Infected persons attended church services at St. Columban and turning Point Church on Aug. 23.

Anyone who attended church services at St. Columban or Turning Point Church on Sunday, Aug. 23 are urged to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

Today, the Livingston County Health Center announced the agency had received notification of a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual who attended services at St. Columban Catholic Church in Chillicothe Aug. 23, as well as an additional positive case that attended Turning Point Church also on Aug. 23.

“If you were in attendance, please monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and do your best to stay isolated from other people for 14 days. If you have symptoms and get tested, please isolate from that point forward, as testing results can take five days or more to come back,” Ann Burchett, Public Information Supervisor with the health center said in a press release.

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization. Most common symptoms include: fever; dry cough; tiredness; aches and pains; sore throat; diarrhea; conjunctivitis; headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; chest pain or pressure; loss of speech or movement.

On average it takes five to six days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days. Testing results can take up to a week, so if you are experiencing symptoms and get tested, please isolate yourself beginning when you take the test.

If you have specific concerns of close contact and have not been called, call the health center at 646- 5506 between 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 4 p.m. If you have general questions about isolation and quarantine, please call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Toll- Free COVID-19 Hotline at 877-435-8411.

“Avoiding exposure is the best way to prevent the illness as there is currently no vaccine and no

medications available to prevent or treat COVID-19,” Burchett said in the press release. “There are also everyday preventable actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and many other respiratory diseases”

Avoid close contact with people, especially those who are sick, also known as “social distancing.” Voluntary home isolation: stay home at least 24 hours after a fever or signs of a fever are gone, without the use of fever-reducing medicines, as well as other known signs of the illness. Wear a mask in public places to avoid the asymptomatic spread of the virus. It is also beneficial to wear a mask when traveling by car for more than 15 minutes with anyone at higher risk. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

While voluntarily isolating at home, proper respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene are important, there are other ways to help prevent the spread of disease. Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces with appropriate detergent-based cleaners or disinfectants and increase the frequency of cleaning.

Additional information and updates about COVID-19 are available online at https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/.