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FRIDAY UPDATES: Boone County reports six COVID breakthrough deaths out of 92,000 fully vaccinated residents


The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is reporting 60 new COVID-19 cases.

There are currently 616 active cases in the county, four more than Thursday. The county now has a reported total number of 24,088 COVID-19 cases. Boone County reports just over one percent of COVID cases in the country have experienced reinfection.

The county reported 23,321 cases removed from isolation, an increase of 56 cases.

Boone County reported there were six known breakthrough COVID-19 deaths ( 0.0065%) and 24 hospitalizations (0.026%) out of the over 94,000 fully vaccinated residents in the county.

Boone County ranks eighth in the state with the most coronavirus cases in total volume in the past week. Cases are up 10% on the week. The county has an 8.8% positive test rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The health department's hospital status remains green, with 100 COVID-19 patients in Boone County hospitals and 23 of them being Boone County residents. Of those, 22 are in intensive care and nine are on ventilators.

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Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Sept. 17 dashboard

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports that 102,402 residents have received their first dose in Boone County and 92,271 Boone County residents have completed their vaccine doses. Boone County has the largest percentage of county residents in Mid-Missouri that have received at least one dose of the vaccine with 56.7 %. The second closest county in the state is St. Louis County with 56%.

Boone County is first in the state with a reported 51.1% of residents that have completed their coronavirus vaccine doses. St. Louis County is the second county in the state with 50.1% of residents have completed the doses for vaccination. The city of Joplin has 54.5% of the population fully vaccinated.

Cole County has the second-highest first vaccination rate in Mid-Missouri with 49.1%. Montgomery County is third with 45%.

The Columbia Public Schools reports active coronavirus and quarantine cases to their website daily.

On Thursday, the district reported a 46 14-day rate per 10,000.

CPS reports 12 district facilities (five elementary schools, one middle school, three high schools and three other district facilities) currently have staff out because of COVID-19. There is six staff at elementary and two staff at the high school level have tested positive for the coronavirus. The district has 10 staff currently quarantined because of COVID.

The district reports 31 district facilities to have students currently out due to the coronavirus. There are 18 out of 21 elementary, six middle schools and all four high schools and three districtwide facilities affected.

There are 64 students that have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of five from Thursday. The district is reporting 34 students in elementary, 13 students in middle school, 15 students in High School and two at a districtwide facility have tested positive for the coronavirus.

There are 416 students, which are required to quarantine due to the coronavirus, an increase of 49 students. The district reports 190 elementary students are currently quarantining, 152 students in middle school, 55 students in high school and 22 at other district facilities.

Columbia, Mexico school districts report hundreds in coronavirus quarantine

Columbia and Mexico public schools are each reporting hundreds of students in quarantine because of coronavirus exposure.

Columbia Public Schools reported 416 students in coronavirus quarantine Friday morning, up from 367 on Thursday. The district reported 64 active coronavirus cases, up from 59 on Thursday. Eighteen of the district's 21 elementary schools are affected along with six of seven middle schools and all four high schools. The highest numbers of cases and quarantines are in elementary schools.

The district continues to see new cases and quarantines as experts say the delta variant is infecting more children than past variants. Masks are required in Columbia Public Schools for students and staff -- a mandate the school board extended this week.

Mexico Public Schools reported 215 students in quarantine and seven active cases as of Friday morning. The district has about 2,400 students compared to about 18,000 in CPS.

The Audrain County Health Department's weekly COVID-19 report this week said the county is in a high-risk category for coronavirus transmission. The county reported 51 active cases Wednesday, with 39 of those in Mexico alone.

The district does not require masks but encourages their use, according to its coronavirus plan.

More than 2,500 new cases of COVID-19 in Missouri

More than 2,500 people in Missouri have tested positive for COVID-19 over the last 24 hours.

According to data from the Missouri Department of Health Senior Services, 1,973 new coronavirus cases were found with the use of PCR testing.

Missouri State COVID-19 dashboard on Sept. 17.

Antigen testing revealed another 553 new cases of the virus.

The statewide seven-day positivity rate fell on Friday from 10.9% on Thursday to 10.5%

According to the state health department, there were 18 new virus-related deaths. At least 11,046 patients in Missouri have died have virus-related causes.

There are 1,943 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state. Officials reported 318 of the patients were on ventilators.

More than 2.8 million Missourians have completed the coronavirus vaccination process.

That's 46.6% of the state's population.

ABC 17 News Team



  1. “At least 11,046 patients in Missouri have died have virus-related causes.”
    Exactly what does “virus related” mean? They were watching CNN when they got sick? If they were caused by COVID, say so. If they were not, they are of no relevance to the this particular matter. Don’t confuse the issue by not being clear.

  2. “six COVID breakthrough deaths”
    Considering that those vaccinated with their second dose less than 14 days ago are considered unvaccinated, a highly misleading statistic. As has been the case from the beginning of this circus, statistical protocol has been adjusted to produce the most possible fear and trembling.

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