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135th local COVID-19 death reported; delta variant in Cape County

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Another Cape Girardeau County resident has died due to COVID-19, according to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center’s weekly report released on Wednesday, July 21.

The resident was 61 years old and was the 135th COVID-19 related death in the county, according to Cape Girardeau County Emergency Management Director Mark Winkler. “It’s not the elderly that are becoming victims to this pandemic,” Winkler said.

As of July 21, Cape Girardeau County has had 7,882 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (up 32 from the July 14 report) and 1,803 probable cases of COVID-19 (up one from the previous week) for a total of 9,685 positive cases in the county since the start of the pandemic.

There are currently 40 active cases in Cape Girardeau County (up two from last week), with 9,510 total cases resolved (up 30 from July 14).

“The delta variant is in Cape Girardeau County,” Winkler said. “So the recommendation is that if you are not vaccinated, you should probably get vaccinated.”

56,076 total doses of a COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to Cape Girardeau County residents, but the county still is lagging behind the State of Missouri and the United States in its vaccination rate.

Approximately 38.5% of Cape Girardeau County residents have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 34.2% having completed their one or two-dose vaccination.

In comparison, 40.4% of Missouri residents have completed their COVID-19 vaccination and 48.8% of all U.S. residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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