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 Tuesday, Nov. 24 will become available below:

6:15 p.m.: CPS 14-day case rates sits steady

The Columbia Public Schools 14-day case rate per 10,000 people is at 110.9.

The updated CPS student tracker shows 524 students in the district currently in quarantine and 35 active student cases.

To break the student cases down: 

  • Elementary schools: 86 quarantined, 13 positive cases, 17 out of 21 schools affected
  • Middle schools: 52 quarantined, 9 positive case, 6 out of 7 schools affected
  • High schools: 51 quarantined, 12 positive cases, 4 out of 4 schools affected
  • Other: 28 quarantined

The district has seen 1,371 quarantined student cases and 200 positive student cases since June 2020. 

The updated CPS staff tracker also shows 92 staff members currently in quarantine and 26 active staff cases. 20 staff members are out due to EFMLA laws.

5:15 p.m.: Cole County passes 5,000 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.

As of Tuesday, there have been 5,068 cases in Cole County, an increase of 80 cases since Monday. There have been 217 cases in long-term care facilities.

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

Cole COVID 11-24

There have been 16 deaths in Cole County and 15 deaths within long-term care facilities due to COVID-19.

According to New York Times data, which is on a two-day delay, the 14-day rolling case average in the county is 105.79.

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

4:55 p.m.: Callaway County adds 32 COVID-19 cases

Callaway County added 32 cases in the last 24 hours, marking a total of 645 active cases as of Tuesday. There have been a total of 2,386 cases in Callaway County since the start of the pandemic. 

According to the Callaway County COVID-19 dashboard, 193 of the cases are part of the Callaway County Department of Corrections and 14 from the Fulton State Hospital. 

There have been a total of 12 deaths in the county since the start of the pandemic.

According to New York Times data, which is on a two-day delay, the 14-day rolling case average in the county is 46.86.

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

4:20 p.m.: Boone County reports 9th straight day of 100+ cases

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Health & Human Services reported 100 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 929.

The county also reported 148 hospitalizations. 27 of those were Boone residents. There are currently 44 COVID-19 patients in the ICU and 21 on a ventilator.

The hospital status is currently at yellow. 

Boone County Hospitals: yellow status

According to New York Times data, which is on a two-day delay, the 14-day rolling case average in the county is 155.64.

3:45 p.m.: Capital Region Medical Center restricts visitors in hospital & clinics

The Capital Region Medical Center is now restricting visitors into the hospital and clinics effective 12 a.m. Wednesday. 

There are exceptions to the policy, which include: 

  • One partner, spouse or coach in labor and delivery and obstetrical ultrasound.
  • Two parents or guardians for pediatric patients.
  • When the patients are nearing end of life or placed on “comfort care.”
  • Clinic patients with a physical or mental limitations, who are pregnant, and pediatric patients.
  • Inpatient Rehab Unit may have one individual designated for training to facilitate discharge planning.
  • One person may accompany a patient in the emergency department.

2:50 p.m.: Missouri State Parks temporarily close indoor spaces

Missouri State Parks and historic sites will temporarily close indoor spaces, including visitor centers, nature centers, museums and offices. 

Park and historic outdoor spaces and amenities will remain open and available under normal off-season status, unless otherwise designated. 

Visitors are strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others amid ongoing public health concerns.

For more, check the park and and site status map.

1:40 p.m.: Multiple COVID-19 testing sites to close on Thanksgiving Day

Capital Region Medical Center testing site

The Capital Region testing site in Jefferson City will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

The site will reopen Friday at its normal time, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SSM Health Jefferson City & Audrain testing locations 

The SSM Health drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Jefferson City and Mexico will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The site in Mexico will be closed on Friday, Nov. 27, as well.

Jefferson City's testing site will be open Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., located at the Health Plaza East entrance at the hospital. 

Columbia Hy-Vee locations (East Nifong, Conley, West Broadway)

The three Columbia Hy-Vee pharmacies will not conduct COVID-19 testing Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 due to Thanksgiving.

The three locations will reopen Saturday at 8 a.m. Sign up here.

Memorial Baptist Church

The Memorial Baptist Church (1634 Paris Road) in Columbia will not hold COVID-19 testing on Thursday, Nov. 26 or Friday, Nov. 27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The church's testing site will reopen Monday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. Sign up here.

Sam's HealthMart locations 

Sam's HealthMart's two locations in Moberly and one in Fayette will be closed Thursday due to Thanksgiving

The testing centers will reopen Monday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. Sign up here.

MU Health Care drive-thru testing site

The MU Health Care drive-thru testing site will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The testing site will reopen Friday at 8 a.m. and will close at 6 p.m.

The testing site is on the north side of Mizzou North building at 115 Business Loop 70 West in Columbia. 

Boone Hospital Center drive-thru testing site 

Boone Hospital Center's drive-thru testing site will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The site will reopen Friday at 7 a.m. and will close at 3 p.m.

The testing site is located west of the hospital at the Doctor's Building, 1504 East Broadway.  

1:10 p.m.: Audrain County asks organizations to support mask advisory

The Audrain County Health Department is asking county municipalities and organizations to pass a Resolution of Endorsement to show their support of the health department's issuance of a mask advisory. 

“The resolution spells out general support from Audrain County municipality councils and other governing boards of organizations for the mask advisory we issued on November 12th,” ACHD Administrator/CEO Craig Brace said. “We believe if the municipality or organization endorses the advisory, the overall public awareness surrounding the importance of wearing a mask will be elevated.”

Positive cases in Audrain have risen from 85 active cases on Nov. 6 to a high of 138 on Nov. 16, to its current number of 132 as of Nov. 23.

“We’re hoping by having city and town councils and governing boards of area organizations endorse the public health mask advisory with this resolution, we can, collectively draw attention to the effectiveness of wearing a mask in public where social distancing is not possible,” Brace said.

Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 have also increased. As of Monday, hospitalizations of Audrain County residents increased to 13 while deaths rose to 11.

12:50 p.m.: MU reports three student hospitalizations

MU added 12 student cases over the last 24 hours, marking a total of 135 active student cases. There are 2,298 student case recoveries.

There have been three student hospitalizations. According to the dashboard, one has been discharged. 

According to the dashboard, MU's 7-day student case average is 135.

MU Nov 24

As of Tuesday, there were also three faculty members, 46 MU staff and one UM System staff member who actively have the virus.

11:30 a.m.: The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall close doors for time being due to rising COVID-19 cases

The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall will close its doors for the time being, once again.

The Blue Note tweeted Tuesday morning that due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the area, the two venues felt that it's time to do their part for the health and safety of the community.

"This doesn't mean goodbye though, we'll still be sprinkling in some virtual events and we'll be available for private event rentals," the tweet said.

11 a.m.: Boone County announces additional COVID-19 death

The Columbia/ Boone County Department of Health and Human Services reported one additional COVID-19 death Tuesday morning. 

The person was over the age of 80. 

There have been a total of 24 COVID-19 related deaths in Boone County.

9:30 a.m.: Sedalia announces COVID-safe holiday traditions

Sedalia will have their annual Lighting Ceremony and Fireworks Show at Hotel Bothwell on Thanksgiving evening. The event will be broadcast live on 1490 AM and 101.3 FM so that participants can watch the fireworks show from their vehicles. It will also be live-streamed on the hotel's Facebook page.

The city's Christmas light contest will also continue this year. Sedalia's mayor encouraged residents to participate in these traditions while taking safety precautions.

7:30 a.m. : Missouri reports 3,764 new cases; 161 new deaths backlogged

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services added 3,764 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in Missouri now stands at 278,661.

The state also reported 189 new deaths in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 3,750 since the pandemic began. 

DHSS sent a release Monday night stating 161 COVID-19 associated deaths were linked with the appropriate cases in the state's disease surveillance system. One of the 161 deaths occurred in September, and 41 occurred in October. 119 of the deaths occurred earlier this month. 

The 161 deaths are now shown in Tuesday's total. 

The state also reports hospitalizations and hospital bed capacity, but it is on a two-day delay. There are 2,680 total hospitalizations in the state with 44% remaining total hospital bed capacity.

In the last seven days, there have been 24,922 positive cases of the virus. The single-day case average now stands at 3,560.

As of November 19, DHSS has moved to report only the CDC-method positivity rate. As of mid-November, over 1.6 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 20.3% positivity rate.

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

The live blog has been updated to reflect that Boone County did not experience a record number of hospitalizations on Tuesday.

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