UPDATE: Taney County has now experienced it's third COVID-19 death. More information will be published as it becomes available.
By Karen Halfpop, Branson Globe Digital/Production Director
Cases of COVID-19 in Taney County have topped 100, with 111 cases reported at press time. According to a news release from the Taney County Health Department, 45 cases have recoverd and 63 remain active. Two people in Taney County have died.
Potential community exposure has come from one COVID-19 positive individual. Prior to being diagnosed, the individual went to Maurice’s at Tanger Mall on June 30, from 8 am to 4 pm; July 1, from noon until 8 pm; and July 2, from 11 am to 1 pm.
In Stone County, the number of COVID-19 cases holds steady at 20, even with the outbreak at Kanakuk’s K-2 camp near Lampe. According to a news release from the Stone County Health Department, 41 campers, counselors and staff tested positive for the virus. The cases reside in 10 states and multiple counties in Missouri, and many returned home before testing positive. There were no positive cases residing in Stone County.
After working with the Stone County Health Department, Kanakuk closed the K-2 camp for this term.
At this time, no deaths from the virus have been reported in Stone County.
Both health departments stress the importance of taking appropriate precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Good hand hygiene and social distancing are highly encouraged. The departments also ask everyone to wear a paper or cloth face covering or a mask when in public, and to stay home if you are sick.
The Branson Globe will keep you updated with the latest possible numbers from Stone and Taney counties on page two of each edition.
For more information in Taney County, go to www.taneycohealth.org. In Stone County, go to www.stonecountyhealthdepartment.com.