Health department releases location of potential COVID-19 exposure in St. James

Lori Amos
Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots.

The Phelps Maries County Health Department released a location where residents could have been potentially exposed to the coronavirus in St. James after confirming the fifth case of COVID-19 in Phelps County. 

The department said people who were at Troutt and Sons Inc. in St. James on Friday, May 29 have a low risk of contracting COVID-19 and should self-monitor for symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste, and generalized muscle aches and pains.

Phelps Maries County Health Department said the exact time the person was at the business is unknown, and the individual is currently isolated at home. 

Troutt and Sons in an update on Wednesday said the business will be closed through Saturday for deep cleaning and sanitizing. Troutt and Sons has plans to reopen its location in St. James at 18050 County Road 1000 on Monday, June 8.

The Phelps Maries County Health Department will notify the public if there are any additional locations of potential exposure to the virus. The department urges the public to practice social distancing, limit in-person interactions, avoid contact with people who are sick, cover coughs and sneezes, properly wash hands, clean frequently used surfaces and stay home when sick. 

“It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others,” the department said in its release. 

The department encourages anyone who suspects they have COVID-19 or has been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to call their healthcare provider before seeking care unless it is a life-threatening emergency.