Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is reporting 13 new COVID-19 cases.

The health department is currently reporting 150 active cases.

The county now has a reported total number of COVID-19 cases of 17,322.

The county has reported the total number of cases removed from isolation is 17,097.

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services dashboard has reported the latest five-day average as 25.

The dashboard is reporting the positivity rate of 17.6 for the week of Feb. 12 through last Thursday.

The county continues to trend down as there has now been 26 straight days of only double-digit case increases. This is the longest number of days of only double-digit increases since Oct. 13.

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Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Feb. 22 dashboard

The health department is reporting the total number of hospitalizations in Boone County is 38.

The number of Boone County residents hospitalized is reported to be 9, a decrease of three from Thursday.

The dashboard is reporting 14 COVID-19 patients in the ICU and 7 patients on ventilators.

The hospital status is currently in ‘Green’ status. ‘Green’ status is when hospitals are operating within licensed bed capacity; accepting patient transfers from referring hospitals within standard care operating procedures.

The State of Missouri coronavirus vaccine dashboard is reporting that 24,895 have received their first dose in Boone County.

The county has the fourth-largest percentage of people that have received at least one dose of the vaccine with 13.8%.

Saline County has the largest with 17% of the population have received the first dose of the vaccine. Montgomery County is second with 15.5% and Cole County is third with 14.5%.

Mass vaccination clinics set for Cole, Cooper counties

Cole and Cooper counties will host mass coronavirus vaccination clinics this week and next.

Jefferson City will host a clinic Friday for people who attended the city’s first mass vaccination clinic to get their second doses. The clinic will be held at The Linc.

The Isle of Capri Casino in Boonville will host a clinic March 1 and 2 for people to get their first shots. The Missouri National Guard and State Emergency Management Agency are working with local officials to put on the clinic, the Cooper County Public Health Center said in a news release.

Missouri is vaccinating people in Tiers 1 and 2 of Phase 1B, which include first responders, medical workers, people with certain health problems and those over age 65.

To get an appointment go to Missouri’s coronavirus vaccine navigator website.

Missouri records second-lowest coronavirus case rate over last week

Missouri reported the second-lowest rate of new coronavirus infections over the past week compared to its population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Missouri reported 8.7 cases per 100,000 people in the last week. The only other state with a lower rate was Hawaii at 2.7. The national average is 19.9 cases per 100,000.

Gov. Mike Parson touted the low numbers Monday in a Twitter thread.

“The spread is slowing here in Missouri thanks to our citizens continuing to practice preventative measures. This, combined with the vaccine, is how we will win the COVID-19 battle,” Parson said, echoing statements he has made in his weekly coronavirus briefings in recent weeks.

Cases in Missouri have been on a steady decline since late November, at the height of the state’s fall surge. The seven-day new case average peaked at nearly 5,000 in mid-November, according to CDC data. That number was down to 536 on Saturday.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 351 new coronavirus cases Monday and no new deaths. The state has now reported 475,348 cases and 7,715 deaths. Over the weekend Missouri passed a milestone of 1 million coronavirus vaccine shots administered, with more than 700,000 Missourians receiving their first dose of vaccine.

State officials have said 3 million Missourians are in the current vaccination tier.

Hospitalizations keep falling, with about 1,200 Missourians hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday, the last day for which reliable data is available.

That number reached more than 2,800 during peaks in November, December and January.

Lake Regional updates visitor policies

Lake Regional Health System has relaxed its visitor restrictions amid a sustained decline in new coronavirus cases.

The company said Monday that patients who are not being treated for COVID-19 will now be allowed two visitors each. All clinic and cancer center patients will be limited to one support person to maintain social distance in waiting rooms, Lake Regional said in a news release.

Masks are still required. A full list of requirements is available on Lake Regional’s website.

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