BOWLING GREEN, Mo. -- The Pike County Health Department was notified Friday that the second case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in the county and a stay-at-home order has been issued.
"This patient is currently in home isolation, following the guidance of the CDC. No other information will be provided about the patient," Health Department officials said in a release.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is working with the Health Department to monitor the patient and identify any close contacts who will be contacted individually.
"Due to the increase in cases in the state, neighboring counties and an additional case in our county we feel it necessary to take the next step for Pike County and issue a Stay at Home Order."
The order will be in effect starting Saturday and continuing through April 30. Only essential businesses may remain open while the order is in effect. All non-essential businesses will be required to close.
"This decision does not come lightly, but with the overwhelming recommendation from expert sources that the best way to slow or stop this spread is for everyone to stay at home as much as possible. We know the community is already taking many steps to abide by the current guidelines and additional steps on their own which is appreciated to keep our community healthy and safe," the release said.
Anyone who suspects that they have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should call their health care provider to let them know before seeking care. Provider need to be aware that patients may have COVID-19 prior to their arrival at a health care facility.
More information on COVID-19 is available at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html