Missouri ranks in top five for its rate of new COVID-19 cases

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The Washington Post reports Missouri ranks fifth among all U.S. states for its per capita rate of daily COVID-19 cases over the past week. The state reports 23 new cases per every 100,000 people.

Livingston County in northwest Missouri ranks in the top ten U.S. counties reporting the highest rate of cases. The state’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the county has had 338 cases since March.

The state’s first case of COVID-19 was announced six months ago. Since then, Missouri has reported more than 93,000 cases and at least 1,658 coronavirus-related deaths.

On Saturday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 77 new deaths – most of which happened in June, July, and August. The department said analysts discovered an inconsistency between the coding of death certificate diagnoses and the agency’s updated virus system tracking.

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