COVID-19 INFORMATION

NOTICE

Please note there are NO walk-ins for COVID-19 testing available at the Lafayette County Health Department.
 
All testing must be scheduled through your Primary Care Physician.  Click here for additional information.
 
UPDATES/PRESS RELEASES

This is an evolving situation.  More information will be distributed as it is available.  For the most up to date information please visit the CDC's website.

3.27.2020 - Commissioners Respond To First Lafayette County COVID-19 Linked Death
3.30.2020 - Countywide STAY
 AT HOME Ordinance Issued
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The Lafayette County Health Department is closely following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Missouri Department of Health on the novel (new) nCoV virus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness.  Coronavirus is a type pf virus that causes diseases of varying severeties, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease.
 
Persons who have recently traveled to any area with a high volume of reported cases, domestically or internationally, or who have had contact with a person with possible COVID-19 infection, AND have the above symptoms should call their local health care provider immediately.
 
Do not go to your provider's office without calling ahead.  Do not call 911 for suspected COVID-19 unless you are having a medical emergency.

Watch informational videos from the CDC by clicking 
here
 
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Symptoms
 
 
-Fever
-Cough
-Difficulty Breathing
-Severe Illness

At-Risk Groups
 
 
-Older Adults
-Individuals with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease
-Individuals with compromised immune systems
 
How is Coronavirus Spread
 
-Coughing and Sneezing
-Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
-Touching an object with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your face
 
 
 Key Points
 
-Novel Coronavirus is a new virus that hasn't been identified before in humans.
-Coronavirus can spread through close personal contact, or by touching an object with the virus on it.
-Use prevention measures that work to prevent other respiratory infections to prevent novel Coronavirus.
-The Health Department is working to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in our community.
 
Testing

Click
here for information on how to be tested.

Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the COVID-19 infection.  Additionally, there is currently no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19.

Additional Information on Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization: Novel Coronavirus
CDC Handouts and Posters
Missouri Department of Health
Lafayette County Health Department
EPA-Registered Disinfectants
John Hopkins COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Global Cases Map
Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri
Missouri Small Business Assistance