The Joplin Health Department today announces that there are four additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases to 19 within the city of Joplin. Read portions of the press release below:
One individual resides in Joplin within Jasper County and the other three persons reside in Joplin within Newton County. (Note: this case will be counted under Joplin on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website.)
To protect the patient’s right to privacy, identifying information will not be provided. As part of the regular practice of disease investigation, the Health Department will notify people who have had contact with the patient.
Two of the new cases are contacts of a previously known case. The other two cases appear to have contracted the virus through local transmission. There is not any known recent travel associated with any of these cases.
The Joplin Health Department staff are working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to determine any close contacts of this individual who were possibly exposed. If exposed, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.