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Jefferson County on verge of going into ‘red’ due to number of new COVID-19 cases | News Headlines – St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri 2020-09-03 02:00:00 –

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo ( — The Jefferson County Health Department says the number of COVID-19 cases has the county of the verge of moving into the “red”.

This means there’s widespread, uncontrolled community transmission.

Jefferson County’s new positive COVID-19 cases increased 28 percent from last week, and the county currently sits at a 13.4% positivity rate. 

Over the last 14 days, the county has added an average of 44 cases per day which the highest amount being reported August 30 with 60 new cases. 

Health experts are asking people in Jefferson County do their part and wear masks, but they’re still not required. The health department board overturned its mask mandate last week just after approving it. According to a chart posted to the health department’s Facebook page, the mitigation action for the red zone is to implement stay-at-home orders again.

Jefferson County Health Department said the county is closing in on the red zone.

A new report suggests Governor Parson is ignoring White House Task Force recommendations to institute a statewide mask mandate.

The Springfield News Leader says documents show the task force recommended the measure two weeks ago, but Parson still says it’s not necessary.

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