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Knox County sets record number of COVID-19 cases

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 6:20 PM CST
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KNOX COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) - COVID-19 cases are spiking across the nation and even across the Tri-States.

Last week, Knox County, Missouri, had 54 positive cases. This is the highest number of COVID-19 cases the county has had since the pandemic began.

The state of Missouri said the county is a COVID-19 hotspot.

Knox County Health Director Lori Moots-Clair said the spike is likely due to people thinking their symptoms are that of a common cold instead of COVID-19.

“What we do know is that kids are probably so mildly symptomatic that parents took it for allergies and things and by the time parents and grandparents are showing up to test and we were checking kids, we realized we had more out there than we thought,” Moots-Clair said.

Knox County R-1 School District Superintendent Andy Turgeon said their number of absences skyrocketed two weeks ago.

“We had a total of 132 students out at one point,” Turgeon said. “Adults we had a few out, many of them because their students were quarantine so they had to stay home with their students.”

Turgeon said the district implemented a mask mandate on Nov. 9 to try to keep cases down.

“It was really a choice between that or having to cancel school because you start running short on subs and when you have a fourth of your students out because they’re either quarantined or isolating, then it really kind of makes it hard,” Turgeon said.

Moots-Clair said numbers could continue to rise with more people gathering indoors for the holidays, and a vaccination rate at just under 40%.

“I think before as parents we take our kids over to see grandma and grandpa for the holidays, we need to make sure they’re not exhibiting any symptoms,” she said.

The Knox County Health Department is offering COVID-19 vaccines and testing at 207 N. First St. in Edina. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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