The number of active COVID-19 cases in Joplin continues to average around 300. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
Tonight the Joplin City Council will hold its first meeting since it passed the mask mandate on Thursday, November 19th. It remains unclear whether the mask ordinance, which is in effect until the end of February next year will have the desired impact to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the city. Last Thursday and Friday, the Joplin Health Department did report below-average new case numbers. Thursday, the city reported new 23 cases, and 25 on Friday. Below the average of about 45-new COVID cases per day. As of yesterday, the health department has recorded 291 active for a total of 3,381 complete positive cases, along with 3,473 inactive cases. On Friday, the Health Department reported the deaths of two Joplin male residents with coronavirus. The residents were 73 and 91 years old. This announcement brings the total count to 68 COVID-19 related deaths in Joplin since March. For K R P S, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro in Webb City