As protesters around the country rallied against stay-at-home orders, the novel coronavirus spread to more Missouri counties.


Missouri reported 150 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday. The state now has confirmed 5,667 infections through testing.


One of those new cases is in Audrain County, which until the weekend had no cases of the contagion to report. The county health department announced the case Saturday night. The case is not travel-related, the department reported, and the patient is quarantined at home.


Boone County reported 88 total cases, no change from Saturday, with eight of those remaining active. The state report assigned 93 cases to Boone County. MU Health Care reported four active inpatient cases in its system over the weekend. Boone Hospital Center reported none.


The state’s biggest metropolitan areas continue to house the worst outbreaks. There are 2,214 cases in St. Louis County, an increase of 51 from Saturday’s count, and 831 in the city of St. Louis, an increase of 23. There are 426 cases in St. Charles County, up nine from Saturday. Of the 150 cases added statewide, 124 were in the St. Louis area.


Kansas City added six cases to bring its total confirmed cases to 418, and Jackson County outside the city added no cases to keep its count at 268.


Deaths have been reported in 28 counties, and in many of these cases, mistrust in impacted communities runs deep.


St. Louis resident Randy Barnes, who lost his brother to the virus, said the hospital where his brother sought treatment initially sent him home without testing him and suggested he self-quarantine for 14 days, the Associated Press reported in an article about racial disparity in death.


Five days later, his brother was back in the hospital, where he was placed on a ventilator for two weeks. He died April 13. Barnes’ brother and his wife also were caring for an 88-year-old man in the same apartment, who died from the virus around the same time.


“Those people are not being tested. They’re not being cared for,” Barnes said.


As of Saturday, there was least one confirmed COVID-19 infection in 97 of the 117 local health department jurisdictions that report to the state.


The count in Springfield’s Greene County remained at 84.


The county with the most cases outside the state’s four largest metropolitan areas is Saline County, which has 54 cases, up three from Saturday’s count.


Moniteau County reported seven new infections Saturday, bringing the county total to 26. The case count rose by one in Callaway County to 21. Other central Missouri counties showed no change in their case numbers.


Despite the slowing rise of cases in Missouri, the economic impact of the pandemic remains grimly clear. St. Louis-based coal company Foresight Energy, which employs 800 people, may be the coal industry's first coronavirus-related casualty. It filed for federal bankruptcy protection in March, citing in part “a slowdown in the global economy due to concerns over the coronavirus.”


The economic struggles of the country and state inspired protests around the United States against state stay-at-home orders. Rallies appeared to be in the works for Tuesday in Jefferson City, with similar events planned in virus-stricken St. Louis and Kansas City.


Missouri’s statewide stay-at-home order is set to expire May 3. The order covering Boone County is currently set to expire Friday and local officials have said they will make a decision later this week on whether to extend it or start operating under the state order.


As of mid-afternoon Sunday, the U.S. more than 742,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, up about 16,000 since late Saturday.


The contagion is blamed for 40,585 deaths in the United States, an increase of 2,600 from Saturday.


Worldwide, the virus is known to have infected almost 2.4 million people and is blamed for 164,176 deaths.


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