THURSDAY UPDATES: Unemployment claims up slightly in Missouri and nationwide
More than 5,600 Missourians filed new unemployment claims last week.
According to data from the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations , 5,659 people filed initial jobless claims during the week ending Sept. 11. The number of claims increased by more than a thousand from the week prior.
However, compared to the week ending Aug. 28, when nearly 11,000 Missourians filed for unemployment benefits, filings were nearly cut in half.
Nationwide jobless claims also increased by 20,000 last week to 332,000.
The week before, the U.S. recorded a pandemic-low number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits, with the Department of Labor reporting 312,000 new claims.
Boone County records another COVID-19 death
EDITOR'S NOTE: This blog entry has been corrected to reflect that the county reported 85 cases.
The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services recorded an additional death due to COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, 150 Boone Countians have died from the virus.
Boone County health officials recorded 85 new coronavirus cases. As of Thursday morning, 660 people across the county had active COVID-19 infections after 28 patients were also removed from isolation.
Though the healthcare system remains at the green capacity level, there are still over a hundred patients in Boone County hospitals with the virus. A total of 101 patients are being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 22 are Boone County residents.
Missouri adds more than 2,600 new cases of COVID-19
The State of Missouri reported more than 2,600 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services , PCR testing revealed 1,987 new cases of the virus. Another 652 new cases were found through the use of antigen testing.
The state's seven-day positivity rate slightly dropped from 10.9% on Wednesday to 10.8%.
Data from the state health department showed another seven new virus-related deaths. There have been 11,028 coronavirus-related deaths in Missouri since the pandemic started.
Hospitals across the state reported 1,922 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19. Around 311 of those patients are on ventilators.
More than 3.2 million Missourians have started the process to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
That's about 52.8% of Missouri's population.
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