THURSDAY UPDATES: Dollar General Employee Tests COVID-19

COVID-19 case numbers may differ between state and local health authorities due to problems with reporting and address verification.

UPDATE 9:15 PM: Cooper County reported a new case of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Health officials said the most recent positive case is considered a travel-related exposure to COVID-19. Authorities said the public may have been exposed to the virus at the Dollar General Store on Ashley Road on Tuesday between 10 am and 3 pm

The health department said it will not release the patient’s name, but said it is working with the person to make sure they are following state and federal isolation guidelines.

According to the health department website, the county has had a total of 13 positive cases, 5 of which are currently active.

According to the health department, five of the positive cases in Cooper County have been related to travel and eight have been of community transmission.

UPDATE 5:30 PM.: Cole and Callaway counties reported new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Cole County added two more cases to reach 67, and the number of active cases remained stable at eight. Cases have increased by nine in the past nine days, but new cases remain well below those in other areas.

Callaway County reported a new active case Thursday to reach 44, with nine active. The county has added three cases in the past week, but active cases have decreased one during that time.

UPDATE 4:15 PM.: Boone County COVID-19 cases increased by double digits for the third consecutive day and fell short of the record.

Local health officials reported 319 cases on Thursday, an increase from 17 since Wednesday. The highest single-day increase in the COVID-19 pandemic occurred last Thursday, when cases increased 18.

Boone County has reported 42 new cases in the past three days, the steady growth in the number of new cases daily that health officials say feeds on more evidence and that people come out more as orders decrease. health, especially younger people.

This week, the number of Boone County residents currently hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased from one to seven. The county also added 15 active cases Thursday to hit 99, as some recoveries offset new positives.

Columbia / Boone County health officials report that 153 county residents are currently isolated due to contact with a known case of COVID-19.

Local hospitals, which also treat patients from outside Boone County, currently have 12 patients with COVID-19, eight of them in ICU and six with ventilators. They report that there is no shortage of ICU space, personnel, equipment or beds, according to the county board.

UPDATE 3 PM.: Missouri set another record for new COVID-19 cases in one day, eclipsing the previous mark set this week by more than 100.

The state Department of Health and Senior Services reported 553 new cases to 19,421. The state reported seven new deaths to hit 982.

The number set a new record, beating the previous mark of 434 set on Tuesday. The department said Thursday’s numbers increased due to a backlog of tests reported by Quest Diagnostics. The medical testing company reported its results for the tests Sunday through Wednesday on Thursday.

Quest reported 160 positives from that period on Thursday, the department said.

Statewide cases have been on the rise as companies reopen, people return to more normal activities, and testing increases. Statewide cases have increased 9.5 percent in the past week, according to the state’s online control panel COVID-19.

The daily average of new cases in the last seven days is 359, the highest number in the entire pandemic.

The state reports testing more than 341,000 people for live coronaviruses, with 5.5 percent testing positive.

The director of the health department said this week that many of those who now test positive are younger from Missouri who have a lower risk of complications from COVID-19. Hospitalizations are at their lowest point, Dr. Randall Williams said Tuesday.

States with the three largest populations, California, Florida and Texas, set records for daily increases on Wednesday.

The state no longer publishes daily hospital reports from the Missouri Hospital Association in favor of weekly and regional reports. According to the latest data for the central Missouri region, hospital capacity was 22 percent on Saturday and ICU capacity was 39 percent in the region.

UPDATE 10:18 AM: The University of Missouri Health Care said in an email Thursday morning that its W. Broadway Mizzou Quick Care location has reopened.

MU Health Care spokesman Eric Maze said in the statement that three Mizzou Quick Care facilities were closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to reallocate resources.

According to the statement, the health care center within W. Broadway Hy-Vee offers in-person visits and online visits. Patients can reserve a place in the clinic online.

However, the lobby will remain closed and the facility will not allow walk-ins, Maze said.

The statement says two other fast-care clinics inside Hy-Vee stores are closed until further notice.

ORIGINAL: Missouri saw its biggest drop in jobless claims in four weeks on Thursday.

The Missouri Department of Labor said on its website that last week’s initial jobless claims were 17,165, the lowest level since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Unemployment claims fell by more than 1,500 from the previous week. Claims have decreased every week for the past 10 weeks.

More than 667,000 have claimed unemployment since mid-March.

According to the website, Missouri unemployment was 10.1% for the month of May. The website said more than 100,000 initial claims were filed in the past month.

Unemployment claims in the United States also fell last week with approximately 1.5 million workers filing unemployment benefits. Continuing unemployment claims fell from 20.3 million in the first week of June to 19.5 million last week.

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