FRIDAY UPDATES: Cole County reports 3.1% positivity rate

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The Cole County Health Department reported four new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday.

According to the dashboard update, there are 17,019 residential cases and 330 cases of residents of long-term care facilities. This represents 17,349 total cases in the county since March 2020.

The county has reported 199 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Cole County Health Department cases per day in March

Cole County ranks 31st in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the past week. There is no change in coronavirus cases when comparing last week to the previous week. The county reported a 3.1% test positivity rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Missouri Coronavirus Vaccine Dashboard reports that approximately 55.6% of the county has started their first dose of vaccine and 51.7% of the county’s population has been fully vaccinated.

The Jefferson City School District reported no new cases of coronavirus in any student or staff member on Wednesday.

The district reports two active cases in students and one in a staff member.

Missouri reports fewer than 100 COVID patients at state hospitals

The state of Missouri reported 480 new probable cases of coronavirus as of Friday.

The state health department is reporting a seven-day average of 161 coronavirus cases (1,125 confirmed cases from the previous reporting week). The daily average is for the last seven days and does not take into account the last three days.

The dashboard reported 200 new coronavirus cases through PCR testing and another 280 probable cases identified through antigen testing as of Thursday, according to the Department of Health and Senior Services coronavirus dashboard. Missouri. Missouri has now reported 1,130,991 confirmed pandemic cases and more than 278,261 probable cases.

The state added three deaths for 16,041 in total and no new probable deaths were added for 3,833.

Missouri’s new cases are down 14.4% over the past week, the state reports, as recent cases decline nationwide.

The positive test rate is 2.8% for the past week. A higher positivity rate suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with coronavirus in the community who have not yet been tested.

Source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Howard (7), Monroe (19), Cole (31) and Callaway (34) counties are all in Missouri’s top 40 counties in cases per capita over the past week, according to state statistics.

The state reports that 8.1% (no change for Friday) of vaccinated Missourians have developed COVID-19 infections. The state reports 281,061 breakthrough cases out of 3,469,324 fully vaccinated people. The state has reported 1,864 breakthrough deaths.

Experts continue to tout vaccination as the best tool to fight the wave of new cases.

The state reported Wednesday that 56.5% of Missouri residents are fully immunized.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are also trending down, with the state reporting 19% of total hospitalization capacity and 20% of critical care capacity remaining. Those numbers are 20% and 32% in central Missouri, respectively. The state reports 595 patient hospitalizations. There are currently 95 patients in Missouri ICUs. Hospital status for all of Missouri is three days behind schedule, last reported as of Wednesday.

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