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 March 27th, 2020, at 2:00 pm:

Number of confirmed Greene County COVID-19 cases: 41

  • Number of cases who are no longer ill and have been released from isolation: 5
  • Number of cases that required hospitalization: 14

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:

Should I seek medical care?

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.

How is COVID-19 spread?

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.

What are the symptoms?

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. 

Are there any preventative products?

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

Should I be wearing a face mask?

Face masks are NOT recommended to protect yourself from COVID-19. Here’s why:

  • Most face masks are not adequate protection against a respiratory virus.
  • Most individuals do not know how to properly use a face mask in order to protect themselves from disease.
  • Using a face mask will only give you a false sense of security and make it easy to forget other, more effective forms of disease prevention like social distancing and hand washing.

Face masks ARE recommended if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or another respiratory illness, in order prevent the spread of disease to others. Face masks are also crucial for healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19.

What does isolation mean? What does quarantine mean?

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.

What about international students?

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.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the new ordinance regarding restrictions on events and certain businesses, click here.

For more Frequently Asked Questions, click here to visit the CDC’s FAQ page. (Español | 中文)

Latest News:

Watch archived COVID-19 press briefings here