- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2021

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri is approaching 400,000 cases of the coronavirus as hospitalizations continue on the high plateau the state has seen since mid-November.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the addition Saturday of 2,157 new cases brought the state’s total to 399,456.

Missouri’s seven-day average of daily new case numbers has generally declined from a peak of 4,723 on Nov. 20, though it is still far higher than any level seen in the spring or summer.

It rose slightly over the past few days, to 2,688 on Saturday compared with 2,183 on Wednesday.

The Department of Health and Senior Services was reporting 2,804 COVID-19 patients statewide. It was only the eighth time the state has reported more than 2,800 coronavirus patients.

Missouri hospitalization data lags three days, and not every hospital reports every day.

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