Missouri records sixth consecutive day of more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases


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    Election Day arrived in Missouri with new peaks for COVID-19 hospitalizations and positivity rates, and some large jurisdictions extending pandemic restrictions or considering tighter rules.

    The Department of Health and Senior Services reported 2,238 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday, the sixth consecutive day of more than 2,000 cases and the seventh day of the past 10 to reach that level. Prior to the current streak, there had been only three days where the department reported 2,000 or more cases, the first on Oct. 9.

    The report pushed the seven-day average of new cases to 2,529 per day, the highest since the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was first detected in the state. The department reported at least one new case in 109 of 117 local health jurisdictions on Tuesday.

    The state reported 33 additional deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total since March to 3,064, or 1.61 percent of confirmed infections.

    In Boone County, where the daily average of new cases increased by more than 50 percent last week, an order requiring bars to close at 10:30 p.m. and entertainment venues to limit capacity to 100 was extended to Nov. 18.

    “Increased hospitalizations and an upward trend of new cases continues to be cause for concern as we navigate this pandemic,” Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning said in a news release. “The data suggests that the current restrictions should stay in place at this time.”

    Boone County reported a record 105 inpatients at its three hospitals on Monday, including 29 in intensive care and 16 on ventilators.

    In St. Louis County, Executive Sam Page said the state’s largest metropolitan area is nearing a crisis and if cases don’t abate the county will have to consider new limits to control the virus, KTVI television reported.

    There have been clusters of cases in places of worship, gyms and bars, KTVI reported.

    “The leaders of our healthcare facilities have been sounding the alarm bells for weeks,” Page wrote on his official Facebook page. “We are on a fast-track to crisis and the only way to keep it from getting worse is for everyone to do what we know can be done to prevent the spread of the virus.”

    In the St. Louis metropolitan area, there were 456 inpatients on Monday, the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force reported on its Facebook page.

    Statewide, hospitalizations continue to rise, with the state health department reporting 1,775 inpatients as of Monday and a 7-day average of 1,640, both new peaks.

    The positive rate on tests also continues to rise. On Tuesday, the 7-day average reported by the state increased to 28.5 percent.