Vernon County Health Department Reports First Case of COVID-19

Joplin Area Coronavirus

VERNON CO., Mo. — In a Facebook post, the Vernon County Health Department confirmed its county’s first positive case of COVID-19.

The patient is a man, who is quarantined at home. Officials say this is not a travel related case.

The health department is now working to determine and notify anyone who has had contact with this individual.

Although the county did not have any cases up until this point, it did go under a stay at home order starting April 4th.

That order is still in place and will last until April 25th, with the ability for the order to be adjusted or extended.

The health department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including good hygiene, social distancing and limiting in-person interactions.

Officials say if you are sick, particularly with a fever and a cough or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider or urgent care center for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.

Vernon County Health Department is announcing its first positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The case is NOT travel-related and the patient is a male and is quarantined at home.

Health Department staff are working in coordination with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) 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 good hygiene, social distancing and limiting in-person interactions. If you are sick, particularly with a fever and a cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider or urgent care center for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.

“The best tips for prevention are still social distancing and proper hand washing,” said Steve Durnell, director of Vernon County Health Department. “Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others will help us limit any spread.”

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