Cape Girardeau Co. Public Health Center reports 3 new cases of COVID-19

Cape Girardeau Co. Public Health Center reports 3 new cases of COVID-19
Cases of COVID-19 in Cape Girardeau County on Friday, March 5. (Source: Cape Girardeau Co. Public Health Center)

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, March 5.

This brings the total number of cases in the county to 9,315.

The health center reported a total of 132 deaths in the county from COVID-19.

As of Friday, the 14-day positivity rate was 8.6 percent.

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Posted by Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center on Friday, March 5, 2021

The Cape Girardeau County Health Board will meet on Monday, March 8 at 9 a.m. to discuss the face covering order.

The meeting is open to the public via Zoom.

You can register for the meeting on the health center’s website.

Antigen tests

According to the health center, the Show Me Strong website added the number of antigen tests in Missouri and Missouri’s antigen positivity rate to the public health dashboard.

They said antigen tests are considered probable cases because they identify proteins produced by SARS-CoV-2. They are not regarded as confirmatory tests, but probable cases and are slightly less accurate than PCR tests.

A positive PCR test is considered a confirmed case they identify SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

RNA is part of the replication process of the virus’ cells. In other words, the health center said PCR tests detect the actual virus.

The health center said they still add probable and confirmed cases because they’re both defined by the CDC as COVID-19 cases.

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