State Health Department Staff headed to Macon for mass COVID-19 testing event

by Benjamin C. Nelson

MACON, MO -- In coordination with the State of Missouri, local health department director Mike Chambers stated to the paper that a mass testing event is coming to Macon amid a recent outbreak of the virus throughout the county. "Macon County Health Department in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, will be hosting a COVID-19 mass testing event July 20 from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Macon County Park (fairgrounds). Registration for testing will be available early next week with more information forthcoming," stated Chambers.

Today, the county announces eight more cases confirmed in Macon County.

"Macon County Health Department announces 8 more positive COVID-19 cases and an additional 3 presumptive positive cases. When a person is presumptive positive it means that they are a close contact with a confirmed positive and they have COVID-19 symptoms but have not been tested or test results are inconclusive. A person who is presumptive positive may choose to be tested, or retested, but will remain in isolation.

Following is a summary of cases since COVID-19 first entered Macon County:

· 26 current active cases (since July 3)

· 9 presumptive positive (since July 3)

· 2 active positive hospitalized (prior to and since July 3)

· 7 released from isolation (prior to July 3)

All confirmed and presumptive positive cases have been advised to isolate and close contacts to positive and presumptive positive individuals have been advised to self-quarantine. Contact investigation will continue into the weekend," stated the Macon Health Department (on their July 10th press release)