Adair County COVID-19 Case Count Reaches 32

Adair County’s COVID-19 case count reaches thirty-two. Yesterday marked the 7th consecutive day where the county has added a new COVID-19 case. The newly infected person is a 25-year-old man. Adair County Health Department Administrator Jim LeBaron says twelve individuals have recovered from the infection and 20 are in isolation. Nineteen of the 20 cases in isolation are related to area meat processing plants. The Adair County Health Department has completed 152 contract tracing interviews to date and continues efforts to identify and contact anyone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 by those who have tested positive. For more information, contact the Adair County Health Department at 660.665.8491.

Missouri AG Office Shuts Down Sulllivan County Dog Breeder

A Sullivan County dog breeder has been shut down. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed suit and obtained a temporary restraining order against Little Bit Ranch, a dog breeder in Unionville, for violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act and for operating without a license. The lawsuit was filed after eight USDA inspections, from August 2019 to this April, found dogs suffering from inadequate or no veterinary care, crammed conditions and food that contained mold and even maggots. The USDA cited roughly 50 violations against owners Danny and Angela Noland. The couple has also been operating without a license since Jan. 31st. A little more than 50 dogs were being bred and raised by the Nolands, according to the lawsuit.

Update on Schuyler County Road Closures

Road closures that were to start in Schuyler County today have been postponed. The temporary closures wil lbe so High Prairie Wind Farm can move equipment. A portion of Schuyler County Route V (just west of Davis Hill Road/Punkin Hill Road) will now close on May 21st. A portion of Schuyler County Route O will now close on May 27th.

Another Case of COVID-19 Attributed to Community Spread

Another case of COVID-19 is attributed to community spread. The Adair County Health Department reports a 31-year-old female working at an area meat processing plant is the latest Adair County resident identified as testing positive for COVID-19. The county has now hit 30 confirmed cases of the virus since January 1, with 18 individuals in isolation, 12 recovered and no deaths.

Not all people infected with COVID-19 have symptoms – that’s something Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, wants everyone to keep in mind. He says a week ago there was only one active case of COVID-19 and 12 recoveries. Within eight days, the county has had 17 more confirmed cases. LeBaron cautioned that some people think these infections are only affecting people who work at places like Smithfield Foods or Kraft Heinz, but what’s happening now is that Infected people are spreading the virus to their friends, family and to the community at large. LeBaron said now that people think it’s okay to get out again, they’re putting themselves and others at risk by not taking precautions recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread.

Adair County Health Department New Hours

The Adair County Health Department has announced a change in hours. Due to COVID-19 the clinic services and hours will be as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am-1pm. All services will be by appointment only. On Tuesday, and Thursday from 8a-4p, birth and death certificates will be available
There will be no immunizations, TB testing, or STD/family planning until further notice For any questions or concerns you can contact the health department at 660-665-8491

Shelbina Joins in Click It or Ticket Mobilization

Six out of 10 people killed in 2019 Missouri traffic crashes were unbuckled. That’s why the Shelbina Police Department will be joining with statewide law enforcement May 18 – 31 for a statewide “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to step up enforcement on Missouri’s seat belt law.

Multiple New Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Adair County

There have been multiple new cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend. On Friday, the Adair County Healh Department has received notice of three new cases: a 45-year-old male, a 40-year-old male, and a 43-year-old female who all tested at Complete Family Medicine.

On Saturday, 5 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. Those cases included: a 24-year-old male, a 21-year-old female, a 43-year-old male, a 35-year-old male, and a 34-year-old female. All five were tested at Complete Family Medicine in Kirksville.

Yesterday, 2 new cases were confirmed. Those cases included:: a 25-year-old female and a 47-year-old female. Both are employed at area meat-processing plants. The name of the plant was not given.

With all the new cases, there are now seventeen individuals in isolation and twelve people have recovered from earlier cases. Twenty-nine Adair County residents have tested positive for the virus since January 1st.

Murder Arrest in Sullivan County

An arrest was made on Friday in Sullivan County following a child death investigation. The arrest was the result of an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. According to a news release, 28-year-old Makuya Stephanie Kambamba, gave birth to a child on May 6th in a restroom toilet located inside a private business in Sullivan County. The infant was later found deceased. An autopsy was performed the following day. On Friday, the Sullivan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Kambamba with first degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and felony abuse or neglect of a child. She was taken into custody by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who was assisted by the Kirksville Police Department. She was transported to the Sullivan County Jail.

New Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported in Adair County

More positive cases of COVID-19 are being reported. Yesterday, Adair County Health Department Administrator Jim LeBaron announced two additional positive cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents. Both individuals, a 37-year-old male and a 26-year-old male, were tested by Complete Family Medicine in Kirksville. The news came a day after the Health Department reported four new positive cases of coronavirus – all workers at the Smithfield plant in Milan. As of yesterday, Adair County’s total number of positive cases, is 19. Twelve of those individuals have recovered from the disease, seven are in isolation, and there have been no deaths.

The Schuyler County Health Department has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19. The case is community-related, and the patient is self-isolating to decrease the risk of exposing others.

Sullivan County Confirms 14 Additional COVID-19 Cases

Sullivan County Health Department has confirmed fourteen additional positive cases of COVID-19. These confirmed positives were identified through a mass testing process. Currently, Sullivan County sits at a total of twenty-four cases with twenty-three cases remaining active. The positive cases have been determined to be community related. To maintain confidentiality, no other information will be provided about the individuals. The Sullivan County Health Department is conducting case investigations to determine close contacts of those infected.