County COVID cases doubled in December

    In just over a month’s time, Crawford County has added 324 new confirmed COVID-19 cases to its total to bring that number to 3,568 as of January 2. Confirmed deaths now total 66, three more than the total on November 29.


    Probable antigen cases total 629 as of January 2, up from 559 in November. Probable deaths increased from 11 to 12.
    Confirmed deaths are only individuals who were positive by PCR or genomic sequencing and were determined to be a COVID-19 death. Probable deaths include individuals who were positive by Antigen testing and determined to be a COVID-19 death or were identified via vital records.
    The 324 new confirmed cases between November 29 and January 2 more than doubled the 155 new cases for the month between October 25 and November 29. That had been an increase over the 103 new cases added between September 28 and October 25. In September, 257 new cases had been added (between August 25 and September 27).
    For the week ending on December 31, 74 new cases were reported, up dramatically from the 22 new cases reported for the week ending November 29, and the 19 reported for the week ending on October 25.  
    The county’s seven-day positivity rate using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) method increased to 13.8 percent as of December 31, up from 8.5 percent as of November 29, and 5.5 percent as of October 25, and now above the 10 percent benchmark that is considered high.
    County residents have now had a total of 32,327 PCR tests conducted, compared to 30,136 last month, and 14,977 antigen tests, compared to 13,757.
    The percentage of Crawford County residents who’ve completed the vaccine regimen stands at 34.6 percent as of January 2, another slight increase from the 33.5 percent who had completed the vaccination process as of November 29. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses per person.
     Vaccine providers and events in Missouri can be found at MOStopsCovid.com.
     The Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) recommends the state-maintained website as the best source of data related to COVID-19 in our state. Although the website’s reported information is somewhat delayed, it provides in-depth information and has a team of experts ensuring the best and most accurate data possible is reported. The website can be found at https://showmestrong.mo.gov/public-health/ and numbers are found under the “View Public Health Data” tab.