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TUESDAY UPDATES: New COVID-19 cases confirmed in Callaway County

UPDATE 5:30 P.M.: Callaway County gained new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

The county health department reported Tuesday that it had gotten word of two new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing its total to 31. The county had reported 29 cases since June 1.

The county's last case number update was sent Thursday.

The new cases bring the county to seven active cases.

UPDATE 4:05 P.M.: Boone County added another case of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The one additional case was an improvement compared to recent days. The county has added 24 cases dating back to Friday and 40 new cases were reported between June 1 and Sunday.

Of those cases added between June 1 and Sunday, county health officials said in a news release Monday, 30 were from contact with other known COVID-19 cases.

Despite the surge in cases in Boone County, no county residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon. The health department reported 73 contacts of known cases were in quarantine Tuesday.

Boone County reported five fewer active cases on Tuesday for a total of 35.

Audrain, another Mid-Missouri county that has seen rapid growth in its number of cases, reported a new case Tuesday to bring its total to 118. the county reported 32 active cases compared to 38 on Monday.

Boone County real estate mixed in May

Single-family home sales were down 21 percent in Boone County and 22 percent in Columbia this May compared to last year.

The Columbia Board of Realtors posted statistics on May home sales to its site Tuesday, painting a mixed picture of the housing market under the COVID-19 pandemic.

The average price of a home went up 1.5 percent and the number of homes under contract grew 26 percent from last May, "signaling a rebound for closed sales in the coming months after sharp declines for April and May."

Residential building permits in the city and county dropped 23 percent in May after surging 26 percent in April.

ORIGINAL: Missouri reported 21 new deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The total deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus reached 840 on Tuesday, up from 819 on Monday. The 21-case jump was the biggest since May 30, when the state reported 33 additional deaths compared to the day before.

Only 23 of the total deaths statewide have been reported in people younger than 50.

Delays by local jurisdictions in reporting deaths have inflated daily numbers multiple times during the pandemic, state officials have said. They have cautioned that not all the deaths reported in a day actually occurred in the last 24 hours.

The most recent death in a Mid-Missouri county was reported by Saline County on Monday. The death was the county's third during the pandemic -- the most of any county in the region.

We are sad to report another death of a Saline County citizen due to COVID19. We have a total of 3 deaths.

Posted by Saline County Health Department on Monday, June 8, 2020

Saline County health officials reported 283 cases as of Monday. The county has the highest infection rate per 100,000 people in the state.

The total number of COVID-19 cases statewide increased by 179 on Tuesday -- only the second time in the last nine days that daily total was less than 180. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported Tuesday that the state has confirmed 14,913 cases.

The number of cases in Missouri has increased 6.5 percent over the past week. However, state health officials say more cases are expected as testing increases. Nearly 246,000 people had been tested as of Tuesday afternoon.

Boone County is among those that have seen quick growth in cases in the last week -- state health authorities say cases have gone up 20.5 percent in that time. A county health department spokesman said community testing in Columbia last week had yielded four positive tests.

The Missouri Hospital Association reported 611 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon. More than 2,200 ventilators were available, according to the report.

Tuesday numbers were not yet available.

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Matthew Sanders

Matthew Sanders is the digital content director at ABC 17 News.

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