Pettis County added 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,727, according to the Pettis County Health Center.
There are now 451 active cases and 1,250 residents have been released to normal activity. Eighteen county residents are hospitalized seeking treatment for the COVID-19 virus. The youngest patient currently hospitalized in Pettis County is 19.
Twenty-six residents have died as a result of complications from the COVID-19 virus. Two additional deaths were reported Monday.
According to the Pettis County COVID-19 Task Force briefing issued Monday, the positive percentage for the week of Oct. 15-21 is 16.02%, an all-time high for Pettis County. The positivity rate for Oct. 8-14 was 14.19% and Oct. 1-7 was 7.82%. The CDC has the county’s positivity rate at 16.6%. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is using a different method of calculating the positivity rate, which results in a much higher rate. The Health Center is using the same method as has been used since the beginning of the pandemic to remain consistent.
According to the briefing, the average daily case count is as follows: March 0.2, April 1.43, May 1.1, June 1.63, July 9.84, August 11.19, September 13.77 and October 21.63.
Health Center officials caution that “cold weather and snow will bring more people indoors with less fresh air and more opportunity to spread the virus.
“If possible, opening the windows for a brief period of time once or twice a day allows fresh air in to help dilute the amount of virus particles circulating in indoor air,” the report states. “Also, when traveling in a vehicle with another person, crack the window slightly to allow fresh air to enter the car.”
The Health Center also reminds residents and travelers to Pettis County the face covering rule is still in place for Pettis County. There has been no court ruling to overturn the rule.
“As our case numbers continue to climb as well as our hospitalizations, wearing a face covering is a way to demonstrate that you care about those you meet and support life for everyone,” officials stated in the briefing. “There is no way of knowing for certain who will become seriously ill or die because of the coronavirus.”
In the last seven days, DHSS reported a statewide total of 11,095 positive cases and 65 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Missouri.