The Taney County Health Department (TCHD) has confirmed the eighth case of COVID-19. Currently Taney County has eight confirmed cases total with three recovered and one death. “This individual was a contact of a previous case,” stated Lisa Marshall, Director of the TCHD. “We are aware this individual traveled within the community while symptomatic, making it difficult to know exactly who they had contacted. Due to community exposure, we are encouraging everyone visiting the identified locations and showing symptoms of COVID-19 to contact their primary care physician.”
TCHD is mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services to protect health information about cases that arise in Taney County. The information that can be released is very limited. Case location, other than the county, is information TCHD is NOT allowed to release. TCHD will release locations where a case has visited if there is a potential for community exposure.
As part of TCHD’s duty to protect the public’s health we are sharing the following information about potential community exposure. People who were at the locations below are at low risk for contracting COVID-19, but should monitor for symptoms.
If you visited any of these places during this time frame, please monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following the potential date of exposure.
April 6th: Menard’s in Hollister between 6:15 pm and 7:00 pm.
April 11th: Dollar General and Harter House in Hollister between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
April 12th: Branson Landing between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. The individual walked the Landing Promenade but did not go into any stores.
The TCHD wants to remind those who may have been exposed to monitor for symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. All individuals known to have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 are contacted by TCHD and told to self-quarantine at home for at least 14 days. Seeking necessary medical attention is the only permitted reason to leave home during a self-quarantine provided they contact their healthcare provider before arriving so proper precautions can be taken.
“I just want to remind the community that eighty percent of those that test positive for COVID-19 have minor symptoms.” Says Tiffany Bullock, Public Health Nurse Specializing in Communicable Disease Investigation for TCHD. “Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines and if you have been asked to self-quarantine by the TCHD, do not go out for any reason except to seek medical attention.”
Now more than ever we need to continue to stay at home, wash our hands, and practice good social distancing as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19
For more information contact the Taney County Health Department at 417-334-4544, visit our website at http://www.taneycohealth.org, or like our FaceBook, Instagram and Pinterest pages.