JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson held a briefing on Missouri’s response to COVID-19 at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 29.
The governor said of Missouri’s 22,000 hospital beds, 49 percent are still available. He said there is also nearly 70 percent of ventilators available.
He said there is now two locations for saliva-based testing machines in Springfield, as well as two others that will go to central Missouri and southeast Missouri.
Governor Parson said rapid antigen tests have started shipping to K-12 schools across the state. Nearly 330 schools and districts applied for the tests through the Missouri Department of Education, requesting a total of nearly 583,000 test kits.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, on average, 1,769 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths are reported in the state daily.
A total of 174,632 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Missouri, including 2,870 deaths.
Currently, 2,454,427 Missourians have been tested for the virus.
The positivity rate in Missouri is currently 11.6 percent.
The state’s dashboard was updated on Wednesday morning and included data reported through Tuesday, Oct. 27. DHSS said all seven-day data was subject to a three-day delay.