Taney County, SW Missouri Considered Hot Spot for COVID-19

by: Jacob Blount, Ozarks First

Taney County Health Department confirmed three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 33. This is more than double the amount of positive cases released two weeks ago.

Lisa Marshall, the director of the Taney County Health Department, says all of southwest Missouri is now being considered a hotspot for the virus.

“We’re now becoming considered a hot spot in southwest Missouri, so we’re seeing our cases increase very quickly, not just in Taney. So that is something that we are keeping a very close eye on,” said Marshall. “So I’ll say that right now we are at Missouri, we’re sitting at a twenty-two percent increase in our cases that are testing positive. So, we’re looking at how many are tested, and how many of those are coming back positive. And for Missouri, it’s twenty-two percent. For what we’re kind of considering our Taney county footprint, we’re seeing that about eighteen percent are coming back positive.”

According to the state, Taney is one of 10 counties, the majority of which are in the southwestern parts of the state, that have seen the highest percent increase in the past seven days.

Marshall says the recent increase in cases may stem from Memorial Day weekend activities.

“When we had folks who were out and about,” said Marshall. “Maybe traveling more, some visitors in our community.”

The best ways to stop the spread, according to Marshall, is to practice social distancing, wear a mask if you feel sick, stay home when you can and practice hand washing.

“So the more our community does these things and the more we get on board with these sorts of things, the better we’re going to be sitting in the next fourteen day,” said Marshall. “The time to act is now.”

The Taney County Health Department Facebook page is where Marshall says new information is released for the public as soon as it’s available.

“They aren’t at a consistent time, but we just really feel like it’s so important that we get that information out as fast as we get it, so that the public can take the appropriate action,” said Marshall.

Marshall says there is scientific data that shows it does help to slow the spread of the virus by wearing a mask.

Go to the Ozarks First Website for complete feature.

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