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14th COVID-19 death in Boone County; Sixth death in Callaway County

Boone County reports a 14th county resident has died from COVID-19. Health officials confirmed Thursday the patient was between 75 and 79 years old.

Active cases in Boone County went down 12, to 417, after 40 new positives were reported on Friday. Hospitalizations also rose, from 76 to 80, but remain below capacity. Health officials said Friday the current health order has been extended through Nov. 3. That order says bars and restaurants must close at 10:30 p.m. each night.

Callaway County reported a sixth death from COVID-19 Friday. Active cases went up, to 237, after 23 new cases were reported.

Cole County saw a big drop in active cases Friday, There were 62 new cases reported, but many more recoveries were added, so active cases fell to 177. Blair Oaks fifth graders will learn online-only until Oct. 26. Nearly half of the 75-student class is in quarantine.

Mizzou reported 17 new student cases on Friday. Active cases rose to 73.

More from The Associated Press:

The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus in Missouri has reached another record, and the seven-day average positivity rate was more than triple the benchmark suggested by the World Health Organization. The state health department’s COVID-19 dashboard showed other alarming numbers Thursday: 1,875 new confirmed cases and 22 deaths. The state’s seven-day positivity rate was 17.9%. The national seven-day positivity rate was at 5.1%, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The WHO has set 5% as the benchmark. Meanwhile, 1,443 people were hospitalized in Missouri on Wednesday, setting a new record for the third straight day.

(This story was last updated at 4:44 p.m. Friday.)

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