The latest state profile report shows Missouri remains at the high level of COVID-19 transmission. The report shows that new cases are down 17% from last week with 109 cases per 100,000 people.
The report shows Missouri registered 12,982 new cases of COVID-19 for the week of October 22.
The report also says 123 residents died from the coronavirus, a 10% drop from the previous week.
More and more counties in central Missouri are moving to the substantial transmission level after being at the high level. The following counties are now in orange – Camden, Pettis, Morgan, Maries, Caldwell, Cole and Saline. All other counties in Mid-Missouri are considered high transmission.
More than 68% of Missouri residents aged 18 and older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and more than 59% are considered fully immunized.
According to the report, more than 99% of coronavirus cases are considered the Delta variant.
According to the report, 30 hospitals face staff shortages, which represents 25% of hospitals in the state. Seven hospitals are currently facing supply shortages, accounting for 6% of all hospitals.
Vaccination rates are down slightly, with 24,901 people aged 18 and over started vaccination last week, 12% lower than the last report. 1,656 people aged 12 to 17 started vaccines last week, 63% less than the last report.
Boone County reports lowest number of new active cases since early September
The Columbia / Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 as of Monday. This is the lowest number of new cases since September 4.
There are currently 276 active cases in the county, a decrease of one from Friday. This is the lowest number of active cases since July 2, when 271 cases were reported. The county has now reported a total number of 25,436 cases of COVID-19.
The county reported 24,991 cases released from isolation, an increase of 38 from Monday.
Boone County ranks seventh in the state with the highest number of coronavirus cases by total volume over the past week. Cases are up 10.5% compared to last week to the week before. The county has a 7.5% positive test rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Elderly Services (DHSS).
The health department’s hospital status is green with 41 COVID-19 patients in Boone County hospitals and 14 of them are residents of Boone County. Of these, 14 are in intensive care and seven are on a ventilator.
The Missouri Coronavirus Vaccine Dashboard reports that 104,272 residents have received their first dose in Boone County and 94,513 residents in Boone County have completed their doses of the vaccine.
Boone County has the third highest percentage of Missouri County residents who have received at least one dose of the vaccine with 57.8%. The largest county in the state is St. Louis County with 60%.
Boone County is third in the state with 52.4% of residents who have completed their doses of the coronavirus vaccine. St. Louis County is the first county in the state with 53.8% of residents completing immunization doses. The town of Joplin has 57% of the population fully vaccinated.
Cole County has the second highest first vaccination rate in Mid-Missouri at 50.8%. Callaway County is third at 46.2%.
The Colombian public schools reports active coronavirus and quarantine cases daily on their website.
The district reported a rate of 23.3 over 14 days per 10,000 for Monday.
The CPS reports that seven district facilities (five elementary schools, one college and one district-wide facility) currently have staff absent due to COVID-19. There are five staff in elementary schools, one staff member at the college level, and two staff members in a district-wide facility. The district has two staff members at an elementary school currently in quarantine due to COVID.
The district reports that 27 institutions in the district currently have students absent due to the coronavirus. There are 16 of the 21 primary schools, all middle schools, three high schools and one district-wide facility affected.
The district reports that 29 institutions in the district currently have students absent due to the coronavirus. There are 18 of the 21 elementary schools, all middle schools, three high schools and one district-wide facility affected.
There are 36 students who have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of eight from Monday. The district reports that 20 elementary school students, seven middle school students and nine high school students have tested positive for the coronavirus.
There are 190 students, who are required to self-quarantine due to the coronavirus, an increase of 17 students from Monday. The district reports that 128 elementary students are currently in quarantine, 40 students in middle school, 20 students in high school and two at other schools in the district.
Cole County Reports 14 New Cases of Coronavirus
The Cole County Department of Health reported 14 new cases of coronavirus as of Monday.
According to the dashboard update, there are 11,139 residential cases and 286 long-term care facility cases. This represents 11,425 total cases in the county.
Cole County has reported 163 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Cole County ranks 31st in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the past week. Cases are up 23.1% from last week compared to the previous week. The county has an 8.1% positivity testing rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Elderly Services.
The Missouri Coronavirus Vaccine Dashboard reports that about 50.8% of the county have started their first dose of the vaccine and 46.7% of the county’s population have been fully immunized.
The Jefferson City School District reported no new cases of coronavirus among students or staff as of Friday.
The district does not report any active cases with a student or staff member.
The district reports that 27 close contacts for students and one close contact for staff are in quarantine.
COVID-19 hospitalizations drop below 1,000 in Missouri
The state health department reported on Tuesday that the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 fell below 1,000 patients.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Seniors Services, 999 people in Missouri are hospitalized with the virus.
Data from the state’s health department shows 176 patients are on ventilators.
DHSS reported nearly 980 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. PCR tests found 648 new cases of the virus. That’s below the Missouri daily average of 663 cases.
Antigen testing found 329 new probable cases. That’s above the state’s daily average of 208 cases for antigen testing.
The seven-day positivity rate fell from 6.5% on Monday to 6.4% on Tuesday.
According to DHSS, there have been 65 new deaths linked to the virus. A spokesperson for the state’s health department said 58 deaths were discovered during a review of death certificates.
The additional deaths brought Missouri’s total to 12,016 since the start of the pandemic.