County maintaining high infection rate

    As of Tuesday, Crawford County is still high on the list for its COVID-19 infection rate. The county is ranked third in the state of Missouri with a per capita infection rate of 472.4 per 100,000 people. Wright and Madison counties were the only two to rank higher, with Wright posting a 503.0 infection rate and Madison at 496.4.


    Total cases in Crawford County have climbed to 1,776, showing an increase of 128 since the previous Monday. Another death was also added to that total to increase that number to 20.
    The county now ranks 30th out of Missouri’s 117 counties in cases per capita, jumping two spots from last week’s 32. The county’s seven-day positivity rate using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) method stood at 31.1 percent, down somewhat from the previous week, however, anything above 10 percent is considered high. The county has now conducted a total of 12,408 tests, with 373 tested in the past seven days as of January 4.
    Statewide as of Tuesday, there had been 17,319 new cases in the previous seven days, showing an increase in that figure of 4,610 over the previous week’s numbers. Sixty-three new deaths were reported, also more than the previous week’s total of 50 additional deaths. The state positivity rate was at 19.4 percent using the CDC method (another increase over the 16.8 percent recorded last week) and there were 2,657 people hospitalized with 612 in intensive care and 345 on ventilators.
    The Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) is no longer reporting numbers from its office. 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 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.
    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.
    • Social Distance: Avoid close contact with others, especially people who are sick.
    • 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.