Pettis County added 56 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,395, according to the Pettis County Health Center. Those numbers include data from Oct. 10-12.
There are now 290 active cases and 1,083 residents have been released to normal activity. Thirteen county residents are hospitalized seeking treatment for the COVID-19 virus.
The health center is investigating one additional death in the county, according to information in the Pettis County COVID-19 Task Force Briefing on Tuesday.
“A new research finding has indicated that approximately one month following a significant increase in the number of cases in 19-24 year olds, there will be an increase in hospitalizations,” the briefing states. “This is being reflected in the hospitalizations in Pettis County. During the week of September 8-14 Pettis County only had 88 cases, but the rate for the 19-24 age group peaked at 15.06%.”
There were 169 individuals tested Oct. 7 at the testing event with five positive results. During the testing in June, there were two positive cases.
According to the White House Coronavirus Task Force report, Sedalia and Pettis County moved to the orange category while Missouri remains in the red category.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ public dashboards are under maintenance. No updates are available from the DHSS.