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Increase in case rates, positivity leave Missouri in White House ‘red zone’


Missouri remained in the White House "red zone" in its latest report after seeing increases in both case rates and test positivity during the first week of November.

White House "red zone" report obtained by ABC News

The report obtained by ABC News ranked Missouri 16th in the country for highest case rates after the state recorded 345 new cases per 100,000 people compared to the national average of 209 new cases.

The Show-Me State also moved up the list for test positivity, ranking eighth on the newest report compared to 10th on the Nov. 1 report. The report said test positivity increased 3.7 percent in the last week with nearly 17 percent of tests coming back positive in the state. Across the nation, positivity is roughly 8.5 percent.

Obtained by ABC News

Several mid-Missouri counties were listed in the red zone, including Cole, Boone, Callaway, Pettis, Camden, Miller, Moniteau, Randolph, Phelps, Pulaski, Osage, Cooper, Saline, Maries, Gasconade and Chariton counties.

As for cities, Jefferson City, Columbia, Sedalia, Lebanon, Moberly, Rolla and Marshall all made the red zone.

To help curb the spread of COVID-19, the report recommends increased testing, incuding in people who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic, wearing masks, social distancing, limiting gatherings with people outside your own household and getting a flu shot.

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Brittany Wiley

Brittany Wiley joined ABC 17 News in December 2018 as a full-time reporter. She anchors weekend morning broadcasts and reports in the early evening during the week.


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