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.

For a full list of COVID-19 vaccination events around mid-Missouri, visit the KOMU 8 vaccine information page.

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Updates for Thursday, April 8 will become available below:

7 p.m.: CPS reports no staff members positive for COVID-19.

The Columbia Public Schools 14-day case rate per 10,000 people is at 9.9.

The updated CPS student tracker shows 33 students in the district currently in quarantine and 6 active student cases.

To break the student cases down:

  • Elementary schools: 17 quarantined, 1 positive cases, 10 out of 21 schools affected
  • Middle schools: 9 quarantined, 2 positive case, 5 out of 7 schools affected
  • High schools: 6 quarantined, 3 positive cases, 3 out of 4 schools affected
  • Other: 1 quarantined

The district has seen 2,737 quarantined student cases and 644 positive student cases since June 2020.

The updated CPS staff tracker also shows 5 staff members currently in quarantine and no active staff cases. 1 staff member is out due to EFMLA laws.

6 p.m.: Cole County adds 8 new positive cases

The Cole County Health Department will now show positive case totals by day, which reflects the date the specimen was collected instead of the date the results were received by the Health Department.

This change will cause a delay in the daily totals being reported for the current day. The county is also no longer reporting active or isolated cases.

There have been 7,771 cases in Cole County, an increase of 4 cases over 24 hours. There have been 270 cases in long-term care facilities.

Four new positive cases were reported Thursday. In the updated graph below, you can see the number of cases added by specimen collection date for the month of April thus far.

Cole County 4/8/21

There have been 63 deaths in Cole County and 54 deaths due to COVID-19 within long-term care facilities.

According to the Missouri vaccine dashboard, an estimated 29.3% of Cole County's 76,745 residents have received at least one vaccine dose. 

  • 37,335 total doses administered of a vaccine
  • 22,509 COVID-19 vaccine regimen activated
  • 15,713 COVID-19 vaccine regimen completed
  • 2,856 doses have been administered in the past 7 days

According to New York Times data, which is on a two-day delay, the 14-day rolling case average in the county is 3.79.

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

5 p.m.: Active cases in Boone County doubled in one week

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health & Human Services reported 23 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 102. That is a 15-case increase from Wednesday's update.

Last Thursday, there were 50 active cases in Boone County.

According to the Missouri vaccine dashboard, an estimated 36.6% of Boone County's 180,463 residents have received at least one vaccine dose. It is the highest rate in the state as of Thursday.

  • 104,246 total doses administered of a vaccine
  • 65,975 COVID-19 vaccine regimen activated
  • 39,248 COVID-19 vaccine regimen completed
  • 12,127 doses have been administered in the past 7 days

The county also reported 20 hospitalizations, 4 of which are Boone County residents.  There are currently 3 COVID-19 patients in the ICU and 0 on a ventilator.

The hospital status is currently at green.

Green Status

According to New York Times data, which is on a two-day delay, the 14-day rolling case average in the county is 11.79.

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

3 p.m.: 80 vaccination appointments available for event at Blue Note

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services says they are opening up Friday's vaccination event at the Blue Note to anyone over 18 years old.  It was originally only for bar, restaurant and entertainment industry workers. 

The health department says there are still "about 80 appointments available" for the Moderna vaccine. 

Sign up online here or call 573-874-2489.

10 a.m.: Cole County, MU Health Care open vaccination appointments for all Missourians 16 and older

The Cole County Health Department says it is opening the Cole County Community Vaccination Site to any Missouri resident over 16 who wants the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, April 12. 

The site is on the south side of the Capital Mall in Jefferson City, between the two mall entrances (in the old Party City store).

Vaccinations are available by appointment Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The department says it may open walk-in hours if supply increases. The site administers the Pfizer vaccine, and is given at no charge. 

Click here to make an appointment through the COVID-19 Vaccine Navigator, or call 1-877-435-8411 to register and schedule an appointment.

MU Health Care is also opening vaccination appointments for all Missouri residents older than 16 at its vaccination site at the Walsworth Family Columns Club at Faurot Field.

Pfizer first dose vaccinations are scheduled for April 15-17, and second dose vaccinations are scheduled for May 6-8. Hundreds of appointments are available, as of Thursday morning.

To make an appointment, click here. 

7:45 a.m.: Nearly 30% of Missourians have initiated vaccination

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services added 448 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in Missouri now stands at 492,348. 

DHSS reported one new death in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 8,510 since the pandemic began.

DHSS started reporting vaccination data on Jan. 27. Numbers will update as providers report data to the state. According to the dashboard, differences between the state’s data and the CDC data is due to timing. 

  • 2,866,785 total doses administered
  • 1,800,058 COVID-19 vaccine regimen activated
  • 1,139,859 COVID-19 vaccine regimen completed
  • 29.3% of the Missouri population has initiated vaccination
  • 18.6% of the Missouri population has competed vaccination

Hospitalizations and hospital bed capacity data is on a two-day delay. There are 723 total hospitalizations in the state with 37% remaining total hospital bed capacity.

In the last seven days, there have been 2,166 positive cases of the virus. The single-day case average now stands at 309.

As of Nov. 19, DHSS has moved to report only the CDC method positivity rate. As of April, over 4.9 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.

Missouri currently has a 4.5% 7-day positivity rate with the CDC method.

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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