On Monday, April 6, the Dallas County Health Department announced its first positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county. The case is being investigated to determine if it was travel-related or close contact acquired, and the patient, a male, is quarantined at home along with other members in the household.

Health Department staff are continually working to determine any close contacts of that individual who were possibly exposed. If there were any, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.

The Health Department urges the public to take appropriate precautions, including staying home, good hygiene, social distancing and limiting in-person interactions. For individuals who are sick, particularly with fever and cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact a primary care provider for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.

“The best tips for prevention are still staying home, social distancing and proper handwashing,” said Cheryl Eversole, director of Dallas County Health Department. “Staying home and avoiding close contact with others will help us limit any spread.”

For more information, go to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (877) 435-8411.

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