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.

Previous coverage: 

Updates for Thursday, April 15 will become available below:

5:04p.m.: CPS reports slight increase in 14-day case rate

The Columbia Public Schools 14-day case rate per 10,000 people is at 11.9. It was at 9.9 the day students returned back to the classroom full-time. 

The updated CPS student tracker shows 110 students in the district currently in quarantine and 6 active student cases.

The district has seen 2,801 quarantined student cases and 649 positive student cases since June 2020. 

The updated CPS staff tracker also shows 7 staff members currently in quarantine and 2 active staff cases. 1 staff member is out due to EFMLA laws.

The tracker also shows 61.3% of CPS staff members have been vaccinated. 

4:28 p.m.: Cole County adds 3 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 7,7947 cases in Cole County, an increase of 3 cases over 24 hours. There have been 270 cases in long-term care facilities.

There have been 65 deaths in Cole County and 54 deaths due to COVID-19 within long-term care facilities.

According to the Missouri vaccine dashboard, an estimated 30.4% of Cole County's 76,745 residents have received at least one vaccine dose. 

  • 39,839 total doses administered of a vaccine
  • 23,749 COVID-19 vaccine regimen activated
  • 17,174 COVID-19 vaccine regimen completed
  • 2,390 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 4.57.

4:15 p.m. Boone County reports 0 COVID patients on ventilator, in ICU

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health & Human Services reported 0 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 108.

According to the Missouri vaccine dashboard, an estimated 38.9% of Boone County's 180,463 residents have received at least one vaccine dose. 

  • 115,032 total doses administered of a vaccine
  • 70,832 COVID-19 vaccine regimen activated
  • 45,747 COVID-19 vaccine regimen completed
  • 13,340 doses have been administered in the past 7 days

The county also reported 7 hospitalizations, 5 of which are Boone County residents.  There is currently 1 COVID-19 patients in the ICU and 0 on a ventilator.

The hospital status is currently at green. 

According to New York Times data, which is on a two-day delay, the 14-day rolling case average in the county is 13.0.

1:25 p.m.: Southern Boone makes one-day switch to virtual learning due to vaccine side effects

The Southern Boone School District made a one-day switch to virtual learning on Thursday due to vaccine side effects, according to a statement from Superintendent Chris Felmlee. 

Felmlee sent a message to staff and families, which said a significant number of employees received their second vaccine shot on Wednesday and the side effects may affect how well staff can conduct their duties.

"I have considerable concerns that the second vaccination will lead to potential side effects that may prevent staff from being able to fulfill their job duties on Thursday," the statement said. "The district already has a significant number of subs working on Thursday. To be proactive, I am switching the method of instruction from in-seat to virtual on Thursday, April 15, 2021 for all grades PK-12."

The switch did not affect our Early Childhood Special Education program.

10:45 a.m.: Hundreds of vaccination appointments still available for today, Friday, Saturday

MU Health Care still has hundreds of vaccination appointments available for Thursday through Sunday. 

First dose appointments are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Walsworth Family Columns Club at Faurot Field.

Second dose shots will be scheduled for 21 days later. 

Vaccine eligibility is open to all Missourians, 16 and older. Patients younger than 18 will need signed parental consent. 

Sign up for your appointment here or call the vaccine call center 573-771-2273. 

Is Faurot Field too far to travel for you? Boonville and Vandalia are hosting walk-in vaccination appointments Thursday. Click here for more information.

7 a.m.: Over 2,000,000 in Missouri have started vaccination process

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services added 613 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in Missouri now stands at 495,310. 

DHSS reported five new deaths in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 8,630 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. 

  • 3,237,004 total doses administered
  • 2,010,582 COVID-19 vaccine regimen activated
  • 1,338,159 COVID-19 vaccine regimen completed
  • 32.8% of the Missouri population has initiated vaccination
  • 21.8% of the Missouri population has competed vaccination

Hospitalizations and hospital bed capacity data is on a two-day delay. There are 772 total hospitalizations in the state with 33% remaining total hospital bed capacity.

In the last seven days, there have been 2,572 positive cases of the virus. The single-day case average now stands at 367. 

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 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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