Texas County Health Department reports first COVID-19 death

Texas Co. Health Dept.

HOUSTON, Mo. - The Texas County Health Department reported on August 13, 2020, the first death of a Texas County resident due to COVID-19. The resident was in their early 70s. They tested positive for COVID-19 on July 30 and had been hospitalized since. The case was determined to be most likely a travel related exposure.

These preventative actions can help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

* Avoid social gatherings with large groups of people.

* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.

* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

* Stay home if you are sick.

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. If you think, you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider for medical advice before showing up.

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, seven days a week at 877-435-8411.



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