(Potosi) Health officials across the country are asking you to please take the coronavirus seriously.

In the last couple of weeks, confirmed cases have skyrocketed, even here in rural Missouri.

Potosi Mayor Joseph Blount says the rise in numbers includes Washington County.

Mayor Blount says it will be a long time before this pandemic is beaten back if some individuals continue to be selfish and careless.

Mayor Blount says these high numbers of coronavirus cases could eventually take it’s toll on hospital staff across the country, including Washington County Memorial Hospital in Potosi.

The Missouri Covid-19 Dashboard website shows Washington County now with 41 confirmed cases along with one death since the virus first showed up in early spring.