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THURSDAY UPDATES: CPS dashboard reports 19 students positive with COVID-19

Columbia Public Schools.
Columbia Public Schools.

UPDATE: 10:26 P.M.: According to the Columbia Public School dashboard, the district is reporting a 14-day rate of 39.5, a drop the second day in a row.

The number of new cases in the district's tracker jumped 17 to 60.

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. 19.

The district is reporting two more staff tested positive today and five were quarantined due to the pandemic.

According to the dashboard, 72 staff are currently quarantining while 17 staff has tested positive for the virus.

The district is reporting staff out with COVID-19 at 11 of 21 elementary schools, five out of seven middle schools and three out of four high schools.

Currently only two schools (one elementary and one high school) are not reporting any student with a coronavirus case.

CPS dashboard is reporting three new student cases and 37 students being forced to quarantine since Wednesday.

That brings the new totals to 238 students quarantined and 19 positive cases.

Currently there are 13 high school, 33 middle school, and 189 elementary students quarantined.

There are eight positive cases at the elementary schools, four in middle schools and seven at the high school level.

Cole County reports 81 new cases, the three largest daily totals in past week

UPDATE 9:36 P.M.: Cole County Health Department is reporting the third-highest one-day case total of 81. The three highest days were in the last week.

According to the new dashboard information, the county reported 81 new cases today and adjusted Wednesday's record numbers decreasing it from 104 to 101.

Over the last two days, the county saw a 83 case jump to 2,904.

The number of active cases rose 28 to 335.

Recoveries went up 52 to 2,412.

According to the Missouri Hospital Association, the mid-Missouri region has a 16.2-percent positive rate with a 1.16 reproductive rate.

Missouri reports record 7-day positivity rate, 3,000 new cases

UPDATE 7:50 P.M.: The State of Missouri is reporting an additional 3,061 new COVID-19 cases and 29 virus-related deaths today after a testing delay this morning according to the state health department.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services dashboard says the total cases rose to 177,693 and 2,899 COVID-19 related deaths.

The state seven-day COVID-19 positivity broke another record for the second day in a row going up to 25.2, 1.7-percent higher than the previous record reported Wednesday.

The CDC calculation for positivity rate rose nearly a point to 12.5, a 0.9-percent increase.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations continued to rise Thursday going up to 1,490 up from 1,446 reported a day earlier.

12th COVID-19 death reported in Moniteau County

UPDATE 5:00 P.M.: The Moniteau County Health Center reports the 12th death of a Moniteau County resident due to COVID-19. The resident was in their 60’s.

The health center reports this is the seventh death in just over the past 2 weeks due to COVID-19. 

The county reports that since October 1st, the health center has reported 391 new cases with 12 requiring hospitalization. 

The county is reporting 118 cases in the last week. Moniteau County has the highest number of cases per 10,000 population in mid-Missouri according to the health center.

The health center is reporting hospital admissions trajectory is down 50-percent but the number of new cases is up 60-percent.

Another record day for Boone County COVID-19 hospitalizations

UPDATE 4:30 P.M.: Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is reporting a new record number of hospitalizations for the second day in a row. The new record was only increased by one.

According to the numbers posted on the department's COVID-19 dashboard Wednesday, 96 patients with COVID-19 are in Boone County hospitals; 13 of them are Boone County residents.

The department reported 33 patients in intensive care, a two patient increase. The number of patients on a ventilator went down by one to 18.

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

The department says there are also 70 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total to 6,174 total cases. A quarter of all new cases being reported fall in the 18-22 age range.

According to the department, active cases went up by 17 to 416. The number of recoveries also went up by 53 bringing the total to 5,742.

The five-day average rose to 57, a six case increase.

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.

The Missouri Hospital Association's COVID-19 dashboard shows the positive rate for the county is 10.4% and the reproductive rate is 1.16.

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.

Free COVID-19 and surge testing available in Missouri

UPDATE 3:45 P.M.: The State of Missouri is hosting community testing events throughout the state each week.

Missourians can register for these events currently scheduled at and also continue to check back for future opportunities to be tested at an event nearby.

Missouri residency is the only requirement; individuals do not have to live in the county in which they are tested, and they do not have to be experiencing symptoms. Any Missouri residents who wish to be tested with a self-administered nasal swab to determine if they have an active COVID-19 infection can do so at the specified sites in each region at no cost to the individual.

Registration is now open for community testing events in Cole, Miller, Moniteau and Randolph County.

Surge testing

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has also announced free COVID-19 surge testing that will continue each week in Columbia, Branson, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau and Lee’s Summit.

Testing at these locations is available to individuals 5 years and older – including those experiencing symptoms; those who believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 coronavirus; and anyone who is worried about possibly having the virus. Individuals seeking testing do not need to be a resident of the community where these testing sites are located. Individuals under 18 years old must have a parent or legal guardian present to consent to testing.

Testing is expected to continue at the following locations for the remainder of this year. Individuals are encouraged to pre-register online at

To register for community testing events in Missouri, visit Those without access to online registration can call the Missouri COVID-19 hotline for registration assistance at 877-435-8411.

Montgomery County reports 3 new coronavirus deaths

ORIGINAL 10:45 P.M.: The Montgomery County Health Department reported three new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday.

A social media post from the health department said total COVID-19 deaths were up to five, three more than the previous update posted on Friday.

In five days, the county has reported 58 new coronavirus cases, 44 more active cases, and 17 additional cases at long-term care facilities.

It's unclear what led to the spike in deaths.

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ABC 17 News Team



  1. 238 students FORCED into quarantine because they came in contact with one or more of 19 who tested positive for the virus, using a test the inventor of which claims is not useful for that purpose. Curious how the near total unrestricted warfare against this virus by local “experts” has been consistently unable to “control” it. And why should they, since the current infection fatality rate remains at 0.016%, as it has for more than month, which falls well within the boundaries of ordinary influenza. If you happen to test positive you have a 99.984% chance of survival.

  2. Testing continues to expand, the natural result of which would be an increase in THE CASES. Which it seems is now the new and improved fear porn number, since deaths and fatality rate simply aren’t in the least bit scary.

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