CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Two more local deaths reported; free testing planned in New Madrid County

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

An eighth death related to COVID-19 has been reported in Scott County while a second death has been reported at a Dexter nursing home.

Scott County reported the death Wednesday afternoon while also reporting an additional two cases. The new cases, both females, one between the ages of 30-39 and another over the age of 80, give Scott County 88 positive cases with 16 active. Besides the eight deaths there have been 64 recoveries.

The Stoddard County Public Health Center reports that at about 5 p.m. Tuesday they received work of the death stemming from the Crowley Ridge Nursing Home outbreak.

The Health Center is reporting just two active cases in Stoddard County outside of the nursing home and reporting 65 cases for Stoddard County.

Mississippi County is still reporting 49 cases with 43 of those inmates at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston.

The New Madrid County Health Department is reporting no current active cases. New Madrid County has had 14 positive cases with one death.

Also, the New Madrid County Health Department will be hosting a drive-thru coronavirus testing site from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 26 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27 at the New Madrid Public Safety Center, 342 US Highway 61 in New Madrid. The testing will be be provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the New Madrid County Health Department. Those who want to do the testing must preregister online at and once tested, you will be asked to self-quarantine until the test results come back within 24-48 hours.

There are 70 positive cases in Pemiscot County with 32 active according to the Pemiscot County Health Department. Three of those are hospitalized with 35 released from isolation and three deaths.

The Pemiscot County Health Department also will be testing residents. The tests will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 28 and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 29 at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti.

The tests that will be conducted are nasal swabs and will be sent to an offsite lab for results. These are not antibody screenings. It may take several days to get your results. These tests will be free but are limited to 200 people (ages 18+) who sign up online at

You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. People can be positive and have no symptoms. This information will help the state make decisions on phases of reopening of Missouri.

The Dunklin County Health Department is reporting 25 positive cases with two active. There are 21 recovered cases and have been two deaths.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is reporting 152 new positive cases Wednesday afternoon with 15 additional deaths. To date, Missouri has had 11,232 positive cases with 631 deaths.

They are reporting other local counties with positive cases: Bollinger 4, Butler 34 and Cape Girardeau 55 (2 deaths).

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