Number of coronavirus cases are still increasing; another death reported in Scott County

Thursday, July 9, 2020

SIKESTON — The number of local positive COVID-19 cases continues to increase and a 12th person has died in Scott County related to the virus.

Cape Girardeau County is seeing the greatest increase of coronavirus cases, with an increase 36 coronavirus cases in the last two days. Early Thursday afternoon, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center was reporting 294 confirmed positive cases with another 42 probable. Of those, 173 are active with 160 recovered and three deaths.

Due to the increase in positive cases, beginning Friday, all visitors to Cape Girardeau City facilities are required to wear a mask or face covering. Masks will not be required at outdoor facilities, nor required for customers engaged in fitness activities inside the City’s recreation facilities.

Meanwhile, Scott County continues to see smaller increases. According to the Scott County Health Department there were eight additional cases since Tuesday, giving the county 190. Of those, 41 are active with 137 recovered and 12 deaths.

Of the new cases, four are between the ages of 20-29, two between the ages of 40-49 with one under the age of 19 and one between the ages of 30-39.

The Department of Health and Senior Services is reporting 98 positive cases in Mississippi County Thursday afternoon and increase of three. Of those, 51 are in the general population.

There were 47 inmates at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston that tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, all but one have recovered, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections. The DOC also reports that 20 staff members at SECC tested positive for the virus with all but three recovered.

The New Madrid County Health Department is reporting two additional cases early Thursday afternoon, giving the county 47 positive cases. There are eight active cases in the county with 39 recovered and one death.

The Stoddard County Public Health Center is reporting three additional cases with 145 cases now confirmed in the county. There are 19 active cases in Stoddard County with 117 recovered and nine deaths.

An additional four cases are being reported in Dunklin County, giving the county 114 positive cases. There are 25 active cases with 86 recoveries and three deaths.

An additional case is also being reported in Pemiscot County with 115 positive cases now confirmed in the county. There are four active cases with one hospitalized. Six people have died resulting from COVID-19 while 105 have recovered.

Statewide, there were 795 new cases reported by the DHSS Thursday along with five additional deaths. To date there have been 25,999 positive cases in Missouri with 1,051 deaths.

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