Late Friday, the Taney County Health Department reported a tally of 216 documented cases of COVID-19 infection in the county — a figure that increased by 70 cases since the morning of Friday, July 17, according to health department news releases.
From Thursday evening through Friday evening alone, the infection total jumped by 36 reported cases, according to health department news releases.
To date, health officials said in the news release, Taney County has had three deaths from COVID-19. There are 121 active cases, and 92 people are considered “recovered” from the disease.
The health department also warned of several possible community exposures due to travels by multiple COVID-19 positive individuals before they were diagnosed:
Friday, July 17
- 9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. YMCA Hollister (masked but not for class)
- 1-1:30 p.m. VF Store (masked)
- Harter House, unsure of time (masked)
Monday July, 20
- 12 p.m. Lloyd’s Electric (masked)
- 1 p.m. O’Reilly’s (masked)
- 10 a.m. Sunfest (masked)
The health department asked anybody who visited these locations during those times to monitor for symptoms and to contact a health care provider if symptoms develop.
Earlier in the week, the Taney County health department took to Facebook to congratulate the county seat, Forsyth, for adopting a public masking ordinance by unanimous vote of the Forsyth City Council.
Earlier this month, after an 8-hour meeting in which community members brought up topics including Nazism and abortion along with masking, Branson’s board of aldermen opted to delay making a decision on a proposed public masking ordinance. The board will take up the proposal again on July 28.
Steve Edwards, CEO of CoxHealth, which owns the main hospital facility in Branson, took to Twitter Friday night to present a chart noting that Taney County’s COVID-19 prevalence is close to 400 cases per 100,000 people, almost double the prevalence in neighboring Stone County.
“This disease is growing in rural areas,” Edwards wrote in text accompanying the chart. “It doesn’t care about your politics, its job is to replicate, and it relies upon human behavior to spread. Public health measures can reduce spread.”
Gregory Holman is the investigative reporter for the News-Leader. Email news tips to email@example.com and consider supporting vital local journalism by subscribing. Learn more by visiting News-Leader.com/subscribe.
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