MONDAY UPDATES: Boone County reports no coronavirus updates due to increased staff workload

the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services says there will be no more updates today as the organization is making changes to the hub.

The department also did not report on Friday due to the large number of cases resulting in an increased workload for department staff.

The ministry will also change the way information is reported to help staff while continuing to provide data to the public.

Boone County ranks fifth in the state with the most coronavirus cases by total volume over the past week and is second when sorted by cases per 100,000. Cases are down 10 .8% comparing last week to the previous week. The county has a 38.7% test positivity rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

the Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports that 117,539 residents received their first dose in Boone County and 104,190 Boone County residents completed their vaccine doses.

Boone County has the third highest percentage of Missouri County residents who have received at least one dose of the vaccine at 65.1%. The largest county in the state is St. Louis County at 69.4%.

Boone County is third in the state with 57.7% of residents completing their coronavirus vaccine doses. St. Louis County is the top county in the state with 61.1% of residents completing vaccination doses. The city of Joplin has 61.8% of the population fully vaccinated.

Cole County has the second highest first vaccination rate in central Missouri at 55%. Callaway County is third at 51%.

Missouri attorney general sues nine more schools to end mask mandates

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today filed a lawsuit against nine more school districts to end their illegal mask mandate policies.

Districts that have been sued include Bayless, Jennings, Lexington, Kirkwood, Ritenour, Hancock Place, St. Louis Special School District, Meramec Valley and University City.

“As we have made clear from the start, the power to make health care decisions for their children should be in the hands of parents, not bureaucrats,” Attorney General Schmitt said.

On Friday last week, the Missouri attorney general’s office filed suit against 36 school districts to suspend mask mandates.

Cole County continues to report large numbers due to backlog of data

the Cole County Health Departmentt reported 338 new cases of coronavirus on Friday.

According to the dashboard update, there are 15,696 residential cases and 312 cases of residents of long-term care facilities. This represents 16,008 total cases in the county.

“Due to a reporting issue with a local health system that has resulted in a backlog of data, the Cole County Health Department expects to receive a large number of positive COVID-19 cases over the next several days. from the MO Department of Health and Elderly Services. The positive cases date back to the first part of December,” Kristi Campbell, director of the Cole County Health Department, said Tuesday.

Cole County has reported 175 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Cole County Health Department cases per day in January

Cole County ranks 15th in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the past week and 14th overall in total volume. Cases are down 31.3% comparing last week to the previous week. The county reported a 38.7% test positivity rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

the Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports that approximately 55% of the county has started their first dose of vaccine and 50.6% of the county’s population has been fully vaccinated.

the Jefferson City School District reported a new case of coronavirus in students and a new case of coronavirus in staff members on Sunday.

The district reports 43 active cases among students and 16 active cases among staff.

The district reports 169 close contacts for students and 25 close contacts for staff.

State of Missouri reports declining trend in hospital and ICU capacity

the state of missouri reported 5,697 new probable cases of coronavirus for Monday.

The daily average of new coronavirus cases in the state of Missouri has risen to a seven-day average of 8,502 (59,512 confirmed cases from the previous reporting week) as the state reports new coronavirus cases statewide 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, which will push this number even higher.

The state reported 4,979 new coronavirus cases through PCR testing and another 718 probable cases identified through antigen testing as of Friday, according to the Department of Health and Senior Services’ coronavirus dashboard. Missouri. Missouri has now reported 1,029,456 confirmed pandemic cases and more than 246,194 probable cases.

The state recorded no new deaths for a total of 13,872 and 13 new probable deaths were added for a total of 3,166.

Missouri’s new cases are down 15.4% over the past week, the state reports, as recent cases increase nationwide.

The positive test rate is 35.2% 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

Saline (1), Boone (2), Pettis (6), Miller (9), Callaway (10), Osage (14), Cole (15), Camden, (36), Moniteau (39) and Randolph (40) the counties are all in Missouri’s top 40 counties in cases per capita over the past week, according to state statistics.

the status reports that 5.96% (a 0.01% decrease from last Friday) of vaccinated Missourians developed COVID-19 infections. The state reports 200,922 breakthrough cases out of 3,373,172 fully vaccinated people. The state has reported 994 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 55% of Missouri residents are fully immunized.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are also trending down, with status report 16% of the total hospitalization capacity and 15% of the remaining intensive care capacity. Those numbers are 18% and 25% in central Missouri, respectively. The state reports 3,610 patient hospitalizations. There are currently 681 patients in Missouri ICUs.

Hospitals urge Missourians to use ER for emergencies amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Missouri Hospital Association is urging Missourians “to only book emergency departments in the ER in the coming weeks” due to the added strain on hospitals from the record number of COVID-19 patients.

Patients with serious or life-threatening conditions should use the emergency room, but those who only need routine care such as testing for the coronavirus should “seek services in the appropriate setting”, the agency said. association in a press release. This includes testing sites, doctor’s offices and pharmacies that sell COVID-19 tests.

“Unfortunately, the influx of patients – driven by demand for COVID-19 testing and care, as well as other normal seasonal increases in hospital utilization – is causing hospital emergency room waiting rooms to fill up,” Jon D. Doolittle, the association’s president and CEO, said in the statement. “This creates a bottleneck because every patient must be screened and treated under federal law, regardless of the severity of their condition. In an emergency, a patient must always seek emergency care.”

Nearly 3,800 coronavirus patients were being treated as of Thursday in Missouri hospitals. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state remains higher than previous pandemic waves, including last winter’s surge. Hospitals have delayed procedures and reorganized staff to help meet excess demand.

UM Health Care announced on Monday that it was treating 117 coronavirus patients. SSM-St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City said on Friday that 36% of its patients have the coronavirus and 85% of them are not vaccinated against the virus.

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