Missouri’s new coronavirus case numbers, positive test rate and hospitalizations remained low Wednesday, continuing the state’s downward trend.

The state reported 598 new cases for a total of 472,741. The state reported 12 new deaths to reach 7,740.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ COVID-19 dashboard reported a positivity rate of 6.6%, unchanged from the day before. The rate is the percentage of people tested for coronavirus who get a positive result.

However, testing numbers plummeted last week amid snow and extreme cold.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

So far 10.6% of the state’s population has received a first dose of coronavirus vaccine, the dashboard reports. The state reports more than 900,000 doses have been administered.

The cold weather has closed many of the mass coronavirus clinics scheduled around the state. Some local clinics have also closed. However, Boone Hospital Center was holding a clinic Wednesday the the Columbia Mall and MU Health Care still plans to give thousands of shots at a mass clinic later this week.

The number of Missourians hospitalized with COVID-19 continued to drop Wednesday. The state reported about 1,300 people in hospitals as of Saturday, the last day of reliable data. That’s about 1,500 below the peaks set in November and December.

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