Christian County Health Department COVID-19 contact tracing

THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT will begin using office space on the north side of North Fourth Avenue in the former Ozark School District administrative offices to house contact tracers, temporary workers hired to warn Christian County residents of potential exposures to COVID-19 patients.

Mondays have become a day for benchmark announcements at the Christian County Health Department when it comes to COVID-19.

On July 27, the health department announced 30 new COVID-19 cases, passing the previous single-day benchmark of 28. The number of patients under health department observation climbed from 90 to 100, which also means that 20 Christian County residents have moved out of health department observation and entered the novel coronavirus’ recovery phase.

Christian County now reports a cumulative total of 241 cases since March 18, and 225 of those cases are confirmed through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. The PCR test is done with a nasal swab procedure, and is used to determine if the patient has active viral RNA for the SARS-CoV-2 virus present in their nose and throat. 

A case is classified as "probable" when a patient undergoes antibody testing through the use of a blood draw. Christian County has documented 16 probable cases as of July 27. Antibody testing looks for antibodies in the blood, and is considered to be a less reliable COVID-19 test because it detects antibodies for all coronaviruses, not specifically COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, shortness or breath or difficulty breathing and coughing. Symptoms may also include chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, loss or taste or smell, a runny nose, nausea or diarrhea, according to the Christian County Health Department.

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and isolate themselves from others, taking all precautions to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others. They should first call their primary care provider to schedule an evaluation.

COVID-19 guidelines

Facts are taken from research resources including the Mayo Clinic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, CoxHealth and Mercy.

For healthy people

-Avoid contact with persons who are sick.

-If you feel sick, stay at home.

-Wash your hands often, using soap and warm water and spending at least 20 seconds washing each time.

-To the best extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places. Use a tissue or a sleeve to cover your hand. If you must touch a high-touch surface or item (such as door handles, pin pads, elevator buttons or handrails), wash your hands afterwards.

-Avoid crowds, especially in poorly-ventilated areas.

-Clean or disinfect your home to remove germs. Frequently clean items and surfaces that are frequently touched.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Common signs: fever, cough, fatigue

Other symptoms: shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, chills, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, headache, chest pain

When to see a doctor

Seek immediate medical help if you have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, blue lips or face. Contact your doctor or clinic for guidance.

Complications

Most people with COVID-19 experience mild to moderate symptoms. However, the disease can cause severe medical complications in some patients, including death. Complications may include:

-Pneumonia or trouble breathing

-Multiple organ failure

-Heart problems

-Blood clots

-Acute kidney injury

-Additional viral and/or bacterial infections

(1) comment

Lynn-no-duh

Many cases, very few deaths. This thing is less lethal than seasonal flu, and the numbers are being grossly overestimated. Most people who get it don't even know it, cuz their immune system simply fends it off. This thing is a non-event, despite Gates and Fauci's attempts to turn it into a virulent bioweapon, by combining HIV, SARS and corona, against US law (so they took their little project over to China.) They should be criminally charged, not "advising" the public! Check out the patents. They can't even accurately isolate this particular strain in testing. 100% of tests done in February were false positive, and more recently, unopened tests kits were tested, and 60% of them proved positive without use! Add to that those who left before being tested, later to get phone calls that they tested positive! The numbers we are inundated with at the top of every hour lack any integrity. Any single symptom is being labeled as a covid case. Suicides, massive heart attacks, tragic car wrecks, late stage cancer, pharmaceutical overdoses, all have been labeled as covid deaths. The numbers are completely ridiculous.

Now, swap the term corona for "common cold" to gain some perspective.

Yes, people die from it, just as people die from the flu and common cold. It stinks to be immune compromised, but we don't destroy the world economy, and subsequently many peoples lives and livelihoods because of it. Clearly, the response to covid has been exponentially more harmful than the "virus", itself.

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