JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — Just after 5:30 PM on Friday Jasper County Health Department confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Southwest Missouri through a media release.
Due to patient privacies the person’s name, gender or town of residence is not revealed. However, “this individual was an international traveler in their 20’s who tested positive,” states the Jasper County Health Department.
- The individual is from Northern Jasper County
- The individual was tested on March 18 and confirmation came today
- The individual was an international traveler from Europe, came back to US and quarantined themselves
“As part of the regular practice of disease investigation, the Jasper County Health Department will notify people who have had contact with the patient. If exposed, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms,” the media release goes on to state.
At this time we are recommending everyone follow the state guidelines of no gatherings of 50 people or more. Social distancing is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID 19 so please stay at home especially if you are ill. Sanitization, disinfection and hand washing are ways to help remove germs from surfaces and lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.Jasper County Health Department
More information as it becomes available in this developing story.