The pandemic numbers look dire going into the "dark winter" promised by Prez Joe Biden.

Accordingly . . .

Here's a stolen passage quote regarding the numbers from a lesser blog . . .

COVID-19 cases and deaths rose significantly in the past week in the Kansas City area. In the last seven days, 44 people died from COVID-19 in the metro. That’s more than double the previous week’s death toll of 19.

As of Tuesday, the rolling average of new COVID-19 cases across the metro area is around 748 per day over seven days, according to data tracked by The Star. That’s higher than last week’s average of 732 and each of the five weeks prior. Forty-four people have died from COVID-19 around Kansas City in the past week, bringing the death total up to 3,301 since the pandemic began.

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People under 40 account for majority of all Missouri COVID cases

by: Kevin S. Held Posted: / Updated: JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A majority of all recorded COVID-19 cases in Missouri are for people under 40 years of age. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), the state has recorded 769,314 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2-an increase of 1,800 positive cases (PCR testing only)-and 12,797 total deaths as of Tuesday, Dec.

Covid-19 vaccinations began a year ago. These numbers show how it's going

On December 14, 2020, a nurse in New York City became perhaps the first person in the US to get vaccinated against Covid-19. A year later, billions of people around the world have been vaccinated. Here's a look at Covid-19 vaccines, by the numbers.

Owner of several local hospitals pauses its vaccine mandate for employees

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Apple will require masks for customers at all U.S. stores because of rising Covid cases

Customers at Apple stores in the United States will be required to wear face masks to shop as Covid cases rise around the country. Previously, Apple only required masks in some U.S. stores in regions that required them. Tuesday's announcement means that Apple will require them for shoppers even in states that don't require indoor masking.

COVID-19 LOCAL UPDATES: Missouri reports 1,800 new cases Tuesday

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates around the Kansas City metro area, and in Kansas and Missouri: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14MISSOURI: TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES: 769,314 (+1,800) CONFIRMED DEATHS: 12,797 (+71) 7-DAY PERCENT POSITIVE: 12.5% TOTAL VACCINE DOSES ADMINISTERED: 7,561,018 PERCENT OF POPULATION WITH 1 DOSE: 59.5% PERCENT OF POPULATION WITH 2

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