Missouri helps fuel record rise in COVID-19 cases nationally

Coronavirus COVID-19
Posted at 1:37 AM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 02:37:38-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the day the U.S. shattered the single-day record for most new COVID-19 cases, Missouri also shattered its single day record.

The country added more than 120,000 cases Thursday and topped 9.6 million since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

Nearly 4,500 came from Missouri, according to the 41 Action News Daily COVID-19 Tracker.

State and local health departments in the Show-Me State have reported a record number of new cases for three consecutive days, but the 4,499 new cases on Thursday were a 35.2% over the previous day’s record of 3,328.

During the last seven days, Missouri has averaged more than 3,025 new cases and 33 deaths per day. Another 39 deaths were reported in the state Thursday, raising the death toll to 3,282.

Missouri, which has topped 207,000 cases, has been contributing more than 3% of all new cases in the U.S. during the last few weeks. The state accounts for roughly 1.9% of the overall U.S. population.

Nearly 235,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. during the last eight months, according to Johns Hopkins.