Gov. Mike Parson has repeatedly refused to give a mandate to wear a mask in the state, although the state health department and federal and international health officials recommend masks.
Government officials have struggled to report data consistently, changing their method of reporting and revising past figures when new information comes in.
Missouri officials say 1,431 people were hospitalized on Friday, down 30 from Thursday. At least 63% of ICU beds are occupied in different regions, with a maximum of 88% of ICU beds taken in the north-west corner of the state.
The St. Louis Pandemic Task Force has also seen increases in the seven-day moving average of hospital admissions and patients known or suspected of having COVID-19 who are in area hospitals. There were 82 patients in intensive care units in the area and 40 in ventilators, they said. Hospitals have discharged a total of 7,035 patients.
Illinois cases are rising
Illinois reported a total of 339,803 cases and 9,192 deaths on Saturday, an increase of 3,629 cases and 27 deaths from the day before.
Officials said 2,073 patients were in Illinois hospitals, 422 in ICUs and 165 in ventilators.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Friday he was “deeply concerned” about an increase in cases and positivity in Illinois and across the country. The positivity in this state was 5.1% on Friday.