The Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) is no longer issuing press releases with each confirmed positive case of COVID-19, but plans to continue to report public locations of potential exposure at this time, as warranted, weekly, on Thursday afternoons.
Instead of press releases on each case, the health department is updating their Facebook page with current numbers weekly on 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:
According to numbers posted by the CCHD on Thursday, July 2, there are now 15 confirmed cases in Crawford County. Of those, there are five active cases, 10 released from isolation, one positive serology (antibody testing), and 1,343 negative results.
Individuals at the following locations on the dates below are at low risk for contracting COVID-19 but should monitor for symptoms. Low-risk types of exposure are listed as a date, location and approximate time. In these situations, no specific individual can be pinpointed, an exposure may or may not have occurred, no close contacts are identified but everyone needs to be alert of the possibility of exposure.
The following potential exposures are for more than one case: on June 25 at Sullivan Walmart after 3 p.m.; on June 26 at Sullivan Walmart after 3 p.m., and at Mace Supermarket in Cuba; on June 27 at Cuba Walmart from approximately 4 to 5 p.m., and Cuba Casey’s General Store from approximately 4 to 5 p.m.; and June 29 at Bourbon Town and Country, Bourbon Dollar General Store, and Cuba Walmart - all in the afternoon.
With each case, the CCHD works 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 contacts identified by a positive case within the county will be contacted privately by the CCHD. If you have spoken to a nurse at the Crawford County Health Department, you were already informed of your risk to any of these patients.
Primary symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, and shortness of breath. Other possible symptoms include body aches, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell.
The health department asks that anyone who develops symptoms contact their physician and seek testing and to 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 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 handwashing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.
CCHD has taken and will continue to take the necessary precautions to keep our 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.
The local health department encourages anyone who suspects they have COVID-19, or has been in contact with someone 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 COVID-19, please call 1-877-435-8411.
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