Lewis County COVID cases climb, schools switch to remote learning

Posted: Sep. 29, 2020 12:01 am

MONTICELLO, Mo. -- Seven additional COVID-19 cases were reported Monday in Lewis County.

The Lewis County Health Department said the new cases -- three people between 10 and 20, one person between 20 and 30, one person between 30 and 40, one person between 40 and 50 and one person between 50 and 60.

The department said there have been a total of 148 cases in the county, with 26 active cases.

Both school districts in Lewis County have moved to remote learning

The Lewis County C-1 School District moved to remote learning through the end of next week

In a letter to parents, Superintendent John French said the move is because of a staffing shortage and not because of community spread within the schools.

"Currently, we are only aware of two students and one staff member at (Highland Elementary School) and one student at (Highland High School) who are in isolation," French said. "However this has led to numerous other precautionary quarantines among students and staff.

The Canton R-V School District moved to remote learning this week because of active COVID-19 case numbers in the county.

In an update posted to the district's Facebook page, Superintendent Jesse Uhlmeyer said the district would monitor the situation daily and ay enact temporary closures if needed.

The district has 48 students and seven faculty and staff members on quarantine.

"These closures allow our custodial staff adequate access to spaces for effective cleaning and disinfecting," Uhlmeyer said. "Our amazing custodial staff has completed disinfecting all classrooms and common spaces to allow students and staff to return to a safe, healthy, and clean learning environment.

In Marion County, 27 new cases were confirmed -- 15 men between 20 and 80 and 12 women between 20 and 90. All are quarantined at home, except one who is in a nursing home.

The county has reported a total of 714 total cases, with 74 active. Three people remain hospitalized.

The Pike County, Mo, Health Department reported two new cases, bringing its total number of cases to 300. There are 41 active cases, with five people hospitalized.

Three new positive cases were reported in Clark County. All are between 20 and 40 years old, and one is a household contact of a prior positive case and already was in quarantine. Two are from worksite testing.

Clark County has reported 71 total cases, with eight active.

In Illinois, fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday in Pike County. The cases are one male and one female between 10 and 19, one woman in her 20s, five women in their 40s, three men in their 50s, two women in their 60s and one woman in their 90s.

The Pike County Heath Department reported that of the 140 total cases, 30 are active. One person remains hospitalized.

The Hancock County Health Department reported three new COVID-19 cases -- one man in his 20s to 30s and one man and one woman in their 50s to 60s.

The county has reported a total of 230 cases, with 42 active cases.