Missouri coronavirus cases topped 400,000 on Sunday

Associated Press
File - A testing kit sits on the windshield of a car as it passes through a drive-through COVID-19 testing site set up by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and operated by the Missouri National Guard Thursday, May 28, 2020, in St. Charles, Mo.

ST. LOUIS — The number of coronavirus cases in Missouri has now topped 400,000, and hospitalizations remained at a high level on Sunday.

The state reported 2,305 new cases of the virus to give it 401,761 since the pandemic began. Missouri also reported 19 new deaths to give the state 5,562 linked to COVID-19.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is down significantly from the peak of 4,723 set on Nov. 20, but it has been rising since Wednesday's 2,183 and it hit 2,810 on Sunday.

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in the state declined to 2,701 from the previous day's 2804, but it remained around the high level the state has been reporting since mid-November.

The seven-day average number of hospitalizations has stayed above 2,500 since mid-November. That is double what it was in early October.