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FRIDAY UPDATES: Boone County reports third straight day of over 50 new coronavirus cases

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

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services reported 52 new COVID-19 cases from Thursday.

There are currently 429 active cases in the county and 26,226 cases since the pandemic began. The county reported 25,622 cases removed from isolation.

Boone County ranks eighth in the state with the most coronavirus cases in total volume in the past week. Cases are up 18.7% when comparing last week to the prior week. The county has an 8.8% positivity test rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

The health department's hospital status is yellow with 58 COVID-19 patients in Boone County hospitals and 16 of them being Boone County residents. Of the 58 patients, 17 are in intensive care and eight are on ventilators.

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports that 107,681 residents have received their first dose in Boone County and 95,546 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 59.7%. The largest county in the state is St. Louis County with 63.1%.

Boone County is third in the state with a reported 52.9% of residents that have completed their coronavirus vaccine doses. St. Louis County is the first county in the state with 55.4% of residents having completed the doses for vaccination. The city of Joplin has 58% of the population fully vaccinated.

Cole County has the second-highest first vaccination rate in Mid-Missouri with 51.8%. Callaway County is third with 47.5%.

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Nov. 19 dashboard

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

The district reported a 26.3 14-day rate per 10,000 for Friday.

CPS reports 10 district facilities (five elementary schools, two middle schools and three district-wide facilities) currently have staff out because of COVID-19. There are three staff members at elementary schools, one middle school staff member and one high school staff member. The district has seven staff members at elementary schools, one staff member at a middle school and two staff members at district-wide facilities currently quarantined because of COVID.

The district reports 33 district facilities to have students currently out due to the coronavirus. All of the elementary schools and middle schools, three high schools and two district-wide facilities are affected.

There are 47students that have tested positive for COVID-19. The district is reporting 30 students in elementary, six students in middle school and nine students in high school and two students at a district-wide facility have tested positive for the coronavirus.

There are 322 students who are required to quarantine due to the coronavirus. The district reports 216 elementary students are currently quarantining, 68 students in middle school, 16 students in high school and 22 students at district-wide facilities.

Cole County reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases this week

The Cole County Health Department reported 12 new coronavirus cases from Thursday.

According to the dashboard update, there are 11,621 residential cases and 286 long-term care facility resident cases. That is 11,907 total cases in the county.

Cole County reported 166 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Cole County ranks 24th in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 in the past week. Cases are up 15.8% when comparing last week to the prior week. The county has reported a 10.7 % positivity test rate, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports about 51.8% of the county have initiated their first dose of the vaccine and 47.3% of the county's population have been fully vaccinated.

The Jefferson City School District reported three new coronavirus cases in a student and no new cases in staff members from Thursday.

The district is reporting 14 active cases in students and two active cases in staff.

The district is reporting 101 close contacts for students and six close contacts for staff.

MU Health Care to close COVID-19 vaccination site

MU Health Care will close its dedicated COVID-19 vaccination site at 404 N. Keene St. on Nov. 30.

Officials say the site served as the primary location for scheduled vaccination appointments since late August where it administered more than 5,200 doses.

The Keene Street site will continue to offer second, third, and booster shots through Nov. 30, and people can schedule an appointment at

The site no longer schedules first dose appointments, and it does not offer the pediatric vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

After Nov. 30, COVID-19 vaccination will shift to select clinics and pharmacies.

State health department reports more than 12,400 new cases of COVID-19

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported Friday more than 12,400 new cases of COVID-19.

Data from the state health department shows 7,310 cases of the virus were found through the use of PCR tests. Missouri's daily average for the testing method is 1,045 cases.

Antigen testing in Missouri found 5,112 new probable coronavirus cases. That's above the state's daily average of 346 cases for the testing method.

The additional daily case totals include probable cases that fall under new guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The state health department's daily case totals also include new data from reinfection cases.

State health department COVID-19 dashboard on Nov. 19.

Missouri's seven-day positivity rate increased Friday from 8.9% on Thursday to 9%.

The state health department removed four virus-related deaths from its COVID-19 database. Since the start of the pandemic, 12,423 people in Missouri have died from virus-related causes.

Hospitals across Missouri report 1,051 patients are being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 260 are in the ICU and 141 are on ventilators.

New data from the state health department shows 54,825 vaccinated Missourians have tested positive for COVID-19. That's 2% of the state's vaccinated population.

According to DHSS, 655 people vaccinated against the virus have died. That's .02% of Missouri's vaccinated population.

More than 3 million Missourians have finished the coronavirus vaccination process. That's 50.5% of the state's population.

ABC 17 News Team



  1. Could you please explain the new process for counting COVID cases? You refer to it in this article but there is no explanation. The number of cases is higher than any daily count through the whole pandemic.

  2. “The state health department removed four virus-related deaths from its COVID-19 database.” Its about time (the first time I’m aware of) the DHSS found deaths from COVID that were in error. All errors cannot be the other way.

  3. 11/12/2021 Fauci said the following:
    “They are seeing a waning of (vaccine) immunity not only against infection but against hospitalization and to some extent death, which is starting to now involve all age groups. It isn’t just the elderly”.

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