Ripley County COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Ripley County Health Center has confirmed 76 positive cases of COVID-19 since Aug. 30, bringing the total number to 904 at this time.

Total number of positive cases ending December 31, 2020 was 722. Total number of positive cases ending December 31, 2021 was 1,399. Local Health Center staff will be monitoring cases and follow-up with contacts will be done.

The health center is working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Center for Disease Control to identify and contact people who may have come in contact with the infected individuals during the time they were infectious.

They will also monitor them for fever and respiratory symptoms. No other information about the patient will be provided.

To reduce the risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19 the health center encourages 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% 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 an infected person, 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 healthcare facility and that you follow all instructions for arriving at a health care facility.