TUESDAY UPDATES: Cole County reports coronavirus cases continue to go down

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The Cole County Health Department reported five new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

According to the dashboard update, there are 17,012 residential cases and 330 long-term care facility resident cases. That is 17,342 total cases in the county since March 2020.

The county has reported 199 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

March 2022 Case Total Per Day 3-22-22
Cole County Health Department cases by day in March

Cole County ranks 28th in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 in the past week. Cases are down 5.3% when comparing last week to the prior week. The county has reported a 3.2% positivity test rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports about 55.5% of the county have initiated their first dose of the vaccine and 51.7% of the county’s population have been fully vaccinated.

The Jefferson City School District reported no new coronavirus case in a student but there was one new case in a staff member on Monday.

The district is reporting three active cases in students and one in a staff member.

State of Missouri reports 11 Mid-Missouri counties in the top 40 in coronavirus cases per capita

The state of Missouri reported 582 new and probable coronavirus cases from Tuesday.

The state health department is reporting a 191 seven-day coronavirus case average (1,335 confirmed cases from the previous week of reporting). The daily average looks at the last seven days and doesn’t account for the past three days.

The dashboard reported 293 new coronavirus cases through PCR testing and another 289 probable cases identified in antigen testing from Thursday, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services coronavirus dashboard. Missouri has now reported 1,130,239 confirmed cases for the pandemic and more than 277,556 probable cases.

The state added 79 deaths for 16,031 total and 44 new probable deaths were removed for 3,833.

Missouri’s new cases are down 5.7% over the past week, the state reports, as recent cases go down nationwide.

The rate of positive tests is 3.1% for the last week. A higher positivity rate suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with coronavirus in the community who haven’t been tested yet.

Montgomery (1), Howard (4), Audrain (9), Monroe (12), Osage (23), Cole (28), Miller (29), Maries (30, Callaway (32), Pettis (34) and Boone (35) counties are all in the top 40 Missouri counties in cases per capita over the last week, according to state statistics.

Source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

The state reports that 8.09% (no change for Tuesday) of vaccinated Missourians have developed COVID-19 infections. The state is reporting 280,322 breakthrough cases out of 3,466,412 fully vaccinated people. The state has reported 1,827 breakthrough deaths.

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

The state reported Monday that 56.5% of Missouri residents are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are also trending down, with the state reporting 20% of total inpatient capacity and 23% of ICU capacity remaining. Those numbers are at 26% and 35% in Central Missouri, respectively. The state is reporting 606 patient hospitalizations. There are currently 100 patients in Missouri ICUs. The hospital status for all of Missouri is on a three-day delay, the latest information is from Tuesday.



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