As of 9 a.m., March 31, the Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) has not had a county resident that has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. ACHD will continue to provide a brief report each day to update testing information in Audrain County:
It is important that every Missourian adhere to the guidelines issued from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention on March 29th, 2020:
- Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. Social gatherings are any planned or spontaneous event or convening that brings together more than 10 people in a single space at the same time.
- Avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed throughout the duration of this Order.
- People shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance.
- Schools shall remain closed. This Order does not prohibit schools from providing childcare and Food and Nutritional Services for children that qualify. Teachers and staff may enter the building as long as they follow the directives set forth in this Order.
NOTE: This remains in effect until 12:01 a.m. April 30, 2020 unless extended by further Order.
What You Can Do to Decrease the Risk of Contracting or Spreading COVID-19
Every Missourian should continue to follow CDC and basic hygiene preventative measures, including:
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.
- Disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
- Staying home when sick and avoiding travel to affected areas.
- Practicing social distancing (remaining at least six feet away from others) is key to preventing the spread of this virus both to yourself and to others.
ACHD will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves by following CDC guidelines to protect public health and the limit spread of this infection. Each of us must act responsibly and continue to use the crucial preventative health safety precautions listed above to help keep our community safe.
If You Believe You Have Symptoms
- Call the MO DHSS COVID-19 Hotline at 877-435-8411.
- Do not go to the emergency room or doctor’s office before calling so staff are ready to provide care in a manner that is safe for you, healthcare professionals, and the public.
- If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 1-844-SSM-WELL (1-844-776-9355).
- Follow the instructions provided by healthcare professionals.
If You Have Been Diagnosed with COVID-19
- Stay home: People mildly ill with COVID-19 can isolate at home during their illness. Restrict all activities outside your home, except for getting medical care until your doctor has indicated you may go out and/or return to work or school.
- Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or any public areas, such as grocery stores.
- Avoid public modes of transportation, such as planes, trains, buses, taxis, or vehicular ridesharing.
- Stay away from others: As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
Local COVID-19 Testing & Support
- Call your healthcare provider’s office first to see if they are providing COVID-19 testing.
- SSM Health offers a free online evaluation at ssmhealth.com/covid19. You do not need to be an existing SSM Health patient to do the online evaluation. The virtual visit begins with an online assessment of each patient’s symptoms and potential exposure. Next, the patient will be virtually connected with an SSM Health Medical Group provider for evaluation and care, as appropriate. If testing is recommended, patients will be directed to the nearest SSM Health testing facility.
Area Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing
MU Health Care and Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, and SSM Health and Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, are offering drive-through COVID-19 testing. You must have a physicians’ order to be tested.
- MU Health Care is providing drive-through COVID-19 testing for patients with a physicians’ order. The drive-through testing is for patients with mild symptoms who have been assessed by a provider either through a clinic or tele-video visit. Testing is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in the MU softball stadium parking lot. MU Health Care is now offering free video visits to assess for COVID-19. Patients should visit MUHealthVideoVisits.org and select the “COVID-19” video visit option.
- Boone Hospital Center is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The drive-through is located south of the hospital’s Emergency Department entrance on the southwest side. The drive-through is offered for those who have been screened by a health provider and have a physicians’ order.
- SSM Health – St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City is providing drive-through COVID-19 testing for patients with physician orders. Testing is located at the Health Plaza East entrance, 2505 Mission Drive. The site is open from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. and hours may vary depending on volume. If you do not have a physician order, SSM Health offers a free online evaluation at ssmhealth.com/covid19. You do not need to be an existing SSM Health patient to do the online evaluation. If testing is recommended, patients will be directed to the nearest SSM Health testing facility.
- Capitol Region Medical Center in Jefferson City is providing drive-through COVID-19 testing for patients with a physician order. The testing will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be located on the south side of Capital Region Physicians – Primary Care Clinic, at 1014 Madison Street.
Visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or the MO DHSS website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus for more information or to ask questions using the state site’s COVID-19 interactive chatbot. A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-435-8411.
As more cases are reported to ACHD, we will continue to update the status of COVID-19 cases each day via press release, on the Audrain County Health Department Facebook page, and at www.audraincountyhealth.org.
If you have questions, please consult a factual source, such as www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or www.CDC.gov. The community can also call MDHSS 24-hour hotline 1-877-435-8411 or ACHD to address questions or concerns related to COVID-19.