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Coronavirus Cases Spiking In Southwestern Missouri

Springfield-Greene County Health Department

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A rural area of Missouri’s far southwestern corner is seeing a big spike in coronavirus cases, driving a record increase in cases in the state.

Missouri reported 389 new cases on Saturday, but that was topped by the 413 new cases reported Sunday, which is the highest one-day total since the pandemic began. More than half of those new cases came from McDonald County, with 235.

McDonald County Health Department Director Paige Behm says the big increase is due in part to testing at two poultry plants. But Behm says the cases extend beyond workers at the plants.

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