Missouri's 7-day COVID case average has more than doubled since the start of July

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The 7-day rolling average for cases in Missouri sits at 1,440; yesterday, it was 1,408. Exactly one month ago, the state rolling average was 433.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – COVID cases continue to increase across Missouri. The 7-day rolling average for recorded cases has more than doubled since July 1.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the state has recorded 544,725 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2—an increase of 1,031 positive cases (PCR testing only)—and 9,474 total deaths as of Sunday, July 18, no increase over yesterday. That's a case fatality rate of 1.74%.

Please keep in mind that not all cases and deaths recorded occurred in the last 24 hours.

Approximately 2.46 million people have completed the vaccination process in Missouri; 56.7% of all adults 18 years of age and older have initiated the process. The state has administered 64,038 doses of vaccine in the last 7 days (this metric is subject to a delay, meaning the last three days are not factored in). The highest vaccination rates are among people over 65.

The Bureau of Vital Records at DHSS performs a weekly linkage between deaths to the state and death certificates to improve quality and ensure all decedents that died of COVID-19 are reflected in the systems. As a result, the state's death toll will see a sharp increase from time to time. Again, that does not mean a large number of deaths happened in one day; instead, it is a single-day reported increase.

At the state level, DHSS is not tracking probable or pending COVID deaths. Those numbers are not added to the state's death count until confirmed in the disease surveillance system either by the county or through analysis of death certificates.

The 10 days with the most reported cases occurred between Nov. 7, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021.

Approximately 47.6% of all reported cases are for individuals 39 years of age and younger. The state has further broken down the age groups into smaller units. The 18 to 24 age group has 68,502 recorded cases, while 25 to 29-year-olds have 46,225 cases.

People 80 years of age and older account for approximately 47.5% of all…
Kevin S. Held
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