As of Monday, July 27, Crawford County’s new total for positive COVID-19 cases is 33. According to numbers released by the Crawford County Health Department (CCHD), of those, there are four active cases, 29 released from isolation, two positive serology (antibody testing), and 2,407 negative results.
CCHD is no longer issuing press releases with each confirmed positive case of COVID-19, and, due to an increasing number of positive cases and locations of potential exposure, is no longer announcing specific public locations; unless the exposure site is a large event with a large number of attendees. It should be understood, at this point, any public activity should be considered a potential risk, and all precautions need to be taken to protect your own health and the health of those around you.
The health department updates their Facebook page with current numbers on Mondays and Thursdays. To check current information, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) COVID dashboard is updated daily at 2 p.m. The link to that website is: http://mophep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html…
With each case, the CCHD works with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to conduct an investigation in an effort to identify any individual that may have come in close contact with the positive individual to monitor them for symptoms and assist in the containment of the virus. Any close contacts identified by a positive case within the county will be contacted privately by the CCHD. If you have spoken to a nurse at the Crawford County Health Department, you were already informed of your risk to any of these patients.
Primary symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, and shortness of breath. Other possible symptoms include body aches, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell.
The health department asks that anyone who develops symptoms contact their physician and seek testing and to isolate at least until test results are known.
Potential contacts may call the CCHD office to be screened to determine if monitoring and quarantine are required.
CCHD urges the public to take appropriate precautions, including social distancing, wearing a mask or face covering in public, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper handwashing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.
CCHD has taken and will continue to take the necessary precautions to keep our community safe and will continue to diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves by following the CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of this infection.
The local health department encourages anyone who suspects they have COVID-19, or has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, to call their healthcare provider before seeking care, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
For general information and questions regarding COVID-19, please call 1-877-435-8411.
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