Jul 06, 2021 10:38 PM

St. Joseph Health Department reports 59 new cases in Buchanan County since Thursday

Posted Jul 06, 2021 10:38 PM

By TOMMY REZAC

St. Joseph Post

St. Joseph health officials report 59 new COVID-19 cases over the Fourth of July weekend, though the number of completed tests was lower due to the holiday.

The county’s seven-day positivity rate is at 11 percent - about a two percent decrease from the week prior.

COVID hospitalizations are up at Mosaic Life Care. There are 32 COVID patients being treated at Mosaic - all at the St. Joseph hospital. That's up from 26 patients reported Sunday.

Mosaic announced last week a change in its visitor policy at the St. Joseph hospital. Only one visitor per patient is being allowed at this time. That policy will remain in place for at least another three weeks.

Vaccination rates are still low in Buchanan County and other parts of northwest Missouri. Just 21.2 percent of the Buchanan County population has initiated vaccination and only 19.3 percent have completed it.

Less than 30 percent of residents in Holt, Andrew, Platte, DeKalb, Worth, Harrison, Daviess and Caldwell counties are fully vaccinated.