HOWARD COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
600 WEST MORRISON, SUITE 7
FAYETTE, MO 65248
PHONE 660-248-3100 FAX 660-248-3275
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 7, 2020
Topic: Howard County Public Health Department (HCPHD) announces first case of COVID-19
Contact: Sheila Wallace RN/ Administrator
The HCPHD has confirmed its first positive case of COVID-19 in Howard County. The patient’s identity will remain confidential; therefore, we will not be releasing any personal information about this case. The individual is hospitalized at this time & we are also working to identify close contacts in order to monitor them for symptoms and contain spread.
It is important that each and every one of us continue to practice basic preventative measures to help decrease the spread. These measures, as outlined by the CDC, include: avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper handwashing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.
The HCPHD is taking necessary precautions to keep our patients and community safe and will continue to diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow CDC guidelines to help protect the public health and limit spread of this infection.
We highly encourage, if you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider before seeking care.
As more cases are reported to the HCPHD, we will update the COVID-19 cases on our Facebook page & website.
If you have questions, please consult a factual source, such as www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or www.CDC.gov. The community can also call MDHSS 24-hour hotline (877)435-8411 or the HCPHD to address questions or concerns related to COVID-19 at 660-248-3100. You can also check the Howardcountypublichealthdepartment facebook page or our website @Howardcountypublichealthdepartment.com for any updates.
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