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Christmas brings new Missouri COVID-19 hospitalization record

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri set a new record on Christmas Day for patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

There were 2,862 patients hospitalized statewide, eclipsing the previous record of 2,851 on Nov. 18. Hospitalizations have remained high in the past month.

Meanwhile, the seven-day average for new cases is 2,213 each day, according to data posted Saturday on the state health department website.

With the virus present at such elevated levels, area officials are urging caution.

“It is here, it is spread in the community, and we’ve got to make sure that that spread slows,” St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern said. “Our fates are in our own hands, and really, it’s not difficult to wear that mask.”

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