Jean McBride, administrator of the Marion County Health Department issued the following statement Monday concerning the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Marion County Health Department is strongly advising that everyone who attends gatherings large or small, be mindful that the COVID-19 virus is still out there.
You may not see signs of sickness, but please be aware that many positive people have no symptoms. As the summer festivities continue, we must use common sense and awareness of our own health as well as those we encounter.
As Marion County’s positive case numbers rise, so do our risks. We may be open, but we need to be responsible in not adding to the rising count of those who have contracted COVID-19.
The decisions made will result in consequences that may or may not be favorable if you choose to ignore taking appropriate precautions.
The Marion County Health Department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including good hygiene, social distancing, wearing a mask when you can’t social distance, and limiting in-person interactions.
If you are sick, particularly with a fever and a cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider or urgent care center for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.
For more information, visit the Marion County Health Department website at www. marioncountyhd.org, DHSS website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-435-8411.