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St. Francois County Health Center Discusses Rise in COVID Cases in Our County

Cases have increased by 100 since July 1st (34 from DOC). 13 cases have required hospitalization during their illness; 3 are currently hospitalized.

Cases of COVID-19 are increasing across the state. The Health Center is seeing an increase in daily reported cases, hospitalizations, and test positivity rates indicating that community transmission is occurring. We currently have 49 known active cases and more than 250 close contacts to positive cases that the Health Center has asked to self-quarantine.

The next 2-4 weeks in St. Francois County have the potential to be a turning point for our community. Citizens need to take personal responsibility to do the following; monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, wear masks when within 6 feet of others, and stay home if you are sick or are awaiting test results. We are working hard to hire additional personnel, increase access to testing, develop a community status indicator system, and provide other resources.

The St. Francois County Health Center is strongly discouraging large social gatherings of any kind. If we are going to slow the spread of this virus, we must come together as a community. We understand the frustration and difficulty we’ve all experienced. Every citizen, business, and organization has a role to play, and the choices we each make will shape how SFC comes out of this pandemic. Let’s work on making our community safe for our families, friends, and neighbors. We appreciate the individuals who are following public health recommendations, but as a whole, we can do better. We must do better.

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