Health Department provides update on positive Phelps County 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 health department reported 34 active cases of COVID-19 in Phelps County — twenty-one cases in Rolla, six in St. James and seven in the Newburg area. The department reported six active cases in Maries County.

A total of 119 people previously quarantined in Phelps County have now been released from isolation, while 27 people have now been released from mandatory quarantine in Maries County.

As of 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the department said four people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Phelps County, and one person is hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maries County. 

The department said a total of 5,395 Phelps County residents and 652 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.

On Thursday, the health department also reported that a total of 767 Phelps County residents and 63 Maries County residents tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies after they underwent a serology test. 

The department said four Phelps County residents and five Maries County residents have tested positive after having a serology test, which involves taking a blood sample from a person and identifies possible past infection with SARS-CoV-2 —  the virus that causes COVID-19.