Missouri review adds dozens more people to COVID-19 death total

Posted at 11:56 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 12:56:36-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Tuesday added more than 130 people to its list of Missourians that have died due to COVID-19.

A department spokesperson told the Missouri Independent that Tuesday’s additions reflect a state review of previous deaths from September, October and November.

In total, 3,932 Missourians have now died from the disease, according to a 41 Action News data analysis.

A similar grim picture was present in the Kansas City area, as local and county health departments combined to add 32 Kansas Citians to the region’s total, which now stands at 1,055. Fourteen of those deaths were from the Jackson County portion of Kansas City, Missouri; nine others were from Johnson County. Other deaths were added in Jackson County, Missouri (outside of KCMO), Leavenworth County and Cass County.

The single-day additions to the Missouri and metro death tolls represent single-day records.

State and local health departments across Missouri combined to add 4,156 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, pushing the state’s total to 293,241.

While the Kansas Department of Health and Environment does not report state totals on Tuesdays, local health departments across the state combined to add 245 new COVID-19 cases. The state’s total now stands at 143,978.

In the Kansas City area, state and local health departments combined to add 610 new COVID-19 cases. Since the pandemic, 86,426 Kansas City area residents have contracted the disease.