COVID-19 cases total 77 in Crawford County

    Crawford County’s positive COVID-19 cases totaled 77 as of Monday, August 10. That is an increase of 19 cases over a week ago on August 3, when the total was 58. On Monday, July 27, Crawford County’s total was 33, showing a total increase of 44 positive cases in the last two weeks.


    According to numbers released by the Crawford County Health Department (CCHD), of the current total of 77 cases, there are 16 active cases, 61 released from isolation, three positive serology (antibody testing), and 2,919 negative results.
    CCHD is not issuing press releases with each confirmed positive case of COVID-19 as was the practice in the beginning stages of the pandemic, and, due to an increasing number of positive cases and locations of potential exposure, is no longer announcing specific public locations; unless the exposure site is a large event with a large number of attendees. It should be understood, at this point, 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.
    Updates from the health department with current numbers have been posted on the Steelville Star and Cuba Free Press Facebook pages on Mondays and Thursdays. Information can also be found on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) COVID dashboard, which updated daily at 2 p.m. The link to that website is:
http://mophep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html…
    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.
    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 small, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. The list does not include all possible symptoms.
    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. After hours, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This account is checked on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please do not contact the health department via Facebook.
    CCHD urges the public to take appropriate precautions to reduce risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19, and encourages following these basic preventative measures:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if handwashing is not possible.
    • Wear a mask when a distance of six feet cannot be maintained.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently.
    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.