Lawrence County adds 4 cases

Friday, June 26, 2020

One individual is employee at Play Power

The Lawrence County Health Department is announcing 4 new cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus), bringing the county’s total to 31 cases (eight recovered and 23 active).

One of the new cases is an employee at Play Power in Monett. The Lawrence County Health Department has been working closely with Play Power to determine which employees were most at risk from working near this individual. All of those employees have been told to self-quarantine at home for 14 days from last exposure.

Play Power has shut down a large area of the plant (30,000 square feet) until Monday and will deep cleaning and disinfect all common areas.

“They are taking the situation very seriously and have been extremely cooperative,” said Janella Spencer, administrator of the Lawrence County Health Department. “We will continue to follow up with the positive case and all close contacts during their time of isolation and quarantine.”

Two of the new cases are direct contacts of active cases, and one is still under investigation.

Spencer said Lawrence County has made a decision to only post itineraries of positive cases if it poses significant risk to the community.

“You will be contacted directly if you have been identified as someone who has been in close contact with any positive cases during their infectious period,” she said.

Spencer said as cases continue to rise in Lawrence County and surrounding counties, it is vital to continue taking precautions.

“When out in public, understand that anyone you are around could potentially be carrying the virus,” she said. “People are also infectious 48 hours before showing symptoms (unless asymptomatic). Therefore, we strongly recommend wearing a mask. Think of it as, ‘I protect you, you protect me.’ Yes, masks are not 100 percent effective, but it sure beats no protection at all.”

The Health Department also encourages:

• Wear a mask or face covering in public

• Avoid large crowds and gatherings

• Keep 6 feet of distance from others (even when masked)

• Stay home when sick

• Wash hand frequently, don’t touch your face, and clean frequently touched surfaces often

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

If symptoms develop, contact a health care provider. Visit the Health Department’s website at www.lawrencecohealth.com for more information about COVID-19 and testing.

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