Shelby County Health Department Reports 15 New Cases of COVID-19

July 31, 2020

The Shelby County Health Department is announcing 15 new positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  These cases are associated with a congregate living facility in Shelby County. All close contacts are being notified and will be placed in quarantine according to CDC guidelines.

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, WEARING A MASK, 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, Shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, Gastric discomfort, please stay home and contact your health care provider or urgent care center for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps. It is critical during this time to seek testing if you seeing any symptoms as the number of positive cases are increasing not only in Shelby County but in the neighboring counties as well.

“The best tips for prevention are still social distancing, wearing a mask when in the public and proper handwashing,” said Audrey Gough, director of Shelby County Health Department.. “Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others will help us limit any spread.”