06/29/2020: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Cape Co. Rise by Nine to 159; Regional Cases Increase

Mar 31, 2020

>>>Updated: June 29, 2020 at 6:20 p.m.

Monday's total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cape County rose by nine to 159, according to the Cape Girardeau Department of Public Health. Probable cases remain the same at 34, and there are three more active cases, which total 58. There are 193 total cases. Six more individuals have recovered, which brings the total to 132. There are 61 cases outside of Cape and Jackson, 87 are within the City of Cape, and 45 are within the city of Jackson.

The largest growth in positive COVID-19 cases are within the 20 to 29 age group, at 50 individuals. There have been three total deaths. The most recent death was reported May 29th. The first death was reported in Cape County due to COVID-19 on April 7th. The second death was on May 14th.

Cape Girardeau County COVID-19 Statistics: 06/29/20
Credit Courtesy of Cape Girardeau Department of Public Health

On Saturday, June 27, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center and City of Cape Parks and Recreation Department released a notice of potential community exposure from positive COVID-19 cases.

While performing contact tracing on a positive case reported to the Cape Health Department, it was determined that individuals who attended activities at the Cape Girardeau SportsPlex from June 23 to June 26, may have been exposed to COVID-19. For individuals at the location during that time, they recommended close monitoring of signs and symptoms due to potential exposure, and self-isolation if symptoms develop.

Friday, June 12, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Department issued a public health proclamation, in response to the lifting of statewide restrictions that have been in place during the COVID-19 outbreak, as announced by Governor Parson on June 11th. The public health emergency in Cape Girardeau County, as declared on March 27, 2020, remains in effect.

The proclamation states: "COVID-19 is in the community with widespread community transmission; and does not have any proven treatment or vaccine to mitigate the morbidity or mortality of the disease;and all residents and businesses should: continue to follow social distancing guidelines, maintaining a distance of least six feet; continue implementation of personal protective measures, such as staying at home when ill, washing hands frequently, and wearing a mask when in public or at work; avoid all non-essential travel or travel to areas that have been affected by COVID-19; and avoid mass gatherings where social distancing cannot be maintained. All businesses should follow OSHA rules, regulations, and guidelines to protect workers from COVID-19."  

The Cape County Department of Public Health released the results of the COVID-19 mass testing event which was held on June 5, on Thursday, June 12. 411 Missouri residents were tested, 361 of those were Cape County residents, and one individual's test was a confirmed positive. 

The department has confirmed five cases related to exposure at the Lake of the Ozark from May 29th through the 31st. 

The results from Phase I, of the Cape county Seroprevelance study, or antibody test, reveals 16 individuals tested positive, and 1,829 individuals tested negative for antibodies. The results were from 1,845 actual participants. 2,193 individuals in Cape county were chosen to participate in the study.

Positive COVID-19 cases around the region widely vary. Scott county has reported 164 cases, with eleven deaths; Perry county has reported 134 cases; Stoddard county has reported 136 cases with eight deaths; Bollinger county has reported 12; St. Genevieve county has reported 19 with one death; St. Francois county has reported 140, with two deaths; Mississippi county has reported 89; New Madrid county has reported 43 cases with one death; Butler county has reported 99; Carter county has reported six cases with one death; Reynolds county has reported two cases; Ripley county has reported 19, and Wayne county has reported five. 

The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) continues to offer testing for COVID-19 around the state. Online registration is required through DHSS at health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling the state hotline at 877-435-8411.

The Southeast Correctional Center has reported 47 total positive cases of COVID-19 among inmates in one housing wing, and all are in isolation. 29 inmates have recovered. One inmate tested positive, and then negative, while already hospitalized with other medical conditions. He died in the hospital April 2, 2020. 19 total prison staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Eight prison staff members have recovered. According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, everyone who has had close contact with a staff member testing positive for COVID-19 has been notified.

On June 11, Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri would fully reopen and enter Phase 2 of its "Show Me Strong Recovery Plan" on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. 

During Phase 2, there will be no statewide health order. All statewide restrictions will be lifted, though local officials will still have the authority to put further rules, regulations, or ordinances in place. The decision to reopen was dependent on the four essential "Show Me Strong Recovery" goals: expanding testing capacity and volume in the state; expanding reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains; continuing to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity; and improving the ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data.

To date, 21,043 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Missouri, 599 total individuals are currently hospitalized, and there have been 998 deaths. 367,406 individuals have been tested for the virus statewide, using the PCR method,  according to the most recent data from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as of June 29, at 2 p.m.