COVID-19 numbers improve in Macon County

by Benjamin Nelson

MACON, MO -- As the county inches closer to 1,000 reported cases of COVID-19 since March, compared to November, Macon County sees improvement in the first two weeks of December. According to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, compared to the previous week, Macon County has seen a drop in cases by roughly 18.6%. The County is still considered to be in the "Extreme Risk" category according to the State Health Department's Criteria, however, when The Home Press originally reported back on November 24th when the county was first considered to be Category 1 (Extreme Risk), Macon County was in the top 15 counties within Missouri with a seven day positivity rate of 34.5%. According to data accessed on December 13th, the seven day positivity rate for Macon County has dropped to 22.64%. According to data via the Macon County Health Department, in the first 10 days of November, Macon County reported 141 new cases of the virus. Within the first 11 days of December, Macon County has reported 93 new cases. As of the last press release (December 11th, 2020), Macon County has a reported 17 deaths (since March), 960 confirmed cases (since March), 54 active cases, 889 released from isolation (since March), and 10 hospitalizations. According to the state's dashboard, the county has had a drop in tests administered within the last week compared to the week prior; that drop being roughly 24.3%.

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