The latest data from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services continues to show an improving COVID-19 picture in Texas County.

On Monday, the agency reported only six cases in the last week. Since the pandemic began, there have been 1,535 cases. Twenty-three have died. The positivity rate — the number of positive cases tested in the last week — stood at 7.5 percent in the county. In the state, the number is 6.3 percent.

The Texas County Health Department said Monday it had documented 20 cases since Feb. 16. Two were currently hospitalized and nine in isolation at home. 

As vaccinations continue, health experts say residents should continue to wear masks, social distance and wash hands frequently.

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