As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community.

Layered bar/line charts with the daily change in newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in each county and a 14-day rolling average of the changes in new cases are available here.

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Updates for Friday, Jan. 8 will become available below:

10:15 p.m. Miller County

Miller County reported today a current active COVID-19 case number of 78, which is an increase of 23 since their last report on December 28th. Their death total during that same period has increased by 1 to an amount of 49 total deaths from the virus.  

10:00 p.m. Audrain County

The Audrain County Health Department reported seven new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing their current active case total to 118. Their 7-day average of new cases reported was 20.9 per day. Their total deaths due to the virus is now 43, which is an increase of seven since their last report on December 30th.

9:30 p.m. U.S. daily cases exceed 300,000 on Friday

According to the Washington Post, the United States set a record of more than 300,000 coronavirus cases today. Just two months ago, the country set a record of 100,000 cases in one day. This alarming statistic comes in the same week that a record of more than 4,000 deaths from COVID-19 occurred.

9 p.m. Callaway County

Callaway County reported today 451 current active cases of COVID-19, which is an increase of four cases from yesterday. Since the pandemic began, they have reported 3,407 total cases with 32 deaths.

5 p.m. Cole County

There are 7.034 total cases in Cole County which is an increase of 46 cases since yesterday. There are 47 total deaths in Cole County which has not increased or decreased since yesterday, according to the Cole County Health Department.

According to New York Times data, which is on a two-day delay, the 14-day rolling case average in the county is 37.14.

Credit: Covid-19 in Mid-Missouri by Mizzou Journalism

4 p.m. Boone County

Boone County reported 123 new cases today with 874 active cases. There was one new death today. The individual was in the 80+ age group. There are 32 Boone County citizens currently hospitalized according to the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department.

According to New York Times data, which is on a two-day delay, the 14-day rolling case average in the county is 99.36.

Credit: Covid-19 in Mid-Missouri by Mizzou Journalism

3 p.m. U.S. hit a record high for daily COVID-19 deaths

The United States topped 4,000 daily deaths from the coronavirus for the first time on Thursday according to Johns Hopkins University. That breaks a record set just the day before. The numbers are another reminder of the worsening situation following travel for holidays and family gatherings, along with more time indoors during the winter months. More than 365,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus.

2 p.m. Pfizer says its vaccine can work against variants

New research suggests the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech can still work against a mutated coronavirus. Two easier-to-spread new variants of the virus have the world on edge. Pfizer researchers say laboratory testing shows that the variants share a mutation that doesn’t block the vaccine. 

1:45 p.m. States to receive federal money to support vaccine rollout

State and local governments will be receiving their first infusion of federal money to support vaccination efforts against the coronavirus.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says $3 billion for vaccine efforts should go out to states by Jan. 19, along with $19 billion of additional aid for coronavirus testing and contact tracing.

The money comes from legislation passed at the end of last year. Early vaccination rates have lagged behind expectations in some states.

The executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers says the federal money should help states boost staffing to distribute the vaccines.

10:30 a.m. Columbia/Boone County Health Department provides more vaccine information

Boone County residents can keep up with the latest information about when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to them by completing a survey online.

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department released additional information about the vaccine rollout Friday. Read more here.

7 a.m.: Missouri reports 4,332 new cases

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services added 4,332 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in Missouri now stands at 416,758. 

The state also reported 30 new deaths in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 5,912 since the pandemic began.

The state also reports hospitalizations and hospital bed capacity, but it is on a two-day delay. There are  2,841 total hospitalizations in the state with 32% remaining total hospital bed capacity.

In the last seven days, there have been 18,187 positive cases of the virus. The single-day case average now stands at 2,598. 

As of Nov. 19, DHSS has moved to report only the CDC-method positivity rate. As of mid-November, over 1.7 million Missourians have already been tested by PCR at least once. As a result, if they test negatively again, they will not be counted in the latest 7-day state-method positivity rate. 

The CDC's method has a 19.8% positivity rate.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends positivity rates in testing should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days.

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