5 active cases of coronavirus confirmed in Kirksville

Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator, announced Wednesday the Adair County Health Department is investigating five cases of the COVID-19 virus in the county.  

None of the cases are travel related. All individuals are in isolation. 

On Monday, a 34-year-old female was reported as the first active case.

Today, four other cases have been confirmed. One is a 35-year-old female. The other three cases, two 80-year-old males and a 58-year-old male, are in isolation at Kirksville Manor Care Center.  

Health Department staff are working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to determine any other individuals who were possibly exposed. If there were any, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.

LeBaron wrote that he advises citizens to do the following to reduce transmission of the disease:

Practice social distancing at all times. If you feel sick to stay at home and call your doctor. Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible, avoid social and family gatherings, avoid travel, shopping trips, and social visits unless they’re absolutely necessary. Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance and practice good hygiene by washing your hands.