More COVID-19 Positives, Deaths in Dade County

by James McNary, Articles Editor

Dade County has recorded a number of COVID-19 deaths since Oct. 25, bringing the total number of deaths in the county up to 14 as of Nov. 1, 2020.

“We are saddened to announce the death of a Dade County resident due to COVID-19 since last update. Our condolences go out to the family

members,” the Dade County Health Department announced in a statement. “Please keep in mind, we are announcing the death of someone’s loved one so please give the reverence that the family deserves …. It would be greatly appreciated.”

As of Nov. 1, Dade County has 56 active cases and a single resident hospitalized. Of the 228 confirmed positives in the county, there have been 157 confirmed recoveries.

In Lawrence County, cases continued to spike, with another 37 cases added on Oct. 30 alone. As of that date, Lawrence County has 110 active cases of COVID-19 out of 1,227 confirmed positives. There have been 1,088 cases released from isolation, and 29 individuals in the county have died from the Coronavirus-caused illness.

“It is so important to think twice about socializing with others not currently in your household. Our county as well as our surrounding counties are experiencing high numbers of cases and hospitalizations,” read a Lawrence County Health Department statement. “Last week the Missouri Hospital Association showed that [the positive] rate in Lawrence County was near 14 percent …. This is not good. We all have to do our part to slow this spread. We cannot [emphasize] this enough. We as a health department cannot force our local leaders to implement a mask ordinance. We do however support wearing a mask everywhere you go.”

“We encourage practicing social distancing, wear a cloth face covering, washing hands often and stay home if your sick or running a fever,” continued the DCHD statement. “Please follow guidelines given by the Health Dept. if you are in isolation or quarantine. We all have to do our part and work together to stop the spread.”