More than 7,000 college-age people in Missouri have tested positive for COVID-19 since colleges and universities opened for the fall semester, fueling spikes in cases in college towns across the state.
Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday one-day positive test rates in some college towns are as high as 45% for people in the 18-24 age group.
According to the seven-day average from The Covid Tracking Project operated by The Atlantic, that’s more than eight times the national positivity rate of 5.5% for people of all ages. Parson notes that none of the college-age students have become seriously ill, but he acknowledges that worry persists.