THURSDAY UPDATES: Cole County reports most new coronavirus cases are breakthrough infections

the Cole County Health Department reported two new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday.

According to the dashboard update, there are 16,985 residential cases and 330 cases of residents of long-term care facilities. This represents 17,315 total cases in the county since March 2020.

Cole County reported 17 cases in March and 77% of them are considered breakthrough cases. A breakthrough case occurs when a fully vaccinated person later contracts the disease for which they were vaccinated.

Cole County has reported 190 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Cole County Health Department cases per day in March

Cole County ranks 53rd in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the past week. Cases are down 54.9% comparing last week to the previous week. The county reported a 3.6% test positivity rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

the Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports that approximately 55.5% of the county has started their first dose of vaccine and 51.5% of the county’s population has been fully vaccinated.

the Jefferson City School District reported no new cases of coronavirus in a student or staff member on Wednesday.

The district reports three active cases in a student.

Missouri state’s coronavirus positivity rate drops below 4%

the state of missouri reported 599 new probable cases of coronavirus as of Tuesday.

The state health department is reporting a seven-day average of 272 coronavirus cases (1,901 confirmed cases from the previous reporting week). The daily average is for the last seven days and does not take into account the last three days.

The dashboard reported 389 new coronavirus cases through PCR testing and another 210 probable cases identified through antigen testing as of Thursday, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ coronavirus dashboard. . Missouri has now reported 1,127,235 confirmed pandemic cases and more than 275,566 probable cases.

The state added two deaths for 15,628 total and one new probable death was added for 3,719.

Missouri’s new cases are down 35.6% over the past week, the state reports, as recent cases decline nationwide.

The positive test rate is 3.9% for the past week. Higher positivity suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with coronavirus in the community who have not yet been tested.

Source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Osage (10), Randolph (12), Callaway (24), Audrain (25), Morgan (33), and Cooper (35) counties are all in Missouri’s top 40 counties in cases per capita during the last week, according to state statistics.

the status reports that 8.04% (no change for Thursday) of vaccinated Missourians developed COVID-19 infections. The state reports 277,895 breakthrough cases out of 3,455,826 fully vaccinated people. The state has reported 1,690 breakthrough deaths.

Experts continue to tout vaccination as the best tool to fight the wave of new cases.

the reported state Wednesday that 56.3% of Missouri residents are fully immunized.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are also trending down, with status report 21% of the total hospitalization capacity and 25% of the remaining intensive care capacity. Those numbers are 31% and 41% in central Missouri, respectively. The state reports 950 patient hospitalizations. There are currently 179 patients in Missouri ICUs. Hospital status for all of Missouri is three days behind schedule, latest as of Sunday.

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