Two more people have died because of COVID-19 in Boone County. They were in the 75-79 and 80+ age groups.

Over the holiday weekend, 201 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Boone County, according to a tweet from the Health Department. An additional 114 cases were reported Tuesday.

There were currently 692 active cases in Boone County on Tuesday afternoon, according to the COVID-19 Information Hub. This is up 8 cases in the last eight days. As of Jan. 11, there were 684 active cases.

There have been 15,710 total cases in the county since the start of the pandemic.

Boone County hospitals were at yellow status as of Tuesday afternoon. This means they are operating within their standard capacity but may be delaying some non-emergency procedures and transfers.

Also as of Tuesday, 39 Boone County residents were hospitalized due to the virus. In eight days, the percent of hospital patients who were county residents increased from 34% to 40%.

Twenty-four patients required intensive care and 11 people were on a ventilator.

MU Health reported 31 inpatient cases with 40 tests still pending, as of Tuesday afternoon.

At Truman Veterans’ Hospital, 18 veterans were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to Jeffrey Hoelscher, public affairs officer.

On MU’s first day back in classes, 42 students and 30 faculty and staff members currently have active cases of the coronavirus.

The United States surpassed 400,000 deaths because of COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to data compiled by the New York Times. On Friday, the global death toll exceeded 2 million.

Share with us about those lost to COVID-19

The Missourian wants to honor the lives lost to COVID-19 in our community. If you have lost a loved one to COVID-19 in Boone County, please share about them in this form. Our hope is to be able to publish some brief stories about all of the residents lost to COVID-19.

For more COVID-19 related news, see our section dedicated to COVID-19 updates.
  • Molly Hart is an assistant city editor at the Missourian. She has previously reported on state government. She can be reached at

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