TCHD: People Returning from Spring Break Should Self-Quarantine

Press Release

The Taney County Health Department (TCHD) is advising people who have traveled outside the area to selfquarantine for 14 days. Individuals should stay home, avoid contact with others, and monitor for symptoms. Symptoms include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If a traveler should have any of these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. TCHD recognizes that this may be a hardship for some but is essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

We have had many questions about what the difference is between quarantine and isolation, and social distancing Here are the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definitions of each:

Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who may have been exposed to a contagious disease to SEE if they become sick. The quarantine period for COVID-19 is 14 days.

Isolation: Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Sick individuals should restrict themselves to one room to avoid infecting others in their household. All areas they come into contact with should be routinely disinfected according to the directions on the container. A list of disinfectants approved for COVID-19 is on the TCHD website.

Social Distancing: The act of deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. This includes not going places with other people. If you must be around others, stay a minimum of 6 feet apart.

TCHD is strongly encouraging residents to follow President Trumps 15 Days to Slow the Spread Guidelines Coronavirus.gov

The TCHD applauds the City of Branson for passing an ordinance and Hollister for declaring a state of emergency to keep gatherings to no more than 10 people including bars and restaurants.

For more information, call our office at 417-334-4544 or 417-546-4725 Checkout our website http://www.taneycohealth.org Like and share our information on Facebook

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