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MONDAY UPDATES: Boone Hospital Center to forgo Moderna coronavirus vaccine

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Boone Hospital Center

Boone Hospital Center says it will not be asking for the Moderna coronavirus vaccine.

Leaders said Boone Hospital has the ultra-cold storage needed for the Pfizer vaccine.

The hospital plans to keep getting Pfizer's vaccine so that others without cold storage can have Moderna's.

Leaders aren't positive when the next shipment will come in, but hope to know by the end of the week.

The hospital has given out 862 vaccines and the second dose of the vaccine will start up on Jan. 7.

So far 732 staff members have received the vaccine and 75-percent of the staff are willing to take the vaccine.

Boone Hospital reported that 211 employees have gotten COVID-19 since March.

The hospital also has a new transport van that is being used to take coronavirus patients directly home.

Cole County Health Department is reporting 110 new coronavirus cases.

The county reported 109 cases were for residents of the county and only one case was reported from a long term care facility.

The health department is also reporting five new deaths being reported from long-term care facilities. That brings the total in long term care facilities to 43.

The county has the most deaths in the mid-Missouri area with 89 total deaths.

The daily case totals will reflect the date the specimen was collected instead of the date the results were received by the Health Department.

Columbia/Boone County health department reports 3 more COVID-19 deaths

Tweets from the Columbia/Boone County health department said officials reported three additional deaths across the county since Friday.

A tweet said in resident in each of the 55-59, 65-69, and 80+ age ranges had died. A previous tweet from Monday morning said the resident in the 65-69 range had died over the weekend.

The three deaths brings the county total to 46 since the pandemic started.

Boone County reports lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since late October

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is reporting 60 new COVID-19 cases. This is the lowest number of new cases since Oct. 26 when 25 cases were reported that Monday.

The dashboard is currently reporting 847 active cases.

The county now has a reported total number of COVID-19 cases of 12,812 since March.

The county has reported the total number of cases removed from isolation is 11,919.

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services dashboard has reported the latest five-day average as 112.

The dashboard is reporting the positivity rate currently sits at 31.8% for Dec. 11 through last Thursday.

The health department is reporting the total hospitalizations in Boone County at 137 cases.

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Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Dec. 21 dashboard

The number of Boone County residents hospitalized is reported to be 36.

The dashboard is reporting 42 COVID-19 patients in the ICU and 16 patients on ventilators.

The hospital status is still currently in the 'yellow' zone.

Missouri nears 5,000 COVID-19 deaths

The state health department said Missouri is closing in on 5,000 COVID-19 deaths after an update on the statewide coronavirus dashboard Monday morning.

Health department data said an increase of 10 virus-related deaths since Sunday's dashboard update brought the pandemic total up to 4,947.

The data included 3,130 more COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday -- bringing the total number of cases up to 368,316.

Monday's case update was higher than both daily increases over the weekend.

Missouri's seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate increased slightly higher over the weekend. The rate went up to 17.3% Monday morning -- 0.3% more than the rate reported on Saturday.

The state ranked 13th in the country for new COVID-19 deaths over the last seven days -- 64, according to the dashboard. It included Missouri was 19th in the US for new positive cases over the same time period -- 17,416.

Statewide coronavirus hospitalizations and ICU admissions decreased and increased, respectively. The dashboard said hospitalizations because of COVID-19 fell by 28 to 2,729. Intensive care unit admissions because of the coronavirus went up 18 to 653.

Both numbers have remained high since mid-November.

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ABC 17 News Team


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