Monday COVID-19 Coverage: Boone County reports 27th COVID-19 related death | COVID-19

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

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.

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Updates for Monday, Nov. 30 will become available below:

2 p.m.: Boone County reports 27th COVID-19 related death

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department reported one COVID-19 related death Monday, bringing the county’s total deaths to 27.

According to the department, the individual was in the 55 to 59 age range. It is the first death in that age group.

1:45 p.m.: Audrain County reports one death over Thanksgiving weekend

The Audrain County Health Department reported one additional COVID-19 related death over the Thanksgiving weekend. This brings the total deaths in the county to 13. 

There are currently 164 active cases in Audrain County. There have been 805 recoveries. The county has a 7.53 positivity rate per 100,000 people.

Posted by Audrain County Health Department – ACHD on Monday, November 30, 2020

1:30 p.m.: MU adds 31 new student cases

MU added 31 student cases over the weekend, marking a total of 62 active student cases. There are 2,442 student case recoveries.

Students were released for Thanksgiving break on Nov. 20. At that time, there were 127 active student cases.

There have been three student hospitalizations, and all have been discharged.

According to the dashboard, MU’s 7-day student case average is 110.

MU 7-Day Average 11-30

As of Monday, there were five faculty members, 38 MU Staff and one UM System staff member who actively have the virus.

11:15 a.m.: Blair Oaks 2nd-12th grade switch to online learning

Blair Oaks second through 12th grade will make a temporary switch to online learning starting Monday, Nov. 30. Students will return to class Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Students in kindergarten and 1st grade will continue in-person learning both days. Student transportation services will operate as normal.

According to the district release, there may be a need to extend the virtual learning period.  The district remains hopeful that they will be able to return to in-person learning for all grades on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

10:50 a.m.: Boone County surpasses 10,000 cases since start of pandemic

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department added 186 new COVID-19 over the weekend, marking 1,108 active cases in the county.

The addition of the cases marks over 10,000 cases in the county since the start of the pandemic. 

The county also reported 158 hospitalizations, 36 of which are Boone County residents. There are currently 50 COVID-19 patients in the ICU and 21 on a ventilator.

The hospital status is currently at yellow. 

Boone County Hospitals: yellow status

7:45 a.m.: Missouri reports 3,829 new cases

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services added 3,829 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in Missouri now stands at 299,762. 

The state also reported 6 new deaths in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 3,829 since the pandemic began.

The state also reports hospitalizations and hospital bed capacity, but it is on a three-day delay. There are 2,498 total hospitalizations in the state with 48% remaining total hospital bed capacity.

In the last seven days, there have been 18,924 positive cases of the virus. The single-day case average now stands at 2,703. 

As of Nov. 19, DHSS has moved to report only the CDC-method positivity rate. As of mid-November, over 1.7 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 20.0% positivity rate.

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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