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Monroe County Health Department is announcing its fourth and fifth positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  These cases are not travel-related and not related to each other.  The patients are 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.

It has been determined that people who attended a funeral visitation and/or funeral at Monroe City First Baptist Church on Saturday, June 13, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and/or the burial at St. Jude’s Cemetery afterwards, should be aware to monitor for symptoms.  Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, muscle or body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.  If you develop symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, get tested and remain at home away from others while awaiting results.  If you have any questions, please call the health department at 660/327-4653.

The health department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including good hygiene, social distancing and limiting in-person interactions. For individuals who are sick, particularly with fever and cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.For individuals who are sick, particularly with fever and cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.For individuals who are sick, particularly with fever and cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.If you are sick, 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 handwashing,” said Paula Delaney, Director of Monroe County Health Department. “Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others will help us limit any spread.”

For more information, visit the DHSS website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus<http://www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus> or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus<http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus>. A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-435-8411.