Phelps County Health Department provides update on positive COVID-19 cases

Lori Amos
Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots.

The Phelps Maries County Health Department confirmed 72 total positive cases of COVID-19 in Phelps County and 11 total positive cases in Maries County. The department reported 12 active COVID-19 cases in Phelps County and one active case in Maries County. 

“The increase in case numbers is attributed to known contacts to positive cases now being symptomatic and having tested positive," the health department said.

The department reported 60 people previously quarantined in Phelps County have now been released from isolation, while 10 people have now been released from mandatory quarantine in Maries County.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the department said a total of 4,452 Phelps County residents and 461 Maries County residents tested negative for COVID-19 after they had a polymerase chain reaction test, which looks for the viral RNA in the nose, throat or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2.

The department also reported that a total of 735 Phelps County residents and 54 Maries County residents tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies after they underwent a serology test. A serology test involves taking a blood sample from a person and identifies possible past infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.