While new COVID-19 deaths reported weekly in Missouri are on a downward trend, the state currently ranks among the top 20 in the nation for new deaths attributed to coronavirus infection in the past seven days.
As of Monday, Missouri had reported 49 residents’ deaths attributed to COVID-19 over the past seven days, ranking 19th in the United States for total number of new deaths reported, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
With an average of 0.8 deaths per 100,000 population, Missouri ranks 29th in the United States for new COVID-19 deaths per capita over the past seven days.
DHSS bases these rankings on information from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, according to the state department’s website.
The Associated Press reported Monday that the seven-day average of new COVID-19 deaths is rising in 30 American states, based on data from Johns Hopkins.
Missouri’s new COVID-19 cases and deaths reported over the past seven days were down significantly from the previous seven-day period — a decrease of 43 percent in new cases and of 42.4 percent in new deaths, according to DHSS.
A total of 6,256 Missourians have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and 438,840 total cases have been reported in the state, according to DHSS.