The Scotland County Health Department has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Scotland County. The person is in self quarantine and those with close contact have also been informed to self quarantine. The Health Department declined to release the name of the individual or any more information related to the specific case to protect the individual’s privacy.
However the family of the first confirmed case has shared the information publically on Facebook and with the Memphis Democrat. In a posting on April 7th, Danielle Bair confirmed that her husband, Jake, received confirmation that he has the coronavirus.
“Jake has been sick and tonight we received a call with news we were not expecting,” she said. “Around 8:30 p.m. we received a call that Jake’s COVID-19 test was positive. He is the first case in Scotland County. He has been sick and I took him to the ER on Saturday where they tested him.”
“We simply wanted to share this with our community so they can pray for Jake’s continued improvement and for our entire family,” she said. “We intend to let God use us for His glory through this and to crush every bit of fear that will try to flood our town and community. We want God to use our testimony mightily to dispel the fear and panic Satan wants to bring and that many people come to Jesus.”
Healthcare and public health are working together to contain the spread of this virus, in a manner to protect the health of the community and the safety of our healthcare providers. They are communicating with local agencies as well as the Department of Health and Senior Services to maintain current situational awareness on COVID- 19.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever of 100.4°F or above, cough and shortness of breath. Exposure could happen if you have been in close contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, or, have travelled outside the country where the virus is widespread which at this time are China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea.
If you exhibit these symptoms and may have been exposed, please call ahead to your doctor or call the State of Missouri’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411. You can also contact the Scotland County Health Department to discuss risk assessment, possible testing and to direct you to take the correct first step.
COVID-19 is transmitted through respiratory droplets that are spread person to person when you sneeze or cough, or, can live on surfaces. To protect yourself and others from illness –
• Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others (at least 6 feet), no matter what the illness
• Cover your sneeze and cough to avoid spreading any illness
• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and avoid touching your face, especially after touching an unclean surface
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• The CDC does not recommend wearing a facemask if you are well, facemasks can be worn by those who are ill to prevent spreading their illness.