Health Department urges residents with COVID-19 symptoms to refrain from attending upcoming events

Lori Amos
The Rolla Daily News

The health department reported 17 active COVID-19 cases in Phelps County and seven active cases in Maries County. Seventy people previously quarantined in Phelps County have now been released from isolation, while 13 people have now been released from mandatory quarantine in Maries County.

The health department said there had been a substantial increase in the number of direct contacts related to each confirmed case, where it is now common to have ten or more direct contacts for each confirmed COVID-19 case.

However, a month ago, the department said it was monitoring two or three direct contacts, who were mostly immediate household members per confirmed case. 

“This has placed a substantial increase in workload on public health staff with contact tracing efforts and disease mitigation. An increasing number of direct contacts are becoming symptomatic and testing positive during their quarantine period, which continues to drive the total confirmed case count higher," the department said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

With numerous community events scheduled to take place over the next several weeks in the area, county health officials said people who are experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19, frequently described as “allergies," to stay home, isolate from others and refrain from attending any public event or place of public accommodation.

As of Thursday, the department reported the area is experiencing minimal community transmission, but the department does not expect that trend to continue.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to update the list of potential symptoms of COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.