Lawrence County adds case

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Person visited numerous places July 1-3

The Lawrence County Health Department has announced one new case of COVID-19, also listing where the individual traveled July 1-3.

The new case was a close contact of a positive family member from another county and has been isolating at home since July 4. The county now has 48 total cases: 16 active, 31 recovered and one death.

The latest positive individual visited the following locations during the infectious period:

• July 1, Itty Bitty City, 3640 S. Campbell Ave. in Springfield, 2:30-4 p.m. (no mask)

• July 1, Harbor Freight, 3909 S. Campbell Ave. in Springfield, 5-6 p.m. (no mask)

• July 1, Dollar General in Halltown, 6:30 p.m. (no mask)

• July 2, Lowe’s Home Improvement in Republic, worked 1-7 p.m. (masked)

• July 3, Lowe’s Home Improvement in Republic, worked 1-7 p.m. (masked)

People with COVID-19 are considered infectious for 48 hours before symptoms begin, and the individual did not start exhibiting symptoms until later on July 3. If anyone visited these places during these times, they should monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of visit.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 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 smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: Trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

Everyone is urged to take preventive actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These actions include:

• Wear a mask out in public and/or at work. “You protect me, I protect you”.

• Avoid large, crowded social gatherings where social distancing is difficult to achieve.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with the crook of your arm, or in a tissue, then wash hands.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

• Stay home if you are sick.

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.

If anyone believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, call a health care provider for medical advice before showing up, or use the CoxHealth virtual visit at https://www.coxhealth.com/services/virtualvisits/.

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