The Howell County Health Department has announced four new COVID-19 cases have been identified in the county, two of which are household contacts in Mtn. View previously identified as close contacts to a known case, and two of which are West Plains residents who were known contacts to existing cases.
In each case, all have been isolating at home, say officials, so there is no concern regarding community exposure.
The total number of cases in Howell County is now 43.
Shannon County health officials announced that county's 10th through 15th cases of COVID-19 had been identified Tuesday and Wednesday. Patients include two men and five women ranging in age from 50 to 83, and mark eight cases identified since Friday.
Five of the newest cases are employed with Paramount Apparel in Winona, which is reportedly working with the Shannon County Health Center to take proactive measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
Such measures include closing the facility to ensure all personnel are allowed to quarantine and/or isolate while the building is cleaned and disinfected, officials explained, and all employees are advised to quarantine and monitor for symptoms, and seek testing if symptoms develop.
Plans are also being made to ensure all employees are tested prior to the facility reopening, said officials:
Howell County health officials have learned of community exposures identified in contact tracing of recently identified cases in Shannon County. They include locations in West Plains and Mtn. View between June 24 and Saturday.
All exposures occurring on June 24 took place in West Plains: From 9:30 to 10 a.m., OMC Thrift Store; from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Walmart; and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., JCPenney.
From 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Friday, a patient visited Walmart in West Plains.
Saturday exposures all took place in Mtn. View: from 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and again from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Walmart; from 11 a.m. to noon, Anderson Home Furnishings; from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Dollar General; and from 2:30-2:45 p.m. Signal/Hank's Chicken.
Some of the cases have been linked to the Assembly of God Church in Eminence, said officials. Anyone who has attended services there since June 24 is advised to monitor for symptoms.
People visiting the locations during the times mentioned are considered to be at low risk for contracting the virus, but should monitor for symptoms and contact their health provider for testing information.
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list more is learned about COVID-19.
Positive tests: 21,927
5,000-7,500: St. Louis County.
1,000-4,999: Jackson, Kansas City, St. Charles, St. Louis City.
500-999: Buchanan, McDonald.
100-499: Audrain, Boone, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Cass, Clay, Dunklin, Franklin, Greene, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Joplin, Newton, Pemiscot, Pettis, Platte, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, St. Francois, Stoddard, Sullivan.
50-99: Adair, Andrew, Barry, Camden, Cole, Gentry, Lafayette, Lincoln, Mississippi, Moniteau, Taney.
25-49: Barton, Callaway, Christian, Clinton, Howell, Laclede, Lawrence, New Madrid, Phelps, Pike, Ray, Warren, Webster.
10-24: Bates, Benton, Bollinger, Caldwell, Carroll, Cooper, Crawford, Dallas, DeKalb, Gasconade, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Linn, Livingston, Marion, Miller, Montgomery, Morgan, Nodaway, Polk, Randolph, Ripley, Scotland, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Vernon, Washington, Wright.
No cases reported: Hickory.
Positive tests: 21,197
1,000-4,999: Benton, Lincoln, Pulaski, Washington.
500-999: Crittenden, Jefferson, Lee, Sevier, St. Francis, Yell.
100-499: Carroll, Chicot, Craighead, Crawford, Faulkner, Garland, Greene, Hot Spring, Johnson, Lawrence, Lonoke, Madison, Miller, Mississippi, Nevada, Phillips, Pope, Saline, Sebastian, Union.
50-99: Ashley, Bradley, Clark, Cleburne, Columbia, Conway, Cross, Drew, Hempstead, Howard, Independence, Poinsett, Polk, Randolph, Sharp, White.
25-49: Arkansas, Boone, Cleveland, Desha, Grant, Jackson, Little River, Logan, Perry, Van Buren.
10-24: Baxter, Dallas, Franklin, Fulton, Izard, Lafayette, Monroe, Ouachita, Prairie, Scott, Stone.
No cases reported: Calhoun.Source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Arkansas Department of Health.