The Phelps/Maries County Health Department (PMCHD) released information on June 23 regarding six additional positive cases of COVID-19, accounting for cases 11 to 16.
PMCHD noted this cluster of cases are epidemiological, linked to the positive cases reported over recent days and demonstrates how easily COVID-19 can spread among close contacts. The health department stated, “It is of the utmost importance that each and every one of us continue to take appropriate preventative measures including practicing social distancing of at least six feet, wearing a face covering when unable to social distance appropriately, and staying isolated and out of the general public when having symptoms, no matter how mild the symptoms may be.”
The following locations of potential exposure to the public were identified during contact tracing of cases 11 to 16: On Wednesday, June 17 at Menards in Rolla at approximately 4:30 p.m. for 10 minutes (wearing a mask, no symptoms); at Lowe’s in Rolla at approximately 8 p.m. for 20 minutes (wearing masks, no symptoms); on Thursday, June 18 at Splash Zone in Rolla from opening to mid-afternoon (no symptoms); at Menards in Rolla at approximately 3:30 p.m. for 10 minutes (wearing a mask); on Friday, June 19 at Splash Zone in Rolla from opening to mid-afternoon (no symptoms); at the St. James Post Office at approximately 8 a.m. for 10 minutes (wearing a mask, no symptoms); on Saturday, June 20 at Splash Zone in Rolla from opening to mid-afternoon (no symptoms); at Wal-Mart in Rolla from approximately 1 to 2 p.m. (wearing a mask, symptomatic); at Dollar Tree in Rolla from approximately 2 p.m. for 20 minutes (wearing a mask, symptomatic).
If any further locations are determined, those will also be released to the public.
Symptoms include a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, loss of sense of smell and/or taste, and generalized muscle aches and pains.
If anyone suspects they have COVID-19 or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, they should contact their healthcare provider before seeking care, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
For general information and questions regarding COVID-19, contact the Missouri DHSS COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411 or the Phelps/Maries County Health Department at 573-458-6010. The health department requests not to be contacted via Facebook due to the number of interactions taking place on the platform.