Sixth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed Due To Late Test Reporting

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Ripley County Health Center has confirmed a sixth positive case of COVID-19 in Ripley County. The client test was completed on April 22, 2020 in another state. The case was not reported to Missouri health officials until May 13. Local health center staff will be monitoring the case and follow up contacts will be completed.

The Ripley County Health Center is working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to identify and contact people who may have come in contact with the individual while they were infectious and will monitor them for fever and respiratory symptoms. No other information will be provided regarding the patient.

To reduce the risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following basic preventative measures:

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol;

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;

Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently;

Practice social distancing;

Postpone any non-essential activities;

Avoid person-to-person interaction when possible.

If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your health care provider to let them know before seeking care. It is critical that your provider is aware that you may have COVID-19 prior to your arrival at a health care facility and that you follow all instructions for arriving at a health care facility.