Cass County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to rise

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Cases now reported at Beardstown’s Heritage Manor, second nursing home

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In what’s become an all-too-familiar pattern, Cass County has again reported more than 20 new COVID-19 cases in the past week.  
As of Wednesday morning, Aug 19, the county was reporting 262 cases, with 204 cases listed as recovered, 11 deceased and one hospitalized.
And for the second straight week, the county’s per-capita case rate ranks third in the state.
The Health Department has also confirmed an outbreak at a second Cass County nursing home. Teresa Armstrong, Cass County Health Department Administrator, confirmed a second long-term care facility has seen an “outbreak” with four people testing positive for the virus.
Isolation protocols are in effect for the four people who have tested positive for the virus.
While the Health Department did not identify the facility, the Star-Gazette has independently verified the facility involved is Heritage Manor in Beardstown.
An outbreak in June at the Walker Nursing Home in Virginia led to more than 60 confirmed cases and all 11 of the deaths reported in the county.
The outbreak investigation for the Walker Nursing home is now closed, with no new cases having been reported at the facility.
Testing will continue at the Heritage Manor facility until no new cases are reported.
With Cass County area schools set to reopen this week Armstrong said she will not be surprised to see the number of new cases rise.
“That’s why it’s important that we wear masks, practice social distancing and wash our hands frequently.

“Right now, our per capita case rate in Cass County is way too high,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong said the formula the state uses to assess the new case rate indicates Cass County (if it had a population of 100,000 people) would have a weekly new case rate of 237 new cases per week.
The state’s goal is to have that number at 50 new cases per week or less. “Clearly we’ve got a lot of work to do.”