Positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise

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    The Phelps/Maries Health Department reported COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Phelps and Maries counties, with 91 active cases being reported as of last Thursday. The department urges caution as more cases are reported each week.

    Due to Labor Day, the normal Monday report of numbers has been delayed. As of Thursday, September 3, there were 91 active cases in Phelps County, up from 60 the week prior, along with 284 confirmed total cases. Of the confirmed area cases, 191 have been released from isolation and nine from the hospital. There are currently no current cases requiring hospitalization. There have also been 6,021 negative tests so far in Phelps County.
    Maries County currently has seven active cases of COVID-19, with 51 confirmed cases in the county, up only one from the week prior (50). There have been 44 released from isolation of those confirmed and four have been released from the hospital. There have been 764 negative tests in Maries County.
    To check current information, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) COVID dashboard is updated daily at 2 p.m. The link to that website is:
    According to the state dashboard, there have been 270 confirmed positive cases. The discrepancy could be associated with cases not yet reported to the state or errors in testing. According to the dashboard, there has been 98 new cases reported in Phelps County over the past 14 days. The two-week infection rate is currently 219.08 per 100,000.
    Missouri has a total of 94,340 confirmed cases as of Tuesday morning, with 906 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours. The seven day positive percent PCR tests is at 13.8 percent and there has been 1,659 confirmed deaths in the state associated with COVID-19.
    With each case, the health department works with the DHSS to investigate to identify any individual that may have come in close contact with the positive individual to monitor them for symptoms and assist in the containment of the virus. Any close contacts identified by a positive case within the county will be contacted privately by the health department.
    Primary symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, and shortness of breath. Other possible symptoms include body aches, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell. The health department reported there are a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild to severe illness, with some not experiencing any symptoms at all during their illness.
    The health department asks that anyone who develops symptoms contact their physician and seek testing and to isolate themselves until testing results are known.
    For general information and questions regarding the coronavirus, contact the Missouri DHSS hotline at 877-435-8411. The Phelps/Maries County Health Department can be reached by calling 573-458-6010. The department requests residents not contact them via Facebook as there are too many comment made and someone could be missed.
    The health department urges the public to take appropriate precautions, including social distancing, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper handwashing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick, to help contain he spread of COVID-19.