Over the past week, the Gasconade County Health Department has been involved in investigations into confirmed coronavirus cases and potential COVID-19 exposures recently in Hermann.

Department officials said they have been notified of a possible virus exposure that occurred at Village Market during the dates of Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3. They have also been notified of multiple COVID-19 cases and subsequent exposures at recent public events, and another potential virus exposure, with information relayed by the University of Missouri.

"As some examples, we have had three confirmed positive cases...associated with the Hermann Rod and Gun club youth deer hunt event on Oct. 31 through Nov. 1," the department announced. "We have also been notified of positive cases (linked to) participation in the Oct. 30 downtown trick-or-treat event, (and) events and facilities associated with Oktoberfest at various establishments."

The department has also been notified by the University of Missouri Student Health Center of a potential COVID-19 exposure that occurred at Hermannhof Winery, Hermann Wurst Haus, and the Concert Hall & Barrel Tavern on Oct. 24th. Specific times of each visit are not known. The individual stated that they had spent approximately one to two hours at each establishment. 

Anyone who was at the locations or events during these dates should monitor themselves for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 they may experience. Those symptoms to watch for include: ï Fever >100.4 ï Chills ï Muscle Aches ï Runny nose ï Sore throat ï Loss of taste ï Loss of smell ï Headache ï Fatigue ï Cough ï Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing ï Nausea/Vomiting ï Abdominal pain ï Diarrhea.

Those who do develop any of the above symptoms should contact their medical provider. Contact the Gasconade County Health Department or medical providers for any questions.

Health officials recommend that extra precautions should be taken during this period of increased COVID-19 cases, if residents and visitors must be out in public. Those guidelines include maintaining social distancing, wearing a face mask, washing hands frequently, and staying home if any of the above symptoms are noticed.

These facilities have been notified and have taken all recommendations and measures to ensure that they are taking precautions in order to continue serving customers.

The Gasconade County Health Department said the area has been inundated with virus cases, and has asked for management assistance from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The health department has also recently chosen to close to clients to allow staff to work uninterrupted to address the cases.

"Please keep in mind before you elect to go out into public if you are not feeling well, you are not just affecting yourself, you are affecting those around you, businesses, schools, hospitals, etc.," the department stated.