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FRIDAY UPDATES: Boone County reports third straight day of double-digit new COVID cases

Columbia/Boone County Health Department
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Columbia/Boone County Health Department

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is reporting 13 new coronavirus cases were added to the information hub on Friday. The county delays reporting cases by two days.

The dashboard is showing 12 COVID-19 patients in Boone County hospitals. Of the 12 patients, one patient is in the ICU and one patient is on a ventilator.

The county has reported 42,975 since the pandemic began. The county has reported 14,096 cases since 2022 started.

Boone County is reported to have a low COVID-19 community level, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

Source: Columbia/Boone Co. Public Health & Human Services

The Columbia Public Schools reports active coronavirus and quarantine cases to their website daily.

The district reported a 7.6 14-day rate for last Wednesday.

CPS reports that 16 district facilities (eight elementary schools, four middle schools, one high school and three other district-wide facilities) currently have staff out because of COVID-19.

The district is reporting 17 coronavirus cases in staff across the district. The breakdown in staff shows eight staff members at an elementary school, four staff members at middle schools, three staff members at the high school and two staff members at district-wide facilities who have tested positive for COVID-19. Three staff members at elementary schools have to quarantine due to being in close contact.

The district reported 11 district facilities that have reported coronavirus cases in students. In the district, there are five out of 21 elementary schools, four out of seven middle schools and two out of four high schools have reported coronavirus cases in students.

There are eight active coronavirus cases in the district. There are four cases in elementary schools, two cases in the middle school and two cases at the high school level. There are 13 cases that are currently quarantined due to COVID. The district is reporting five cases at the elementary school level, seven at the middle school level and one at the high school level that is currently in quarantine.

Two Mid-Missouri counties considered medium COVID community level

The state of Missouri has moved to the endemic phase of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday. The state has changed its daily reporting to focus more on regional-based reporting.

The state health department is reporting 1,757 cases in the past seven days.

The dashboard is now reporting statewide cases and deaths by the week. The state has reported 638 cases for the week of March 27 and one death for the week.

The dashboard is showing COVID community levels for the central region to be low with cases down 21.9% compared to last week. The central region includes Howard, Boone, Audrain, Montgomery, Gasconade, Osage, Cole, Callaway, Miller, Camden, Morgan, Moniteau and Cooper County. Maries County is considered in the southwest region. Pettis and Saline County are considered in the Kansas City region. Howard Pettis County are the only counties in our region to be considered in the medium COVID community level; the rest are considered in the low level.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are also trending down, with the state reporting 385 patient hospitalizations.

The omicron variant remains the dominant variant in Missouri. As of March 13, the state is reporting the B.1.1.529 lineage has 2.2%, The BA 2.3 lineage is reporting 4.3% the BA.1.1  has 58.7% and the BA.2 variant has 34.8%.

Cole county reports a fourth straight day of one new COVID case

The Cole County Health Department reported one new coronavirus case on Friday.

According to the dashboard update, there are 17,042 residential cases and 331 long-term care facility resident cases. That is 17,373 total cases in the county since March 2020.

April 2022 Case Total Per Day 4-15-22
Cole County Health Department cases by day in April

The county has reported 200 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports Cole County as having a low COVID-19 community level.

The Jefferson City School District reported no new coronavirus case in a student or in a staff member on Thursday.

The district is reporting one active case in a student and no active case in a staff member.

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