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Total cases of coronavirus in Moniteau County since the start of the pandemic passed yet another increment of 100 this week.

An additional 18 new cases reported by the Moniteau County Health Center on Monday helped to bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in the county all-time to 416 as of press time, 363 of which have recovered and five of which have been deaths. Active cases as this time number at 48, three of which are currently hospitalized.

Total cases just passed 300 about two weeks ago on Sept. 21.

As always, the Health Center continues to urge members of the public to take actions to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including avoiding close contact with sick people; avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; washing one's hands with soap and water regularly; covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; staying home if one is sick; and remaining 6 feet away from others and wearing a facial covering when engaging in tasks away from home.

The Health Center has also continuously advised those who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, to call their health care provider for medical advice before showing up in person.

For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. Missouri's statewide COVID-19 hotline operates 24/7 at 877-435-8411.

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