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Missouri again breaks record for daily COVID-19 cases – STLtoday.com

Jul 19, 2020 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

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ST. LOUIS — For the fourth time this month, Missouri reported a record single-day increase in COVID-19 cases.

The state saw an increase of 958 new confirmed cases, topping the previous single-day record set on Tuesday.

The numbers reported Saturday by the Department of Health and Senior Services mark the fourth time the state’s record for daily COVID-19 cases has leaped upward since June 25, when the record for the most new cases over a single day was 553.

As of Saturday, the seven-day average of new cases reported by the state is 731, up from 547 a week ago.

Officials have attributed the increases in COVID-19 cases to outbreaks in urban areas and outlying suburban counties, rising infections among young people ages 10 through 30, as well as increased testing.

NUMERATOR: Number of new ‘Lab Confirmed Cases in Missouri’ per day via Missouri COVID-19 Dashboard; DENOMINATOR: Number of new ‘Individuals with Positive PCR Results’ via Missouri COVID-19 Dashboard

NOTE: No new testing data was available via Missouri COVID-19 Dashboard on July 10, 2020. We have interpolated the available data to estimate that number.

The seven-day average percentage of positive COVID-19 test results, compared with the total number of test results reported, was 6.8% Saturday, up from 6.2% a week ago and up from 3.6% on May 30.

A total of 32,248 people in Missouri have tested positive for COVID-19, up from 31,290 on Friday.

Missouri also reported nine deaths due to COVID-19 on Saturday, raising the total number of people who have died of the disease to 1,130.

Area hospitalizations decline

Meanwhile, the number of people being newly admitted to St. Louis area hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 symptoms dropped slightly, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force. The dip comes after hospitalization rates climbed in recent weeks to levels not seen since May.

The seven-day average of hospital admissions decreased from 34 on Friday to 33 Saturday, according to the task force. Twenty-nine people were newly admitted to hospitals for COVID-19 on Saturday, down from 36 people Friday.

However, the number of people who remain hospitalized for treatment rose slightly, according to the task force.

The seven-day average of hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients increased from 201 Friday to 208 Saturday.

At least 255 people with confirmed COVID-19 infections remain hospitalized, with 56 of them in intensive care units, 25 patients on ventilators. Another 131 people were hospitalized for suspected COVID-19 infections, with 11 of those patients in intensive care units and five on ventilators.

Thirty-seven COVID-19 hospital patients were released in improved health Saturday, bringing the total number of people who recovered from COVID-19 at task force hospitals to 3,374.

Illinois

Illinois on Saturday reported 1,276 new COVID-19 cases, continuing a steady increase in the spread of the virus in the state since June.

As of Saturday, the seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases was 1,092, up from 795 on July 9. The average peaked at 2,565 in early May, and decreased steadily to 596, its lowest point, on June 18. The average has since steadily increased.

Illinois on Saturday reported 18 deaths in the state due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths due to confirmed COVID-19 infections there to 7,290. At least 193 people died of complications that were likely due to COVID-19, officials say.

A total 160,610 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Illinois since the start of the pandemic.

These maps and charts show the spread of COVID-19 in Missouri and Illinois.

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