Missouri reports another triple-digit jump in COVID-19 cases

Associated Press
Cars line up outside a drive-through COVID-19 testing site set up by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and operated by the Missouri National Guard Thursday, May 28, 2020, in St. Charles, Mo. The location is one of several providing free testing, even to those showing no symptoms, in an effort to get a better idea of the level of coronavirus infection and possibly identify asymptomatic carriers.

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri health officials reported 179 in new confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, as the state continues to see daily triple-digit increases.

The state has recorded 14,913 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. KMIZ  reported that Tuesday was only the second time in the last nine days the daily total was less than 180.

The state's COVID-19 death toll increased to 840 on Tuesday, which was 21 more than on Monday. It was the biggest increase in deaths in Missouri since May 30, when 33 deaths were reported.

A long-term care center in Clay County on Monday reported an outbreak of COVID-19, with 53 cases. The patients include residents and staff at the Pleasant Valley Manor Care Center, Clay County officials said. Two people have died at the facility but health officials did not say if they were staff members or patients.

The center said in a statement that it is working with working with county, state and federal health officials to ensure proper steps are being taken to stop the spread of the virus.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson ended the statewide stay-at-home order May 4. The state's been trying to ramp up testing since then. 

Missouri Medicaid Director Todd Richardson on Tuesday said 108 long-term care facilities performed widespread testing in the past two weeks, which identified 79 staffers and 180 residents with COVID-19. 

Testing at state-run homes identified 21 positive staffers at mental health facilities who Richardson said are now self-isolating. Two staffers tested positive at veterans homes, and six staffers and 18 minors tested positive after testing at 21 youth-services homes. 

Richardson said testing at three of the state's prisons identified six employees and 15 positive prisoners.