October 29, 2020

Callaway County Public Health Department Daily COVID-19 Update/Information

Callaway County Public Health is working diligently on COVID investigations and contact tracing. Due to the number of cases additional staff has been hired and will be working this Saturday contacting individuals.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please remain at home and isolate. Keep to one room if possible with its own bathroom.

If that is not possible and you have to share a bath, sanitize the bathroom after you use it and the sink.  You have to stay home for 10 days from when you developed symptoms.  If you do not have symptoms than it is 10 days from the day you tested positive. 

If you are a close contact to a positive (closer than 6 feet for more than 15min.)  consecutive contacts count towards the 15 min, so if you are close for 5 min 3 times in a 24 hour period that counts as a close contact) NEW Definition from CDC.     You must Quarantine for 14 days. STAY HOME This is because if you are infected with COVID-19 it takes from 2 days to 14 days to develop symptoms.  If you become symptomatic you should be tested from 5-7 days after you are infected.   If you are around household members that are positive you start your 14 days of quarantine on the last day you are around the positive person or when the positive case is recovered after their 10 days of isolation.  

If you need to be tested below are listings for places that offer testing.

Overall, Missouri has seen significant increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and can benefit from additional opportunities to identify new cases, especially for those who are asymptomatic. HSS and DHSS will perform surge testing in these locations at no charge to those tested.

Testing at these surge locations is available to anyone – including those experiencing symptoms; those who believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and anyone who is worried about possibly having the virus. Individuals seeking testing do not need to be a resident of the city or county where these testing sites are located. Individuals under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian present to consent to testing.

Individuals seeking COVID-19 testing at any of these sites should pre-register for testing in advance at: www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com. While on-site registration will be accommodated, pre-registration is preferred. Individuals tested at one of these sites must provide a telephone number, but an email address and an identification card are not required.

Testing site details:

Columbia, Mondays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., (beginning October 26) Memorial Baptist Church, 1634 Paris Road.

Information for individuals seeking testing:

Those tested should receive test results in approximately 3 and 5 days.

When test results are available, individuals will receive an email notification to log into the website to view their results. While an email address is not required to register, it may assist some individuals in accessing their results faster due to the notification to an email address. There is not a phone number to call for results.

 The DHSS COVID-19 Hotline cannot assist individuals wishing to register for any of these site but will continue to be available to assist in registration for ongoing community testing efforts hosted by the State, which has a different schedule each week. Information on community testing can be found at health.mo.gov/communitytest.