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Cole County reports 22 more COVID-19 deaths, 53 total

Cole County reported a record-high 22 additional COVID-19 deaths Tuesday. That brings the county’s total deaths from the illness to 53.

Cole County’s health department no longer reports the current number of active coronavirus cases. The county also changed daily case reporting to the day the test was done on Nov. 19. The number of reported daily positives fell a lot after that. So far, the county has reported a total of 113 new cases from the long holiday weekend.

Callaway County reported four more deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday. That’s now 16 total deaths in the county. Active coronavirus cases in Callaway dropped to 577 Tuesday.

Boone County reported its 28th death from COVID-19 Tuesday. Health officials say the patient was between 70 and 74 years old. It’s the second straight day the county has reported a COVID-19 death.

There were just 79 new coronavirus positives in Boone County on Tuesday, making it two days in a row with increases smaller than 100. Active cases went down again, to 703.

Hospitalizations went down a little, to 157. Hospitals in Boone County are still at ‘yellow’ status, meaning some surgeries are being delayed and resources are strained.

More from The Associated Press:

The coronavirus pandemic is devastating rural hospitals, including the tiny 25-bed facility in Memphis, Missouri. People come from six surrounding counties for basic care at Scotland County Hospital. No beds are available and nurses are often working 24 extra hours a week. Larger hospitals nearby are full, too, so it’s difficult to transfer patients needing more critical care. Doctors and nurses say the struggle is made worse when people in the community continue to downplay the virus, with some calling it a hoax. Yet the situation is so dire that doctors sometimes have to send infected people home, telling them to come back if their condition worsens.

(This story was last updated at 6:01 a.m. Wednesday.)

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