Ten more people in the city of St. Louis have died from the coronavirus, and nine of them were black, continuing an alarming trend that is being seen in many places across the U.S.
The St. Louis Department of Health announced late Monday that a woman in her 50s was the only white resident among the latest victims. The black victims ranged in age from their 50s to their 80s.
Thirty-two of the 40 people in St. Louis who have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, were black. The city’s population is about evenly split between black people and white people.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. However, health conditions such as diabetes and asthma that are more common among black people can make them more vulnerable to more severe illness, such as pneumonia, caused by the virus. African Americans also are more likely to be uninsured, and they often report that medical professionals take their ailments less seriously.
The number of deaths statewide rose by 16 Tuesday to 215, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The number of cases rose by 156 to 5,963.
Jackson County will provide temporary emergency housing for homeless people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, the county’s Democratic executive, Frank White Jr., announced.
The agreement with the Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness provides housing at the Salvation Army Kansas City Three Trails Camp for up to 12 weeks. County lawmakers approved $450,000 for the program on Monday.
“This emergency housing will help us slow the spread of COVID-19, while also providing some of our most vulnerable population a safe place to recover,” White said in a statement.
Hospitalizations for the coronavirus are on the rise in the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that hospitalizations at the region’s major hospital systems were up 60 percent from the beginning of April, reaching 757 on Monday. That total includes 196 patients in intensive care units and 142 on ventilators.
Projections show peak hospitalizations in the St. Louis area will occur around Saturday, said Dr. Alex Garza, head of the St. Louis Regional Pandemic Task Force.