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St. Louis hospitals see record COVID-19 hospitalizations for second day

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis area hospitals set another pandemic record. The latest numbers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force show more than 1,100 people are hospitalized for COVID.

The surge comes as the omicron variant spreads through the region. It is also putting strain on the medical community.

The hospitals also saw a record number of new patients overnight, reporting 213 new hospital admissions. That is on top of the 176 new patients reported yesterday.

The task force also reports 50 suspected COVID-positive patients, which added to the known COVID-positive cases puts 1,164 people in the hospital with the virus.

Dr. Alex Garza, commander of the St Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, would not speculate how high the numbers could rise but cautioned the region is in a critical stage of the pandemic.

The task force is made up locally of the SSM, BJC, Mercy, and St. Luke’s health care systems.

Earlier today, BJC Health Care announced starting tomorrow it will postpone elective surgeries until further notice. The hospital system says that the difficult decision was reached after the number of people in the hospital for COVID-19 went beyond anything they have encountered during the pandemic. 

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