Dec 07, 2021 2:52 PM

St. Joseph records 3 more COVID-19 deaths as positivity rate spikes

Posted Dec 07, 2021 2:52 PM

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

St. Joseph health officials report three additional coronavirus-related deaths, more than 250 new cases, and a spike in the Buchanan County positivity rate.

The St. Joseph Health Department reports a woman in her 70’s as well as a man and a woman in their 60’s have died after contracting COVID-19. Buchanan County has recorded 228 deaths since the pandemic began. The health department, in its first official report since last Thursday, reports 253 new COVID-19 cases; 92 on Friday and 161 cumulatively from the weekend and Monday.

The Buchanan County positivity rate has jumped 4.73% to 14.55% in a week.

Mosaic Life Care reports it is treating 48 COVID-19 patients in its system with 39 being treated at the St. Joseph hospital and nine being treated in Maryville.