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WEDNESDAY UPDATES: Boone County reports lowest number of active cases since early July

Columbia/Boone County Health Department
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Columbia/Boone County Health Department

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services reported 33 new COVID-19 cases from Tuesday.

There are currently 313 active cases in the county, a decrease of 12 from Tuesday, is the lowest number of active cases since July 6 when 312 cases were reported. The county now has a reported total number of 25,263 COVID-19 cases.

The county reported 24,781 cases removed from isolation, an increase of 45 from Tuesday.

Boone County ranks eighth in the state with the most coronavirus cases in total volume in the past week. Cases are down 9.4% when comparing last week to the prior week. The county has a 6.4% positive test rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

The health department's hospital status is yellow with 55 COVID-19 patients in Boone County hospitals and 16 of them being Boone County residents. Of those, 17 are in intensive care and nine are on ventilators.

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports that 100,393 residents have received their first dose in Boone County and 90,869 Boone County residents have completed their vaccine doses.

Boone County has the third-largest percentage of county residents in Missouri that have received at least one dose of the vaccine with 55.6%. The largest county in the state is St. Louis County with 59.6%.

Boone County is third in the state with a reported 50.4% of residents that have completed their coronavirus vaccine doses. St. Louis County is the first county in the state with 53.4% of residents have completed the doses for vaccination. The city of Joplin has 56.8% of the population fully vaccinated.

Cole County has the second-highest first vaccination rate in Mid-Missouri with 49.8%. Callaway County is third with 45.7%.

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Oct. 20 dashboard

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

The district reported a 24.9 14-day rate per 10,000 for Tuesday.

CPS reports six district facilities (three elementary schools and three middle schools) currently have staff out because of COVID-19. There are one staff member at elementary schools, two staff members at the middle school level and one staff member at a district wide facility. The district has two staff member at an elementary school and one staff member district-wide facility currently quarantined because of COVID.

The district reports 29 district facilities to have students currently out due to the coronavirus. There are 17 out of 21 elementary, all of the middle and high schools and one district-wide facility affected.

There are 31 students that have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of six from Tuesday. The district is reporting 16 students in elementary, eight students in middle school, six students in high school and one student at a district-wide facility have tested positive for the coronavirus.

There are 171 students, which are required to quarantine due to the coronavirus, an increase of 40 students from Tuesday. The district reports 102 elementary students are currently quarantining, 49 students in middle school, 19 students in high school and one at other district facilities.

Missouri announces final MoVIP winners

The state announced the fifth and final drawing winners of Missouri’s Vaccine Incentive Program (MO VIP).

The state announced nine $10,000 winners from Boone County, one from Moniteau County and one from Randolph County. The state also announced three winners from Columbia and one winner from Sturgeon in the final round of scholarship winners.

The $10,000 winners are:

  • Trey Clem – Columbia
  • Deanna Dale – California
  • Clair Elmy – Columbia
  • Angela Gentry – Columbia
  • Joshua Green – Columbia
  • Annelise Hollis – Columbia
  • Bill McIntosh – Columbia
  • Guy Rodon – Columbia
  • Kayla Turley – Hallsville
  • Michael Walter – Higbee
  • Adam Yore - Columbia
  • Craig Allen - Eldon
  • Connie Bruns - Jefferson City
  • Sierra Carr - Holts Summit
  • Garrett Luetkemeyer - Jefferson City
  • Charlea Schafer - Auxvasse
  • Mary Smith - Jefferson City
  • Brandyn Steinman - Lohman

During the program, 800 adults were randomly selected as winners of a $10,000 cash prize, and 100 minors were awarded a $10,000 MOST 529 college savings account.

Jefferson City School District reports second straight day of no new COVID cases in students and staff

The Cole County Health Department reported 11 new coronavirus cases from Tuesday.

According to the dashboard update, there are 11,090 residential cases and 286 long-term care facility resident cases. That is 11,376 total cases in the county.

Cole County has reported 163 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Cole County ranks 58th in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 in the past week. Cases remain the same when comparing last week to the prior week. The county has a 6.9% positivity test rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports about 49.8% of the county have initiated their first dose of the vaccine and 45.7% of the county's population have been fully vaccinated.

The Jefferson City School District reported no new coronavirus cases in students or staff from Tuesday.

The district is reporting one active case in a student and no active cases in staff.

The district is reporting 22 close contacts for students and one close contact for staff.

State health department reports more than 1,200 new cases of COVID-19

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported more than 1,200 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday.

According to data from the state health department, 903 people tested positive for the virus using PCR tests. Missouri's daily average for the testing method is 734 new cases.

Missouri State COVID-19 dashboard on Oct. 20.

The state health department reported antigen testing found 298 new probable cases. That's above the state's daily average of 216 probable cases for the testing method.

The seven-day positivity rate for Missouri fell Wednesday from 7.2% on Tuesday to 7%.

According to the state health department, there were 15 new virus-related deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, 11,935 people in Missouri have died from COVID-19 related causes.

Hospitals across the state reported 1,112 patients are being treated for the virus. Of those patients, 212 are on ventilators.

According to the state health department, more than 3.3 million Missourians have started the coronavirus vaccination process.

That's 54.7% of the state's population.

ABC 17 News Team

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  1. “Boone County reports lowest number of active cases since early July”, and the lowest death rate since March of LAST YEAR! There was never a need to panic over COVID, now there isn’t even an excuse to. Quit trying to force me to take a dangerous experimental vaccine.

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