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MONDAY UPDATES: Columbia cancels Heritage Festival over COVID-19 concerns

UPDATE 8:55 P.M.: Columbia canceled the Heritage Festival due to COVID-19.

According to a news release, the 43rd Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show was scheduled for Sept. 19-20 at Nifong Park.

Leaders said they decided to cancel it to protect the health and safety of attendees, vendors, volunteers and the community. They said it would have been difficult to maintain social distance.

The festival typically features traditional artisans demonstrating lost arts, entertainment, handmade craft vendors and food trucks. Officials said the event attracts about 15,000 people.

Parks and Recreation staff is planning to resume the festival next year, in part to commemorate Columbia’s Bicentennial celebration.

UPDATE 6:30 P.M.: Osage County saw it's first COVID-19-related death Monday, according to local emergency officials.

The Osage County 911 / Emergency Management Agency posted on Facebook that the Osage County Health Department would be making an announcement in the morning.

The health department shared the post. No other details were provided.

It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing our first COVID-19 related death in Osage County. The Osage County Health Department will be making a statement in the morning.

Posted by Osage County 911 / Emergency Management Agency on Monday, August 3, 2020

According to the state health department's website, Osage County has reported a total of 40 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.

UPDATE 4:51 P.M.: The health department of Columbia and Boone County said COVID-19 cases increased by 11 over the last 24 hours.

According to the health department's COVID-19 dashboard, active cases decreased by 17 over the same length of time. The website said active cases were at 212 on Monday, down from 229.

As of Monday, health officials had confirmed 1,261 cases in Boone County.

A health department tweet said a positive case from Friday was reassigned to another county.

At least three county residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, the tweet said.

Monday's case increase was the lowest reported in a week, it tied with last Monday's surge in cases.

The five-day average case increase on Monday was a little higher than 28, down from an average increase of 32 on Sunday.

The health department website said 30 people were tested for COVID-19 on Sunday. According to the website, it's the lowest volume of tests since June 8.

Missouri adds 1,000+ COVID-19 cases, the largest increase since Friday

ORIGINAL: The state health department of Missouri said more than 1,000 residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the last 24 hours. The largest single-day increase in three days.

A tweet from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said coronavirus cases increased to 52,887, up 1,047 from Sunday.

It included two more Missourians have died from COVID-19 bringing the total to 1,255.

Health officials said the state's COVID-19 positivity rate was at 9.4% down from 10.2% over the weekend.

Monday's bump in cases was nearly twice as many as Sunday's, and 100 more than Saturday's increase.

The state has added an average of about 1,405 over the last seven days. The added cases on Monday were more than 350 less than the daily average.

The health department's COVID-19 website said 889 people were hospitalized with coronavirus over the last three days.

It included nearly 713,000 state residents have been tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic started.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.

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  1. It’s not because of concern. It’s because of fear. A thing being constantly impressed upon us with deception and lies. Covid-9 is LESS dangerous than ordinary influenza, unless you have underlying health issues. That’s an undisputed fact, using the very exaggerated statistics that are used to instill the fear. If you do have underlying health issues, everything is more dangerous. There is an agenda in play, and it has not the slightest thing to do with your health.

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