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The Webster County Health Unit has been notified of a positive COVID-19 case located in the Northwest part of Webster County. This brings our overall total to 18 cases. It is believed after the epidemiology staff conducted its investigation that the individual’s exposure is related to being a close contact to another positive case outside of Webster County. At this time, all close contacts have been identified and contacted. No further information will be released to protect the individual’s personal identity. We are working with this individual to ensure they are following Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding quarantine/self-isolation. As part of the investigation, it was also determined that there is no public exposure to report.

Citizens are reminded that symptoms of COVID-19 may include: fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea. Anyone with concerns or is experiencing any of these symptoms, please speak with your primary care provider for further directions.

The steps to follow for prevention would be: proper/frequent handwashing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, staying at home when you are sick, avoiding contact with people who are sick, wearing a mask when in public, not gathering in large groups, coughing/sneezing in a tissue, and maintaining a social distance of 6 ft between yourself and another person not in your household.

Should you have any questions related to COVID-19, you may still call the State’s Hotline number at 877-435-8411 or the Webster County Health Unit at 417-859-2532.

Stay safe and well, Webster County!!

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