County sees more deaths associated with COVID-19

    The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has reported more deaths associated with COVID-19, bringing the number up to 16. County active cases continue remain high with more hospitalizations reported due to the virus.

    As of Monday, October 5, there were 124 active cases in Phelps County, holding steady from the 123 the week prior, and the county has 605 confirmed total cases, a jump from 519 the week before.
    Of the confirmed area cases, 511 have been released from isolation and 17 from the hospital. There are currently eight cases requiring hospitalization. There have also been 10,539 negative tests so far in Phelps County.
    Maries County currently has 14 active cases of COVID-19, with 104 confirmed total cases in the county, up from 94 the week prior. There have been 96 released from isolation of those confirmed and five have been released from the hospital. There is also one case in Maries County requiring hospitalization and there have been no reported deaths associated with COVID-19 in Maries County. There have also been 1,217 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 513 confirmed positive cases. The discrepancy could be associated with cases not yet reported to the state, false positives which have been changed, changes to the new dashboard, or errors in reporting. According to the dashboard, there has been 59 new cases reported in Phelps County over the past seven days. Phelps County is at 1,151 in cases per 100,000 population.
    Missouri as a state has a total of 134,583 confirmed cases as of Tuesday morning. The seven-day positive percent PCR tests are at 14 percent and there have been 2,200 confirmed deaths in the state associated with COVID-19. The statewide numbers continue to rise, with 8,836 new cases identified over the past 7 days.
    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.