Missouri reported 1,451 new virus cases and three deaths Sunday as the average number of cases reported each day continued to decline.

ST. LOUIS  — Missouri reported 1,451 new virus cases and three deaths Sunday as the average number of cases reported each day continued to decline.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases declined to 2,415 on Sunday. That is significantly lower than the peak rolling average of 4,723 that was set on Nov. 20, and the number of new cases reported each day has generally been declining since then. 

The state said 382,094 cases and 5,312 deaths have now been linked to the virus since the pandemic began. 

Statewide, at least 2,696 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. That is down slightly from the record of 2,862 that was set two days earlier.