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6/5/2020 Update – ADAIR COUNTY COVID CASE UPDATE

 

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ADAIR COUNTY COVID CASE UPDATE

Kirksville, MO 6/5/2020 – A 38-year-old male Adair County resident who works at an area meat-processing plant has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county’s year-to-date total to 72. Twenty-seven individuals are currently in isolation. Three more people have left isolation since yesterday’s report, bringing that total up to 45. Adair County Health Department staff have now completed nearly 430 contact-tracing interviews.

 

CASES TOP 70 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 6/4/2020 – Confirmation of six more positive cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents put the total number of cases since January 1 at 71. There are now 29 people in isolation and 42 individuals who have left isolation.

Four of the six new cases, two 33-year-old females, a 31-year-old male and a 46-year-old male, are related to are meat-processing plants. The other two cases, a 21-year-old female and a 23-year-old female, are the result of community spread, meaning the source of their infections is undetermined.

The Adair County Health Department continues contact-tracing efforts. To date, staff have contacted and interviewed 421 people who had close contact with one or more of the people who have tested positive.

Also as of today, 1,722 people have been tested for COVID-19 at various sites in Adair County. There have been 1,494 negative results, 96 positives, and 132 results pending. The 96 positives include retesting of people who tested positive previously, as well as testing of individuals who reside outside of Adair County.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASES AT 65 TODAY

Kirksville, MO 6/3/2020 – Three additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents today brings the total case count year to date to 65. Two of the cases, a 30-year-old male and a 33-year-old female, are related to area meat-processing plants. The third case involves a 56-year-old male Adair County farmer. There are now 23 people in isolation and 42 individuals have left isolation. The Health Department has completed 399 contacts with individuals who might have been in close contact with the 65 positive individuals.

As the state’s economy continues to open, Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, reminds residents to continue taking precautions.

“If you feel ill, stay at home and call your doctor or healthcare provider,” LeBaron said. “If you want to attend any type of gathering in excess of 10 people, use common sense by maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask if maintaining six feet or more between you and other people is impossible. Remember that anyone, whether they have symptoms of the virus or not, can be infectious,” he said. “Just act like you have the virus and take steps to protect others around you at all times.”

In addition to these precautions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends coughing or sneezing into your elbow, frequent handwashing with soap and water, and to avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose and eyes.

 

COVID-19 CASE COUNT TOPS 60

Kirksville, MO 6/1/2020 – Positive results for nine more Adair County residents have been reported since last Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 62. All nine of the new positives, five males and four females, are related to area meat-processing plants.

Although the number of positive cases year to date rose dramatically over the weekend, so did the number of people who have now left isolation. Thirty-three of the confirmed cases are out of isolation, up from 15 as of Friday. Twenty-nine people are currently in isolation.

Also good news is that to date, there have been no COVID-related deaths in Adair County and only three people have needed to be hospitalized. None of the three residents required a ventilator and all were discharged to their homes.

The Adair County Health Department continues to focus on contact-tracing efforts to mitigate transmission to other county residents. In addition to delivering all of its routine public health services, staff have contacted more than 350 people who might have had close contact with the 62 positive individuals year to date.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-POSITIVE NUMBER HITS 53

Kirksville, MO 5/29/2020 – A 38-year-old female employee at an area meat-processing plant is the latest Adair County resident to test positive for COVID-19. Fifty-three people have now tested positive since January 1, 2020, with 38 now in isolation.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has extended the state’s Phase 1 recovery measures through June 15, 2020. The Phase 1 plan includes orders to “…adhere to social distancing requirements, including maintaining six feet of space between individuals in most cases.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear masks to protect others in public places where social distancing is not possible or is unpredictable. Anyone who has any symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate at home. But the CDC’s current “best estimate” of the percentage of people who have no symptoms but are infected with the virus is 35%. Wearing masks helps prevent transmission of the virus from asymptomatic carriers to other people.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-POSITIVE NUMBER TOPS 50

Kirksville, MO 5/28/2020 – There are now 52 Adair County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the year. Of those, 37 people are in isolation and 15 have left isolation.

Three females, ages 23, 26 and 28, are the most recent people to have positive test results. One is related to an area meat-processing plant. Transmission of the virus to the other two women was due to community spread which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as “spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown.”

“One of the three women is an officer with the Kirksville Police Department who likely was infected by a person she came in contact with while on duty,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “It’s probable that the person did not have symptoms of the virus at the time but was infected and transmitted the virus to the officer,” he said.

The Health Department has contacted officers and staff with the Kirksville Police Department and will continue to monitor the situation. The Adair County Health Department conducts contact-tracing efforts for all individuals who test positive for the disease.

“This is exactly how community spread occurs,” LeBaron said. “An infected person randomly comes into close contact with another person who later tests positive for the virus. That’s why each of us has to take steps to protect other people around us, particularly people like law enforcement, healthcare workers, first responders, and those people who go to work every day to make sure there are groceries on the shelves and our prescriptions are filled,” he said.

To control community spread of COVID-19, residents are encouraged to maintain social distancing, wear masks in public spaces where social distancing is not possible or is unpredictable, wash hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face, particularly the eyes, nose and mouth.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-POSITIVE NUMBER REACHES 49

Kirksville, MO 5/27/2020 – Two individuals related to area meat-processing plants have become the 48th and 49th Adair County residents to have tested positive for COVID-19 year to date. The Adair County Health Department has been notified of positive results for a 37-year-old male and a 22-year-old male. There are now 34 people in isolation and 15 who have left isolation.

Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, advises residents to remain vigilant to keep the spread of the virus down to a minimum.

“Keep practicing those things that have been recommended by health experts and scientists, including washing your hands, not touching your face, staying six feet away from others and wearing a mask in public to protect others just in case you’re carrying the virus,” LeBaron said. “Wearing masks isn’t a political statement. It’s a precaution that can help reduce transmission of the virus, particularly from people who don’t have symptoms, to other people. If everyone will be careful, we can minimize transmission while we wait for effective treatments and a vaccine to be developed,” he said.

 

47 COVID-19 CASES YEAR TO DATE BUT PEOPLE LEAVING ISOLATION

Kirksville, MO 5/26/2020 – There have now been 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents since January 1, 2020. The latest two cases involve a 38-year-old female and a 24-year-old male related to area meat-processing plants. As of today, 15 of those 47 individuals who tested positive previously have left isolation. There are now 32 active cases and no deaths.

To date, 1,270 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Adair County using lab tests, rapid ID Now tests and tests prior to surgical procedures.  Of those, 1,122 have had negative results, 57 have tested positive, and the results of 91 are still pending. Forty-seven of the 57 positives have been Adair County residents. The other 10 results are for individuals tested here but living outside Adair County.

The Adair County Health Department has made 275 contacts in its contact-tracing efforts. Staff continue to focus on contact tracing to reduce transmission of the virus by people who have tested positive.

 

CASES REACH 40 IN ADAIR COUNTY 

Kirksville, MO 5/22/2020 – As we head into the Memorial Day Weekend, one new case of COVID-19 has been reported to the Adair County Health Department, bringing the total number of cases since January 1, 2020 to 40. A 29-year-old female is the latest person to test positive for the virus. Twenty-eight county residents are now in isolation.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE UPDATE

Kirksville, MO 5/21/2020 – Two new cases of COVID-19 today involve a 58-year-old female and a 27-year-old female, bringing total cases in Adair County to 39. Twenty-seven people are currently in isolation. One of the two cases is an employee of an area meat processing plant; the other is not.

The Adair County Health Department has contacted 186 people who have had close contact with individuals who have tested positive to date and continues contact-tracing efforts to help slow transmission of the virus.

“COVID-19 continues to spread in our community,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Every resident of the county bears a responsibility to take every precaution possible to protect others. We all have to do what we can to slow the spread,” he said.

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