Positive coronavirus cases continue to rise in Newton County

Lee Ann Murphy
Community Editor

As of late Thursday, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Newton County is 358. 267 cases are currently in isolation and a total of 421 individuals are in quarantine. Four people from the county are currently hospitalized. The Newton County Health Department confirms that to date, 2 people have died from the virus who are Newton County residents.

Information from the latest press release includes the following:

Newton County is seeing an increase in daily cases as is other surrounding counties.  We have cases throughout the county with the majority of the cases being within the city limits of Neosho.  

In the state of Missouri,  MU Health Care in Columbia is treating its highest number of COVID patients and the state set a record of 553 new cases on Thursday.

It is our recommendation that people avoid large group gatherings, especially if you are at high risk for severe disease.  If you are in public, please practice social distancing and please wear facial coverings such as a mask or bandana.  DO NOT leave your house if you are 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 told to quarantine for 14 days past last exposure.