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MONDAY UPDATES: Cole County reports 247 new total cases

UPDATE 9:20 P.M.: Cole County Health Department is reporting 73 new cases on Sunday and 46 new coronavirus cases Monday. The total number of cases went up 247 to 3,231.

According to the department, there are 98 new active COVID-19 cases.

The department is reporting 147 new recoveries

CPS reports recent spike in 14-day tracker, still under 50 case level

UPDATE 7:00 P.M.: According to the Columbia Public School dashboard, the district is reporting a 14-day rate of 46.5, a drop of .3 from a recent high of 46.8.

The district last reported a 14-day rate higher than Sunday's or Monday's was Sept. 24.

The district is reporting five more staff tested positive today and 10 were quarantined due to the pandemic.

According to the dashboard, 75 staff are currently quarantining while 24 staff has tested positive for the virus.

The district is reporting staff out with COVID-19 at 13 of 21 elementary schools, five out of seven middle schools and three out of four high schools.

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

CPS dashboard is reporting 16 positive student cases and 370 students being forced to quarantine since Wednesday.

Currently there are 30 high school, 48 middle school, and 287 elementary students quarantined.

There are six positive cases at the elementary schools and eight at the high school level.

Boone County reports record 105 COVID-19 hospitalizations

UPDATE 4:40 P.M.: Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is reporting 105 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, a record.

The health department added six more patients to the record number; the previous record was reported Friday with 99 patients hospitalized.

There are 130 ICU beds, 32 at Boone Hospital Center and 98 at MU Health Care according to Eric Maze at MU Health Care.

According to the numbers posted on the department's COVID-19 dashboard, 20 of the 105 patients are from Boone County.

The health department is reporting an increase in ICU patients from 25 to 29. The number of patients on a ventilator dropped to 16.

According to the dashboard, there are no issues or shortages within local hospitals.

The department says there are also 20 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total to 6,449 total cases.

According to the department, active cases went up to 482. The number of recoveries also went to 5,951 from our latest reported number of 5,790.

The five-day average has declined the past two days after a large jump Saturday from 65 to 83. According to the dashboard, the dropped 9 from Saturday to Sunday to 74. On Sunday to Monday, the five day average dropped from 74 to 69.

Boone County is reporting a positive rate at 17.9% from Oct. 23 to Oct. 29. That is a 4.3% increase from the previously reported week.

Mid-Missouri counties report COVID-19 deaths and large jumps in cases

UPDATE 4:16 P.M.: Three counties are updating new COVID-19 numbers from over the weekend.

In Randolph County, the health department is reporting a 49 active case jump from 221 to 270. The total number of cases went up 104 from 738 to 842.

In Miller County, the health center is reporting two deaths bringing the total to 26 overall. Long term care facilities totaled 17 of the 26 deaths. That is the third-highest death total in mid-Missouri.

According to the health center, the number of active cases is 128 and the total number of cases went up 60 to 1,074 overall.

In Pettis County, the health center reports two deaths as well bringing the total to 28. That is the second-highest death total in mid-Missouri behind Camden County's 37. According to a weekly update from Pettis County, 5 deaths are under investigation related to the coronavirus.

The county health center reports the number of total cases went up 124 to 1,984 with 605 of the total cases considered active. According to a weekly update from Pettis County, this is an increase of 21% in the past 2 weeks.

Pettis County health officials said in the weekly update that "Halloween celebrations are very likely to contribute to the continuing increase in cases. Unfortunately, people who were positive with active disease were observed out trick or treating. Many pictures showed adults handing out candy without any face covering."

Ridgeway Elementary switching to virtual learning due to staffing issues

UPDATE 3:30 P.M.: Columbia Public Schools is transitioning Ridgeway Elementary School from in-person learning to virtual learning beginning Tuesday.

CPS cites staffing issues related to illness as the reasoning behind the transition

According to the release, students will have virtual instruction on Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

According to CPS, students may return to in-person learning next Nov. 12.

According to the CPS COVID-19 dashboard for Sunday, the 14-day tracker shows a rate of 46.8 after 46 new cases were reported.

The dashboard is reporting there are 15 positive COVID-19 staff cases and 64 quarantined.

The dashboard is reporting 11 of 21 elementary schools have staff out due to COVID.

There are currently 221 students quarantined from the elementary schools and six positive cases according to the dashboard.

The dashboard is reporting 19 of 21 elementary schools have students out due to COVID.

Boone County COVID-19 health orders extended

UPDATE 12:40 P.M.: The COVID-19 health orders in Columbia and Boone County will remain in effect for an additional two weeks, the city/county health department said Monday.

The orders had been set to expire Tuesday but have now been extended through Nov. 18, the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services said in a news release. Department officials cited large numbers of patients with COVID-19 in Boone County hospitals as a reason for the extension.

"Increased hospitalizations and an upward trend of new cases continues to be cause for concern as we navigate this pandemic," department director Stephanie Browning said in the release. "The data suggests that the current restrictions should stay in place at this time."

The order continues a requirement that restaurants that serve alcohol and bars must close by 10:30 p.m., though they can offer curbside pickup and food delivery after that time. Groups of customers are limited to 10 people and standing bar, counter and buffet service is prohibited.

Entertainment venues can operate but have to limit crowed to 100 or fewer people.

The county's hospitals reported 99 COVID-19 patients as of Sunday, which is a record. More than a quarter of those patients were in intensive care, the health department reported.

The health department said 60 of the 160 Boone County residents hospitalized since the pandemic started were admitted in October -- an indication of the increased demand for hospital care. Their average age was 61, according to the release.

Daily cases are also on the rise, with the five-day rolling average going from 61 on Sept. 18 to 74 as of Sunday, the department said. Boone County recorded more than 100 new cases Saturday for the second time in five days. Before that, it had been two weeks since the county logged a day with at least 100 cases.

The county's positivity rate -- the percentage of people tested for coronavirus who get a positive result -- is also rising. The number went up almost 2% to hit 15.3% for the week that ended Thursday.

Missouri coronavirus hospitalizations set new record

UPDATE 8:30 A.M.: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said COVID-19 hospitalizations were at an all-time high during the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest data available from Oct. 30 said 1,659 were in the hospital because of COVID-19. It tied a record set the day before.

According to the health department's COVID-19 dashboard, the seven-day average for hospitalizations was at 1,545, a pandemic high.

Missouri added 2,651 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths since the dashboard was updated on Sunday.

According to the website, the state ranked seventh in the nation for new virus-related deaths over the last seven days with 78, Missouri 12th in the country for new COVID-19 cases over the same time period, 15,208.

The state's COVID-19 positivity rate also set new records, the health department said. By health department calculations, the seven-day positivity rate was up to 28.8%. It was also at 14.8% by CDC calculations.

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  1. So in over 8 months of COVID, 161 people out of Boone County’s 180,000 residents have been in the hospital and only 16 have died. On average 20 people die in Boone County every year of regular flu and pneumonia. Why didn’t the Health Department “scientists” shut down the economy for those 20 people last year or the year before? If it saves one life……

    1. No reason to expect any reasonable or rational action. After all, the very medical community that is promoting the insanity is responsible for more deaths in the US than it has so far attributed to COVID. Every year in the US about 250,000 are killed by medical error, the third leading cause of death in the country, that is never shown on a death certificate.

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