Shelby County Health Department Reports Two More Cases of COVID-19
By Thad Requet
The Shelby County Health Department announced its second and third positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to Shelby County Health Department Director Audrey Gough, the individual in the second case is a person traveling to high risk areas where there are a large number of cases. The travel was due to their job within the state of Missouri.
They are currently self quarantining themselves at home and already recovering.
They’ve been in isolation since doctors tested them on June 15.. At this time the individual has no close contact except for their spouse.
Gough explained that anytime you get tested for COVID-19 you are asked to self-quarantine the day of the test.
The third case is not travel-related and the patient is quarantined at home.
Health Department staff are working in coordination with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to determine any close contacts of that individual who were possibly exposed. If there were any, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.
The health department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including good hygiene, social distancing and limiting in-person interactions. For individuals who are sick, particularly with fever and cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.
If you are sick, particularly with a fever and a cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider or urgent care center for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.
“The best tips for prevention are still social distancing and proper handwashing,” said Audrey Gough, director of Shelby Co. Health Department. “Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others will help us limit any spread.”
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