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MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Nodaway County Health Department confirmed Friday evening that a Nodaway County man and woman both age 20 to 29 have tested positive for COVID-19.

The individuals are isolated in a private residence, though it is unknown if the two cases are related.

This case takes the county total to 22.

The health department is currently working to notify those who have been deemed a close contact. If you are not contacted by the health department, then you are not considered a close contact and not at risk.

The first positive case of COVID-19 in the county — in a female age 50-59 — was confirmed on April 2, followed by a second positive test on April 5 and a third case on April 13.

A fourth positive case was confirmed on April 30 and a fifth case on May 5. The sixth and seventh cases were confirmed May 18. The eighth case was confirmed May 19. Three more cases were confirmed May 21. A 12th case was confirmed May 22, and the 13th and 14th cases were confirmed on May 29. The 15th case was confirmed at the Maryville Treatment Center on June 10.

The 16th case was confirmed June 15. Three more cases were confirmed June 17. The 20th case was announced June 22.

The health department urges the public to practice social distancing by maintaining six (6) feet of separation, to limit in-person interactions, and to practice good hand washing and hygiene.

If sick, particularly with a fever and a cough, or shortness of breath, the health department suggests calling a health care provider before visiting for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.

For more information, visit the DHSS website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-435-8411. Follow Nodaway County Health Department on Facebook.

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