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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) in Platte County

 
Posted on Monday March 30, 2020
 
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The Latest Updates on COVID-19 in Platte County

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Laboratory Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Platte County, Missouri
Numbers will be updated at 2:00 pm daily.
Platte County case counts do not include residents of Kansas City, MO.
To see COVID-19 case numbers for KC residents of Platte County, please reference the KCMO Health Department
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  Number of Cases     Male  
  12     5  

Deaths       Female  
  0      
  Cases by Decade of Age        
  0-19  0   0%   
20s 1   8.33%  
30s 2   16.7%  
40s 6   50%  
50s 0   0%  
60s 1   8.33%  
70s  1   8.33%  
80+ 1   8.33%  
   

 

The Latest Platte County News Releases

The Platte County Health Department announces two more positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Platte County, Missouri
March 25, 2020
New WIC Guidance Due to COVID-19 
WIC remains in operation in Missouri.

LIMITATION OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 INDIVIDUALS - RESTRICTION ON ACTIVITIES
Order limiting private and public gatherings to no more than ten (10) people.
Our Services have changed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. CALL BEFORE ENTERING OUR BUILDING 816-587-5998, ext #203

COVID-19 FAQs and More Information

Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet

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We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that we have been receiving from the community. We hope that sharing these questions, with the answers and reference sites, would ease any uncertainty the community may have at this time. Keep checking back to PCHD’s website and social media for the most up to date information about COVID-19.

1. What are the common symptoms associated with COVID-19?

a. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The World Health Organization (WHO) also mentions symptoms including fatigue, and in some people can include muscle aches and pain, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhea.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

2. If I had a potential exposure, when would symptoms appear?

a. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that most people will start having symptoms 2-14 days after exposure. The WHO states that for some people, symptoms may appear as early as 1 day after exposure.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

3. How much risk is associated with my loved one coming back home after recent international travel?

a. The CDC website has a component dedicated to travel precautions that need taken when people are coming back from different countries. These precautions are listed as either a level 1, 2, or 3 “travel health notice.” A level 1 country indicates that people traveling to/from that country need to take everyday steps to prevent illness. A level 2 country indicates that there’s a higher risk, especially for older adults and those whom are immunocompromised. A level 3 country is a country with high rates of COVID-19 where travel either currently is or should be avoided for all. If your loved one is coming home from a level 3 country, it is recommended from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MODHSS) that travelers from these areas practice social distancing for 14 days to ensure they did not contract COVID-19 while traveling.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

4. My loved one will be flying back from a low-risk country soon. Can I have more information about how risky the chances of her contracting COVID-19 on the plane?

a. Surprisingly, the MO DHSS states that the risk of contracting COVID-19 on the plane itself is relatively low considering the way the air circulates and is filtered.  Nonetheless, passengers should practice social distancing as much as possible and avoid contact with people who appear to be sick.  Practice very frequent hand hygiene with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or with hand sanitizer that's at least 60% alcohol.

5. I am immunocompromised. How do I protect myself?
a. The CDC states that it’s even more important for those at higher risk of contracting and/or experiencing serious complications from COVID-19 to take precautions during this pandemic. These precautions include:
• Stocking up on supplies
• Practicing social distancing (MODHSS states 6 feet away from the infected is standard)
• Practice frequent hand hygiene
• Avoid cruise travel, non-essential travel, and large group gatherings

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#protect


6. 
I have symptoms similar to COVID-19. How do I get tested?
a. First and foremost, if you suspect you might be infected with COVID-19, you need to stay home and isolate away from others. Promptly call your Primary Care Physician and inform them of your suspicion and the symptoms you’re experiencing. This will allow them to take the necessary precautions to prevent you from infecting others in the clinic. Your PCP will decide if testing is indicated after ruling out other causes such as flu, and looking at relative risk factors (such as contact with a positive COVID-19 case and/or recent travel to a high risk area).

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#protect


7. 
I don’t have a PCP because I’m uninsured but am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. What do I do now?
a. If you are a Platte County resident, contact the PCHD at 816-587-5998 as an appointment could be arranged with the Family Healthcare Clinic. Other community options include Swope Health (816-627-2050)or Samuel Rodgers (816-499-8100)If you experience serious complications such as difficulty breathing, bluish color of the lips, confusion/difficulty to arouse, and/or persistent chest pressure, contact your local emergency department and seek care immediately.

https://www.swopehealth.org/

https://www.rodgershealth.org/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#protect


8. 
What are effective cleaning agents for COVID-19?
a. The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides a list of products that are effective against COVID-19 for hard surfaces. This list can be located at this link: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2For soft surfaces, the Center for Biocide Chemistries provides a list of cleaning products that can be used. Here is the link for your utilization:
https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf
b. The solution for bleach mixture is as followed: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2.

9. 
Is there a cure for COVID-19?
a. There is currently no vaccine or medication specifically designed to treat COVID-19 considering its novelty. Possibilities for prevention/treatment are being actively investigated, and supportive therapies/treatments are available. 

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses


10. 
Can I donate blood?
a. The MO DHSS states it is safe to donate blood and receive blood transfusions. There are certain eligibility requirements that donors must meet before donating blood, and cannot do so if they’re unhealthy at the time of donation. COVID-19 is known to spread through respiratory droplets in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes and is not associated with blood transfusions. 

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

11. I may have been exposed to COVID-19 per a confirmed laboratory test from someone I was near recently. What do I do now?

a. Close contacts (defined as within 6 feet of the person with the confirmed case.) to a COVID-19 confirmed case should monitor their health closely and contact their primary care provider if symptoms appear (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). It is important to practice social distancing at this time to prevent further community spread- especially if you’ve potentially been exposed. Talk to your employer about your potential exposure and how they would like you to proceed with work duties/obligations. Remember that the incubation period is 2-14 days!
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 


Links to answers to additional FAQs:


Prepare Metro KC includes a collection of COVID-19 information from local health departments throughout the Kansas City Area.

Cleaning & Disinfection instructions for COVID-19 including a list of cleaning products approved for effectiveness.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Prevention steps for COVID-19.

Travel recommendations for your specific destination.

How to Safely Care for Someone Sick with COVID-19


 

Kansas City, Missouri's Stay at Home Order FAQs


Testing Sites in Missouri

Below is a list of hospitals where testing is offered at an alternate location. Please call the site you wish to visit before visiting the hospital or testing location to determine testing eligibility. Many sites still require physician orders or evaluation before testing is approved.

Hospital Name Phone Number City

Citizens Memorial Hospital

(417) 328-6501

Bolivar

Cameron Regional Medical Center, Inc.

(816) 632-2101

Cameron

Saint Francis Medical Center

(573) 331-4200

Cape Girardeau

Providence Urgent Care

(573) 874-6824

Columbia

Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital

(573) 814-6000

Columbia

Boone Hospital Center

(573) 815-8000

Columbia

University Hospital (MUHC)

(573) 882-4141

Columbia

Capital Region Medical Center

(833) 763-0444 

Jefferson City

Next Care Urgent Care

(816) 595-4000

Kansas City

First Point Urgent Care

(816) 505-3669

Kansas City

SSM St. Joseph Hospital-Lake St.Louis

(636) 625-5200

Lake St. Louis

Next Care Urgent Care

(816) 554-2600

Lee's Summit

Next Care Urgent Care

(816) 415-2828

Liberty

Sullivan County Memorial Hospital

(660) 265-4212

Milan

Mercy Hospital Springfield

(417) 885-2000

Springfield

Cox South

(417) 269-6000

Springfield

Mercy Hospital St. Louis

(314) 251-6000

St. Louis

Mercy Hospital South

(314) 525-1000

St. Louis

VA St. Louis Health Care System

(314) 652-4100

St. Louis

Putnam County Memorial Hospital

(660) 947-2411

Unionville

Mercy Hospital Washington

(636) 239-8000

Washington