17 unreported virus deaths add to Missouri's toll

17 unreported virus deaths add to Missouri's toll

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s health department added on Sunday another 17 previously unreported COVID-19 related deaths to the state’s total death toll.

Most of the deaths were from June through August.

The state’s Department of Health and Senior Services blamed technical issues for missing a total of 89 previously unreported deaths, including the 17 reported Sunday.

In the city of St. Louis, 6,272 cases have been confirmed, for a case rate of 2,015 per 100,000 residents. Suspected cases tally 97. The city has suffered 189 deaths, 60.7 per 100,000 residents. 

Because of the continued threat to public safety, the city decided to issue its fourteenth emergency health order, extending the 11 p.m. and 50 percent capacity restrictions placed on bars, restaurants and large venues three weeks ago.

“We must remain vigilant to protect our community,” Mayor Lyda Krewson explained in a tweet.

In total, the virus has been reported to have killed at least 1,658 people in Missouri and sickened 93,434, according to state health department data.

About 10,003 new cases were reported in the past week, according to an Associated Press analysis of Saturday data from Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracking project. That’s about 1,429 new cases a day on average.

MetroSTL.com staff contributed to this report.

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