Friday, April 10 summary
The number of positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boone County is currently 75 with 63 who have recovered at the time of publishing. Friday’s Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) Facebook Live video discussed how members of the faith community can stay safe and celebrate in alternative ways during spring religious holidays. View the video on their Facebook page. Below is information about suggestions PHHS has given to long-term care facilities to maintain the health of their residents and employees. Also below is information about new graphs on CoMo.gov/Coronavirus.
Cases in Boone County
|Total positive cases||Active||Recovered||Deaths|
15-24: 17 cases
25-44: 30 cases
45-64: 23 cases
65+: 5 cases
Travel-related: 27 cases
Contact to a confirmed case: 22 cases
Community transmission: 24 cases
Pending investigation: 2
A case of the coronavirus has been identified at a long-term care facility in Boone County. PHHS officials have been in contact with local long-term care facilities to discuss their current sanitation practices, how they are managing the social distancing of residents and if there are protocols for new residents coming into their facilities. Officials also requested contact information so that they can provide the facilities with up-to-date guidance as the situation progresses.
All long-term and assisted care facilities are advised to follow the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to take proactive steps to protect the health of residents and preserve the health care workforce. CDC guidance includes the following:
- Identify and exclude potentially infected staff members.
- Implement active screening of residents and health care personnel for fever and respiratory symptoms.
- Ensure early recognition of potentially infected patients and implement appropriate infection control measures.
- Restrict visitation except in compassionate care situations such as end of life.
- Cancel all group activities and communal dining.
- Restrict all volunteers and non-essential health care personnel, including non-essential health care personnel (e.g., barbers).
Changes to City services
New graphs were added to the CoMo.gov/Coronavirus page to share additional information with residents. One chart shows Boone County COVID-19 cases by the date of the test and the other chart shows cases by mode of transmission (community spread, contact to a confirmed case, travel or pending). The charts also show the dates of significant events such as the gathering size limitations, drive-thru testing and the Stay at Home Order.
Officials advise that while the numbers fluctuate daily, it’s still important to adhere to the Stay at Home Order and maintain social distancing when leaving the house for essential errands.
Official information from the City of Columbia and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) can be found at CoMo.gov/Coronavirus. The City will also be utilizing City and PHHS official social media accounts to post updates. They can be found at @CoMoGov on Facebook and Twitter and @CoMoHealthDept on Facebook and @CoMo_HealthDept on Twitter.