PMCHD announces new COVID-19 case with potential St. James exposure

    The Phelps/Maries County Health Department (PMCHD) has been notified of its fifth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Phelps County. The individual is currently isolated at home.

    PMCHD is currently working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to conduct an investigation in an effort to identify any individual that may have come in close contact with the positive individual to monitor them for symptoms and assist in the containment of the virus. Any close contact will be contacted privately by the Health Department.
    Individuals at the following locations on the dates below are at low risk for contracting COVID-19 and should self-monitor for symptoms. Symptoms include: Fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, loss of sense of smell and/or taste, and generalized muscle aches and pains.
    Potential exposure was on Friday, May 29, (exact time unknown) at Troutt & Sons located in St. James. If any further locations of potential exposure are determined, PMCHD will release those as more information is obtained.
    The Health Department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including social distancing, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.
    PMCHD encourages anyone who suspects they have COVID-19 or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, to call their healthcare provider before seeking care, unless it is a life-threatening emergency. For general information and questions regarding Coronavirus please call the MO DHSS COVID-19 hotline at (877) 435-8411.
    The Health Department phone number is 573-458-6010. Do not contact PMCHD via Facebook.

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