Lawrence county reports pair of COVID-19 cases

Thursday, June 18, 2020

One additional from Jasper County workplace, second was quarantined for travel

The Lawrence County Health Department is reporting two new cases of COVID-19.

This brings the county’s total to 10 cases (seven resolved and three active). One case is an additional exposure at a workplace in Jasper County. The case has not travelled any place besides home and work during the infectious period, so the public is not considered to be at risk.

The second case has already been in quarantine related to travel in another part of the state and being a close contact of a positive case. The second case does not report any public exposure during the infectious period. All of the cases and their families/close contacts are quarantined at this time and will be monitored daily by the Lawrence County Health Department.

“We want the public to remember that COVID is still actively circulating and our county is not immune,” said Janella Spencer, Lawrence County Health Department administrator. “Most people who get COVID-19 will only have mild symptoms; however, there are some members of our community who are at a higher risk of getting very sick. We must each do our part to protect them, ourselves, our loved ones and the rest of our community by practicing the following:

• Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay at home as much as possible.

• Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).

• Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.”

For more information about COVID-19, people may visit the CDC’s website at bit.ly/about-COVID or call the Missouri COVID-19 public information hotline at 1-877-435-8411.

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