Phelps County's COVID-19 cases up 114.5%; Missouri cases surge 49.4%

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK
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New coronavirus cases leaped in Missouri in the week ending Sunday, rising 49.4% as 9,926 cases were reported. The previous week had 6,646 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Missouri ranked second among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.

In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 47.5% from the week before, with 136,187 cases reported. With 1.99% of the country's population, Missouri had 7.29% of the country's cases in the last week.

Across the country, 43 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many places did not report cases and deaths around the Fourth of July, which would shift those cases into the following week and make week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.

Phelps County reported 118 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 55 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,166 cases and 135 deaths.

Within Missouri, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Taney, Polk and Christian counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Greene County, with 1,300 cases; St. Louis County, with 819 cases; and Jasper County, with 553. Weekly case counts rose in 85 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Greene, Kansas City and St. Charles counties.

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Missouri ranked 37th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 45.9% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 55.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, Missouri reported administering another 50,055 vaccine doses, including 31,801 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 84,402 vaccine doses, including 44,721 first doses. In all, Missouri reported it has administered 5,209,747 total doses.

Across Missouri, cases fell in 20 counties, with the best declines in Adair, Nodaway and Pemiscot counties.

In Missouri, 46 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 82 people were were reported dead.

A total of 639,668 people in Missouri have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 9,804 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 33,853,948 people have tested positive and 607,156 people have died.

Note: In Missouri, the tally of "counties" here includes St. Louis County and St. Louis City (listed here as St. Louis City County). Kansas City is broken out separately by Johns Hopkins University. Tallies listed here are built off 116 "county" entries.

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The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.