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Active COVID-19 cases shot up and back down again in Moniteau County during the past week, and the total case count since last year has meanwhile eclipsed 2,000.

Active cases sat at 28 Monday, according to the most recent statistics available on the Health Center's COVID dashboard as of press time Tuesday. That group is part of a cumulative total of 2,042 cases in the county since the beginning of the pandemic. Though the current case count is about the same as it was this time last week, when cases numbered at 26, active cases peaked as high as 41 as of July 9. Cases have remained in the double digits since June 21, save for one day at the end of last month when active cases dipped below 10 for a day.

The Moniteau County Health Center has begun sharing social media posts with screenshots of its COVID dashboard again due to the uptick, a practice it previously suspended when active cases dipped.

In a post on its Facebook page Monday, the Health Center encouraged those who test positive for COVID-19 to call the Center at 573-796-3412 for further instructions, as public health officials in the county continue to conduct case investigations when they receive results.

The Health Center, in the post, also encouraged citizens to continue practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19: get vaccinated, wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of social distancing, avoid crowds and poorly-ventilated spaces, and wash one's hands often.

The Health Center continues to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, and encouraged community members to call if they are interested in receiving one. The Health Center also announced Monday it will host a free vaccination clinic, which is set for 4-8 p.m. July 20 at Fortuna Baptist Church. Doses of the Pfizer vaccine are available to anyone age 12 and older, no appointment necessary, and a second dose will be given to patrons three weeks after the clinic.

For more information, contact the Health Center at 573-796-3412.

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