Community COVID Testing coming to Callaway County

COMMUNITY TESTING SCHEDULE FOR CALLAWAY COUNTY

Date: November 17, 2020

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: 54 Country, 400 Gaylord Drive, Fulton, MO

Register for testing at:

health.mo.gov/communitytest

or call at:

(877) 435-8411

TESTING IS FREE!!

Only qualifier is to be a Missouri Resident

Callaway County Public Health Update

Close Contacts – Recommendations Based On CDC Guidelines

The Callaway County Health Department is currently a few days behind on case investigations for positive COVID-19 cases. Close contacts are identified through these case investigations. If you have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, you may be a close contact, depending on the exposure. Per CDC guidelines, you are considered a close contact if you have been around someone with the virus within six feet for 15 minutes or longer without wearing a face mask.  If you are determined to be a close contact, you will receive a call from the Health Department, but it may be several days after your exposure to the person who has tested positive.

Here are the CDC guidelines of what you should do if you are a close contact to someone who has tested positive:

  • Quarantine for a period of 14 days from your last exposure to the person who tested positive for COVID-19. Since you are potentially contagious with the virus, it is recommended that you quarantine at home and stay away from other people to stop the further spread of the illness. Be sure to stay at least six feet away and wear a mask when you are around other people.
  • Monitor your symptoms. Try to pay attention to how you are feeling and take your temperature regularly, if you can. Common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, loss of taste and/or smell, diarrhea, runny nose, and sore throat. If you are experiencing symptoms, the CDC recommends that you get tested for COVID-19.

After the Health Department identifies you as a close contact by investigating the positive case, they will give you a call to go over these guidelines with you and ask whether or not you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. The Health Department can provide an excuse letter for work or school if you are recommended to quarantine.

COVID Positive – Recommendations Based On CDC Guidelines

The Callaway County Health Department is currently a few days behind on case investigations for positive COVID-19 cases. If you live in Callaway County and have tested positive for COVID-19, you will get a call from the Health Department, but it may not be until several days after you were notified that your test was positive.

Here are the CDC guidelines for what you should do if you have tested positive for COVID-19:

  1. Isolate yourself for a period of 10 days from the onset of your COVID-19 symptoms. This means you will need to stay home and separate yourself from others in your household. It would be best for you to have a bedroom and bathroom to yourself, if possible. Be sure to stay at least six feet away and wear a face mask when you have to be around others.
  2. Sanitize your home regularly with disinfectant. Any spaces you share with other household members, such as bathrooms and kitchens, should be disinfected after each time you use them. Don’t forget to sanitize frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, cabinet pulls, etc.
  3. Monitor your symptoms. If you experience serious symptoms, such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, you may want to visit the Emergency Room or call an ambulance. Please be sure to call ahead to the ER you are going to in order to notify them that you are on your way and you are positive for COVID-19 so that they can take necessary precautions before you arrive. Please take these same steps if you need to call an ambulance.

When the Health Department calls you to complete your case investigation, they will ask you questions about your symptoms, your health conditions, where you have been recently, and who you’ve had contact with recently, among other questions. It would be helpful if you have this information ready. Also, notifying your close contacts and telling them that you have tested positive can help stop the further spread of the virus. Your close contacts will be anyone that you have been within six feet of for 15 minutes or longer. Close contacts that you identify during your case investigation will be contacted by the Health Department after they complete your case investigation.

Close contacts should review the guidelines for close contacts, which can be found at callawaycovid19.com.