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FRIDAY UPDATES: Boone County reports over 40% of the population to receive first coronavirus vaccine dose

A St. Louis resident receives a coronavirus vaccine shot in Cooper County on Friday, March 5, 2021.
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A St. Louis resident receives a coronavirus vaccine shot in Cooper County on Friday, March 5, 2021.

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is reporting 20 new COVID-19 cases.

There are currently 108 active cases in the county.

The county now has a reported total number of COVID-19 cases of 18,124.

The county has reported the total number of cases removed from isolation is 17,931, a 20 case increase from Thursday.

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services dashboard has reported the latest five-day average as 15.

The dashboard is reporting the positivity rate April 2 through last April 8 is 18%. The dashboard reporting for April 9 through last thursday is 11.4%

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Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services April 16 dashboard

The county continues to trend down as there have been 78 straight days of single or double-digit case increases.

The health department is reporting the total number of hospitalizations in Boone County is six.

The health department is reporting four Boone County residents are in the hospital due to the coronavirus.

The dashboard is reporting two COVID-19 patients in the ICU and one patient on a ventilator.

The hospital status remains in 'Green' status. 'Green' status is when hospitals are operating within licensed bed capacity; accepting patient transfers from referring hospitals within standard care operating procedures.

The State of Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard is reporting that 73,117 residents have received their first dose in Boone County and 46,254 Boone County residents have completed their vaccine doses.

Boone County has the largest percentage of people in Mid-Missouri that have received at least one dose of the vaccine with 40.5%. Boone County has a reported 25.6% of residents that have completed their coronavirus vaccine doses.

Cole County has the second-highest first vaccination rate in Mid-Missouri with 31.3%. Saline County is third with 30.6%.

One-third of Missourians initiate coronavirus vaccination

One in three Missouri residents has started the coronavirus vaccination process, according to the most recent data from the state health department.

As of Friday, the department's COVID-19 dashboard said more than 2 million state residents have had at least one dose of a two-shot vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.

Health department data included that 3.3 million total vaccine doses have been administered in the state and 1.37 million Missourians have completed vaccination.

Of Missouri's 114 counties, Boone had the highest rate of vaccinations initiated. The dashboard said 40.5% of the county population had started the vaccination process. Cole County had the next highest rate in Mid-Missouri at 31.3%.

Health officials reported at least 62% of all Missouri residents older than 65 have initiated vaccination. The state's elderly residents have had the highest rates of vaccination since vaccines became available.

As vaccinations have continued to increase, some surrounding states have outpaced Missouri. CDC data said the state's total vaccine doses administered rate was 53,943 per 100,000 residents. Only Tennessee and Arkansas fell below that mark.

Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Kentucky all had rates higher than 60,000, the CDC said. The data said Kansas' vaccine administered rate was up to 59,000, also higher than Missouri's.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Health officials reported more than 700 new COVID-19 cases on Friday -- 466 from PCR testing and 308 through antigen testing. Since the pandemic started nearly 500,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state.

Four more deaths were added to the state's count of virus-related deaths. The health department said 8,634 have died from COVID-19 during the pandemic.

The dashboard said 818 people were hospitalized and 136 were in ICU beds because of the coronavirus. Both hospitalizations and ICU stays have fallen over the past several months.

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ABC 17 News Team

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