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Health Department warns of possible COVID-19 exposure

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The Laclede County Health Department received notification Thursday afternoon that a person from another Missouri county who has tested positive for COVID-19 visited several Laclede County businesses. The individual was symptomatic, not wearing a mask and could have exposed employees and customers, according to a press release from the Health Department. "It is important to understand that this individual is not a Laclede County resident, but a visitor to our county," said Health Department Administrator Charla Baker.

The possible exposure would have been: April 15, 1-2 p.m. at Harbor Freight, Kum & Go, and King Cash Saver, 3-3:30 p.m. Hannah's General Store in Conway and April 19, 1-2 p.m., Walmart. Employees and customers who may have been exposed during these times should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure. Symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. "We have contacted each of the businesses listed and are working closely with them for continued follow-up needs," said Baker. Anyone with concerns about possible exposure, or anyone with symptoms are advised to contact their healthcare provider for further directions.

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