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Local COVID-19 Update (Jan. 27)

Boone County confirmed another COVID-19 death Wednesday. Health officials say the patient was between 75 and 79 years old. There have been 69 total deaths from the illness in Boone.

The county broke a lower trend of coronavirus case increases, as there were 130 new positives Wednesday. Active cases went up to 595. Hospitalizations fell a little, to 82, and are around the lowest levels seen in months. Hospitals in Boone are still operating at “yellow” status, meaning resources are strained and some surgeries are being delayed.

Cole County reported 16 new positives Wednesday. No word on how many active cases there are.

Callaway County added nine new cases Wednesday, and active cases went up to 273.

More from The Associated Press:

Experts in all corners of Missouri are seeing room for optimism in the fight against the coronavirus thanks to a decline in new cases, decreasing hospitalizations and other factors. Evidence suggests that the post-holiday spike is over, and things are improving. The seven-day average for new cases reported Tuesday was 27.2% lower than the previous seven-day average, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. Hospitalizations remain high, but are declining. Dr. Alex Garza of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force says there are plenty “signs of hope” given the improvement at a time of year when illnesses tend to run high.

(This story was last updated at 5:37 p.m. Wednesday.)

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