As of 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 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. As the virus is expected to reach its peak in the next few weeks and testing needs may increase, ACHD will report data in the manner nationally recognized below:
|TOTAL CASES||ACTIVE CASES||TRAVEL RELATED||COMMUNITY
|TOTAL RECOVERED||TOTAL DEATHS|
Boone County’s statistics are: Total Cases: 70 – active: 22; recovered – 47; deaths: 1.
It is important that every Missourian adhere to the Missouri Statewide Stay at Home Order issued by Governor Parsons on Friday, April 3, 2020. Please see our Facebook page or website at www.audraincountyhealth.org to review this Order. A list of essential businesses, functions, and infrastructure, as defined by Homeland Security, has been posted. Information regarding violations of the Stay at Home Order (and Quarantine Orders, should they be issued), and subsequent consequences has been posted.
The Stay at Home Order is in place until late evening on Friday April 24, 2020. The Order will be re-evaluated by the Governor before it expires to make sure it does not need to be restricted or extended.
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.
Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing – New Local Testing Site
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 – Audrain opened its drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Monday, April 6, at the main/north entrance of the hospital off of Love and Monroe Streets, specifically 620 E. Monroe. The testing site will be open from 9 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday and will test people who are showing symptoms of the virus. This area is designated for drive-thru testing only. There is directional signage set up along Monroe Street. Patients will stay in their vehicle throughout the testing process and will be asked to provide identification and an insurance card. Patients will not be billed for the test or asked to pay a co-pay. Anyone who feels sick and has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is encouraged to complete a free online evaluation or call their primary care provider. In order to be tested, patients must have a physician order. All other individuals seeking care or providing healthcare services are asked to enter through the Emergency Room entrance due to new restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note Monroe Street to Hord Street will be closed to through traffic from 9 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday to accommodate the testing site.
- 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.