The latest version of the White House COVID-19 red zone report paints a rather bleak picture for Missouri.
The report lists Missouri in the red zone for number of cases, for its positivity rate, and for its death rate. The latest numbers show COVID-19 deaths in Missouri have increased by 63 percent.
Meanwhile, 85% of the state’s counties are listed as having red zone levels, including almost 20 Mid-Missouri counties, including Boone, Callaway, and Cole. A number of Mid-Missouri cities are listed in the red zone, including Jefferson City, Columbia, Fort Leonard Wood, and Sedalia.
The report states the current surge of cases is nearly twice the rate of those Missouri experienced in the spring and summer, leading them to believe that strains of COVID-19 have possibly evolved into a more transmissible virus.
The report urges Missouri to be more aggressive in its immunization efforts. And encourages mandatory testing of students, both at the K-12 level and on college campuses.