The Phelps Maries County Health Department reported Monday 40 newly diagnosed cases and two additional confirmed deaths of Phelps County residents with COVID-19 since Thursday, raising the county's total to 605 known cases and 16 deaths.

The Phelps Maries County Health Department reported Monday 40 newly diagnosed cases and two additional confirmed deaths of Phelps County residents with COVID-19 since Thursday, raising the county’s total to 605 known cases and 16 deaths. 

County health officials said they are monitoring 124 active cases in Phelps County, which considers residents who have an active COVID-19 infection detected by a polymerase chain reaction test or antigen test.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, the department said 16 people have died from COVID-19, and there are eight people currently hospitalized.  The department has confirmed 14 deaths in St. James, one death in Rolla and one death in the Newburg area. 

Since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Phelps County on April 1, the department has confirmed 403 cases in Rolla, 163 cases in St. James, 29 cases in the Newburg area and 10 cases in the Edgar Springs area.

The department reported a total of 511 people previously quarantined in Phelps County have now been released from isolation.