THURSDAY UPDATES: Cole County reports positivity rate below 8%

the Cole County Health Departmentt reported 17 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday.

According to the dashboard update, there are 16,928 residential cases and 328 resident cases in long-term care facilities. This represents 17,256 total cases in the county since March 2020.

Cole County has reported 188 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Cole County Health Department cases per day in February

Cole County ranks 39th in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the past week. Cases are down 53.3% comparing last week to the previous week. The county reported a positivity test rate of 7.5%, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

the Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports that approximately 55.3% of the county has started their first dose of vaccine and 51.3% 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 is reporting seven active cases among students.

the state of missouri reported 1,271 new and probable cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday.

The daily average of new coronavirus cases in the state of Missouri has risen to a seven-day average of 679 (4,756 confirmed cases from the previous reporting week) as the state reports new coronavirus cases nationwide. condition according to state health department reports. The daily average is for the last seven days and does not take into account the last three days.

The state has reported 738 new coronavirus cases through PCR testing and another 533 probable cases identified through antigen testing as of Wednesday, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ coronavirus dashboard. . Missouri has now reported 1,121,007 confirmed pandemic cases and more than 273,003 probable cases.

The state recorded 316 new deaths for 15,223 in total and 137 probable deaths were added for 3,612.

Missouri’s new cases are down 47% over the past week, the state reports, as recent cases increase nationwide.

The positive test rate is 7.9% 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.

Osage (3), Saline (6), Maries (10), Callaway (11), Chariton (24), Randolph (36), and Cole (39) counties are all in Missouri’s top 40 counties in the event per capita over the past week, according to state statistics.

Source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

the status reports that 7.97% (a 0.36 increase for Thursday) of vaccinated Missourians developed COVID-19 infections. The state reports 273,974 breakthrough cases out of 3,437,327 fully vaccinated people. The state has reported 1,519 breakthrough deaths.

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

Yet new vaccinations have effectively stalled in Missouri, with more boosters given daily than first or second vaccinations. the reported status Thursday that 56% of Missouri residents are fully immunized.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are also trending down, with status report 20% of the total hospitalization capacity and 21% of the remaining intensive care capacity. Those numbers are 24% and 31% in central Missouri, respectively. The state reports 1,584 patient hospitalizations. There are currently 320 patients in Missouri ICUs. Hospital status for all of Missouri is delayed for two days, with the latest information from Monday.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services added 429 COVID-19-related deaths after the state’s disease surveillance system analyzed death certificates.

Of the 429 deaths:

  • One in March 2021
  • Four in May 2021
  • One in June 2021
  • New in July 2021
  • 20 in August 2021
  • 24 in September 2021
  • 10 in October 2021
  • 13 in November 2021
  • 20 in December 2021
  • 213 in January
  • 114 in February

DHSS officials report that weekly activity typically causes a large spike in deaths added to Missouri’s total the following day.

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