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Ferguson Emergency Operations Command (EOC) is following all recommended guidelines that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services Recommends (MHHS).
For more information on the CDC and MHHS guidelines for COVID-19 refer to:
Missouri Health and Human Services: https://health.mo.gov/
Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/
Updates from the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force will not hold a livestreamed press briefing today, Thursday, May 21, 2020 but is providing the following updated data points and Power Point slides for news media.
The next livestreamed briefing will take place, Tuesday, May 26, at 3:30 p.m. via online video streaming.
The following data are the combined figures from the four major health systems (BJC HealthCare, Mercy, SSM Health, St. Luke’s Hospital) that are part of the task force, for May 21.
- New hospital admissions (data lagged two days) decreased – from 31 yesterday to 20 today.
- The seven-day moving average of hospital admissions (data lagged two days) decreased - from 28 yesterday to 27 today.
- The seven-day moving average of hospitalizations decreased – from 465 yesterday to 459 today.
- Inpatient hospitalizations increased -- from 436 yesterday to 448 today.
- The number of patients in the ICUs decreased – from 103 yesterday to 94 today.
- The number of patients on ventilators increased – with 69 yesterday and 75 in use today.
- Across the system hospitals, 38 COVID-19 patients were discharged yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of COVID-19 patients discharged to 1,996.
About St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force
The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force includes the St. Louis metropolitan area’s largest health care systems, working together to coordinate capacity, staffing, supplies and other issues to prepare for a coming surge of patients with COVID-19. They are also coordinating with public health departments, elected leaders and state and federal agencies to provide the best possible care to patients in the weeks ahead.
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A Message from Mayor Knowles.....
Due to the fast evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to respond quickly to the changing landscape of this emergency, I have decided to declare a state of emergency in the city under the applicable provisions of the city Charter and of State law.
This is not a decision I have made lightly. During my tenure in office, our city has experienced several emergencies including two disastrous tornadoes and a prolonged period of civil unrest. During those events, the emergency declarations by the county and state were sufficient for our purposes. This situation has proven different.
This decision was made after consultation with staff and legal council, and the provisions of this order coincide with immediate needed action requested by city staff and legal council.
Under Chapter 10, Article III of the City ordinances, the Mayor “is empowered in the interest of the public safety and welfare and to preserve the peace and order of the city, to exercise any or all of the powers” listed under section 10-45 of the city code.
As part of this declaration I have ordered Chief Hampton to be appointed the Director of Civil Defense, and to establish an Emergency Operations Center to direct information flow to and from our citizens regarding the pandemic.
Attached is the declaration and the preliminary orders. More orders will likely follow as recommended by federal, state, and county authorities, as well as by Ferguson City staff, to insure the safety of our community and the successful operation of essential city functions.
As our leaders continue to work with medical professionals to chart the best path forward through this crisis, I ask all of our residents to respect the orders being passed down through our National incident command, and recognize these orders are for our protection.
This is a difficult time for our community and our nation. We are fighting a war against an invisible enemy that can only be beaten through the cooperation of all our citizens. Your participation in this effort is paramount, and is necessary for its success.
Ferguson residents and its businesses have proven extremely resilient over the past decade. As we have many times before, I am confident we will prevail.
May God bless you and your families, and may we all pray for the continued protection of our nation.