THURSDAY UPDATE: State of Missouri reporting over 12,500 new coronavirus cases
The state of Missouri reported 15,596 new and probable coronavirus cases Thursday.
The state of Missouri’s daily average of new coronavirus cases has gone back up to an 8,584 seven-day average (60,089 confirmed cases from the previous week of reporting) as the state reports new coronavirus cases across the state according to state health department reporting. The daily average looks at the last seven days and doesn't account for the past three days, which will push that number even higher.
The state reported 12,520 new coronavirus cases through PCR testing and another 3,076 probable cases identified in antigen testing from Thursday, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services coronavirus dashboard. Missouri has now reported 930,832 confirmed cases for the pandemic and more than 220,626 probable cases.
The state recorded nine new deaths for 13,510 total and two probable death was added for a total of 3,077.
Missouri's new cases are up 27.5% over the past week, the state reports, as recent cases surge nationwide.
The rate of positive tests is 33.2% for the last week. A higher positivity suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with coronavirus in the community who haven’t been tested yet.
Cole (3), Callaway (7), Pettis(8), Osage(18), Miller (20), Boone (26), Moniteau (29) and Saline (35) counties are all in the top 40 Missouri counties in new cases per capita over the last week, according to state statistics.
The state reports that over 4.61% (a .18% increase from last reported on Monday) of vaccinated Missourians have developed COVID-19 infections. The state is reporting 6,187 new breakthrough cases for a total of 154,063 breakthrough cases out of 3,342,812 fully vaccinated people. Experts continue to tout vaccination as the best tool to fight the wave of new cases.
Still, new vaccinations have effectively stalled in Missouri, with more boosters being given daily than first or second shots. The state reported Thursday that 54.5% of Missouri residents are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 hospitalizations are also trending upward, with the state reporting 20% of total inpatient capacity and 22% of ICU capacity remaining. Those numbers are at 32% and 29% in Central Missouri, respectively.
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