The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has received notification of its first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Phelps County. The private lab test results came back as inconclusive (low-level positive), but is being handled by the health department as if positive.
The case is not believed to be travel-related at this time, and the individual and all household members have been in quarantine for greater than one week at home. This case is not related to the case being monitored in Phelps County from another county.
The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has made contact with this individual and are working together to determine any close contacts who were possibly exposed. If there were any contacts or locations, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.
The Health Department noted it is important that each and every one of us continue to practice basic preventative measures to help decrease the spread. These measures, as outlined by the CDC, include: avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper handwashing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, practicing social distancing, avoiding unnecessary travel, and staying home when sick. For individuals who are sick, particularly with fever and cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.
It is also important to note that Governor Parsons signed a Statewide Stay at Home Order today that goes into effect at 12:01 am Monday, April 6, 2020 until 11:59 pm Friday, April 24, 2020, unless extended by further order.
If you have questions, please consult a factual source, such as the DHSS website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. A statewide public COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (877) 435-8411.
Status Update as of 9:30 pm 4/3/2020
Case in MO: 2,113 Deaths in MO: 19 Tested in MO: 24,727
Phelps County Cases: 1 inconclusive, 1 monitoring from another county
Maries County Confirmed cases: 2 Recovered: 1
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