Area COVID-19 cases continue to remain low

    Active cases of COVID-19 continue to remain low as the area begins summer activities. Vaccinations also continue to rise slowly as more people get their first and second doses.

    The health department reported on Wednesday, May 26, active positive COVID-19 cases are now at 28, seeing a slight bump from the 19 cases reported the week prior. Total PCR positive tests are at 3,677 and there have been 139 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Phelps County. The percentage of initiated vaccinations climbed to 31.4 percent this week, a one percent jump from the week before, and 27.3 percent having completed the vaccination process.
    Maries County is now down to zero active cases of COVID-19. There have been 710 confirmed total cases in the county. There have been 15 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Maries County. The number of initiated vaccinations climbed to 26.2 percent in Maries County and 23.2 percent have completed their vaccinations.
    To check current information, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) COVID dashboard is updated daily. The link to that website is:
    According to the state dashboard on Tuesday, numbers included data reported through May 29. All seven-day metrics are based on the date a test or death occurred and are subject to a three-day delay to ensure data are accurate and complete. As a result, Monday’s numbers were for the date range of May 23 through May 29.
    According to the state dashboard, there have been 3,321 confirmed positive cases to date Phelps County, with 130 deaths due to COVID-19. 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 have been 19 new cases reported in Phelps County over the seven-day date range. Phelps County is at 7,451 in cases per 100,000 population to date.
    Statewide, there have been 74,966 vaccine doses administered over the past seven days. Total doses administered, including first and second doses, is at 4,541,965. Missouri has a total of 511,666 confirmed cases to date as of May 29. The seven-day positive percent PCR tests are at 4.3 percent using the CDC method and there have been 9,080 confirmed deaths in the state associated with COVID-19. Over the seven-day date range, there have been 1,545 new confirmed cases.
    With each case, the health department works with the Department of Health and Senior Services 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.
     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 that residents not contact them via Facebook as there are too many comments made and someone could be missed.