FRIDAY UPDATES: Boone County reports 24 new COVID cases; two new patients hospitalized
The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is reporting 24 new coronavirus cases were added to the information hub on Friday. The county delays reporting cases by two days.
The dashboard is showing nine COVID-19 patients in Boone County hospitals. One patient is in the ICU and none are on a ventilator.
Additionally, 44,754 previous COVID-19 cases were recorded previously.
Boone County is reported to have a low COVID-19 community level, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).
The Columbia Public Schools reports active coronavirus and quarantine cases to their website daily.
The district reported a 12.9 14-day rate for last Wednesday.
CPS reports that 20 district facilities (nine elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools and four other district-wide facilities) currently have staff out because of COVID-19.
The district is reporting 23 coronavirus cases in staff across the district. The breakdown in staff shows 11 staff members at an elementary school, five staff members at middle schools, five staff members at the high school level 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 14 district facilities that have reported coronavirus cases in students. In the district, there are six out of 21 elementary schools, four out of seven middle schools, three out of four high schools and one other district-wide facility have reported coronavirus cases in students.
There are 19 active coronavirus cases in the district. There are eight cases in elementary schools, two cases at the middle school level, eight cases at the high school level and one case at a district-wide facility. There are 11 cases that are currently quarantined due to COVID. The district is reporting three cases at the elementary school level, seven at the middle school level and one at the high school level that is currently in quarantine.
Cole County reports two new coronavirus cases
The Cole County Health Department reported two new coronavirus cases on Friday.
According to the dashboard update, there are 17,438 total cases in the county since March 2020.
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 three active cases in students and no active case in a staff member.
State of Missouri reports over 500 new COVID cases compared to last week
The state of Missouri is reporting new 4,016 coronavirus cases for the week of April 28 through May 4. New cases increased by 544 cases compared to the previous week, a 16% increase.
The dashboard did not update reporting on statewide hospital cases and deaths by the week. The state reported 394 patient hospitalizations and 29 patients in the ICU for the week of May 4.
The dashboard is showing COVID community levels for the central region to be low with cases up by 14.5% compared to the previous 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 and cases are down 3.9% in that region.
In the state’s boot heel, Dunklin County is the only county considered in the medium COVID community level; the rest are considered in the low level.
The omicron variant remains the dominant variant in Missouri. As of April 10, the state is reporting the BA 1.1 lineage is reporting 9.4% the BA.2 has 81.1% and the BA.2.12.1 variant has 9.4%.