County sees spike In COVID-19 cases

    COVID-19 cases in Crawford County jumped from 33 to 58 in one week. Numbers reported by the Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) on Monday, August 3, show an increase of 25 cases since the previous Monday, but reported the increase is not a result of one particular event or exposure location.

    Out of the 58 total cases, there are 21 active cases, 37 have been released from isolation, there have been two who received positive serology results (for antibody testing), and 2,730 negative results reported.    
    Of the most recent 25 cases, 19 have an epidemiological link to another case, including multiple cases in some households. The new cases are not a result of one particular outbreak related to one facility or event but are filtering in from various locations in the county. Cases are distributed throughout the county, with the highest numbers seen in Cuba, then Steelville, followed by Bourbon, then the remaining locations throughout the county.        
    The CCHD reported the virus is also affecting age groups across the spectrum—not one in particular. Seventeen percent of positive test results have been in the 18-24 age group; 15 percent in 25-34; 14 percent in 35-44; 16 percent in 45-54, and 19 percent in 55-64. Other age groups—including 12 and under, 12-17, 65-74, and 75 and up—account for a total of 19 percent of positive tests altogether.
    In Crawford County, symptoms of those who’ve tested positive have ranged from mild to severe, and a low percentage of cases have required hospitalization in recent weeks. The health department is asking people to be vigilant about the signs and symptoms of illness and to stay at home if they are ill—noting it is important not to try to “explain away” symptoms as simply allergies or another minor illness. It is also important to stay at home after being tested for COVID-19 until results have been received.
    In connection to recent cases, the CCHD has released information on places of notable potential exposures to COVID-19. Individuals at the following places of public accommodation on the dates below are at low risk for contracting COVID-19 but should monitor for symptoms.
    In these situations, no specific individual can be pinpointed, and exposure may or may not have occurred. Identifiable close contacts have been contacted privately by the health department and no other close contacts have been identified but everyone needs to be alert of the possibility of exposure.
    • Evelia’s Unique Salon in Cuba: Friday, July 24
    • Cuba Bakery and Deli: Wednesday, July 22 to Friday, July 24
    • Cuba High School Graduation: Saturday, July 25
    • Rich’s Famous Burgers in Steelville: Sunday, July 26 between approximately 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
    • East Office Bar & Grill in Cuba: Sunday, July 26 between approximately 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
    • Riviera Maya Mexican Restaurant in Cuba: Tuesday, July 28 between approximately 5 and 6 p.m.
    People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or small, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. The list does not include all possible symptoms.
    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, stay home and call your healthcare provider to let them know before seeking care. 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.