Area COVID-19 cases drop to the teens

    The Phelps-Maries County Health Department reported Monday active COVID-19 cases dropped to the mid to low teens, some of the lowest numbers reported since the beginning of the pandemic. Vaccinations also continue to slowly increase in the area as more get their first and second doses.

    The health department reported on Monday, June 7, active positive COVID-19 cases are now at 14, with active cases dropping slowly and steadily in recent months. Total PCR positive tests are at 3,700 and there have been 140 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Phelps County. The percentage of initiated vaccinations climbed to 32.2 percent this week and 28.4 percent having completed the vaccination process.
    Maries County remains at zero active cases of COVID-19. There have been 711 confirmed total cases in the county. There have been 15 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Maries County. The number of initiated vaccinations climbed to 26.8 percent in Maries County and 24 percent have completed their vaccinations.
    To check current information, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) COVID dashboard is updated daily. The link to that website is:
    According to the state dashboard on Tuesday, numbers included data reported through June 5. All seven-day metrics are based on the date a test or death occurred and are subject to a three-day delay to ensure data are accurate and complete. As a result, Monday’s numbers were for the date range of May 30 through June 5.
    According to the state dashboard, there have been 3,330 confirmed positive cases to date Phelps County, with 131 deaths due to COVID-19. The discrepancy could be associated with cases not yet reported to the state, false positives which have been changed, changes to the new dashboard, or errors in reporting. According to the dashboard, there have been 8 new cases reported in Phelps County over the seven-day date range. Phelps County is at 7,471 in cases per 100,000 population to date.
    Statewide, there have been 70,425 vaccine doses administered over the past seven days. Total doses administered, including first and second doses, is at 4,633,414. Missouri has a total of 513,858 confirmed cases to date as of June 5. The seven-day positive percent PCR tests are at 6.1 percent using the CDC method and there have been 9,189 confirmed deaths in the state associated with COVID-19. Over the seven-day date range, there have been 1,783 new confirmed cases.
    With each case, the health department works with the Department of Health and Senior Services to investigate to identify any individual that may have come in close contact with the positive individual to monitor them for symptoms and assist in the containment of the virus. Any close contacts identified by a positive case within the county will be contacted privately by the health department.
     For general information and questions regarding the coronavirus, contact the Missouri DHSS hotline at 877-435-8411. The Phelps/Maries County Health Department can be reached by calling 573-458-6010. The department requests that residents not contact them via Facebook as there are too many comments made and someone could be missed.