups,” she said.

Last year, the CDC asked families to avoid trick-or-treating to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and many communities postponed or canceled their celebrations.

That means it is also safe to hand out candy with precautions.

The CDC defines exposure to COVID-19 as being within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more.

As long as people are keeping those interactions brief, handing out candy is okay, too.

Walensky also encouraged people to get vaccinated and to get boosters if they are eligible to do so.

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Schnucks changes hours because of ‘challenging labor market’

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Schnucks says that they are updating their store hours because of the “challenging labor market” and evolving shopping patterns. Starting on October 4, 2021 most stores will be open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.

There are exceptions to the new hours. Nine St. Louis area stores will remain open until 10:00 pm. They include Arsenal, Cross Keys, Dorsett, Hampton Village, Ladue Crossing, Lindell, Loughborough, Richmond Center, and South City. The deli, meat, and seafood departments will be open daily from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm.

Schnucks is hosting a company-wide career fair to help fill a variety of positions. Anyone hired through the event who remains employed by Schnucks until January 2, 2022, is eligible for a performance and retention bonus. The career fair is on October 7 from 1:00-500 pm at all 111 stores.

Schnucks is offering a performance and retention bonus to some employees. They will get a bonus up to $600 bonus in January based on hours worked. This is the fourth bonus Schnucks has given employees since spring 2020.

New holiday hours have been announced for all Schnucks stores. This year the grocery chain is also closing on the day after Christmas.

Here is a list of all 2021 holiday days and hours:

Thanksgiving:

  • November 24 – Close at 9:00 pm
  • November 25 – Closed
  • November 26 – Open at 9:00 am

Christmas:

  • December 24 – Close at 5:30 pm
  • December 25 – Closed
  • December 26 – Closed
  • December 27 – Open at 6:00 am

New Years:

  • December 31 – Close at 8:00 pm
  • January 1 – Open at 9:00 am

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Missouri records 760 new COVID-19 cases; 4th time below 1,000 cases in September

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Missouri records 760 new COVID-19 cases; 4th time below 1,000 cases in September

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – For the fourth time in a month, Missouri has recorded less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases. This comes as the state’s average number of cases drops to a 7-week low.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the state has recorded 672,849 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2—an increase of 760 positive cases (PCR testing only)—and 11,332 total deaths as of Monday, Sept. 27, no increase over yesterday. That’s a case fatality rate of 1.68%.

Please keep in mind that not all cases and deaths recorded occurred in the last 24 hours.

State health officials report 53.5% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 64.8% of all adults 18 years of age and older have initiated the process.

The state has administered 54,707 doses of vaccine in the last 7 days (this metric is subject to a delay, meaning the last three days are not factored in). The highest vaccination rates are among people over 65.

The city of Joplin, St. Louis, St. Charles, and Boone counties are the only jurisdictions in the state with at least 50% of its population fully vaccinated. Eighteen other jurisdictions in the state are at least 40% fully vaccinated: Atchison, Cole, Jackson, Franklin, Greene, Jefferson, Cass, Nodaway, Andrew, Cape Girardeau, Ste. Genevieve, Carroll, Callaway, Gasconade, and Christian counties, as well as St. Louis City, Kansas City, and Independence.

Vaccination is the safest way to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity for COVID-19 requires 80% to 90% of the population to have immunity, either by vaccination or recovery from the virus.

(Source: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services)

The Bureau of Vital Records at DHSS performs a weekly linkage between deaths to the state and death certificates to improve quality and ensure all decedents that died of COVID-19 are reflected in the systems. As a result, the state’s death toll will see a sharp increase from time to time. Again, that does not mean a large number of deaths happened in one day; instead, it is a single-day reported increase.

At the state level, DHSS is not tracking probable or pending COVID deaths. Those numbers are not added to the state’s death count until confirmed in the disease surveillance system either by the county or through analysis of death certificates.

The 7-day rolling average for cases in Missouri sits at 1,367; yesterday, it was 1,387. Exactly one month ago, the state rolling average was 1,810. 

The 10 days with the most reported cases occurred between Oct. 10, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021.

Approximately 49.4% of all reported cases are for individuals 39 years of age and younger. The state has further broken down the age groups into smaller units. The 18 to 24 age group has 83,277 recorded cases, while 25 to 29-year-olds have 57,527 cases.

People 80 years of age and older account for approximately 43.6% of all recorded deaths in the state.

Month / Year Missouri COVID cases*
(reported that month)
March 2020 1,327
April 2020 6,235
May 2020 5,585
June 2020 8,404
July 2020 28,772
August 2020 34,374
September 2020 41,416
October 2020 57,073
November 2020 116,576
December 2020 92,808
January 2021 66,249
February 2021 19,405
March 2021 11,150
April 2021 12,165
May 2021 9,913
June 2021 12,680
July 2021 42,780
August 2021 60,275
September 2021 41,822
(Source: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services)

Missouri has administered 686,639 PCR tests for COVID-19 over the entirety of the pandemic and as of Sept. 26, 16.9% of those tests have come back positive. People who have received multiple PCR tests are not counted twice, according to the state health department.

According to the state health department’s COVID-19 Dashboard, “A PCR test looks for the viral RNA in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive PCR test means that the person has an active COVID-19 infection.”

The Missouri COVID Dashboard no longer includes the deduplicated method of testing when compiling the 7-day moving average of positive tests. The state is now only using the non-deduplicated method, which is the CDC’s preferred method. That number is calculated using the number of tests taken over the period since many people take multiple tests. Under this way of tabulating things, Missouri has a 9.3% positivity rate as of Sept. 24. Health officials exclude the most recent three days to ensure data accuracy when calculating the moving average.

The 7-day positivity rate was 4.5% on June 1, 10.2% on July 1, and 15.0% on Aug. 1.

As of Sept. 24, Missouri is reporting 1,543 COVID hospitalizations and a rolling 7-day average of 1,732. The remaining inpatient hospital bed capacity sits at 17% statewide. The state’s public health care metrics lag behind by three days due to reporting delays, especially on weekends. Keep in mind that the state counts all beds available and not just beds that are staffed by medical personnel.

On July 6, the 7-day rolling average for hospitalizations eclipsed the 1,000-person milestone for the first time in four months, with 1,013 patients. The 7-day average for hospitalizations had previously been over 1,000 from Sept. 16, 2020, to March 5, 2021.

On Aug. 5, the average eclipsed 2,000 patients for the first time in more than seven months. It was previously over 2,000 from Nov. 9, 2020, to Jan. 27, 2021.

The 2021 low point on the hospitalization average in Missouri was 655 on May 29.

Across the state, 405 COVID patients are in ICU beds, leaving the state’s remaining intensive care capacity at 18%.

If you have additional questions about the coronavirus, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is available at 877-435-8411.

As of Sept. 27, the CDC identified 42,850,746 cases of COVID-19 and 686,639 deaths across all 50 states and 9 U.S.-affiliated districts, jurisdictions, and affiliated territories, for a national case-fatality rate of 1.6%.

How do COVID deaths compare to other illnesses, like the flu or even the H1N1 pandemics of 1918 and 2009? It’s a common question.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preliminary data on the 2018-2019 influenza season in the United States shows an estimated 35,520,883 cases and 34,157 deaths; that would mean a case-fatality rate of 0.09 percent. Case-fatality rates on previous seasons are as follows: 0.136 percent (2017-2018), 0.131 percent (2016-2017), 0.096 percent (2015-2016), and 0.17 percent (2014-2015).

The 1918 H1N1 epidemic, commonly referred to as the “Spanish Flu,” is estimated to have infected 29.4 million Americans and claimed 675,000 lives as a result; a case-fatality rate of 2.3 percent. The Spanish Flu claimed greater numbers of young people than typically expected from other influenzas.

Beginning in January 2009, another H1N1 virus—known as the “swine flu”—spread around the globe and was first detected in the US in April of that year. The CDC identified an estimated 60.8 million cases and 12,469 deaths; a 0.021 percent case-fatality rate.

For more information and updates regarding COVID mandates, data, and the vaccine, click here.

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