- Missouri continues to see high levels of new cases in both urban and rural areas, with 11,170 new cases in the past 7 days*—an average of 1,596 new cases per day.
- The rate of new cases increased slightly—with 1.2% more new cases in the past 7 days than there were in the prior 7 days.
- 59 Missourians lost their lives to COVID-19 in the past 7 days.
- As of Friday, October 16, 1,431 suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients were in the hospital in Missouri. This number is up from 1,184 2 weeks earlier on Friday, October 2.
- Testing numbers remain relatively good. 115,801 new PCR tests happened in the past 7 days, an average of 16,543 per day. This number of tests is down 13.9% from the week prior.
- The deduplicated 7-day positivity rate (new cases divided by new individuals tested) is [21.1%]. The non-deduplicated 7-day positivity rate (positive PCR tests divided by total PCR tests) is [10.9%].
- Missourians can protect themselves and their communities by practicing regular hand hygiene, social distancing, wearing a mask (especially indoors), and avoiding large gatherings.
* Note: this 7-day period represents 10/8 through 10/15. A delay of 3 days accounts for the time it takes for new tests to be processed by labs and reported to the state. See FAQ for more details.