Fourth death reported in Stoddard County; cases continue to increase

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Another person died related to COVID-19 in Stoddard County over the weekend as local counties continue to see an increase in positive cases.

The death is the fourth in Stoddard County, all related to an outbreak of the coronavirus at the Crowley Ridge Nursing Home. The Stoddard County Public Health Center last reported 74 positive cases with 42 of those active. There have been 28 recoveries and four deaths.

The Scott County Health Department reported three new cases over the holiday weekend, one Saturday, one Sunday and another Tuesday morning. The Health Department reports 94 total positive cases with 19 active cases and 67 recoveries. There have been eight deaths. Of the new cases, one is over the age of 80, another is between the ages of 60-69 and the third is between the ages of 20-29.

Another positive case has been reported in Mississippi County, making 54 for the County. According to the Mississippi County Health Department, there are 11 positives in the general community with 43 positive inmates at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston.

The Mississippi County Health Department is warning that from all the activity over the Memorial Day weekend, it will take up to two weeks to see the effects the communities actions.

Symptoms for COVID 19 usually appear 5-6 days after exposure but can appear in as few as 2 or as long as 14 days after exposure.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, there are new cases in New Madrid County, giving the County 17, three of which are active.

There were four new cases reported in Cape Girardeau County on Monday and an additional one on Tuesday, giving the County 64 total cases with 16 of those active. The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center is reporting there have been two deaths and 46 recoveries.

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center will be holding drive-thru coronavirus testing from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 5 at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. Registration is required.

The Dunklin County Health Department reported six active cases Tuesday morning with 29 total positive cases. There have been two deaths in Dunklin County with 21 recovered.

The DHSS is reporting 74 total cases in Pemiscot County. The Pemiscot County Health Center last reported 24 active cases three hospitalized and 44 released from isolation. There have been four deaths in Pemiscot County related to COVID-19, with the latest being on Friday.

The Pemiscot County Health Center will hold free testing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. Those wanting to be testing must register online at or by calling the Missouri COVID-19 hotline for registration assistance at 877-435-8411.

The tests are part of plans to increase COVID-19 testing in Missouri by giving 7,500 tests per day with a goal to have at least 10,000 Missourians tested over a 10-day period.

There have been more than 157,000 Missourians tested for COVID-19 in Missouri. According to the DHSS, there are 12,291 positive cases of COVID-19 with 686 deaths related to the virus with 500 people currently hospitalized in Missouri. There has been an 8.3% increase in cases the last week with 124 new cases since Monday.

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