HANNIBAL | The Marion County Health Department reported 54 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus between Monday and Thursday.
Meanwhile, cases in Ralls County rose from 53 to 68 over the last seven days, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services dashboard, which was updated at 2 p.m. on Friday.
Ralls, at a 28% increase, was listed among the 10 counties with the fastest rate of COVID-19 positive tests over the last seven days.
Tanya Taylor, director of the Ralls County Health Department, said there were no connections or clusters with the increased cases in her county.
She said that county residents are beginning to take more precautions.
“As our numbers continue to rise, they will be more cautious,” she said.
In Monroe County, the state reported that cases stood at 45 on Friday. Health Department Director Paula Delaney said that as with Ralls, there are no clusters of outbreaks.
“They are not connected. We get one in Madison, one in Holliday. There is not a pattern,” she said.
The most recent report for Marion County was made Thursday when 12 additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. Health Department Administrator Jean McBride said seven men, whose ages range from 20 to 80 are quarantined at home. Five women ages 30 to 60 also are quarantined at home.
The county had 62 confirmed cases from Monday through Thursday of the previous week.
Marion County's total number of positive cases stood at 341 on Thursday, with 10 hospitalized and 93 active virus cases. The county reports 241 COVID-19 patients have recovered and been released. There have been seven deaths.
Statewide, there have been 72,964 confirmed cases of the virus, according to cumulative data updated on Friday afternoon.
Hospitalizations increased from 875 on Sunday to 941 Monday, the most recent data available through the state health department.
Considerably fewer people are dying from the virus in Missouri compared to its peak in April and May, when the daily death tolls were in the double digits. Another two people were reported as dying from the virus on Friday. In total, 1,419 deaths have been attributed to the virus in Missouri.