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WEDNESDAY UPDATES: Saline County reports COVID-19 related death and 32 new cases

Saline County Health Department is reporting a COVID-19 related death and 32 new cases.

The death is the 43rd death in the county since the pandemic started in March.

According to online dashboard, there are 32 new total cases bringing the total to 2,151 cases.

The department has reported a 30 case increase in active cases and only one new case is considered to be recovered. There has been 1,961 recoveries so far.

Boone County reports two more COVID-19 deaths, total COVID-19 cases moves past 13,000

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is reporting two new COVID-19 related deaths.

Officials report the individuals were in the 65-69 and 75-79 age groups. These are the eighth and ninth deaths in the last three days. The county has reported 24 deaths in the month of December and 52 overall.

The county is also reporting 146 new COVID-19 cases.

The dashboard is currently reporting 883 active cases, a 59 case increase since Monday.

The county now has a reported total number of COVID-19 cases of 13,060 since March.

The county has reported the total number of cases removed from isolation is 12,125, an increase of 85 cases.

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services dashboard has reported the latest five-day average as 96. This is the lowest the average has been since it was 91 on Nov. 4.

The dashboard is reporting the positivity rate currently sits at 32.3% for Dec. 11 through last Thursday.

The health department is reporting the total hospitalizations in Boone County at 142 cases.

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Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Dec. 23 dashboard

The number of Boone County residents hospitalized is reported to be 28.

The dashboard is reporting 41 COVID-19 patients in the ICU and 14 patients on ventilators.

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

Columbia/Boone County health department warns of possible COVID-19 exposure

The Columbia/Boone County health department warned residents about possible exposure to COVID-19 after a recent event.

Health officials said people who attended a Christmas party at the Open Heart Baptist Church on N. Lake of the Woods Road on Friday should monitor themselves for coronavirus symptoms because they may have been in close contact with someone who had COVID-19.

The health department said attendees are asked to contact their health care provider and request a COVID-19 test if they develop symptoms. Anyone who tests positive is asked to isolate for at least 10 days.

Osage County reports 100 more COVID-19 cases, 1 more virus death

The Osage County Emergency Management Agency reported 100 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 and another person has died from the virus in a countywide update posted on Wednesday.

The Facebook post said coronavirus positive cases were reported at 1,257. It included 76 people had active cases and that 1,173 have recovered.

According to the post, eight county residents have now died from COVID-19. The emergency management agency last updated the coronavirus data on Dec. 8.

The county department last updated coronavirus numbers on Dec. 8.

Statewide positivity rate stagnates, hospitalizations remain high

The state health department reported on Wednesday morning the state's seven-day positivity rate has not changed in the last 24 hours and that virus-related hospitalizations continue to remain high.

Data on the coronavirus dashboard said the positivity rate was at 17.1% -- unchanged since Tuesday's update. The rate had fallen for weeks but has stagnated around 17 percent since Dec. 14.

The positivity rate indicates widespread COVID-19, according to data from the CDC. Federal health data says any rate over 10 percent shows a continued, high spread of the virus.

State hospital officials included 2,716 people were hospitalized in Missouri because of COVID-19 on Sunday -- the most up to date data available. Hospital data included 27% of state hospital beds were still open.

According to the dashboard, statewide ICU admissions because of COVID-19 were up to 652. It included 24% of ICU beds were still available as of Sunday.

Virus-related hospitalizations and ICU admissions have not seen considerable changes since mid-November. Recently, both numbers have seen some slight changes up and down.

Health officials said total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started topped out at 373,580 on Wednesday -- 3,141 more cases since Tuesday. The dashboard included virus-related deaths also increased -- 97 more from the day before.

The health department said in an email early Wednesday morning many of the deaths added to the dashboard came from the department's weekly death certificate check. Health officials added 246 more fatalities in the death certificate check.

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ABC 17 News Team


1 Comment

  1. “Health officials said people who attended a Christmas party at the Open Heart Baptist Church on N. Lake of the Woods Road on Friday should monitor themselves for coronavirus symptoms”.
    As if one did not know they were ill without close monitoring. We are all capable of realizing whether we are ill or not, thank you very much. We don’t need any “health officials” to tell us to do so, whether we were at a particular event or not. This is nothing less than an attempt to demonize anyone who attempts to live a somewhat natural life. One in which we associate with each other. We are social animals. We do not thrive in isolation, any more than we do in crowded situations. The destruction of our economic, social, and mental health on the alter of contagion is absurd. We have always been threatened by disease, and we didn’t stop living to avoid them before COVID. The “experts” have told us to stop living to save our lives. What’s the point?

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