There have now been 20 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Crawford County. According to numbers posted on the Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) Facebook page on Thursday, July 9, of those 20 cases, there are seven active cases, 13 released from isolation, and two positive serology (antibody testing). There have been 1,624 negative results for COVID-19 tests.
CCHD posts updated information with these numbers on its Facebook page on Mondays and Thursdays. To check current confirmed case numbers, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) COVID dashboard is updated daily at 2 p.m. The link to that website is:
CCHD also posted information on potential exposures on Thursday afternoon, but does not plan to continue that practice routinely. Individuals at the following locations on the dates below are at low risk for contracting COVID-19 but should monitor for symptoms. Low-risk types of exposure are listed as a date, location and approximate time, if available. In these situations, no specific individual can be pinpointed, an exposure may or may not have occurred, no close contacts are identified but everyone needs to be alert of the possibility of exposure.
Potential exposures include the following: June 27 at Maces Supermarket in Cuba at about 6 p.m. for 20 minutes; June 28, 29 and July 1 -3 at Mobil On the Run in Steelville in the afternoon through evening hours; July 4 at Splash Pad in Sullivan from about 11 a.m. until dark; July 4 at the fireworks display in Viburnum; July 4 at Walmart, Auto Zone and a fireworks stand in Salem between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; July 5 at Lowes in Rolla during an unspecified mid-morning time frame; July 5 at Maces Supermarket in Cuba at about 7 p.m. for less than 20 minutes; July 7 at Save a Lot in Cuba at about 6 p.m. for approximately 10 to 15 minutes; July 7 at Country Mart in Steelville at about 11:30 a.m. for approximately 15 minutes; July 7 at Dollar General in Steelville at around noon for about 15 minutes.
CCHD noted, it is important to remember that every activity that involves contact with others carries some degree of risk. To reduce risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the health department encourages following these basic preventative measures:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if handwashing is not possible.
- Wear a mask when a distance of six feet cannot be maintained.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently.
If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are experiencing symptoms, call your healthcare provider to let them know before seeking care, unless it is a life-threatening emergency. It is critical that your provider is aware that you may have COVID-19 prior to your arrival at a healthcare facility, and that you follow all instructions for arriving at a healthcare facility.
The county health department reported on Thursday, due to an increasing number of positive cases and locations of potential exposure, this would be the CCHD’s last public location posting. The agency will no longer be announcing specific public locations unless the exposure site is a large event with a large number of attendees. It should be understood that, 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.
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.
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.
For general information and questions regarding COVID-19, please call 1-877-435-8411.