Ripley County Records 19 Positive COVID Cases Since July 14

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ripley County continues to increase during July with 19 new ones reported in the past 15 days.

The Ripley County Health Center announced Wednesday (today) confirmation of the 39th positive case in the county since March. Two positive cases were confirmed on Monday.

Of that number, 12 currently are in quarantine and being monitored by health center staff while 27 patients are considered recovered, said Jan Morrow, health center director.

New cases in the past week include one 8-year-old patient - the county’s first confirmed case in the 0-19 age group. Two health care workers also are among the latest cases.

“It is critical that everyone use precautionary measures when out and about,” Morrow said.

Wearing masks , social distancing and frequent hand washing remain the most recommended precautions for limiting exposure.

“It’s hard to change habits for all of us and I can’t say that I like wearing the masks either,” Morrow said. “But many more places are requiring them now. With school starting soon, these are all things that we need to get used to doing to better protect ourselves and all those around us.”

As of July 1, a total of 19 cases were confirmed in the county since the declaration of a nationwide pandemic emergency by President Trump on March 13. On July 6, the 20th case in Ripley County was confirmed.

“It will get better. We have a long road ahead of us but we will make it. We will keep the public advised as information is received,” Morrow said.

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.

To reduce the risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19, health officials recommend following these 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 as much as possible.

The Butler County Health Department in Poplar Bluff on Monday reported six more positive cases bringing the total there to 185 since March. Of that number, 154 reportedly have recovered. Butler County also has recorded three deaths attributed to the virus.