CCHD changes COVID-19 reporting

The Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) will no longer be issuing press releases with each confirmed positive case of COVID-19. CCHD plans to continue to report public locations of potential exposure for the time being.

Instead of press releases on each case, the health department will update their Facebook page with current numbers twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays. To check current information, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) COVID dashboard is updated daily at 2 p.m. The link to that website is:…

The health department noted, as Missouri continues to reopen, it is best to assume that every location visited is a location of potential exposure. CCHD urged, “Appropriate precautions should be taken to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. It is critical that each and every one of us continues to practice preventative measures to help keep the spread of communicable diseases to a minimum. These precautions include social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper handwashing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.”

Individuals with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. It is important to acknowledge that some individuals experience no symptoms at all during their course of illness but may still be spreading the virus. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. However, this list does not include all possible symptoms and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to update the list of potential symptoms as more is learned about COVID-19.

The Crawford County Health Department has taken and will continue to take all necessary precautions to keep our community safe. CCHD will continue to diligently monitor for COVID-19 cases and aggressively perform contact tracing as recommended by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the health department strongly encourages you to call your healthcare provider before seeking care or call the toll-free COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.