July 19, 2021
PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT
With the school year quickly approaching and COVID numbers on the rise, we would like to take the time to educate families on how COVID quarantine procedures will be handled at this point for New Madrid County residents. All recommendations are from The Center for Disease Control and may change at any time.
Any person who is considered a “close contact” of a positive COVID patient will be asked to quarantine one of two ways:
1) Test out option: Patient must quarantine for 7 full days from last contact with the positive and remain asymptomatic those seven days. On day 5, 6, or 7, if the patient receives a negative test result and remains asymptomatic, they may return back to regular activities on the 8th day. (Test out option is only accepted if tested on day 5,6, or 7 of quarantine and written proof of test result is required)
2) Traditional 10-day quarantine. This option requires ten days of quarantine with the patient being able to return to regular activities on day 11 and no test is required.
*quarantines could be longer for household and prolonged contacts.
Close contact: is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet of a positive patient for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period beginning 48 hours before the positive person’s symptoms began.
Exclusions from quarantine: A fully vaccinated individual will be exempt from quarantine UNLESS they become symptomatic.
People are considered fully vaccinated:
· 2 weeks after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
· 2 weeks after their single-dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Vaccinations are available for individuals 12 years of age and up. Please contact the Health Department at 573-748-5541 to schedule a vaccination or for more information on vaccines and their availability.
Masks and social distancing are still recommended for all individuals who are unvaccinated!
If you go out of state (TN or AR) to get testing done, it may not get reported to MO for a couple of weeks. It would be helpful if you could give us a call and self report it to us. We would need you to get a copy of your positive lab and either email it or fax it to the health department. For more info on this give us a call at 573-748-5541.
As of July 30 2021 at 8:00 am
2,263 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in New Madrid County!
2,263 cases 2,222 released from isolation and 41 active cases and 53 deaths
Together we can stop the spread of this virus!
For more information, visit the DHSS website at
or the CDC website at
A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-435-8411.
Eligible Missourians can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine through Walmart and Sam's Club locations across the state.
Why should I get vaccinated?
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine not only helps protect you, but also those around you who are not yet eligible to get the vaccine or are extra-vulnerable. By doing so, you’re performing an act of service for your community and freeing up health care resources for those in need with other health conditions.
To learn more visit CDC.gov/Covidvaccine
Is the vaccine safe?
Yes! The vaccine is safe and more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 after two doses*. When you receive your first dose, we will schedule your appointment for the second dose. It is absolutely necessary that you receive both doses. The COVID-19 vaccine cannot give you COVID-19.
To check availability and schedule an appointment, visit: www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine and www.samsclub.com/covid.
Before scheduling an appointment, please verify your eligibility through your State Health Department's website.