Friday COVID-19 Coverage: Boone County reports 28 new cases

3 days 13 hours 24 minutes ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 5:56:00 AM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
By: KOMU 8 Digital Staff, The Associated Press

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

You can find an active map of confirmed COVID-19 cases county by county here, COVID-19 cases in Missouri broken down by county. 

Previous coverage: 

Updates for Friday, July 31 will become available below: 

4:30 p.m.: Boone County reports 28 new COVID-19 cases 

The update brings the number of total cases in the county to 1,174. Of these, 187 are active. 

2 p.m.: Missouri reports 1,489 new cases of COVID-19 

Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services has reported an additional 1,489 cases of COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 50,323. Statewide, 1,243 people have died from the virus. 

11:30 a.m.: Boone County reports its fourth COVID-19 death

The Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services department reports a fourth person has died related to the novel coronavirus.
"The individual was in the over 80 age group," the department tweeted.

11:00 a.m.: Boone County weekly case positivity rate up slightly

10:30 a.m.: MU Health to consolidate drive-thru testing locations

MU Health Care is closing its drive-thru testing location for COVID-19 near the Mizzou softball stadium. It will start to conduct all drive-thru testing at the Mizzou North location.

Mizzou North is located at 115 Business Loop 70 West in Columbia.

The transition will start Monday, August 3, according to a news release. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

"Those who test positive for COVID-19 will receive a phone call, usually within 24-48 hours," the release said. "Negative test results will be available through the HealthConnect portal within 72 hours."

The original testing site opened in the Mizzou softball stadium parking lot on March 18. Then, the second site at Mizzou North opened July 13 to decrease wait times during a spike in demand for testing, the release said.

"Since opening the second site, testing volume for the two locations has leveled off, allowing the on-campus location to close."

For more details about these additional services and information regarding COVID-19, visit muhealth.org/coronavirus.

5:30 a.m.: (AP) Fauci to tell House panel 'unclear' how long pandemic lasts 

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top government health experts will tell Congress on Friday.

“While it remains unclear how long the pandemic will last, COVID-19 activity will likely continue for some time,” Fauci, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Dr. Robert Redfield and Health and Human Services testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir say in prepared testimony for a special House panel investigating the pandemic.

At a time when early progress seems to have been lost and uncertainty clouds the nation’s path forward, Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, is calling on lawmakers — and all other Americans — to go back to public health basics such as social distancing and wearing masks.

The panel, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, is divided about how to reopen schools and businesses, mirroring divisions among Americans.

A rebound of cases across the South and the West has dashed hopes for a quick return to normal life. Problems with the availability and timeliness of testing continue to be reported. And the race for a vaccine, though progressing rapidly, has yet to deliver a breakthrough.

Fauci’s public message in recent days has been that Americans can’t afford a devil-may-care attitude toward COVID-19 and need to double down on basic measures such as wearing masks in public, keeping their distance from others and avoiding crowds and indoor spaces such as bars. 

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