Posts • October 13, 2021

New Mortality Report Reminds Us of the Toll COVID-19 Has Taken on Our Community

A devastating recent report from the St. Louis County Department of Health shows COVID-19 as the third leading cause of death in the county in 2020. 

As the delta variant continues to surge through our communities, it’s more important than ever that we understand what we’re up against. This virus is dangerous, and it’s still a threat to our community.

Black residents were 2.4 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than white residents, accounting for 54% of the total years of potential life lost due to the virus in St. Louis County. Additionally, among those who died from COVID-19, chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and hypertension were prevalent. Individuals with these conditions – illnesses that disproportionately impact Black residents – are all at greater risk of contracting severe disease, or dying, from the virus.

With all of the uncertainty surrounding this stage of the pandemic, one thing is for sure– vaccines save lives, they’re free, and they’re easy to access all over St. Louis County!

Vaccines are essential to keeping our workforce strong and our economy thriving. Business owners know that, and it’s why they’ve begun implementing vaccination mandates that will help keep us all safer.

Visiting our vaccine portal is the easiest way to find a safe, effective, free COVID-19 vaccine near you. Time off from work to get your shot, and to recover from any side effects, is guaranteed. 

Vaccines are available at many places across the county, including our weekly Library clinics! The St. Louis County library vaccine clinic schedule is as follows:

Florissant Valley Branch, 195 New Florissant Rd., Florissant, MO 63031

Every Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Lewis & Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136

Every Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Natural Bridge Branch, 7606 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63121

Every Thursday from 1:00 PM -7:00 PM

Rock Road Branch, 10267 St. Charles Rock Rd., St. Louis, MO 63074

Every Saturday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

In addition, our health clinics are open Monday through Friday to help get shots in arms. The clinics’ schedule is:

John C. Murphy Health Center, 6121 N Hanley Rd #2003, Berkeley, MO 63134

Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

South County Health Center, 4580 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63127

Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

North Central Community Health Center, 4000 Jennings Station Rd, St. Louis, MO 63121

Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

There’s no health insurance, payment, or proof of residency required. Drop in any time during the hours above to help make your community safer against COVID-19. If you need a free ride, you can call DPH at (314) 615 – 2660 to arrange pick up to get your shot.

The toll this pandemic has taken on our community is great. We have already lost too many lives to COVID-19 in St. Louis – let’s do our best to make sure no one else falls victim to this pandemic.

Visit our vaccine portal to learn more, and get your shot at the location nearest to you today!