Health Department confirms 11th COVID-19 death in Phelps County

Lori Amos

The Phelps Maries County Health Department reported that 519 people in Phelps County have tested positive for COVID-19 since the department reported its first case on April 1. The department has confirmed 342 COVID-19 cases in Rolla, 145 cases in St. James, 24 cases in the Newburg area and eight cases in the Edgar Springs area.

The department said it’s monitoring 123 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.

The health department said a total of 425 people previously quarantined in Phelps County have now been released from isolation. As of 4 p.m. Monday, the department said 11 people have died from COVID-19, and five people are currently hospitalized.

When the Rolla City Council voted to extend the city’s current COVID-19 restrictions to Dec. 22, Rolla Mayor Louis Magdits said moving forward the city would look at hospitalizations as a measure to determine if the city would re-tighten COVID-19 restrictions. 

On Sept. 8, the Rolla City Council voted 12-0 in favor of extending the city’s current COVID-19 regulations that maintain current restrictions of masks for personal services and an approved health and safety plan for special events involving city services.