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MONDAY UPDATES: Cole County reports coronavirus cases down nearly 25% compared to previous week

KMIZ ABC 17 News
KMIZ ABC 17 News
 2021-08-23
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The Cole County Health Department reported 62 new coronavirus cases.

According to the dashboard update, there are 10,191 residential cases and a total of 282 cases for long-term care facility residents. That brings a total of 10,473 total cases in the county.

The county is currently reporting 135 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic started, which is the most in Mid-Missouri.

Cole County ranks 26th in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per capita in the past week. Cases are down 24.8% on the week. The county has a 13.1% positive test rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services .

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports about 41.8% of the county's population have been fully vaccinated.

Blue Note to require coronavirus vaccination or negative test

Columbia concert venue The Blue Note will require proof of full coronavirus vaccination or a negative test in the last 72 hours to enter starting next month.

The venue announced the change, effective Sept. 6, on social media Monday . The release came just hours after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had approved the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for use in people 16 and older. The vaccine, like coronavirus shots from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, had previously been OK'd under emergency authorization.

The policy also applies to events at Rose Music Hall and on Ninth Street. The Blue Note holds street concerts as part of its Summerfest series.

More information on the policy is available on The Blue Note's website .

The state health department reports 49% of Boone County residents a re fully vaccinated. However, case rates around the area have surged this summer, powered by the more transmissible delta variant. As of Friday, the five-day average of new cases in Boone County was comparable to levels last seen in February . County hospitals were treating 117 coronavirus patients as of Friday.

Southwest Missouri health system requires employee vaccines

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP)

CoxHealth officials will require all employees in its southwest Missouri hospitals to have the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 15.

The hospital system, based in Springfield, announced the vaccine requirement Monday shortly after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its full approval to the Pfizer vaccine. CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards said the hospital system will give "careful consideration" to allowing exemptions for medical and religious reasons.

CoxHealth said 70% of its employees are already vaccinated, including 90% of its physicians. The announcement comes as state health officials say 44% of the state's residents have received full doses of the vaccine.

In Mid-Missouri, both SSM Health -- operating of St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City -- and MU Health Care have announced vaccination requirements for their employees. Boone Health is offering employees incentives to get vaccinated but is not requiring the shot.

New coronavirus cases decline in Missouri

New coronavirus cases in Missouri are down nearly 20% over the past week, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The department's state das hboard reported a 19.6% drop in cases week over week Monday. The case numbers used to calculate the week-over-week change are delayed three days.

New cases reported Monday were below the average daily total for the past week, with 1,313 confirmed cases through PCR testing. Another 131 probable cases were identified through antigen testing. The state has reported 616,252 total confirmed cases and 123,217 probable cases since the pandemic started last year.

One new death was reported Monday for a total of 10,206 since the pandemic began. The state's positive test rate is 13.3%.

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Moniteau and Callaway counties remain in the top 20 for most new cases per capita over the past week, with Moniteau at No. 5 and Callaway at No. 17.

The continuing surge in cases powered by the highly transmissible delta variant continues to strain the state's hospitals. The average number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care remains at its highest point during the pandemic , with 14% ICU capacity remaining statewide. ICU capacity is at 26% in the state's central region.

Vaccinations in Missouri continue to lag, with just 44% of resi dents fully vaccinated. Just 28.2% of Missourians in the 12-17 age group, many of whom are returning to classrooms this week, have been fully vaccinated.

The state saw an uptick in vaccinations early this month but now the number of new shots given has stalled at about 13,000 per day.

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