In the face of a sharp surge in COVID-19 cases in St. Charles County and elsewhere, County Executive Steve Ehlmann addressed the issue at the County Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 26.
In his report, Ehlmann noted the spike and pointed out that the last 14 days have seen the emergence of 1,743 new cases, compared with 1,228 new cases in the prior 14 days, which works out to a 42% increase. He pointed out that statistics show that 15 St. Charles County residents have died of COVID-19 in the last 30 days.
Ehlmann stated, “… we are back to where we were in August …” He noted that the county infection rate was growing faster than in St. Louis County. While he admitted the grim nature of the development and statistics, Ehlmann also pointed out that St. Charles County is not an anomaly in this situation, since a new COVID-19 surge has taken in much of Missouri, the south-central United States, Europe and India, and has recently spread to Africa. Ehlmann further noted that St. Charles County remains below the national average and the state average in the number of new cases.
He encouraged individuals continue to standards such as frequent handwashing, social distancing and mask-wearing.