The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Missouri has the highest rate of COVID-19 positives in the country.
The CDC says 78 out of 100,00 Missourians tested positive in the last week. That equals about 400 new confirmed cases every day, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The state says, as of June 20th, there are 761 Missourians in the hospital with COVID-19. Two hundred and two of those people are in ICU, and 74 are on ventilators.
Gov. Mike Parson said the numbers are higher than what he would want. He also said it was evidence COVID-19 is not going anywhere. "You know, COVID's going to still be here for a while. We know that a lot of people still haven't been vaccinated yet, but it's still going to be here," said Parson. "We know people are being tested every day with it, and so we've just got to continue to monitor it. But again, we are in such a much better place than we were a long time ago, and everybody has an opportunity for a vaccine that wants a vaccine now, so a lot of positive things happening on the front."
With 38.1% of Missourians fully vaccinated and seven deaths in the last week, Parson says he was comfortable with the latest data from the state.