Ray Scherer


The Gasconade County Health Department reported Tuesday morning that the county has now been cleared of both of its initial confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.


County Health Administrator Greg Lara told the Advertiser-Courier that both residents have recovered from their illnesses, and that the county at the moment had no new coronavirus cases. A daily report from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services released at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon did reflect that Gasconade County still had the two cases, although county health officials said both had already been cleared. Data presented by the state each day has typically been slightly delayed behind the reporting by Missouri's county health departments, to account for an overall compilation of the updated statistics.


Lara said one of the cases had recovered from the illness about a week ago. He said the remaining case was reported in recovery sometime over the weekend. The recoveries are posted on the department's Facebook page.

"These were people who were self-quarantined," added Lara, with no hospitalization necessary in either case.


Announcement of the county's first positive coronavirus case came on March 31. Gasconade County's second confirmed case was announced on April 3. Federal law prohibits agencies from releasing private information or other identifiers concerning the affected individuals.