UPDATED NUMBERS: 6 more inmates test positive at SECC; Scott County with five new cases

Thursday, April 30, 2020

An additional six inmates at the Charleston prison have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of inmate confirmed cases to 29, the Mississippi County Health Department announced Wednesday.

The health department said the Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services and Department of Corrections contacted them with the news on Wednesday.

“These new additional positives are from 5 inmates being retested and two more inconclusive results being tested again. All of the new positives are from the same wing as the previous,” the health department said.

Two inmates from another wing were also tested with both of those results coming back negative.

“Please know, we are staying in contact with DHSS and DOC to keep communication flowing,” the health department said.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services lists Mississippi County with 29 positive cases, but all of those are confined to the prison.

The Scott County Health Department reported an additional five cases Thursday, giving the County 68 cases. Ten more cases have recovered, giving Scott County 33 active cases with 33 recovered and two deaths. Of the five new cases, three were over the age of 80. One was between the ages of 30-39 and one was between the ages of 50-59.

The New Madrid County Health Department is still reporting just nine positive cases with only one active.

The Stoddard County Health Center has not seen a positive case in over a week and reports that all 19 of their positive cases have recovered.

Pemiscot County is continuing to see a small increase in positive cases, with 28 reported Thursday afternoon by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. According to a statement from the Steele Police Department, Pemiscot County officials met Thursday and have agreed to continue their stay-at-home order until May 18. The County will re-evaluate the order on May 14, according to the statement.

The Dunklin County Health Department has reported 21 positive cases while Bollinger has 4 positive cases, Butler 25 positive cases and Cape Girardeau has 49 positive cases.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports 137 new cases Thursday afternoon with 11 additional deaths. In Missouri there have been 7,562 positive cases with 329 deaths. Over 80,000 tests have been given.

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