County sees steady growth in new COVID cases

    New COVID-19 cases for the week stayed below 100 for the second week in a row, but just barely. According to numbers posted on the state’s COVID website, Crawford County added another 99 cases to its total, bringing that number to 1,411 as of December 13.  

   
    While the month of November recorded increases of more than 100 cases each week, so far, December is showing a slight decrease in growth, with 95 new cases reported the first week of December.
    According to the state dashboard on Monday, total numbers included data reported through December 13. All seven-day metrics on the website 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 December 5-11.
    In addition to the state’s grand total of 1,411 positive cases to date in Crawford County, it reports 14 deaths, and a total of 11,008 tests completed to date. Over the seven-day date range listed, an increase of 91 cases is shown, and there were no deaths recorded during that time frame. There were 398 tests conducted in that period.
    The Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) is no longer reporting numbers from its office. The local health department reported it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep the data up to date and accurate and recommended the state-maintained dashboard as the best source of data related to COVID-19. The local health department has also changed its contact tracing procedures. 
    Although the state website’s reported information is somewhat delayed, 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/.
    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, but everyone needs to be alert to the possibility of exposure.
    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 smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms.
    Anyone who suspects that they have COVID-19 or has 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.
    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 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.