From Pike County Health Department Home Health & Hospice

January 31, 2020

Current situation on the novel coronavirus for Pike County, Missouri

  • Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
  • Infections with 2019-nCoV also are being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States, where the first 2019-nCoV infection was detected in a traveler returning from Wuhan on January 21, 2020.


Human corona viruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • Rarely, fecal contamination

The Pike County Health Department urges you go take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough.
  • Stay away from others who are sick


More Resources:

About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Information for Healthcare Professionals

Information for Travelers