JEFFERSON CITY — The percentage of people whose coronavirus tests came back positive in the state of Missouri has stayed above 12% for the past five days, state health officials said. The state tracks a seven-day average percentage positivity rate, and on Sunday that number was 12.5%.
The World Health Organization’s recommended threshold for relaxing coronavirus restrictions is a positivity rate of 5% or lower for at least 14 days.
There were 1,465 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday, for a total of 83,655 in the state. Twelve new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Missouri for a total of 1,508 since the pandemic began.
Boone County, where Columbia and the University of Missouri are located, reported a record high positivity rate for the past week, at nearly 45%, officials said Friday. County health officials noted that about 1,400 fewer people were tested this past week than the week before, but 210 more cases were reported than the previous week. On Sunday, 131 cases were reported for a total of 2,532 cases in Boone County.
The age group with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the county is 19- to 22-year-olds, with 995 total cases since March and 59 new cases on Sunday. Since Aug. 19 when students started returning to the University of Missouri in Columbia, school officials have reported 367 cases in students.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force reported there are currently 305 people hospitalized related to the coronavirus across the task force’s four hospital systems.
In St. Louis County, 207 new COVID-19 cases were reported Sunday for a total of 19,278 since the pandemic began. County Executive Sam Page announced that several drive-thru testing sites were slated to open at St. Louis County Library branches this week. Testing will be available at the Jamestown Bluffs and the Samuel Sachs branches at select times, and patients must schedule their test online first.
The county also reported a 9% positivity rate over the past seven days of coronavirus testing. There have been 729 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the county.
St. Louis city has reported a total of 6,147 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic and 188 COVID-19 related deaths.
St. Charles County reported a total of 5,683 coronavirus cases and 108 total deaths. The number of cases reported over the past 14 days is 19% higher than the cases reported the two weeks before that, according to county data. Residents in their 20s still have the highest rate of positivity in the county.
Franklin County reported a positivity rate below 5%. There have been a total of 1,006 cases reported in the county and 21 related deaths. Eighteen new cases were reported Sunday.
On Saturday, Illinois surpassed 8,000 deaths related to coronavirus. On Sunday, the state reported 8,019 total deaths and 233,355 total cases.
The Metro East, which includes St. Clair, Madison and Monroe counties, reported a total of 10,186 reported cases and 283 deaths.
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