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COVID-19 Spike In Area


The City of Portageville has seen a troubling recent spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in and around our community.  The City is working with County and State officials to monitor the situation and develop responses to combat this situation.


After the initial cases of Covid-19 appeared, health officials warned of a possible secondary spike of this illness.  It is now clear, that we have begun to see that spike.  However, our systems are in a much better position to handle these challenges now as opposed to how we were prepared in March and April.  We have better testing...better health care treatment...better source tracking of those who are potentially exposed.
So, what does this all mean?  In short, we must be vigilant in our response to this pandemic.  We must, above all else, protect those members of our community who are most at risk from this illness.  If you are in contact with elderly or those who have preexisting medical conditions, use common sense practices to protect them...masks, proper hand washing, limiting contact...these are ways to keep our most vulnerable lived ones safe.  IF YOU FEEL SICK, OR ARE IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE, PLEASE SEEK...AND FOLLOW...MEDICAL ADVICE.  If you do not have a family physician, please contact the New Madrid County Health Department for assistance.
I can not stress this point enough.  The results we get out of these actions are directly tied to the effort we put into these actions as a community.  If we do not self isolate when sick or when exposed to those who are confirmed positive cases, we will continue to see more and more cases.  If we do not protect our most vulnerable, we will transmit this virus to them.  
As a community, I have no doubt that we are capable of facing this challenge and, ultimately, overcoming it.
May God Bless you and yours.