Fifth COVID-19 Related Death Reported In Ripley County

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Ripley County’s confirmed number of COVID-19 illnesses and deaths continues to climb during October.

The county health center in Doniphan reported Wednesday afternoon that three new cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number since March to 232.

On Tuesday, Ripley County’s fifth death related to COVID-19 was announced by county health center director Jan Morrow and coroner Mike Jackson.

Morrow said Wednesday that 56 cases presently are being monitored.

Last week, data from the Missouri Department of Health And Senior Services listed Ripley County among eight counties considered a ‘hot spot’ in the number of new COVID-like illnesses confirmed in Missouri.

Also on Sunday evening, Lone Star R-IV superintendent Carly Carter announced the district will not hold classes from Oct. 12-23 after a second student tested positive for COVID-19.

“We received guidance from our local health department and are taking necessary precautions,” Carter said on the district’s social media page.

Parents, with students in the classroom who had direct contact with the student were notified and those students have been quarantined.

“If you have not been contacted, your child(ren) has not had direct contact,” Carter said.

The number of new cases in the county since Oct. 1 stand at 43 as of Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 14.

The local health center continues to work with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the CDC to identify and contact people who may have come in contact with any individuals while they were infectious and will monitor them for fever and respiratory symptoms.

If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone, call your health care provider to let them know before seeking care. It is critical that your provider is aware that you may have COVID-19 prior to your arrival at a health care facility and that you follow all instructions.