Missouri continues to see large jumps in COVID-19
Missouri reached another one-day high on Tuesday in new positive tests for COVID-19, topping the previous highs set over the weekend.
The Department of Health and Senior Services reported 434 new cases along with five deaths as the state inched closer to a milestone. There have been 966 deaths associated with the virus in the last 98 days.
Butler County health officials also reported a new case for the sixth straight day. There are been 27 positive tests of county residents over the last 10 days, bringing the total number of cases to 81.
Stoddard County (125 total cases) also reported a new positive test while Dunklin (78), Ripley (14), Carter (6), Wayne (3) and Reynolds (2) counties held steady.
The seven-day average of new cases statewide also reached a peak at 309. There have been 2,594 new cases over the past nine days, up from 1,730 new cases over the same time period before that.
Missouri reported 368 new cases on May 4 but the state didnít have another day of more than 300 new positive tests until this weekend. After 389 new cases were reported Saturday, there were 413 announced Sunday.
As of Tuesday, there have been 18,143 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Missouri.
Butler County health officials reported that one person is currently hospitalized among the 40 active cases of county residents. Cases by age include:
0-9 (2); 10-19 (4); 20-29 (9); 30-39 (9); 40-49 (9); 50-59 (17); 60-69 (19); 70-79 (10) and 80-over (2).
The Associated Press reported that more than half of the cases over the weekend came from one county. McDonald County, located in the southwestern corner of the state, has reported a total of 473 cases of COVID-19 in a county with just 23,000 residents.
Results from testing all 1,400 workers at a Tyson Foods poultry plan in Noel was expected to be released Tuesday, the state health department had said previously.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat, muscle pain, and loss of taste or smell. Most people develop only mild symptoms, but some people, especially those with other medical issues, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia.