New COVID-19 cases plummet in Missouri

Mike Stucka

Missouri reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 3,788 new cases. That's down 11.8% from the previous week's toll of 4,297 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Missouri ranked 48th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 375,140 reported cases of coronavirus, a decrease of 10% from the week before. Across the country, 18 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

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Missouri ranked 42nd among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 19.4% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 21%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.

In the week ending Sunday, Missouri reported administering another 267,113 vaccine doses, compared to 320,714 the week before that. In all, Missouri reported it has administered 1,867,231 doses.

Within Missouri, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Linn, Knox and Monroe counties. Adding the most new cases overall were St. Charles County, with 7,166 cases; Jackson County, with 6,336 cases; and Kansas City County, with 5,086. Weekly case counts rose in 115 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in St. Charles, Jackson and Kansas City counties.

In Missouri, 146 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 233 people were reported dead.

A total of 571,005 people in Missouri have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 8,660 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 29,438,222 people have tested positive and 534,880 people have died.

Note: In Missouri, the tally of "counties" here includes St. Louis County and St. Louis City (listed here as St. Louis City County). Kansas City is broken out separately by Johns Hopkins University. Tallies listed here are built off 116 "county" entries.

Ernie Chacon's wife Celia, left, and daughter Sarah Chacon Mendoza, right, attend a candlelight vigil outside of Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, on March 10 to honor the life of Ernie, who died from COVID-19 on Dec. 11, 2020. (Aaron E. Martinez, El Paso Times)