The increasing numbers statewide are concerning, Babcock said. So are the big increases seen in other states, where Missourians could travel.
The state’s seven-day average of new positive cases on Tuesday was 425, according to analyses by the Post-Dispatch. This is a jump from two weeks earlier on June 16, when the average was just 214.
The four largest recorded numbers of new cases in Missouri all appeared in the past week: 553 on Thursday, 493 on Friday, 468 on Monday, and 508 on Tuesday.
And on Tuesday, the death toll from COVID-19 in the state surpassed 1,000. The total went from 998 to 1,015.
Gov. Mike Parson started his daily press conference by addressing the grim milestone.
“I think we should all remember that that virus is still out there, and we still gotta do our job to face the fact that it’s out there,” Parson said. “We have to take all the safety precautions you can as individuals.”
Missouri sees rising new cases
St. Louis area hospitals may be starting to see the impact of the rise in cases. Between Monday and Tuesday, the daily number of new hospitalizations rose from 16 to 28, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force. The seven-day moving average of hospitalizations, however, stayed the same at 137.