National Guard administers COVID-19 tests in St. Charles

National Guardsmen Kyle Vanorsdel, left, Jackie Harr, center, and Wesley Givens change their gloves in between administering COVID-19 tests at Family Arena in St. Charles on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Photo by Cheyenne Boone, cboone@post-dispatch.com

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When it comes to STL's metropolitan area, at least on the western side of the river, St. Charles is the healthiest haven.

St. Charles has been ranked as the No. 2 healthiest county in Missouri, according to a 2021 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

There are 115 counties in Missouri, a number that includes the city of St. Louis.

The only county to earn a higher health rating was Platte County, which is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The rankings were based on a combination of factors, including health outcomes, such as death rates and birth weights; health factors (smoking and obesity); socio-economic factors (education, employment, poverty levels); environment (water and air quality, driving safety); and clinical care (quality of physical and mental health services).

Here are how the other counties in STL stacked up health-wise: St. Louis County (23), Warren (30), Franklin (40), Lincoln (48), Jefferson (51) and St. Louis city (110).

After Platte and St. Charles, the Nos. 3-5 healthiest counties were, respectively, Clay and Johnson counties near Kansas City, and then Christian County, south of Springfield.

The five counties finishing lower than St. Louis city, Nos. 111-115 were all located in or near the Missouri Bootheel: New Madrid, Dunklin, Ripley, Mississippi and, last, Pemiscot.

Joe Holleman • 314-340-8254

@stlsherpa on Twitter

jholleman@post-dispatch.com

This article originally ran on stltoday.com.

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