Cass COVID-19 totals continue to climb


   Eight more Cass County residents, including a 10-year-old boy, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the past week. The latest positive results bring to 67 the total number of cases reported since the first positive test result was recorded on April 17.
   While the reported number of people testing positive for COVID-19 continues to increase, the rate of that increase appears to be slowing. Fifteen new cases were reported between May 7 and May 14.
   All but one of the people testing positive this week are currently recovering at home.  One has been hospitalized.
Seven Cass County residents who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization.
   The majority of cases reported have been in patients ages 20-49.
  To date, 34 of the 67 total people testing positive for the virus have recovered, while 33 remaining active cases are still receiving health department monitoring.
   Beardstown and JBS continue to be at the epicenter of the county’s case load with 58 cases reported in Beardstown’s 62618 zip code area, while the majority of the cases in the county overall have been linked to the meat packing plant, according to independent sources.