New COVID cases remain low

    Crawford County had just a dozen new confirmed COVID cases reported for last week (between May 16 and 22), following only 10 from the previous week.


    The small increase raised the county’s seven-day positivity rate using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) method from 4.7 to 5.8 percent but is still well below the 10 percent benchmark that is considered high.
    As of May 24, the state website reported a new total of 2,300 confirmed PCR cases to date in Crawford County. There were a total of 313 probable antigen cases reported.
    The total death count in Crawford County remained the same at 38.
    County residents have now had a total of 20,009 PCR tests conducted and 6,967 antigen tests. There were 226 PCR tests conducted in the seven-day period ending on May 22, and 20 antigen tests.
    The percentage of Crawford County residents who’ve completed the vaccine regimen as of May 24 is at 18.9 percent compared to 18.4 percent a week ago. The percent of the population that has initiated the vaccine sequence has increased to 22.1 from 21.4 percent.  
    Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses per person.
    The Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) recommends the state-maintained dashboard as the best source of data related to COVID-19. Although the state website’s reported information is somewhat delayed, it provides in-depth information and has a team of experts ensuring the best and most accurate data possible is reported. The website can be found at https://showmestrong.mo.gov/public-health/ and numbers are found under the “View Public Health Data” tab.
    For general information and questions regarding COVID-19, please call 1-877-435-8411.