Gasconade Health department announces Third Positive COVID-19 Case

Health department announces Third Positive COVID-19 Case

The Gasconade County Health Department announced early Thursday afternoon that if has received notification of a positive case of COVID-19 in Gasconade County.

This marks the third positive case of the virus to be officially reported by the health department this year.

Although the patient’s identity will remain confidential, the department said this was a travel-related case, while adding that no personal information will be released.

"We are working with this individual to ensure they are following Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding isolation," read a statement from the agency.

The health department is currently working with the state's health department to conduct an investigation, in an effort to identify any individual or individuals who may have come in close contact with the positive individual, to monitor them for symptoms and assist in the containment of the virus.

The investigation and contact tracings are expected to take some time. The health department said it will issue additional information, if necessary, through its Facebook page and releases to media.

"It is important that every member of the community continue to follow the CDC basic hygiene preventative measures," the statement said. "These measures include avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, mask usage, proper hand-washing, sanitizing frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick."

The health department said it has taken, and will continue to take, all necessary precautions to keep communities safe. The agency also said it will continue to closely monitor the situation.

"We encourage anyone that suspects you have COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, to call your healthcare provider before seeking care, unless it is a life-threating emergency," the statement added.

Gasconade County's two earlier COVID-19 cases recovered from their illnesses and never required any hospitalization, according to authorities.