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MONDAY UPDATES: Boone County near top in the state for beginning and completing coronavirus vaccine

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The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is reporting 12 new COVID-19 cases for Saturday, eight new cases on Sunday and 13 new cases for Monday.

There are currently 106 active cases in the county.

The county now has a reported total number of COVID-19 cases of 18,258.

The county has reported the total number of cases removed from isolation is 18,066.

The county continues to trend down as there have been 88 straight days of single or double-digit case increases.

The health department is reporting one Boone County resident is in the hospital due to the coronavirus.

May be an image of text that says 'April 26, 2021 Summary of Boone County, Missouri Positive COVID-19 Cases Active Cases 106 Cases Released from Isolation 18,066 Total Deaths 86 Total Number of Cases Total Cases in 2020 13,835 18,258 Total Cases in 2021 4,423 Total Deaths in 2020 68 Total Deaths in 2021 18 Currently Hospitalized Have Required Hospitalization 1 545'
Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services April 26 dashboard

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports that 78,156 residents have received their first dose in Boone County and 52,667 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 43.3%. The second closest in the state is St. Louis County with 39.1%.

Boone County has a reported 29.2% of residents that have completed their coronavirus vaccine doses, good for third in the state. Boone County is behind Atchison County with 32.3% and the city of Joplin with 30.2% having completed the the doses for vaccination.

Cole County has the second-highest first vaccination rate in Mid-Missouri with 33.4%. Saline County is third with 31.5%.

Upcoming vaccination clinics in Centralia, Ashland, Jefferson City and Sturgeon

The Cole County Community Vaccination Site will be open Monday through Thursday at the Capital Mall.

Appointments are available from 9 AM until 3:30 PM and can be scheduled at Missouri DHSS Vaccine Navigator covidvaccine.mo.gov. Walk-Ins are welcome 9 a.m. til 2 p.m.

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services will hold community vaccination clinics in Centralia, Ashland and Sturgeon.

The health department will host one event at the Centralia Intermediate School on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The second dose will be given at the same place and same time on Wednesday.

The Thursday event will be in Ashland at the Southern Boone County High School 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The second dose will be given at the same place and same time on Thursday.

On May 4, the health department will hold an event at the Sturgeon Youth Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The second dose will be administered at the same place and same time on Tuesday.

These clinics will be for walk-ins and no appointments are required. The three community clinics will administer Pfizer so anyone aged 16 and older is eligible. A parental consent form is required for individuals aged 16 and 17. The vaccination is free and health insurance is not required.

Missouri vaccination rate decreases, more than 3 million doses administered

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said more than 3 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state as the state's vaccination rate has fallen.

The department's coronavirus dashboard said 36.7% of the state's population -- 2.2 million people -- has initiated vaccination and that 1.6 million others have completed vaccination.

On April 1, the seven-day average for coronavirus vaccinations was reported at 50,267. State data said rates remained near that high through April 16 but then fell to about 40,000 a day later.

Since then, the seven-day average has continued to fall going down to 28,614 in the latest data available.

Recent vaccine events in Mid-Missouri have had demand issues. Health departments have struggled to fill up vaccine clinics in Columbia and Jefferson City.

Health officials reported 316 new COVID-19 cases on Monday -- 195 through PCR testing and 121 probable cases from antigen testing. The department has reported nearly 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started.

Missouri was in the middle of the pack compared to the rest of the US for its new caseload over the last week. The dashboard said Missouri was 25th in the country for the total number of new cases, as well as, the cases reported per capita.

The state's seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate was reported at 5% on Monday. The rate has risen in April after falling below 4.5% throughout March.

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