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WEDNESDAY UPDATES: CPS and other districts report new COVID-19 cases

UPDATE 7:30 P.M.: Columbia Public Schools and other local school districts are reporting updated COVID-19 numbers.

Columbia Public Schools

According to the CPS dashboard, the district is reporting a 14-day rate of 40.2, a drop of three from Tuesday's 43.2. The number of people that tested positive in the district's tracker also almost cut in half from 84 to 43.

The district put elementary school students back in class after the 14-day rate dropped below 50. Since that choice the number of cases remain near 40 since Oct. 17.

The district is reporting two more staff tested positive today and eight were quarantined due to the pandemic. Staff currently quarantined is 74 and 14 staff have tested positive for the virus.

Currently three schools (two elementary and one high school) are not reporting any student with COVID-19 case.

CPS says there are currently 201 students quarantined due to novel coronavirus and 16 positive cases. Currently there are 7 high school, 32 middle school, and 164 elementary quarantined. There are also seven positive cases at the elementary school level, four in middle school and six in high school.

Blair Oaks R-II School District

At Blair Oaks R-II School District, the most recent case in the district is a 5th grade student that tested positive. However, the student has not been at school since Wednesday, October 14 because of virtual learning. The student was going to possibly return on Oct. 26 but didn't because of a quarantine order. Since the student was not in class, there were no close contacts to report and students or staff to quarantine.

Moberly Public School District

The Moberly School District is reporting four staff members tested positive across the district forcing five students and one staff to quarantine.

So far this week, seven staff and two student tested positive forcing two staff and 43 students to quarantine.

Fulton School District

The Fulton School District is reporting two new positive cases today, and five active cases overall.

The positive cases is putting 95 students into quaranitine.

JC School District

In the Jefferson City School District, three students and seven staff tested positive across the district. Three students will have to quarantine for the next 14 days for precautionary purproses.

Since the district started on August 24, there have been 213 overall cases and 323 people that were deemed close contacts. The number of students that tested positive is 119 and staff that tested positive is 94.

Cole County reporting record COVID-19 case increase

UPDATE 6:50 P.M.: Cole County Health Department is reporting the largest one-day case increase.

According to the new dashboard information, the county reported 104 new cases today and adjusted Tuesday's numbers increasing it from five to 39.

Over the last two days, the county saw an increase from 2,677 cases to 2,821, a change of 144.

The number of active cases jumped from 191 to 307, an increase of 116.

Recoveries went up 24 to 2,360.

The Missouri Hospital Association's COVID-19 dashboard shows the positive rate for the county is 23.9-percent and reproductive rate is 1.18.

Positivity rates over 10% are considered indicative of uncontained spread of the virus.

The reproductive rate shows that anything above one is considered
unsustainable in flattening the transmission curve or spread of the virus.

In comparison, Missouri's positive rate is 14.6-percent and the reproductive rate is 1.14.

Boone County reports record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations

UPDATE 4:40 P.M.: Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is reporting a new record number of hospitalizations.

According to the numbers posted on the department's COVID-19 dashboard Wednesday, 95 patients with COVID-19 are in Boone County hospitals. That number broke last week's record of 91. Twelve of them are Boone County residents.

The department reported 31 patients in intensive care, with 19 of them on a ventilator.

According to the COVID-19 hub, there are still no issues with hospitals.

The department says there are also 44 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total to 6,104 total cases. Just under 30-percent of all new cases being reported fall in the 18-22 age range.

According to the department, active cases went up by 10 to 399. The number of recoveries also went up by 34 bringing the total to 5,689.

The five-day average dropped but is reported at 51, a drop of eight from Tuesday.

Boone County is reporting a positive rate at 13.5% from Oct. 16 to Oct. 22. That is a 1.1% increase from the previously reported week.

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The Missouri Hospital Association's COVID-19 dashboard shows the positive rate for the county is 10.4% and the reproductive rate is 1.18.

Positivity rates over 10% are considered indicative of the uncontained spread of the virus.

The reproductive rate shows that anything above one is considered
unsustainable in flattening the transmission curve or spread of the virus.

Columbia, Jefferson City in 'red zone' in latest White House COVID-19 report

UPDATE 11:25 A.M.: Both Columbia and Jefferson City are in the "red zone" for COVID-19 infection rates, according to the latest White House weekly COVID-19 report on the states.

The report, obtained by ABC News, shows the entire state of Missouri is in the red zone, meaning a new case rate higher than 100 per 100,000 population last week. The reports lists 18 Missouri cities and 78 of the state's 114 counties in the red zone.

Other Mid-Missouri cities in the red zone are Moberly, Marshall and Mexico. Most counties in Mid-Missouri also fall in the red zone: Boone, Cole, Camden, Callaway, Randolph, Osage, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Saline, Cooper, Audrain, Maries and Howard.

Boone and Cole counties were also among the top 12 in the state for case growth in the last three weeks, coming in at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Jackson, St. Louis and St. Charles counties had the highest rates of new cases in that time span, accounting for more than 27% of new cases, according to the report.

Missouri is 18th in the nation for new cases as other states are also seeing COVID-19 spread rapidly.

The report says all indicators of community spread of the novel coronavirus are increasing and that more efforts to slow the virus are recommended.

Missouri adds 1,900+ new COVID-19 cases, 7-day positivity rate at all-time high

ORIGINAL: Missouri added 1,925 new COVID-19 cases and 32 virus-related deaths since Tuesday, the state health department dashboard said.

Health officials said the state's seven-day coronavirus positivity rate also hit a new record on Wednesday

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website, total cases topped out at 174,632 and coronavirus deaths since the pandemic started were at 2,870.

The state seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate went up to 23.5%, six-tenths higher than the previous record reported on Tuesday.

According to the dashboard, the rate has been climbing up since late May. It has set and broken several records recently.

By the CDC calculation, the positivity rate was at 11.6%.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations were slightly higher on Wednesday going up to 1,446 up from 1,429 reported a day earlier.

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ABC 17 News Team



  1. Why the concern about cases, when the infection fatality rate is 0.016% and has been for more than a month, which falls well within the rate for ordinary influenza which ranges from 0.005 to 0.020%?

    Hospitals are run by people, and people tend to deliver more of what they are paid to deliver. Hospitals are paid a bonus for COVID admissions, and more bonus for putting them on ventilators, so it should be no surprise those numbers are up. No, hospitals are not run by saints.

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