COVID-19 positive tests continue to climb in Gasconade County

Posted 9/9/20

Dr. Michael Rothermich with Hermann Area District Hospital again this week noted another record week for positive COVID-19 test results at their facility.

“For the fourth week in a row, our …

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COVID-19 positive tests continue to climb in Gasconade County

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Dr. Michael Rothermich with Hermann Area District Hospital again this week noted another record week for positive COVID-19 test results at their facility.

“For the fourth week in a row, our testing center had a new record for total positive tests,” Rothermich noted in an email. “We collected far more tests than any prior week, and our rate of positive tests is improving, but remains high (11 percent).”

He also noted, “These results include both PCR and rapid antiGEN tests, but do not include antiBODY test results,” he noted again this week.

“Facility wide testing at Victorian Place, Stonebridge Hermann and Stonebridge Owensville were not performed by Hermann Hospital, and are not included in these data,” he wrote in reference to recent outbreaks among staff and residents at the two Stonebridge facilities and testing at Victorian Place in Owensville.

DHSS adjusts death data

Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services issued an update Monday on COVID-19 deaths in the state following a review of cases since June.

According to the DHSS, the agency has “concluded our analysis and evaluation of a total of 89 additional COVID-19-associated deaths that were identified Friday (Sept. 4). In addition to two death reports received in the past 24 hours, DHSS will be reporting an additional 17 deaths today (Sept. 6), most of which occurred June to August. As a reminder, the other 72 deaths resulting from this quality improvement analysis were added to our total yesterday (Sept. 5).”

The state agency provided an explanation for the revised figures.

“Through continuing efforts to ensure data transparency and quality, DHSS analysts discovered an inconsistency in death certificate diagnosis codes when compared to case information contained in DHSS disease surveillance systems,” the release from DHSS noted. “After thorough analysis and evaluation, these additional COVID-19-associated deaths were identified. We expect to report more (although not as many as today) of these on Sunday as we work to complete this evaluation of cases. The case fatality rate in Missouri is still down significantly from more than 7 percent in both April and May to less than 1 percent in August.”

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