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Local COVID-19 Update (Feb. 22)

Cole County reported three more COVID-19 deaths Tuesday. There have been 111 total deaths from the illness in Cole.

Coronavirus case increases remained low in several mid-Missouri counties Tuesday. Cole County had just two new positives. Callaway County had three, and active cases dropped to 89.

Boone County’s active cases went up slightly, to 151, after 28 new positives Tuesday. Hospitalizations fell to 34, and are not straining resources.

Get more information on local mass vaccination clinics here. More from The Associated Press:

The number of new Missouri cases of the coronavirus continues to decline, but state officials say wastewater samples indicate the fast-spreading U.K. variant is “widespread” across the state. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 351 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths. The first Missouri case of the U.K. variant was confirmed on Feb. 6 in Marion County in northeast Missouri. It remains the only confirmed case in the state. But officials say sampling has found the U.K. variant in more than 13 wastewater systems in Missouri.

(This story was last updated at 4:41 p.m. Tuesday.)

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