WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Helias Catholic High School will require masks again starting Thursday

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Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City said it will need masks again starting Thursday.

The school says mask-wearing will be enforced in common areas and anywhere social distancing is not possible.

Additionally, the school says it is following CDC guidelines and asking anyone in close contact or who tests positive for COVID to stay home for at least 5 days.

The district will also have next Tuesday off, after Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday to hopefully allow students and staff to minimize potential exposure to others.

Cole County reports 196 new coronavirus cases

The Cole County Health Department reported 196 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday.

According to the dashboard update, there are 13,597 residential cases and 302 cases of residents of long-term care facilities. This represents 13,899 total cases in the county.

Cole County has reported 174 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Cole County ranks 17th in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the past week. Cases increased by 101.8% comparing last week to the previous week. The county reported a 30.5% test positivity rate, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Missouri Coronavirus Vaccine Dashboard reports that approximately 54.5% of the county has started their first dose of vaccine and 50.2% of the county’s population has been fully vaccinated.

The Jefferson City School District reported 13 new cases of the coronavirus in students and 10 new cases in staff on Tuesday.

The district reports 70 active cases among students and 36 active cases among staff.

The district reports 164 close contacts for students and 24 close contacts for staff.

Lake Regional changes visitor and mask policy due to rising COVID positivity rate

The Lake Regional Health System reports that due to increasing COVID positivity rates locally and statewide, it is changing its visitation policy in response to current conditions.

“Throughout the pandemic, Lake Regional has made adjustments to the policy based on the conditions in our community, Kevin McRoberts, FACHE, Acting CEO of Lake Regional Health System, said in a statement. “As positivity rates increase, so does the number of people seeking care at our facilities. We are taking this action to better protect our patients and employees from exposure to this highly contagious variant.

Only one visitor for most patients

Beginning Thursday, patients hospitalized at the Lake Regional Health System, as well as those receiving care in the emergency department, outpatient departments and all clinics, can have one support person per day.

Exceptions will be made for pediatric patients, who may have two parents and end-of-life situations. The Lake Regional Family Birth Center and the Lake Regional Skilled Nursing Facility also have separate visitation policies. See lakeregional.com/visitors for details.

Visitors should remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit and limit their daily entry.

New mask requirement

All visitors and staff at all Lake Regional facilities are required to wear a medical mask for better protection against the Omicron variant. Anyone wearing a cloth mask, gaiter or face shield will be issued a medical mask. Masks must cover the nose, mouth and chin at all times.

State of Missouri reports more than 9,600 new coronavirus cases

The state of Missouri reported 13,135 new probable cases of coronavirus on Wednesday.

The daily average of new coronavirus cases in the state of Missouri has risen to a seven-day average of 8,440 (59,083 confirmed cases from the previous reporting week) as the state reports new coronavirus cases throughout state according to state health department reports. The daily average is for the last seven days and does not take into account the last three days, which will push this number even higher.

The state has reported 9,687 new coronavirus cases through PCR testing and another 3,448 probable cases identified through antigen testing as of Wednesday, according to the Department of Health and Senior Services’ coronavirus dashboard. from Missouri. Missouri has now reported 918,312 confirmed pandemic cases and more than 217,550 probable cases.

The state recorded 13 new deaths for a total of 13,501 and one probable death was removed from the dashboard for a total of 3,075.

Missouri’s new cases are up 38.5% over the past week, the state reports, as recent cases increase nationwide.

The positive test rate is 33.2% for the past week. Higher positivity suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with coronavirus in the community who have not yet been tested.

Source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Cole, Pettis, Callaway, Osage, Miller, Moniteau, Boone and Saline counties are all in Missouri’s top 40 counties in new cases per capita over the past week, according to state statistics.

The state reports that more than 4.43% (a 0.19% increase from Monday’s last report) of vaccinated Missourians have developed COVID-19 infections. The state is reporting 6,590 new breakthrough cases for a total of 147,876 breakthrough cases out of 3,338,813 fully vaccinated people. Experts continue to tout vaccination as the best tool to fight the wave of new cases.

Yet new vaccinations have effectively stalled in Missouri, with more boosters given daily than first or second vaccinations. The state reported Tuesday that 54.4% of Missouri residents are fully immunized.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are also trending upward, with the state reporting that 16% of total hospital capacity and 22% of intensive care capacity remain. Those numbers are 36% and 29% in central Missouri, respectively.

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