Throughout the Four State Area, coronavirus cases are on the rise and that includes Newton County, which is seeing large increase in cases and numbers are growing daily. In a press release the Newton County Health Department provided this information:

"Newton County is seeing a large increase in the number of cases.  We are increasing daily.  Many of these cases are related and can be traced back to a certain population.   However, we are also seeing cases that are not related to other cases or out of state traveling.  We have cases throughout the county, and we do have many cases within the city limits of Neosho.

The Newton County Health Department announced that there have been 105 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county with 73 of those currently in isolation and 5 currently hospitalized. Thirty-two have been released from isolation and two have died.

The second death, also announced today was an individual in their 70's who had other chronic medical conditions. The individual was admitted to the hospital for signs and symptoms related to COVID-19. The person was also a contact to another related case. The health department has been working with the family and contacts have been notified and are under quarantine. They issued a statement about the death which said, "Out of respect to this individual’s family, no identifying details will be released. We are very saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers go out to this family."

Quarantine close contact follow-up numbers have had 310 total contacts have been quarantined and 209 of those cases are currently being followed by the health department. 95 have been released from quarantine.

In the same press release, the Newton County Health Department also stated:

"It is important to remember to still practice social distancing and please wear a mask or facial coverings when in public.  DO NOT go to work or any place when sick.  Remember that symptoms can range from mild/moderate to severe.  Even with mild symptoms, you can still pass the virus to someone else who can become very ill.  We must all practice personal responsibility to keep each other safe.  Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, do not touch your mouth, eyes, or nose.  Please wash your hands frequently.  The Newton County Health Department is working with Missouri Department of Health investigating each case to determine any close contacts.  If you are ill, you will be told to isolate and if you are named as a close contact, you will be asked to quarantine for 14 days past last exposure.  We must all work together to keep each safe and healthy."  

The Neosho Daily News will continue to provide updates and information as it becomes available.