COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Columbia metropolis leaders will get a COVID-19 replace Monday after the Columbia/Boone County Well being Division prolonged well being orders for 2 extra weeks.
The Columbia Metropolis Council will hear a presentation on the native state of the coronavirus pandemic from metropolis/county well being director Stephanie Browning through the council’s 7 p.m. assembly.
Watch Browning’s discuss dwell within the participant under.
The well being division stated earlier Monday that it’s extending the town and county COVID-19 orders at the moment in place till 11:59 p.m. Nov. 18. The order had been set to run out Tuesday.
Columbia Mayor Brian Treece and Browning had beforehand stated they needed to see how elementary college students returning to in-person studying would have an effect on the variety of COVID-19 instances earlier than a brand new well being order would go into impact. These college students returned to school rooms Oct .19.
Case numbers inside Columbia Public Faculties, nonetheless, weren’t the explanation the well being division said for extending the order Monday. Hospitalizations have been.
“Elevated hospitalizations and an upward pattern of recent instances continues to be trigger for concern as we navigate this pandemic,” Browning stated. “The information means that the present restrictions ought to keep in place right now.”
Browning additionally stated there was an elevated pressure on hospital assets as the results of extra severe virus instances. A file 105 sufferers with COVID-19 have been in Boone County hospitals Monday, according to the health department’s COVID-19 hub. Of these, 29 have been in intensive care.
Solely 20 individuals within the hospitals have been Boone County residents. Treece stated this tells him the present masks order is working.
“The remaining come from areas and areas that don’t have the identical public well being protections that we do,” he stated.
Browning additionally cited a rise in instances. The 118 new instances Saturday have been probably the most reported in a single day since September.
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