Lawrence County records 2nd COVID-19 death

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Health Department announces county over 100 cases

A second death due to COVID-19 has been announced in Lawrence County, and officials announced the county has risen to more than 100 cases of the virus.

Lawrence County has 105 total cases: 63 active, 40 recovered and 2 deaths.

“Our thoughts are with the family [of the second person who died],” said Janella Spencer, administrator of the Lawrence County Health Department.

The county announced 36 new cases Tuesday afternoon. Fifteen cases are linked to Lacoba Nursing Center in Monett. All positive cases have been told to isolate at home from others and their close contacts told to quarantine for 14 days.

Some of the positive cases visited the following locations:

• July 6, Crown Power Equipment, 9 or 10 a.m., no mask

• July 6, Freedom Christian Church, 17044 Hwy. 39 in Aurora, p.m. service

• July 8, 9 and 10, Kum and Go in Monett, 6:30am, no mask

• July 9, Walmart in Aurora, 10-11 a.m., no mask

• July 9, Flat Creek in Republic, noon, no mask

• July 9, Dollar General in Aurora, 6-6:30 p.m., masked

• July 10, Walmart in Aurora, 3 p.m., masked

• July 10, Al Azteca in Mt. Vernon, 6:30 or p.m., no mask

• July 10, 11 and 12, Kum and Go in Monett, 7:30 or 8 p.m., masked

• July 11, Walmart in Aurora, noon to 12:15 p.m., no mask

• July 11, Walmart in Monett) July 11th 6:30pm, no mask

• July 12, Walmart in Mt. Vernon, 2:30 p.m., no mask

• July 12, Dollar General in Monett, 1:45-2 p.m., masked

• July 12 Casey’s, 806 Elliott in Aurora) 6:30 p.m., no mask

• July 12 and 13, Casey’s in Pierce City, 13th 7:30 or 8 a.m., masked

• No date in press release, Tontos Liquor in Pierce City, 9 p.m., no mask

Anyone at these locations should monitor for symptoms. 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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