Good news, bad news with this week’s COVID-19 number in Franklin County

By Linda Trest, Staff Writer
Posted 7/8/20

There is one piece of really good news to report in this COVID-19 updated numbers. There has not been a death in Franklin County due to the virus in a month. The last reported death was June 7. …

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Good news, bad news with this week’s COVID-19 number in Franklin County

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There is one piece of really good news to report in this COVID-19 updated numbers. There has not been a death in Franklin County due to the virus in a month. The last reported death was June 7.

The bad news is that there were more new cases reported this week than there have been in any week so far.

Last Wednesday, July 1, Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker reported  a total of 206 confirmed cases had been found in the county. Tuesday, July 7, the last day numbers were published, he reported 231 residents have contracted the virus. That’s a total of 25 new cases in seven days.

The majority of deaths from the virus occurred in skilled nursing facilities. For a while, most of the active cases were also reported in these facilities.

That has changed.

Brinker’s latest report shows there are 45 active cases in the county. 17 of those cases are in skilled nursing facilities, while 28 are in the county at large.

Two cases attributed to the Gerald area are now considered recoveries.

Most of this week’s new cases are from the eastern portion of the county. There were, however, two new cases reported in New Haven and one in Leslie.

It is important to remember that when locations are assigned, it merely means the zip code where the patient receives their mail. It does not mean the person resides within the city limits of any town.

Brinker also reported 13 recoveries in the past week.

Throughout the state, there were  2,305 new cases reported from last Tuesday, June 30 through Monday, July 6. 30 deaths were attributed to the virus in that time period.

Testing in Missouri reached a high with more than 15,000 tests done on June 22. The most tests done in the last seven days was under 13,000 tests on June 29.

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