Callaway County's deaths attributed to COVID-19 now stand at 11, according to data from the Callaway County Health Department.
"The death was yesterday afternoon or yesterday evening," said Gary Jungermann, Callaway County presiding commissioner. "I know very little about it, other than we had another death, and it was somebody I'd call older not someone super young."
The CallawayCOVID19.com website maintained by the county updated Wednesday to show the new death. It also shows that of the 2,064 cases recorded by the county so far, 719 — more than one-third — are currently active. The county topped 700 active cases for the first time this week.
Callaway County reported six of its 11 deaths to date in the month of October alone. The county also recorded a new death last week — Jungermann said he wasn't sure on which day of the week that death occurred.
As usual, data from the state of Missouri shows a higher total number of cases than the county's own data. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 2,408 cumulative cases as of Tuesday.
Callaway County's positivity rate — the percentage of COVID-19 tests administered that come back positive — has also continued to climb. As of Nov. 10, the seven-day positivity rate stood at 49.7 percent. It's now up to 52 percent.
The county is among scores of Missouri counties in the "red zone," indicating rapid spread of COVID-19, according to a recent White House report. The label is applied to counties in which there are more than 101 new cases per 100,000 population and a test positivity rate above 10 percent. Counties and states in the "red zone" are advised to introduce a mask requirement.
Amid spiking cases, a proposed mandatory mask ordinance will appear on the Fulton City Council's agenda Tuesday for its first reading — and potentially a vote — following the passage of a motion during the council's most recent meeting. For more information, access this Fulton Sun article.