Health department reports first COVID-19 death in Phelps County

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 individual was in their 70s and had underlying health conditions. Postmortem testing determined the individual was positive for COVID-19  at the time of their death, the health department said in a release on Friday. 

The health department said staff is working with the individual's family to complete the case investigation and contact tracing. The department said a household member of the individual had also tested positive for COVID -19 and has been hospitalized. 

The health department in its latest report on Thursday, said 153 people in Phelps County have tested positive for COVID-19 since late March. The health department reported 34 active cases of COVID-19 in Phelps County. Twenty-one of the active cases — twenty-one cases in Rolla, six in St. James and seven in the Newburg area.