Oregon County, Mo. – COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) [1], “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.” The current worldwide outbreak (pandemic) began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China causing many to give it the moniker of “Wuhan Virus” or “China Virus”.

Oregon County, Missouri COVID-19 Data [2]

Total Oregon County Cases


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Oregon County Death Rate


State of Missouri COVID-19 Data [3]

Total Missouri Cases


Total Missouri Deaths


Missouri Death Rate


Why Now? What is Happening?

Pandemics occur because people have no immunity to the virus. It never existed before (or in this generation’s lifetime) so there is no resistance to it among the human population of the world. The CDC has stated that, “This is the first pandemic known to be caused by a new coronavirus.” and further affirmed, “In the past century, there have been four pandemics caused by the emergence of new influenza viruses.”

As a result, according to the CDC, “most research and guidance around pandemics is specific to influenza, but the same premises can be applied to the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

CDC Recommended Steps To Avoid COVID-19 [4]



  1. ^CDC Works 24/7. (2020, March 24). Retrieved from CDC Website https://www.cdc.gov (go back  ↩)
  2. ^COVID-19 Outbreak | Health & Senior Services. (2020, March 28). Retrieved from https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/results.php#county (go back  ↩)
  3. ^COVID-19 Outbreak | Health & Senior Services. (2020, March 28). Retrieved from https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/results.php#state (go back  ↩)
  4. ^Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary. (2020, March 27). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html (go back  ↩)