The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased by 13 on Tuesday, according to the Pettis County Health Center. 

Pettis County now has a total of 435 cases. There are 106 active cases and 325 residents have been released to normal activity. Seven county residents remain hospitalized for treatment of the COVID-19 virus. 

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services 1,266 Missouri citizens have died from the COVID-19 virus. There were a total of 54,080 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri on Tuesday. 

The Pettis County Health Department Board of Trustees will host a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Convention Hall, 1500 W. Third St., to provide community members the opportunity to discuss wearing face masks. There will be a one-hour public comment period and individuals will be given two minutes each to speak. Those wishing to address the board must sign up at the meeting for a time slot. 

Prior to the meeting, opening remarks will be given by health center officials. A vote on a proposed mask mandate ordinance for Pettis County is expected to be taken by the board following the comment portion of the meeting. 

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The number of active cases has decreased from 142 to 106 as of Aug 4 in Pettis County, an infection rate of 252 per 100,000 much lower than the state average.


I apologize, one minute a comment is there, the next minute it's gone, then it's there again. Confusing.


This newspaper invites comments, then deletes any negative comments, particularly those critical of the Pettis County Health Department, even though the comments are clean, non-threatening, truthful, not sexist, or demeaning. Apparently the Democrat's platform does not support the First Amendment if you criticize a position the paper supports.


This is simply a therapy session. Giving the entire public one hour to speak at two minutes a person isn't well thought out. No opinion can be adequately expressed in two minute increments. Also, how are these trustees qualified to make a decision that should be based on science. Are any of them medical professionals with experience in this area? Our own governor does not support mask mandates, and he directly responsible for the state health agencies.


Wow, two minutes to comment. No argument can be made in two minutes. The boards decision is a foregone conclusion. I can't wait to see our police force and sheriffs department arresting people for not wearing masks. Maybe Ms. Martin and her minions can patrol the streets wearing black armbands to identify them as Covid-19 police.

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