JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)
The week-long average of new cases of COVID-19 added in Missouri dropped over the last seven days.
An ABC 17 News analysis shows that the average number of new cases announced by the Department of Health and Senior went down from May 9 to 15. The state's seven-day average was 216 new cases a day on May 9, but dropped to 138 cases a day on Friday.
ABC 17 News calculated used the day's gain plus the gains of the previous six days to come up with the seven-day average. Health director Dr. Randall Williams said the department looks at trends, like the average, to get a sense of the virus's spread.
The decrease this week marks the first noted downward trend in May. Missouri's average climbed for the first seven days of the month. Dr. Williams blamed the high numbers on increased testing done in Buchanan County, where thousands of employees at a Triumph Foods facility were tested.