ST. LOUIS ( -- Monday marks six months since the first COVID-19 case was announced in St. Louis County. Since then, more than 95,500 Missourians have been infected with coronavirus.

Life has undoubtedly changed for everybody in the past six months. Thousands of people ended up in hospitals and over 1,600 people lost their lives due to complications caused by the virus. Hospitals neared capacity and the entire health care system had to adapt to perhaps an inevitable outbreak. Half a million Missourians lost their jobs and thousands of people had less food on the table.

Monday marks six months since the first COVID-19 case was announced in St. Louis County. Since then, more than 94,000 Missourians have been infected with coronavirus.

Here's where we stand now: 


St. Louis County holds the most cases among the state's 114 counties and accounts for more than 20% of the state's total cases. The county passed 20,000 cases on Thursday and reached 20,735 cases on Monday.

Kansas City holds the second highest cases in the state at 9,808 cases and St. Louis City is third on the list with 6,308 cases.

Missouri's top 10 counties with COVID-19 cases as of Sept. 7

County Cases
St. Louis County 20,735
Kansas City 9,808
St. Louis City 6,342
St. Charles County 6,229
Jackson County 6,038
Greene County 3,999
Boone County 3,524
Jefferson County 3,109
Jasper County 1,785
Clay County 1,506

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People in their 20s and 30s hold the most cases among all age groups in the state, accounting for 37% of all cases.

Cases among people under 20 rose significantly in the past month. On August 6, the state had 6,404 cases for the 0-19 age group. On Sept. 7, the number was 12,560, an increase of 96%.

Missouri's reported COVID-19 cases and deaths for May, June, July and August

Month Cases Deaths Case/death rate
May 5,585 399 7.1%
June 8,404 173 2.1%
July 28,772 166 0.6%
August 34,588 304 0.8%

Missouri reached a milestone with testing at the end of last week with 1 million people PCR* tested across the state. Missouri's 7-day positivity rate reached 13.8% on Monday, the highest in months, and well above the national average of 5.3%.

With all people tested and all positive results, the state sits at an overall positivity rate of 9%.

As of Monday, the state has seen 95,517 COVID-19 cases since March.


Missouri reported the most deaths in May after the virus spread across long-term care facilities and claimed hundreds of elderly lives. More than 800 people above 80 have died since the outbreak.

The virus caused enough complications to kill a total of 1,503 people above 60 across the state, accounting for 88.5% of Missouri's total deaths. 

Missouri's COVID-19 cases and deaths by age as of Sept. 7

Age Cases Deaths
0-19 12,560 0
20-29 21,110 7
30-39 14,386 11
40-49 12,891 33
50-59 12,750 105
60-69 9,653 241
70-79 5,872 429
80+ 4,896 833

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, no one under the age of 20 has died from the virus. A total of seven people in their 20s and 11 people in their 30s have died since March.

Reported COVID-19-related deaths dropped in June and July by more than 50% in comparison to May but then went up again in August. However, the case/fatality rate remains lower than it was at the beginning of the outbreak. The rate in May was 7.14% and went down to 0.87% in August. 

As of the end of July, a total of 419 residents of long-term care facilities in St. Louis County died after being infected with the virus. The county hasn't released August's report. 

St. Louis County carries the most deaths in the state at 760, making 45% of the state's total deaths.

As of Monday, the state has seen 1,698 COVID-19-related deaths since March. 


COVID-19 hospital admissions reached a peak in April in the St. Louis region and went down for May and June but then numbers started rising again in July and August. Across Missouri, the highest number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in a single day was on Aug. 25 at 1,009 hospitalizations.  

Moving average of COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Sept. 6

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, 66.5% of the inpatient beds at SSM, BJC, Mercy, and St. Luke’s hospitals in the St. Louis region were filled as of Aug. 31.

A total of 5,426 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from these hospitals as of Monday.


Since the virus reached Missouri, more than 500,000 people filed for unemployment due to COVID-19. Several hundred businesses closed for good and others barely survived the temporary shutdowns.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson declared a state of emergency on March 13 and a statewide stay-at-home order went into effect on April 6.

Missourians filed the most unemployment claims a couple weeks after the first case was announced with a total of 104,230 claims for week ending March 28. 

Top 5 counties for COVID-19 unemployment claims as of Aug. 29

County Unemployment claims
St. Louis 102,072
Jackson 63,393
St. Charles 37,265
St. Louis City 36,890
Greene 28,767

As of Aug. 29, a total of 534,555 people filed for unemployment across the state. St. Louis County residents filed the most claims in Missouri at 102,072.

Food Insecurity

Feeding America estimates 54 million people across the nation could be food insecure as a result of the pandemic. Officials with the St. Louis Area Foodbank said they've distributed 40% more food since the beginning of the outbreak as people had less and less meals on their tables. This is especially crucial for areas like St. Louis City where 20% of residents live below the poverty line. 


* PCR testing is the primary test for COVID-19. It looks for the virus' genetic material in the respiratory tract for an active infection of SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19. A Serology test is an antibodies test and sees if there has been an infection in the past. 

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