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WEDNESDAY UPDATES: Red Zone report shows all of Missouri with high community transmission rate

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The newest State Profile Report shows Missouri remains at the high transmission level of COVID-19. The report shows new cases are up by 15 percent compared to last week with 171 cases per 100,000 people.

The report shows Missouri had 10,508 new cases of COVID-19 for the week of Nov. 19.

The report also indicates 100 residents died from the coronavirus, a 15% decrease from the previous week.

All Missouri counties are considered high community transmission.

Over 70.2% of Missouri residents 18 years and old have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and more than 61% are considered fully vaccinated.

According to the report, over 99% of coronavirus cases are considered the Delta variant.

According to the report, 33 hospitals are dealing with staffing shortages, which account for 28% of hospitals in the state. Eight hospitals are currently dealing with supply shortages or seven percent of all hospitals.

Vaccine rates are going up, 34,587 people 18 and older initiated vaccination last week which is 53.2% lower than the last report. 1,784 people 12-17 initiated vaccines last week, which is 56% higher than the last report.

Boone County reports one new coronavirus-related death, 54 new cases

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services reported one new coronavirus-related death. This makes 177 deaths since March 2020. The individual was in the 55-59 age group and died on Nov. 19. 

The county reported 54 new COVID-19 cases from Tuesday.

There are currently 441 active cases in the county and 26,406 cases since the pandemic began. The county reported 25,788 cases removed from isolation.

Boone County ranks ninth in the state with the most coronavirus cases in total volume in the past week. Cases are up 13% 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 66 COVID-19 patients in Boone County hospitals and 20 of them being Boone County residents. Of the 66 patients, 21 are in intensive care and five are on ventilators.

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports that 109,048 residents have received their first dose in Boone County and 95,742 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 60.4%. The largest county in the state is St. Louis County with 63.8%.

Boone County is third in the state with a reported 53.1% of residents that have completed their coronavirus vaccine doses. St. Louis County is the first county in the state with 55.7% of residents having completed the doses for vaccination. The city of Joplin has 58.2% of the population fully vaccinated.

Cole County has the second-highest first vaccination rate in Mid-Missouri with 52.1%. Callaway County is third with 47.8%.

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Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Nov. 24 dashboard

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

The district reported a 28.5 14-day rate per 10,000 for Wednesday.

CPS reports FIVE district facilities (three elementary schools, one middle school and one district-wide facility) currently have staff out because of COVID-19. One staff member at an elementary school has 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 32 district facilities to have students currently out due to the coronavirus. The district is reporting 20 of the elementary schools, all of the middle schools, three high schools and two district-wide facilities are affected.

There are 46 students that have tested positive for COVID-19. The district is reporting 31 students in elementary, five students in middle school, seven students in high school and three students at a district-wide facility have tested positive for the coronavirus.

There are 312 students who are required to quarantine due to the coronavirus. The district reports 229 elementary students are currently quarantining, 53 students in middle school, 14 students in high school and 18 students at district-wide facilities.

Cole County nears 12,000 total COVID cases

The Cole County Health Department reported 15 new coronavirus cases from Tuesday.

According to the dashboard update, there are 11,695 residential cases and 287 long-term care facility resident cases. That is 11,982 total cases in the county.

Cole County reports there are 168 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Cole County ranks 25th in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 in the past week. Cases are up 20.9% 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 52.1% of the county have initiated their first dose of the vaccine and 47.5% of the county's population have been fully vaccinated.

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

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

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

Positivity rate in Missouri continues upward trend

The seven-day positivity rate in Missouri continued an upward trend on Wednesday.

Over the last 24 hours, the state's positivity rate increased from 9.4% to 9.5%. Data from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services shows the rate was at 6.5% on Oct. 24.

According to DHSS, there were nearly 2,200 new positive tests for COVID-19 since Tuesday.

The state health department reported 1,641 people tested positive for the virus using PCR tests. Missouri's daily average for the testing method is 1,171 cases.

Another 555 new probable coronavirus cases were found through the use of antigen testing. That's above the state's daily average of 367 probable cases for the testing method.

State health department COVID-19 dashboard on Nov. 24.

Missouri added seven new virus-related deaths over the last 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, 12,520 people in Missouri have died from virus-related causes.

According to the state health department, 1,140 people are hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those patients, 266 are in the ICU and 142 are on ventilators.

More than 3.5 million Missourians have started the coronavirus vaccination process. That's 57.7% of Missouri's population.

ABC 17 News Team

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