THURSDAY UPDATES: Jefferson City School District reports third straight day of no new COVID cases in students and staff
The Cole County Health Department reported seven new coronavirus cases from Tuesday.
According to the dashboard update, there are 11,097 residential cases and 286 long-term care facility resident cases. That is 11,383 total cases in the county.
Cole County has reported 163 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.
Cole County ranks 49th in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 in the past week. Cases are up 20.8% when comparing last week to the prior week. The county has a 7.9% positivity test rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services .
The Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard reports about 49.7% of the county have initiated their first dose of the vaccine and 45.6% of the county's population have been fully vaccinated.
The Jefferson City School District reported no new coronavirus cases in students or staff from Tuesday.
The district is reporting one active case in a student and no active cases in staff.
The district is reporting 22 close contacts for students and one close contact for staff.
Statewide COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 7%
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) reported the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped below 7% Thursday.
According to the state health department, Missouri's positivity rate fell from 7% on Wednesday to 6.8%. The statewide positivity hasn't dropped below 7% since June.
The state added more than 1,170 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours. DHSS reported 862 people tested positive for the virus using PCR tests.
That's above the state's daily average of 708 cases for the testing method.
Antigen testing was used to find 316 new probable cases of the virus. Missouri averages 210 positive antigen tests each day.
The state added seven new virus-related deaths on Thursday. The additional virus-related deaths pushed Missouri's total to 11,942 since the pandemic started.
Hospitals across the state reported 1,117 people are hospitalized with COVID-19. Data from the state health department showed 210 patients are on ventilators.
According to DHSS, more than 2.9 million Missourians have finished the coronavirus vaccination process.
That's 48.8% of Missouri's population.