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SFCHC announces public health alert after circus attendee tests positive

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The St. Francois County Health Center is announcing a public health alert due to a possible COVID-19 community exposure.

Prior to being diagnosed, a COVID-19 positive person attended the following event: Loomis Bros. Circus in Bonne Terre on June 24 from 6:50 p.m.-7:40 p.m. The case was infectious at the time, but not symptomatic.

Close contacts of the case have been notified; however, any person attending the event should diligently monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 through July 8th. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a confirmed cased for at least 15 minutes. Persons who are NOT close contacts are at a low risk for developing COVID-19. If you attended the event but are NOT a close contact, you do not need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms. If you become ill and would like to be tested, please contact your medical provider.

All persons should continue to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 which include:

• Fever or chills

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Fatigue

• Muscle or body aches

• Headache

• New loss of taste or smell

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, you should get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:

• Trouble breathing

• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

• New confusion or inability to arouse

• Bluish lips or face

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

If you have a medical emergency, call 911. Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives. If you are going to the hospital via your own transport, please call your local hospital before arriving.


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