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COVID-19 cases spike in county

There is currently a spike in COVID-19 cases in Cape Girardeau County. The County Public Health Center has issued two alerts regarding possible exposure to the virus at Cape Splash and at D’Ladiums Sports Bar in Cape Girardeau.

As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, Cape Girardeau County has had 211 confirmed cases (up 52 from a week ago) and 38 probable cases (up four) for a total of 249 positive cases.

Probable cases meet clinical criteria and show evidence for being positive but have not been confirmed by laboratory tests.

In Cape County, 149 of the 249 positive cases have recovered and three have died.

There are 97 active cases reported (up 39 from a week ago).

Fifty-six of the cases have been in the City of Jackson, 119 have been in the City of Cape Girardeau and 73 have been out in the county.

Currently, Saint Francis Medical Center has eight COVID-19 patients (down one) and Southeast Hospital has nine (the same as last week). Two of the hospitalized patients are from Cape County.

While performing contact tracing on a positive case reported to the Girardeau County Public Health Center, it has been determined that individuals attending activities at Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center in Cape Girardeau from June 25 through July 2  may have been exposed.

While performing contact tracing on another positive case reported to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, it has been determined that individuals at D’Ladiums Sports Bar between June 25 and July 2 may also have been exposed.

It is strongly encouraged that anyone who was at Cape Splash or D’Ladium’s during this time period closely monitor themselves for signs and symptoms due to the potential exposure.

Health Center officials strongly encourage the use of facemasks or coverings by all those who are potentially exposed when they are outside of their home in public and while at work.

If you develop any symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, please self-isolate immediately and contact your primary care physician to determine the need for testing.

The Health Center worked closely with the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department, and feels confident that all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of Cape Splash patrons are being taken. All staff members who were in contact with  the part-time employee who tested positive have been removed from the work schedule for a 14-day quarantine.

Cape Splash is scheduled to reopen today (July 8).

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past four years. He can be reached at cbjedit@socket.net.

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