June 29, 2022
(Macon County, MO) – In the last seven days, June 22-28, 2022, the Macon County Health Department has been notified of 36 new cases of COVID-19. This only counts confirmed tests and not at-home, self-reported tests.
Common symptoms that are reported are “allergy-like” symptoms or what may be perceived as a simple summer cold. They can be symptoms like sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and maybe a fever.
With upcoming celebrations for Independence Day this holiday weekend, it is important to practice mitigation techniques to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are feeling sick or have tested positive for COVID-19, stay home. Out of an abundance of caution, it would be helpful to test for COVID-19 before going to an event around a lot of people. Wear a mask if you have been exposed in accordance with CDC guidelines or to be cautious to reduce the spread. If possible, celebrate outside or, if indoors, a well-ventilated space.
For more information CDC recommendations for if you have tested positive or if you have been exposed to COVID-19, check out website: www.maconmohealth.org/covid
Testing when you are feeling sick, or after an exposure, can help you know whether you have COVID-19. There are free at-home testing kits available through www.covid.gov/tests or by calling 1-800-232-0233.
Staying up-to-date on vaccinations and boosters can help reduce symptomatic, severe infection, and hospitalization due to COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccinations have been approved for ages 6 months and up. At least one booster is available for everyone fully vaccinated who are ages 5 and up, 5 months after the initial series and a second booster has been approved for individuals who are 50 and over and/or immunocompromised individuals.
COVID-19 continues to be a serious health concern for residents in our county. People continue to fight the effects of COVID-19 in their homes and from being hospitalized due to this illness. The Macon County Health Department continues to support and encourage healthy choices to improve health outcomes for all residents in our county.
The Macon County Health Department offers COVID-19 vaccination clinics weekly for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Call for an appointment at 660-395-4711.