COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)


COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that had not previously been identified in humans. A coronavirus is a virus that can cause respiratory illness ranging from the common cold to more severe illness such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Our public health system—both local, national, and international, is well-practiced with these types of respiratory viruses. 

As of April 7th, 2020, at 5:00 pm:

Number of Greene County COVID-19 cases: 72

  • Number of cases who are no longer ill and have been released from isolation: 17
  • Number of cases that required hospitalization: 20

Visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ website for the latest information for the state of Missouri.

  1. Prevention
  2. At-risk groups
  3. Cases in the US

Virtual Care

If you are sick, use virtual care options to seek medical treatment without exposing others to illness.


There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. Protect yourself and others with these tips:

  • Wash your hands often.
    • Especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If you are sick:
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.

Frequently Asked Questions:

If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention—particularly if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Contact your healthcare provider before you go to tell them about your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you are sick, you can use virtual care options to seek medical treatment without exposing others to illness.

There is still much to learn about how this novel coronavirus is spread. It is thought to spread between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected coughs or sneezes.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It is important to remember that these symptoms are common in many illnesses. 

At this time there are no vaccines, cures, or preventative products for COVID-19.

Wearing a cloth face covering is a voluntary public health measure if you must go out in public, but it should not lead to a false sense of security.

Facial covering is only part of a toolkit—washing hands, practicing respiratory etiquette, and most importantly, staying at home as much as possible is all of vital importance.

The use of a cloth face covering may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others. It is important that the face coverings are used properly and that physical distancing and handwashing guidelines are still followed.

We recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. You can find information on how to make a proper cloth face covering here:

It should also be noted that care must be taken to avoid potential spread of illness by unintended means, such as leaving a covering out after use or failing to wear a covering properly&emdash;which includes keeping it on.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

Isolation and quarantine are both used to protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or who may be sick.

  • "Isolation" refers to separating a sick person from others.
  • "Quarantine" refers to separating people who are not sick, but may have been exposed to an illness, from others.

You can read more about the distinction between these terms here.

Nationality is not a risk factor for COVID-19. An individual is only considered at risk for this illness if they or a very close contact have recently traveled to an area impacted by COVID-19, regardless of race.


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Watch archived COVID-19 press briefings here