Press release

The Howell County Health Department issued this statement Friday afternoon:

"Howell County Health Department has confirmed that they have received notification that a seventh Howell County resident has been confirmed positive for COVID-19. The patient is reportedly doing well and quarantined at home in West Plains. Public exposures have not been identified as a concern in this case. All close contacts to the patient are being notified. This is the second confirmed case of COVID-19 identified in Howell County this week."

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A seventh person in Howell County has tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, health department officials announced Friday afternoon.

The patient, a resident of West Plains, is reportedly doing well and quarantined at home. This marks the fifth confirmed case in West Plains, and the first since April 7.

According to health department officials, concerns about public exposure have not been identified in this case, and close contacts are being notified.

This is the second confirmed case in Howell County this week. On Thursday, officials announced a Mtn. View resident had tested positive, the second person in that community to do so.

Also this week, officials confirmed the virus in a resident of Texas County, and in two Shannon County residents.

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