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MO COVID 19 Update

Posted 3 months ago by Maria Walls

COVID 19 UPDATE

by Derek Leffert

The following is a COVID update from the state of Missouri. Please review and let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks.

The White House Task Force report for the week ending October 11th indicates Missouri remains in the red zone for new cases.  Missouri continues to high levels of new cases and our test positivity remains high.  The attached table details the specific data elements and their thresholds to determine the state/county categories.

 

Based on this methodology, for the week ending October 11th:

  • Missouri remains in the red zone for new cases, meaning Missouri reported more than 101 new cases per 100,000 population for the week ending October 11th.  To be in the green category, new cases per 100,000 population would need to be 10 or less.

o   Missouri has the 15th highest rate of new cases per 100,000 in the US with 159 new cases per 100,000 population last week.  While Missouri’s ranking dropped slightly (was 11th for the prior reporting period) our rate has actually increased slightly from 155 per 100,000 for the week ending October 4th to our current rate of 159 per 100,000.  The national average was 100 new cases per 100,000 population.

o   Missouri’s case growth and test positivity rate appears to have stabilized, unfortunately we have plateaued at a fairly high rate for both cases and test positivity.

o   80% of all counties in Missouri have moderate or high levels of community transmission (yellow, orange, or red)—up slightly from the prior week when 74% fell in these categories. 

o   47% of Missouri counties have high level of community transmission—also up slightly from the 44% reported last week.

  • Missouri remains in the orange zone for test positivity with a rate of 9%, down slightly from the 9.2% reported the prior week.

o   The national positivity rate increased from 4.6% reported the prior week to a rate of 5.8% this week.

  • Missouri fell in the red zone for deaths, reporting 4.1 deaths per 100,000 population.   The US rate was 1.1 deaths per 100,000 population.

o   Missouri had the 4th highest rate of deaths per 100,000 in the US.

  • Hospitalizations continue to be a concern in Missouri with hospitalizations at a record high.  Between October 3 and October 9th, on average, 150 patients with confirmed COVID-19 and 217 patients with suspected COVID-19 were reported as newly admitted each day to Missouri hospitals (last week it was 132 confirmed and 194 suspected).

o   On average, more than 95% of Missouri’s hospitals reported admission for either confirmed or suspected COVID-19 each day for this time period.

 

High community transmission of COVID-19 continues to be observed in every region in the state with 13 metro areas and 54 counties falling in the red zone for new cases over the last three weeks (listed below, sorted by the number of new cases in the last three weeks, from highest to lowest)—up slightly from 13 metros and 51 counties last week.  Please note, localities with fewer than 10 cases last week  have been excluded. 

 

High levels of community transmission are especially prevalent in smaller urban counties and rural counties in Missouri.  Given the severity of COVID-19 throughout Missouri, we strongly encourage all Missourians and all essential businesses to wear masks, practice social distancing, increase hand washing, seek testing when needed, stay home if ill and comply with quarantine protocols as appropriate.  These steps are crucial to stopping the spread of COVID-19 within our communities.

 

Red Zone Municipalities (based on case growth over the last three weeks)

Joplin

Jefferson City

St. Joseph

Cape Girardeau

Lebanon

West Plains

Branson

Poplar Bluff

Sikeston

Moberly

Marshall

Warrensburg

Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

Red Zone Counties (based on case growth over the last three weeks)

St. Charles

Jasper

Buchanan

Cole

Cape Girardeau

Camden

Webster

Laclede

Howell

Taney

Lawrence

Butler

Wright

Callaway

Lincoln

Scott

Morgan

Washington

Stoddard

Randolph

Saline

Miller

Stone

Texas

Pemiscot

Barry

Perry

Barton

Henry

Osage

Livingston

Andrew

Clinton

Vernon

Shannon

Daviess

Johnson

Bates

Audrain

Ste. Genevieve

Oregon

Lewis

Madison

Caldwell

Hickory

Mississippi

Pike

Dent

Carter

Ozark

Harrison

Maries

Gentry

Carroll

 

Orange Zone Municipalities (based on case growth over the last three weeks)

Springfield

Farmington

Sedalia

Fort Leonard Wood

Rolla

Maryville

Kirksville

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Zone Counties (based on case growth over the last three weeks)

Greene

Jefferson

Franklin

St. Francois

Cass

Pettis

Pulaski

Benton

Phelps

Crawford

Moniteau

McDonald

Cedar

Nodaway

DeKalb

Dallas

Sullivan

Gasconade

 

Yellow Zone Municipalities (based on case growth over the last three weeks)

St. Louis

Kansas City

Columbia

Kennett

 

Yellow Zone Counties (based on case growth over the last three weeks)

Jackson

St. Louis County

Boone

Christian

Polk

Lafayette

Dunklin

Clay

Newton

Platte

Cooper

New Madrid

Marion

Wayne

Warren

Adair

Grundy

Dade

St. Clair

Ripley

 

 

 

 

 

All Missourians and businesses, but especially those in locations listed above, are strongly encouraged to practice the following:

  • Wear a mask if you will be in public.

o   CDC recommends wearing a mask and maintaining six feet of distance from others.

  • Practice social distancing at home.

o   Limit trips to stores and avoid dining in at restaurants.  Avoid large gatherings, even with those with family that do not live in your home. 

  • Practice social distancing at work.

o   Remain six feet away from individuals as much as possible.  Do not congregate in groups for meetings, lunches, breaks, or after work.

  • Practice good hand hygiene frequently.

o   Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.

  • Increase efforts to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.

o   Wipe down door handles, phones, remotes, etc. with regular household cleaner.

  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and be alert for symptoms in yourself, family and friends.

o   Symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, chills, headache, fatigue, etc.

  • If you are someone in your family are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay home and contact a healthcare provider regarding testing or medical care.