County sees four new COVID-19 cases in addition to two earlier cases that are now resolved

County sees four new

COVID-19 cases

Gasconade County is currently experiencing a recent growth in the number of its officially reported cases of COVID-19, with one linked to an Owensville business.

The Gasconade County Health Department has released information on four new active cases of the virus as of noon Sunday. A table posted on the department's Facebook page states the updated numbers do not account for any pending test results, or cover anyone who was instructed to quarantine by either the department or health-care provider due to virus-related symptoms, or due to close contact to a positive case. The agency said its figures are subject to change if additional cases arrive after 4 p.m.

"The most recent active cases are all associated with a single travel-related event, and all known individuals associated have been isolated/quarantined," according to a statement on the department's Facebook page.

A Sunday news release from the department stated that it had received notification of a positive case of COVID-19 that involves the employee of an Owensville business. Three other confirmed cases -- two on Sunday and another reported Friday -- have also been disclosed by the agency as of Sunday, and those are classified as travel-related. All of the affected individuals have been placed under quarantine/isolation procedures. No other information is being provided that would identify the individuals, based on privacy laws. 

"Jost Tire Co. Inc., along with the Gasconade County Health Department, out of an abundance of caution, would like to notify the public that anyone that may have visited or conducted business at Jost Tire Co. on any of the days from June 15, 2020, through June 17, 2020, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or on June 18, 2020, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., to please monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19," the department stated.

Officials said they are working with that individual at the business who tested positive for the virus, to ensure they are following isolation guidelines from the state health department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The department added it is working with the state in an investigation to identify people who may have come into close contact with the individual, as a means of checking for symptoms and assisting to contain a spread of the coronavirus.

The business has conducted a deep cleaning of its facility and closed to the public on Monday, while working with health officials in the inquiry. The health department said it continues to take necessary precautions, and asked residents to report any suspected symptoms to a health-care provider.