HANNIBAL | The Marion County Health Department reported 15 additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the four-day total up by 62 cases.
Health Department Administrator Jean McBride said in a release that the latest cases involve seven males between the ages of 30 and 90 years of age, four at home, two at a nursing home and one is hospitalized. In addition, eight females between the ages of 20 and 90 years old have the virus. Six of them are at home and two are at a nursing home.
During the pandemic, Marion County has reported 272 cases of the coronavirus. At this time 102 cases are active, seven involve hospitalization and 165 cases involve patients who have recovered or been released and five people died.
The state of Missouri also has seen a steady increase in cases, and on Thursday added 1,267 more, bringing the state total to 63,797 since the pandemic began. Missouri reported two new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 1,325.
In response to the daily rise in cases, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has announced that a mandatory mask rule for people in indoor public places will remain in effect through Jan. 16.
The mayor and Rex Archer, director of the city's health department, said cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the Kansas City area, and the virus is likely to stay until a vaccine becomes widely available.
The order means people will be required to wear masks in indoor areas where social distancing is not possible. It includes some exceptions, such as people with medical conditions that make it difficult to wear masks. Bars and restaurants will continue to be limited to 50% capacity.