The latest state profile report shows Missouri remains at the high level of COVID-19 transmission. The report shows that new cases are up 15% from last week with 171 cases per 100,000 people.
The report shows Missouri registered 10,508 new cases of COVID-19 for the week of November 19.
The report also says 100 residents died from the coronavirus, a 15% drop from the previous week.
All counties in Missouri are considered high community transmission.
More than 70.2% of Missouri residents aged 18 and older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and more than 61% are considered fully immunized.
According to the report, more than 99% of coronavirus cases are considered the Delta variant.
According to the report, 33 hospitals face staffing shortages, representing 28% of hospitals in the state. Eight hospitals are currently facing supply shortages, or seven percent of all hospitals.
Vaccination rates are increasing, with 34,587 people aged 18 and over starting vaccination last week, 53.2% lower than the last report. 1,784 people aged 12 to 17 started vaccines last week, 56% more than the last report.
Boone County Reports New Coronavirus Death, 54 New Cases
The Columbia / Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services reported a new coronavirus-related death. That makes 177 deaths since March 2020. The individual was in the 55-59 age group and died on November 19.
The county reported 54 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
There are currently 441 active cases in the county and 26,406 cases since the start of the pandemic. The county has reported 25,788 cases removed from isolation.
Boone County ranks ninth in the state with the highest number of coronavirus cases by total volume over the past week. Cases are up 13% compared to last week to the previous week. The county has an 8.8% positivity testing rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Elderly Services (DHSS).
The health department’s hospital status is yellow with 66 COVID-19 patients in Boone County hospitals and 20 of them are residents of Boone County. Of the 66 patients, 21 are in intensive care and five are on ventilators.
The Missouri Coronavirus Vaccine Dashboard reports that 109,048 residents received their first dose in Boone County and 95,742 residents of Boone County 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 60.4%. The largest county in the state is St. Louis County with 63.8%.
Boone County is third in the state with 53.1% of residents who have completed their doses of the coronavirus vaccine. St. Louis County is the first county in the state with 55.7% of residents completing immunization doses. The town of Joplin has 58.2% of the fully vaccinated population.
Cole County has the second highest first vaccination rate in Mid-Missouri at 52.1%. Callaway County is third at 47.8%.
The Colombian public schools reports active coronavirus and quarantine cases daily on their website.
The district reported a 14-day rate of 28.5 per 10,000 for Wednesday.
The CPS reports that FIVE district facilities (three elementary schools, one college and one district-wide facility) currently have staff absent due to COVID-19. A staff member at an elementary school has tested positive for COVID-19. The district has five staff at elementary schools, one staff at a college and two staff at district-wide facilities currently under quarantine due to COVID.
The district reports that 32 institutions in the district currently have students absent due to the coronavirus. The district reports that 20 primary schools, all middle schools, three high schools and two schools across the district are affected.
There are 46 students who have tested positive for COVID-19. The district reports that 31 elementary students, five middle school students, seven high school students and three students from a district-wide school have tested positive for the coronavirus.
There are 312 students who are required to self-quarantine due to the coronavirus. The district reports that 229 elementary students are currently in quarantine, 53 students in middle school, 14 students in high school and 18 students in district-wide facilities.
Cole County nears 12,000 total COVID cases
The Cole County Department of Health reported 15 new cases of coronavirus as of Tuesday.
According to the dashboard update, there are 11,695 residential cases and 287 long-term care facility cases. This represents 11,982 total cases in the county.
Cole County reports that there have been 168 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Cole County is ranked 25th in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the past week. Cases are up 20.9% from last week. The county reported a positivity testing rate of 10.7%, Missouri Department of Health and Elderly Services.
The Missouri Coronavirus Vaccine Dashboard reports that about 52.1% of the county started their first dose of the vaccine and 47.5% of the county’s population were fully immunized.
The Jefferson City School District reported no new cases of the coronavirus in a student or staff member as of Tuesday.
The district reports seven active cases among students and one active case among staff.
The district reports 108 close contacts for students and eight close contacts for staff.
Missouri Positivity Rate Continues Upward Trend
Missouri’s seven-day positivity rate continued its upward trend on Wednesday.
In the past 24 hours, the state’s positivity rate has dropped from 9.4% to 9.5%. Data from Missouri Department of Health and Elderly Services shows that the rate was 6.5% on October 24.
According to DHSS, there have been nearly 2,200 new positive tests for COVID-19 since Tuesday.
The state health department reported that 1,641 people had tested positive for the virus using PCR tests. The Missouri daily average for the test method is 1,171 cases.
Another 555 probable new cases of coronavirus have been found through the use of antigen testing. That’s above the state’s daily average of 367 probable cases for the testing method.
Missouri added seven new virus-related deaths in the past 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, 12,520 people in Missouri have died from causes related to the virus.
According to the state health department, 1,140 people are hospitalized with COVID-19. Of these patients, 266 are in intensive care and 142 are on ventilators.
More than 3.5 million Missourians have started the coronavirus vaccination process. That’s 57.7% of Missouri’s population.