Update:

As part of the Dent County Health Center’s duty to protect the public’s health, it is informing of potential COVID-19 exposure in the community. People at locations on these dates below are at low risk for contracting COVID-19, but should monitor for symptoms. There is no need to self-quarantine or isolate unless symptoms develop. Dent County Health Center nurses have spoken to close contacts.

Locations:

Friday May 8th – Salem Country Mart approximately 10:30am – 11am

Friday May 8th – Salem Wal-Mart approximately 11am-12pm

Friday May 8th – Salem Pizza Inn approximately 5pm-6pm

Tuesday May 12th – Salem Main Street Café approximately 11am-12pm

The Dent County Health Center has confirmed its first positive case of COVID-19 in Dent County. The patient’s identity will remain confidential, we will not be releasing any personal information about this case. The person has been notified that they have tested positive for COVID-19. We are working with this individual to insure they are following Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in regards to isolation.

The Dent County Health Center is currently working with this individual to identify close contacts in order to monitor them for symptoms and contain spread. If you are identified as a potentially exposed person, you will be contacted by the Dent County Health Center.

The Dent County Health Center is taking necessary precautions to keep our patients and community safe and will continue to diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow CDC guidelines to help protect the public health and limit spread of this infection.

It is important that each and every one of us continue to practice basic preventative measures to help decrease the spread. These measures, as outlined by the CDC, include: avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.

We highly encourage, if you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider before seeking care.