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COVID-19 Update: Four New Cases, One Death
Ripley County Coronor Mike Jackson and Health Center Director Tammy Cosgrove were saddened to announce Monday, another confirmed death of a Ripley County resident who suffered from COVID-19, along with underlying conditions.
“We extend our sincere sympathy to the families and keep them in our thoughts and prayers,” said Cosgrove.
She also reported five new cases of COVID-19. These new cases bring the total number to 976 at this time, with 11 deaths reported for the year.
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 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 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 health care facility and that you follow all instructions for arriving at a health care facility.