The St. Joseph Health department is the latest northwest Missouri health agency to report a recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases they are seeing.
According to their daily brief released via their Facebook page, there have been 46 new cases reported since their last briefing Thursday, June 17. Of those cases 21 were reported Friday with nine on Saturday, three Sunday and another 22 cases reported Monday. There has also been three additional hospitalizations since that last report.
The city positivity rate has nearly doubled in that time as well, jumping from 4.97-percent to 8.63-percent. Statewide the positivity rate is at about 6.8-percent.
According to the Health Department only 18.8-percent of Buchanan County residents are fully vaccinated with just 20.7-percent having at least begun the process.
Currently four northwest Missouri counties are among those counties with the highest volume of cases in the past seven days. Worth County has the highest new case rate per capita in the state, followed by Linn County at second. Livingston County is fourth on the list with Caldwell County checking in at number 10.