PRESS RELEASE: Chariton County, MO — The Chariton County Health Center was notified that a resident of Chariton County has tested positive for the COVID-19. We will not be releasing more information about the person to protect their privacy.

Our communicable disease nurse, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), will be obtaining a history of any contacts that the patient may have had over the last two weeks and will be contacting those persons directly to notify them of any potential exposure and what steps they need to take to quarantine and self-monitor.

Healthcare and public health are working together to contain the spread of this virus, in a manner to protect the health of the community and the safety of our healthcare providers. They are communicating with local agencies as well as the Department of Health and Senior Services to maintain current situational awareness on COVID-19.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever of 100.4 degree F or above, cough and shortness of breath. Exposure could happen if you have been in close contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, or, have traveled outside the country where the virus is widespread which at this time include over 50 nations and certain areas in the United States.

Please visit…/travele…/after-travel-precautions.html to determine if your recent out of country travel may have been to one of these areas.

If you exhibit these symptoms and may have been exposed, please call ahead to your doctor or call the State of Missouri’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-877-435-8411. You can also contact the Chariton County Health Center at 660-631-3675 to discuss risk assessment, possible testing and to direct you to take the correct first step.
COVID-19 is transmitted through respiratory droplets that are spread person to person when you sneeze or cough, or, can live on surfaces. Stay at home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others (at least 6 feet), no matter what the illness. Cover your sneeze and cough, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Clean and disinfect surfaces and avoid toughing your face, especially after touching an unclean surface. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. The CDC does not recommend wearing a facemask if you are well, facemasks can be worn by those who are ill to prevent spreading the illness.