11 new cases of COVID-19 in Lawrence County announced by health dept.

Southwest Missouri counties experience COVID surge in recent weeks, officials pinpoint cases as testing continues
 In the last week, the Lawrence County Health Department reported 11 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the countywide total to 18 cases (seven resolved and 11 active).
One case is an additional exposure at a work place in Jasper County. The case has not traveled any place besides home and work during the infectious period so the public is not considered to be at risk. Another case has already been in quarantine related to travel in another part of the state and for being a close contact of a positive case. The second case does not report any public exposure during the infectious period. All of the cases and their families/ close contacts are quarantined at this time and will be monitored daily by the Lawrence County Health Department.
Three cases were acquired from workplaces with a current outbreak. Four are still under investigation to determine the origin. And one is a family member of a positive case. The Lawrence County Health Department is working diligently to notify all close contacts.
Lawrence County isn’t alone in its increase. The southwest Missouri region has seen spikes in recent weeks. McDonald County announced 235 new cases last week, 473 cases total. Newton County announced 142 new cases, Sunday.
COVID is still actively circulating and Lawrence County is not immune. Most people who get COVID-19 will only have mild symptoms; however, there are some members of our community who are at a higher risk of getting very sick. We must each do our part to protect them, ourselves, our loved ones and the rest of our community by practicing the following:
- Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.


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