As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Missouri continue to rise, we want you to stay safe and informed. The World Health Organization has updated the risk of spreading the virus to very high and social distancing is encouraged with many businesses and school districts around the state shutting down for at least two weeks. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends cancelling or postponing events with 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. Here’s how you can protect yourself and others during this time. 

For more information, please refer to the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO).

What to do if you think you’re sick:

  • Stay home. If you are mildly sick, you can recover at home.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor
  • Do not have contact with others
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Seek medical care right away if your illness is worsening

Steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often for at least twenty seconds
  • Avoid close contact with people
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Source: CDC

Find out where and how to get tested here.

For more updates, follow the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and refer to your local health departments that can be found here.

For breaking news and updated information, please follow these publications:

Kansas City Star, Coronavirus Updates

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, LIVE: STL area coronavirus updates, March 16: Here’s what we know

Columbia Missourian, Covid-19 Virus

KCTV, Coronavirus Coverage

KSHB, COVID-19 case tracker: Where we stand in MO, KS, nationwide

Springfield News Leader, Live coronavirus updates: SPS and other districts close, city declares state of emergency

KMOV, The Latest: Belleville closing offices amid COVID-19 concerns

KOMU, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece to introduce resolution on COVID-19

ABC 17, MU Health is preparing for a spike in patients as COVID-19 outbreak continues

Live Science, Missouri: Latest updates on coronavirus

St. Louis Public Radio, Your Questions About Coronavirus In The St. Louis Region, Answered