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Missouri Reports 136 Additional Coronavirus Deaths

The death toll from the coronavirus in Missouri has risen dramatically after the state health department announced 136 additional deaths. Also Friday, the state reported 2,008 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and cited data showing that hospitalizations remain at near-record levels. Health department spokeswoman Lisa Cox says all of the deaths reported Friday actually occurred before October. The state relies on reporting from local health departments, which sometimes report their deaths in batches. Cox said 125 of the newly reported deaths happened in September, 10 were in August and one in July. Missouri has reported 139,164 confirmed cases and 2,395 deaths since the onset of the pandemic.