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TUESDAY UPDATES: Boone County reports 111 new coronavirus cases; active cases drop below 700

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

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services reported 111 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday.

There are currently 642 active cases in the county and 28,497 cases since the pandemic began. The county reported 27,668 cases removed from isolation.

Boone County ranks 10th in the state with the most coronavirus cases in total volume in the past week. Cases are up 14.1% when comparing last week to the prior week. The county has a 10.2% positivity test rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

The health department's hospital status is yellow with 99 COVID-19 patients in Boone County hospitals (a decrease of 23 from Monday) and 11 of them being Boone County residents. Of the 99 patients, 24 are in intensive care and eight are on ventilators.

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Dec. 28 dashboard

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports that 114,159 residents have received their first dose in Boone County and 100,595 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 63.3%. The largest county in the state is St. Louis County with 67.4%.

Boone County is third in the state with a reported 55.7% of residents that have completed their coronavirus vaccine doses. St. Louis County is the first county in the state with 59.4% of residents having completed the doses for vaccination. The city of Joplin has 60.5% of the population fully vaccinated.

Cole County has the second-highest first vaccination rate in Mid-Missouri with 53.8%. Callaway County is third with 49.7%.

Cole County reports second straight day of over 40 new coronavirus cases

The Cole County Health Department reported 46 new coronavirus cases Tuesday.

According to the dashboard update, there are 12,501 residential cases and 292 long-term care facility resident cases. That is 12,793 total cases in the county.

Cole County has reported 170 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Cole County ranks 41st in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 in the past week. Cases are down 17.6% when comparing last week to the prior week. The county has reported a 12.3% positivity test rate, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports about 53.8% of the county have initiated their first dose of the vaccine and 49.6% of the county's population have been fully vaccinated.

State of Missouri reports over 4,700 new coronavirus cases

The state of Missouri reported 4,782 new and probable coronavirus Tuesday.

The state of Missouri’s daily average of new coronavirus cases has gone back up to a 2,469 seven-day average (17,284 confirmed cases from the previous week of reporting) as the state reports new coronavirus cases across the state according to state health department reporting. The daily average looks at the last seven days and doesn't account for the past three days, which will push that number even higher.

The state reported 3,391 new coronavirus cases through PCR testing and another 1,391 probable cases identified in antigen testing from over the weekend, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services coronavirus dashboard. Missouri has now reported 804,404 confirmed cases for the pandemic and more than 187,257 probable cases.

The state recorded 127 more confirmed deaths for 13,097 and 42 new probable death for 2,959 total.

Missouri's new cases are up 13.2% over the past week, the state reports, as recent cases surge nationwide.

The rate of positive tests was at 16% for the last week.

Source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Cole, Pettis, Callaway, Osage, Moniteau, Miller, Saline and Boone counties are all in the top 40 Missouri counties in new cases per capita over the last week, according to state statistics.

The state reports that over 2.55% (a .12 increase from Monday) of vaccinated Missourians have developed COVID-19 infections.

Experts continue to tout vaccination as the best tool to fight the wave of new cases. Still, new vaccinations have effectively stalled in Missouri, with more boosters being given daily than first or second shots. The state reported Thursday that 53.6% of Missouri residents are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are also trending upward, with the state reporting 35% of total hospital capacity and 27% of ICU capacity remaining. Those numbers are at 46% and 42% in Central Missouri, respectively.

Nearly all Missouri counties remain at high transmission level according to latest state profile report

The newest State Profile Report shows Missouri counties remain at the high transmission level of COVID-19. The report shows new cases remain at 345 cases per 100,000 people, a change of 13% from last week.

The report shows Missouri had 21,204 new cases of COVID-19 for the week of Dec. 23.

The report also indicates 162 residents died from the coronavirus, a 1% increase from the previous week.

All Missouri counties except Stoddard are considered high community transmission.

The report states that 73.3% of Missouri residents 18 years and older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 62.9% are considered fully vaccinated. Over 34% of residents 18 years and older have received a booster shot.

According to the report, over 98% of coronavirus cases were identified as the delta variant. According to the CDC, .2% of cases are the omicron variant.

According to the report, 31 hospitals are dealing with staffing shortages, which account for 26% of hospitals in the state. Seven hospitals are currently dealing with supply shortages or six percent of all hospitals.

Vaccine rates are down with 29,786 people 12 and older initiated getting a vaccination last week, which is 5.1% lower than the last report. 1,619 people 12-17 initiated vaccines last week, which is 9% higher than the last report.

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