ST. LOUIS — As Missouri wraps up a Memorial Day weekend that saw its holiday revelers attract national attention for disregarding social distancing orders, the latest official data show that the state’s coronavirus caseload has already been rising steadily over the past week.
Missouri has now seen 12,167 cases of the virus, an increase of 7.9% over the last seven days.
The virus’ caseload has recently been growing at an even steeper rate in Illinois, according to official testing data.
On Monday, updated data from the state said it was up to 112,017 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.
A week ago, Illinois had 96,485 known cases of the virus — making for a 16.1% increase over the past seven days.
Missouri has recorded 685 deaths from the complications of COVID-19 as of Monday; Illinois, 4,884.
St. Louis County, which leads Missouri for cases and deaths, reported 56 additional cases of COVID-19 and two deaths on Monday. The city of St. Louis reported 34 new cases and no deaths.