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Fourth positive Texas County COVID-19 test

Texas Co. Health Dept.

HOUSTON, Mo. - A household contact of a previously reported case has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts are always potentially increased risk associated with sustained (continuous) near proximity exposure.
The patient is following public health guidance and isolating at home. Our hearts and our support are with the family as they recover from the COVID-19 respiratory illness. There are no additional potential community exposure locations to report. (Texas County Health Department Facebook page, June 24, 2020).
HOUSTON, Mo. - Texas County is reporting a third positive COVID-19 test. Patient and close contacts are following public health guidance to help prevent the spread. The public health nurse contact tracing investigation indicates the case is linked to a Howell County case. The potential community exposure locations from West Plains will be listed at https://www.facebook.com/Howell-County-Health-Department-170310842983730/.
Texas County dates and times include Sunday, June 21, Licking church services approx. 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Church members with potential exposure from this location are being notified and advised to monitor for symptoms. One location was in Dent County, Sunday, June 21, at Pizza Inn in Salem, approximately 1 - 1:45 p.m.
Public notification of dates and times are made in the case of a general public potential exposure (when a large number of “unknown” potential contacts cannot be identified). When we do not report these on a particular case, it means there was NO travel outside the home within 48-hours prior to symptoms or a positive test.
Please keep in mind, COVID-19 has been confirmed throughout the entire United States. You should presume every place or location has some potential for risk. Continue to practice basic preventative measures to help decrease your risk and the spread of COVID-19. These measures include: avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.
We highly encourage, if you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, that you call your healthcare provider before you go so they can assist you in taking precautions before coming inside the office. (Texas County Health Department Facebook page, June 23, 2020).

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