Virus cases jump in Branson area after tourists return

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) – A jump in coronavirus cases after many businesses in the Branson area reopened to tourists has health officials concerned.

The Taney County Health Department urged people to wear masks in public after reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday.

The county’s virus cases jumped from 15 to 54 over the past two weeks, and that total doesn’t include visitors to the area who test positive but are counted in their home counties.

Many of Branson’s businesses have reopened for tourism, including miniature golf courses, shops and restaurants.

Many entertainers have returned to their stages around Branson as well.