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MONDAY UPDATES: DHSS adds 95 coronavirus related deaths after analyzing death certificates

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has added 95 COVID-19 related deaths after the state’s disease surveillance system analyzed several death certificates.

Officials say the deaths will be captured and reported publicly through the dashboard Tuesday morning.

Of the 95 deaths:

  • One in August
  • Four in September
  • 37 in October
  • 53 in November

Officials at DHSS report the weekly activity typically causes a sharp increase in the deaths added to Missouri’s total the following day. DHSS is now regularly analyzing death certificates on Mondays.

Officials say the state does not track probable or pending deaths.

Active coronavirus cases remain above 400 heading into Thanksgiving week in Boone County

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services reported one new coronavirus-related death. This makes 176 deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020. The individual was in the 75-79 age group and died Nov. 3. 

The county reported 82 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

There are currently 416 active cases in the county and 26,308 cases since the pandemic began. The county reported 25,716 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 14.9% when comparing last week to the prior week. The county has a 9% positivity test rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

The health department's hospital status is yellow with 60 COVID-19 patients in Boone County hospitals and 17 of them being Boone County residents. Of the 60 patients, 17 are in intensive care and four are on ventilators.

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports that 108,533 residents have received their first dose in Boone County and 95,715 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 60.1%. The largest county in the state is St. Louis County with 63.5%.

Boone County is third in the state with a reported 53% of residents that have completed their coronavirus vaccine doses. St. Louis County is the first county in the state with 55.5% of residents having completed the doses for vaccination. The city of Joplin has 58.1% of the population fully vaccinated.

Cole County has the second-highest first vaccination rate in Mid-Missouri with 52%. Callaway County is third with 47.7%.

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Nov. 22 dashboard

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

The district reported a 28.1 14-day rate per 10,000 for Monday.

CPS reports six district facilities (three elementary schools, one middle school and two district-wide facilities) currently have staff out because of COVID-19. One staff member at an elementary school and one high school staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The district has five 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 45 students that have tested positive for COVID-19. The district is reporting 29 students in elementary, five students in middle school, seven students in high school and four students at a district-wide facility have tested positive for the coronavirus.

There are 275 students who are required to quarantine due to the coronavirus. The district reports 193 elementary students are currently quarantining, 52 students in middle school, 14 students in high school and 17 students at district-wide facilities.

Cole County nearing 12,000 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began

The Cole County Health Department reported 44 new coronavirus cases from over the weekend.

According to the dashboard update, there are 11,665 residential cases and 286 long-term care facility resident cases. That is 11,951 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 5% when comparing last week to the prior week. The county has reported a 10.3 % positivity test rate, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports about 52% of the county have initiated their first dose of the vaccine and 47.4% of the county's population have been fully vaccinated.

The Jefferson City School District reported no new coronavirus cases in a student and one new case in staff members from over the weekend.

The district is reporting nine active cases in students and one active cases in staff.

The district is reporting 108 close contacts for students and eight close contacts for staff.

Missouri adds more than 800 new cases of COVID-19

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported Monday more than 800 new cases of COVID-19.

Over the last 24 hours, 698 people in Missouri tested positive for the virus using PCR tests. That's below the state's daily average of 1,049 cases for the testing method.

Antigen testing in Missouri found 103 new probable coronavirus cases. The state's daily average for the testing method is 333 probable cases.

State health department COVID-19 dashboard on Nov. 22.

Over the last seven days, 165 cases of reinfection have been reported in Missouri.

The state's seven-day positivity rate increased Monday from 9.2% on Sunday to 9.3%.

There were no new virus-related deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, 12,431 people in Missouri have died from COVID-19 related causes.

According to the state health department, 996 people are hospitalized with the virus. Hospitals in Missouri reported 128 patients are on ventilators.

More than 3.1 million Missourians have finished the coronavirus vaccination process. That is 50.6% of Missouri's population.

ABC 17 News Team

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  1. Still no explanation from this news organization of how the DHSS goes about deciding the attending physician “mistakenly” determined the cause of death.

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