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THURSDAY UPDATES: Southern Boone Elementary School to require masks for two weeks

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The Southern Boone Elementary School will require masks Friday for the next two weeks according to Superintendent Christopher Felmlee.

Felmlee wrote in a press release that 15% of the school population is out due to COVID-19 related positive cases and quarantines.

The elementary school currently has 82 students quarantined, five students have coronavirus cases and one staff is COVID positive.

The masking policy is part of the district’s Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Plan and was approved in August.

The masking requirement will be reevaluated on Sept. 30.

Felmlee says that masks will continue to be encouraged, but not required at the primary, middle and high schools.

Cole County nearing 11,000 coronavirus cases since the pandemic started

The Cole County Health Department reported 12 new coronavirus cases from over the weekend.

According to the dashboard update, there are 10,710 residential cases and 284 long-term care facility resident cases. That is 10,994 total cases in the county.

Cole County has reported 155 coronavirus deaths; nine deaths were reported Tuesday after the state analyzed death certificates.

Cole County ranks 53rd in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per capita in the past week. Cases are up 5.5% comparing last week to the prior week. The county has a 10.6% positive test rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services .

The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports about 49% of the county have initiated their first dose of the vaccine and 44.6% of the county's population have been fully vaccinated.

The Jefferson City School District reported three new student coronavirus cases. The district has 16 active coronavirus cases in students and two active cases in staff.

The district is reporting eight close contacts for students and one close contact for staff.

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.

The death was added to the county's COVID-19 information hub Thursday morning but was a delayed report from Wednesday.
Boone County COVID-19 Information Hub on Sept. 16, 2021.

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.
Missouri State COVID-19 dashboard on Sept. 16.

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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