Stoddard County long-term nursing facility has COVID-19 outbreak; active cases decline

Thursday, September 10, 2020

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported at a Stoddard County long-term nursing facility and two deaths have been reported locally while the number of active cases continues to decrease in some counties.

According to a release from the Stoddard County Public Health Center there has been an outbreak at a long-term nursing facility in Puxico.

“A situation arose, unexpectedly, last week resulting in facility wide testing performed over the weekend,” the release said. “Once we have a single positive test in a nursing home or an assisted living center, facility wide testing is mandatory per the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.”

On Tuesday, the health center started receiving test results that have shown more than half the residents are currently positive with the virus.

“Measures are being taken by the facility, as well as the local and State Health Departments in addressing the current situation,” the release said. “Please know that everything the facility can do to remedy this situation is being done, and is being done in cooperation with both state and local health departments.”

The health center reported 75 active cases in Stoddard County late Wednesday afternoon with 298 recoveries. Ten deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported.

The New Madrid County Health Department reported their 10th death related to the virus on Wednesday afternoon. No further information on the death was released.

The health department also reported two new cases Wednesday along with eight more recoveries, leaving the county with 28 active cases and 422 out of quarantine.

The Scott County Health Department reported five new positive COVID-19 cases late Wednesday with nine more people recovered. To date, there are 133 active cases with 557 recoveries and 14 deaths.

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center reported 25 new cases late Wednesday along with 29 recoveries. As of Thursday morning, there were 199 active cases in Cape Girardeau County with 970 recovered and 13 deaths.

The Pemiscot County Health Center reported their 10th COVID-19 related death on Wednesday. No other information was released.

The health department reported nine new cases Wednesday with five recoveries. Currently there are 62 active cases with nine hospitalizations.

According to the Dunklin County Health Department, there are 133 active cases in the county with seven deaths and 424 recovered.

The Mississippi County Health Department last reported 43 active cases Tuesday afternoon. The county has had three deaths.

All numbers are current as of 2 p.m. Thursday.

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