Health Department no longer giving COVID updates

    COVID-19 cases in Crawford County are now well over 600, with the state’s COVID dashboard reporting a total of 629 as of October 25.
    The Crawford County Health Department reported on Monday they will no longer be releasing the twice weekly updates as has been the practice on Mondays and Thursdays, noting it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep the data up to date and accurate.

 The local health department recommends the state-maintained dashboard as the best source of data related to COVID-19. Although the state website’s reported information is delayed by about 72 hours, it provides in-depth information and has a team of experts ensuring the best and most accurate data possible is reported. The website can be found at https://showmestrong.mo.gov/public-health/
    According to the dashboard on Monday, numbers included data reported through October 25. All seven-day metrics are based on the date a test or death occurred and are subject to a three-day delay to ensure data are accurate and complete. As a result, Monday’s numbers were for the date range of October 17-23.
    The state reports a grand total of 629 positive cases to date in Crawford County. It reports eight deaths (two fewer than the county health department had previously reported), and a total of 7,921 tests completed to date.
    Over the seven-day date range listed, an increase of 74 cases is shown and no new deaths. There were 412 tests. Last Monday, the county health department had reported a total of 572 cases in the county.
    While no longer reporting numbers for the county, the CCHD continues to follow and contact trace each positive case reported to them and will continue to monitor these situations as they progress.
    The health department asks that anyone who develops symptoms contact their physician, seek testing and 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’s office number is 573-775-2555. Please do not contact the health department via Facebook.
    Health officials continue to caution that 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 doesn’t report details on each case, but does release information on public exposures, as warranted. In these situations, no specific individual can be pinpointed, and exposure may or may not have occurred. Identifiable close contacts will be contacted privately by the health department, but everyone needs to be alert to the possibility of exposure.
    Those who suspect that they have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are experiencing symptoms, should stay home and isolate from others, especially those at higher risk of severe illness. Call a healthcare provider to let them know before seeking care. It is critical that the provider is aware that a person may have COVID-19 prior to their arrival at a healthcare facility, and that the person follows all instructions for arriving at a healthcare facility.
    These symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms.
    Health officials continue to urge people to follow the steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of getting any viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. These include:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Social Distance: Avoid close contact with others.
    • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
    • Wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public.
    • Stay home when not feeling well; stay home after being tested for COVID-19.    
    CCHD has taken and will continue to take the necessary precautions to keep the 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.