Total infections top 140 in county, active cases down

Harvey County Now staff

The County topped 140 Covid-19 infections with two cases the county confirmed Monday.

The new cases include two males one in his 50s and one in his 30s. The cause for one case is unknown. The cause for the second case is listed as out-of-state travel.

Both are at home in isolation and the Health Department will regularly monitor the health of the individuals, as well as follow up on all close contacts.

Those active cases- patients with symptoms or classified as currently contagious – numbers 20, the lowest number since July 9. One individual remains hospitalized.

There have been 3,130 tests for COVID-19 conducted in Harvey County. That’s 240 since last Monday, down from 360 the week prior and 686 the week before that.

Testing capacity in the county has decreased during the last two weeks as Health Ministries, which operated a drive through testing service for anyone that wished to receive a test, had to suspend the program.

For context at times earlier in July, Health Ministries CEO Matt Schmidt reported the clinic had conducted up to 270 tests in a week.

Schmidt said test result wait times from the private lab conducting the tests as well as a large scale back log of tests resulted in the request Health Ministries received to temporarily suspend testing.

Schmidt said the organization had seen wait times as long as 12 days on results. The organization has not announced when testing will resume.