The Laclede County Health Department shared possible exposures involving the county’s fifth case of COVID-19. Laclede County Health Department Administrator Charla Baker says in this case the individual experienced mild symptoms and there is no known contact with a previous COVID 19 victim. The patient acted quickly and took a test.

Contact investigators identified a couple of locations where possible public exposures could have happened. Employees and customers at these locations should monitor for symptoms.

*Monday, May 25th 6 to 8 pm, El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant in Lebanon
*Tuesday, May 26th – East 32 Meat Processing, very limited public exposure

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It spreads between people who are in close contact with one another.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

*shortness of breath
*muscle pain
*sore throat
*and new loss of taste or smell

Laclede County residents are reminded to follow the CDC guidelines, including handwashing, cleaning frequently used surface areas, and stay at home when you are sick. For more information visit the Center for Disease Control website.