Three more local deaths reported; free testing offered in New Madrid County

Thursday, May 21, 2020

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

The Scott County Health Department reported the county’s eighth death Wednesday afternoon while also reporting an additional positive case on Thursday afternoon. The new case is a male between the ages of 30-39, giving Scott County 89 positive cases with 15 active. Besides the eight deaths there have been 66 recoveries.

The Stoddard County Public Health Center reported that at about 5 p.m. Tuesday they received word of the death stemming from the Crowley Ridge Nursing Home outbreak. The Health Center learned Thursday that another resident died at about 3 a.m. Thursday morning.

The Health Center is reporting 66 cases in Stoddard County Thursday afternoon with 36 active and 28 recovered.

The Mississippi County Health Department reported two additional positive COVID-19 cases, giving the county 10 community members who have tested positive besides the 43 positive cases of inmates at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston.

Currently there are 53 confirmed cases in Mississippi County with 13 individuals being removed out of quarantine, giving the county 40 active cases.

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 31 active according to the Pemiscot County Health Department. Three of those are hospitalized with 36 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

Individuals 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 108 new positive cases Thursday afternoon with 30 additional deaths. To date, Missouri has had 11,340 positive cases with 661 deaths.

The DHSS is reporting one additional case in Bollinger County (5) and Cape Girardeau County (56/2 deaths) while Butler County (28) has no new positive cases.

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