HANNIBAL | The Marion County Health Department announced the sixth positive case of novel coronavirus in the county Monday, June 8. A female between the ages of 30 and 40 is quarantined at home. Five cases have recovered.
Marion County Health Department staff are working in coordination with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to determine any close contacts of that individual who were possibly exposed. If there were any, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.
The agency reported the first case of COVID-19 on Thursday, April 16, when a female between the ages of 30 and 40 was quarantined at home. Two more cases were reported on Sunday, April 19, with a male and female, each between the ages of 40 and 50, quarantined at home. A fourth case was reported a day later, with a male between the ages of 18 and 25 quarantined at home. A fifth case was reported on Tuesday, May 5, with a female between the ages 20 and 30.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death.
The Marion County Health Department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including good hygiene, social distancing and limiting in-person interactions. If you are sick, particularly with a fever and a cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider or urgent care center for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps. If you test positive, you will be told to quarantine, you must remain in quarantine (along with any household members) until it is determined you are no longer positive. The local public health department will be following up and monitoring.
For more information, visit the DHSS website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-435-8411.