On Saturday afternoon, the Newton County Health Department, Neosho, reported two additional cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total number of cases to 9. The new cases are separate and are not related to one another.

One case resides in the eastern portion of Newton County and the other in the Neosho area.

Both are currently in self-isolation and close contacts - those who interacted with them previously - have been notified. Neither case appears to be travel related or connected to contact with a positive case.

According to the Newton County Health Department, that indicates that the last three reported cases are community spread.

The health department issued this reminder with the press release: "It is very important that everyone do their part in practicing social distancing and maintaining 6 feet distance if you have to be in public. Please keep washing your hands frequently, cover your coughs and your sneezes and clean surfaces frequently. Wearing a mask when in public, especially in the stores can help. Please stay home when you are sick unless you need to seek medical attention and remember to call ahead and inform any first responder/medical provider that you are sick. Stay safe and healthy!".

Statewide, a total of 4,024 Missourians have tested positive for COVID-19 and 109 state residents have died. An increase of 225 cases in the last twenty four hour counting period has been charted along with 13 deaths. The peak for the virus in Missouri has not yet been reached, according to experts.