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MONDAY UPDATES: Cole County and other Mid-Missouri provide new information during pandemic

UPDATE 8:20 P.M.: Several counties have reported a new death related to COVID-19 and one county has a possible exposure at a 5th-6th grade football game.

In Cole County the number of active cases went up 40 to 217 active. Currently there are 2,353 total cases in the county, 123 were added since last Friday.

53 new cases are being labeled as recovered bring the total above 2,000 to 2,013.

Callaway County is reporting one new death, the seventh death related to COVID-19.

The county's health department is reporting 12 new cases, 249 currently active for a total of 1,023 cases in the county.

767 of the cases is considered recovered.

Randolph County also reported one new death, bringing the total to seven overall.

According to the health department, the number of active cases dropped by nine to 142 active cases.

11 of the active cases are currently hospitalized at a local hospital.

Recoveries for the county went up 19 to 370 total.

In Montgomery County, the county health department is warning parents of a possible exposure event at a 5th-6th grade football game Saturday.

The game was held at the Montgomery County R-2 High School.

The health department asks you to monitor your child for symptoms.

CPS 14-day rate edges higher

UPDATE 5:52 P.M.: According to Columbia Public Schools, the 14-day rate a risen .3-percent after 25 more cases test positive.

The rate has stayed steady since Oct. 14 when it was 37.1 and gone up or done till today at 40.2.

As students headed back today, CPS received word that all district schools now qualify, this year only, for free student breakfasts and student lunches until June 30, 2021. This means you do not need to add money to your student’s lunch account.

Boone County reports record number of hospitalizations

UPDATE 5:30 P.M.: Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services reports a record number of hospitalizations.

The health department is reporting 91 total hospitalizations; currently, 20 Boone County residents are part of the 91.

According to the latest update, Boone County added 105 new cases to their total count bringing it to 5,627.

The number of active cases dropped from 417 to 373, an 11-percent drop.

Officials did report earlier today the 15th death related to COVID-19 in Boone County.

The number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU dropped two to 23. 11 of the 23 patients are currently on a ventilator.

According to the Boone County, MO COVID-19 Information Hub there are still no issues with hospitals.

In the Boone County COVID-19 hub, the five-day average is down from 60 to 46 cases.

The county's positive rate is currently 12.3, just .4 lower than the previous week. A higher positivity rate suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with coronavirus in the community who haven’t been tested yet.

Tolton cancels game, citing COVID-19

UPDATE 2:40 P.M.: The Tolton Catholic High School football team canceled its upcoming game Monday, citing unspecified COVID-19 concerns.

A representative for Tolton confirmed the cancellation with ABC 17 News on Monday. The Trailblazers had been set to play St. Louis Priory School.

Tolton will make a decision by Wednesday about whether it will play a different opponent this week.

Miller County COVID-19 deaths increase to 14

UPDATE 11:45 A.M.: Miller County became the third Mid-Missouri county to report a COVID-19 death Monday morning.

Miller County followed Moniteau and Boone by reporting its 14th COVID-19-related death Monday morning. The Miller County Health Center did not provide any additional information about the person who died.

The county reported two deaths related to COVID-19 six days ago.

Another four Miller County residents remained hospitalized Monday morning. The county has recorded 806 total COVID-19 cases with 140 of them active as of Monday.

Miller County's active cases are up more than 40 since last Tuesday. Total cases have jumped by about 100 during that time period.

Moniteau County reports 8th COVID-19 death

UPDATE 10:10 A.M.: The Moniteau County Health Center reported the county's eighth COVID-19 death Monday morning.

A news release from the health center said the resident was at least 80 years old.

Health officials said no other information would be provided about the individual.

As of Monday, 563 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Moniteau County, according to the health center's coronavirus dashboard. At least 108 of the cases were active and 447 others have recovered.

Six of the active cases were reported at nursing homes, health center data said.

The dashboard said six county residents were in the hospital because of coronavirus.

Boone County records 15th coronavirus death; state positivity rate higher than 20 percent

UPDATE 9:25 A.M.: Boone County reported another COVID-19-related death Monday, bringing the total to 15.

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services said in a social media post that a person older than 80 is the 15th to die from causes related to the novel coronavirus. The county reported its 14th death on Thursday.

Health officials did not release additional information about the person who died.

New case rates have slowed in Boone County from their late summer peak. However, the county had 416 active COVID-19 cases Monday morning, according to the health department's online COVID-19 hub.

The county's positivity rate -- a measure of the percentage of people tested for the coronavirus who get a positive result -- was 12% for the week that ended Thursday. Health professionals say a 10% rate shows wide spread of the coronavirus.

Eighty people from around Mid-Missouri are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Boone County -- among the highest numbers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of those, 25 are in intensive care and 12 are on ventilators.

State rolling COVID-19 positivity rate up to 21%

ORIGINAL: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Monday the seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate was up to 21.1%, a new record since the pandemic started.

According to health department data, the positivity rate has been on the rise since late May.

Missouri's cumulative positivity rate was at 11%, one point shy of the state's record since the pandemic started. The cumulative rate has increased every day since June.

More than 11,000 COVID-19 tests were administered over the last day. The health department's COVID-19 dashboard said testing increased to 2.29 million on Monday up from 2.28 million the day before.

The health department reported 1,405 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours. Statewide COVID-19 deaths went by eight since Sunday.

Missouri ranked tenth in the country for new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days and seventh in deaths over the same time period, according to health data.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations were down to 918 on Saturday, a decrease of more than 500 from Friday. Hospitalizations because of the virus had been above 1,400 since Oct. 12, health department records said.

The seven-day hospitalization average was 1,349 as of Monday morning.

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ABC 17 News Team



  1. Once again the stats prove beyond any doubt that the reaction to COVID is way overblown.
    Deaths, 2,590, divided by cases, 158,101, gives you an infection fatality rate of 0.016%. Which is well within the boundaries of ordinary influenza. Are you blind, or insane? Or is this your new religion? Or are you just plain stupid?

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