Wednesday COVID-19 Coverage: 31 Southern Boone students quarantining after positive case

3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:31:00 AM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
By: KOMU 8 Digital Staff

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

Previous coverage:

Updates for Wednesday, Sept. 23 will become available below:

7 p.m.: 31 Southern Boone students quarantining after positive case in the high school

According to an email from Southern Boone Schools Superintendent Chris Felmlee, the administration was informed of a positive case in the high school. 

The district determined there were 30 high school students and one elementary student who came into contact with the person and will have to quarantine for 14 days, according to the email.

Parents and staff have been notified of the situation. 

6:45 p.m.: Pettis County adds two COVID-19 related deaths in 48 hours

The Pettis County Health Center reported COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday and  Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 18 deaths. No further information will be released in order to protect the privacy of the families.

There has been eight deaths in Pettis County since Sept. 16.

There are currently five hospitalizations, according to the health center's Facebook page.

6:35 p.m.: 7 new cases reported in Callaway County

According to the Callaway County Heath Department, there were 7 new COVID-19 cases added Wednesday, bringing the total to 97 active cases. 

The county has seen a total of 612 positive cases and three deaths. 

6:30 p.m.: Randolph County reports possible COVID-19 outbreak at North Park Baptist Church

According to the Randolph County Health Department Facebook page, there has been a possible COVID-19 exposure at North Park Baptist Church in Moberly.

Anyone who attended Sunday service on Sept. 20 should monitor for symptoms, according to the health department.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2020 04:00PM Possible COVID-19 Exposure North Park Baptist Church – Moberly,...

Posted by Randolph County Health Department on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The county's communicable disease staff is currently reaching out to known direct contacts.

6 p.m.: Cole County adds 33 new cases

There were 33 new COVID-19 cases in Cole County Wednesday, bringing a total to 124 active cases. 

5 p.m.: CPS case rate hovers below threshold for all online learning

The case rate for Columbia Public Schools is currently at 49, just one below the threshold for all online learning, according to the CPS case tracker website. The website showed 44 new cases for Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the district had a 49.6 case rate, which is .4 below the 50 case rate threshold, and 50 new cases.

4:20 p.m.: Boone County reports 53 new cases

The Boone County Health Department reported 53 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the active total to 352 cases.

There are currently 51 hospitalizations in Boone County.

2 p.m.: Missouri adds 1,580 new COVID-19 cases

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 1,580 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours on their COVID-19 dashboard. The state has now seen a total of 116,946 COVID-19 cases.

The state 7-day positivity rate is 11.7 percent.

The dashboard also reported 83 new COVID-19 related deaths, though that number was clarified on the Missouri Health and Senior Services' twitter account. There have now been a total of 1,947 deaths related to COVID-19 in Missouri.

2 p.m.: 91 active MU student cases

The University of Missouri added 12 new active COVID-19 cases among students Wednesday, which brings the total number of active cases at MU to 91 cases.

1,415 students have recovered from the virus. 

Since Aug. 16, 11 faculty members have tested positive for the virus, and eight have recovered. Of the staff, 43 have tested positive for COVID-19, and 28 have recovered. 

Close contacts to those who have tested positive will be identified by contact tracers hired by both county officials and the university. They will receive directions for next steps after being contacted. 

Interactive COVID-19 dashboard

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. 

This map, developed by staff at the Columbia Missourian, reflects the latest numbers from the Department of Health and Senior Services. Case counts are normalized with population numbers to show the number of cases per 100,000 people in each county. Numbers update daily. 

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