Stay 6 feet apart

CLAY COUNTY — As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, the total overall case count of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in Clay County was 348. The death now toll stands at four with another death being reported in a Kansas City resident.

The total case count is from reports by Kansas City Public Health, which reports cases in Kansas City inside county limits; and Clay County Public Health Center, which reports cases elsewhere in Clay County. The new death was reported by Kansas City Public Health.

According to a recently added feature tracking case status on the Clay County Public Health tracing dashboard, available online at www.clayhealth.com, of the total case count, 123 cases are those who live outside Kansas City in the county. Of the 123, 42 are isolated; 80 have been released from isolation, meaning they are recovering; and one died.

According to Mid-America Regional Council’s tracking map, online at preparemetrokc.org, 36,587 have been tested overall in the reporting agency’s nine-county region that includes Clay County. Of those tested in Clay County, 2,509 were tested at mobile sites, with 1,007 done at Clay County Public Heath’s drive-thru site in Liberty. Of those tested at the Liberty site, 11 have come back positive.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported Wednesday, May 20, 631 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the state and there are 11,232 confirmed cases since the outbreak started.

Health experts from across the Kansas City region said as testing becomes readily available, more are expected to get tested, which likely will result in more positives.

“Though many businesses are reopening, it’s still best to avoid traveling or hosting visitors outside of your own community, especially if you are or live with someone at high risk of complications from COVID-19,” states a release from Clay County Public Health. “The more we stay home and practice physical distancing now, the sooner we will be able to safely return to a more familiar way of life with our loved ones.”

The case counts come after stay-home orders ended for Kansas City last week. Phase No. 1 of the city’s 10/10/10 Plan allows buildings and businesses that service the public to reopen with 10% building occupancy or 10 people allowed inside a business, whichever is greater.

Sign-ins with contact information will be required for anyone who visits a business for more than 10 minutes. Social gatherings up to 10 people inside or 50 people outside are allowed.

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com or 903-6001.

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