First confirmed case of COVID-19 in Bates County
The Bates County Health Center has been notified of the first positive case of COVID-19 in Bates County. The case is travel-related and the patient, a male in his twenties, is quarantined at home.
Health Center 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.
Bates County officials stress that residents should not panic and not go to hospital emergency rooms. Those with symptoms–fever and cough or difficulty breathing–should call their health care provider to discuss their situation prior to arrival at a facility.
“The best tips for prevention are still social distancing and proper handwashing,” said Jody Welston, Administrator of the Bates County Health Center. “Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others will help us limit any spread. It’s important to note that community transmission is not a factor at this point in Bates County.”
March 21, 2020