May 18, 2020 5:30 PM

Buchanan County tops 500 COVID-19 cases; one of Missouri's hot spots

Posted May 18, 2020 5:30 PM

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

Buchanan County COVID-19 cases have topped 500 as the county has become one of the hot spots for coronavirus cases in Missouri.

Buchanan County and St. Joseph City health officials report 501 COVID-19 cases; 460 confirmed and 41 probable. There have been two deaths attributed to Buchanan County. State health officials, who have slightly different criteria, count 505 cases in Buchanan County. Buchanan County cases spiked after the mass testing at Triumph Foods.

Mosaic Life Care has tested 3,864 people in its network with 194 testing positive for the coronavirus. Thirteen of those testing positive have been hospitalized in St. Joseph with one hospitalized in Albany. Mosaic is awaiting results from 40 tests.

The Mosaic count released Monday morning does not include the free testing from this past weekend in which Mosaic tested 1,593 people total; 834 on Saturday and 759 on Sunday. Results from those tests will be released later.

The St. Louis area reports the most coronavirus cases in Missouri, by far.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports 1,573 COVID-19 cases in St. Louis with 4,140 cases in St. Louis County, Missouri’s largest county with nearly one million residents. Neighboring St. Charles County has 688 cases.

Kansas City has 895 cases, according to state health officials. Jackson County has 446 cases. Clay County records 114 cases with Platte County reporting 52 cases.

Greene County, which includes Springfield, reports 96 cases while Boone County, the home of Columbia, has 104 cases.

There remain counties in Missouri which have not recorded any coronavirus cases, including four in northern Missouri. The northwest, north-central Missouri counties of Mercer, Grundy, and Putnam have yet to record a case of COVID-19. Knox County in northeast Missouri reports no cases at this time.

Saline County, a smaller county in central Missouri which has a meatpacking plant, reports 246 cases. Moniteau County, also in central Missouri with a meatpacking plant, reports 44 cases.

This story has been updated to correct a mistake when first published.

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Coronavirus infects workers at FedEx facility in Kansas

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — FedEx has confirmed that workers from its facility in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe have tested positive for COVID-19.

A spokesperson from FedEx Ground said in a statement Friday that it was working cooperatively with county health officials and offering voluntary COVID-19 testing to employees and vendors at the facility.

The positive tests are considered to be the first cluster of coronavirus cases tied to a workplace in Johnson County, which announced nine cases in the cluster Thursday without identifying the name of the affected business.

FedEx said it has been providing hand soap, disinfecting wipes, masks, latex gloves and hand sanitizer to employees. It said it has also implemented temperature checks, symptom screenings and changes to its process to allow for social distancing.