Wednesday, April 15 summary
The number of positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boone County is currently 86 with 74 who have recovered at the time of publishing. Below is information about pregnancy and breastfeeding during the coronavirus pandemic. Also below is information about a temporary traffic control plan for the Utilities drive-up windows behind City Hall and a reminder about how to conduct business online or by phone relating to Utilities accounts.
Cases in Boone County
|Total positive cases||Active||Recovered||Deaths|
<15: 1 case
15-24: 22 cases
25-44: 33 cases
45-64: 25 cases
65+: 5 cases
Travel-related: 28 cases
Contact to a confirmed case: 31 cases
Community transmission: 26 cases
Pending investigation: 1 case
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that pregnant people seem to have the same risk as adults who are not pregnant. However, they say pregnant people have changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections. Additionally, pregnant people have had a higher risk of severe illness when infected with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza.
The CDC states that mother-to-child transmission of coronavirus during pregnancy is unlikely, but after birth, a newborn is susceptible to person-to-person spread. A very small number of babies have tested positive for the virus shortly after birth. However, it is unknown if these babies got the virus before or after birth. The virus has not been detected in amniotic fluid, breastmilk or other maternal samples.
Patients who recently gave birth and are positive for COVID-19 are advised to speak to their doctor to decide whether and how to start or continue breastfeeding. Additionally, the CDC states that breast milk provides protection against many illnesses and is the best source of nutrition for most infants.
For additional information about COVID-19 as it relates to pregnancy and breastfeeding, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html.
Changes to City services
Beginning Thursday, April 16, at 7 a.m., the City of Columbia plans to implement a temporary traffic control plan to accommodate increased traffic at its Columbia Utilities drive-up windows. The drive-up windows are located in the alley behind City Hall and are accessible via the one-way alley on Eighth Street between Walnut Street and Broadway. For more information and to see a map of the traffic control plan, please visit CoMo.gov/CMS/pressreleases/view.php?id=6694.
As a reminder, customers are strongly encouraged to conduct business regarding utilities online or by phone with no fees and no travel. Customers can view their City utility account, request changes to services and pay their utility bill at MyUtilityBill.CoMo.gov. Customers can also call 573.874.7380 or 573.874.CITY (2489) during normal business hours.
Official information from the City of Columbia and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) can be found at CoMo.gov/Coronavirus. The City will also be utilizing City and PHHS official social media accounts to post updates. They can be found at @CoMoGov on Facebook and Twitter and @CoMoHealthDept on Facebook and @CoMo_HealthDept on Twitter.