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The Moniteau County Health Center has reported another potential community exposure of coronavirus in August, this time at a California restaurant.

In a press release Thursday night, the Health Center reported an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was present at Flame Diner from 9:30-10 a.m. Aug. 5 and 7-8 a.m. Aug. 7. In the release, Moniteau County Public Health advised any individuals who may have also been present during these dates and times to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from the date they visited.

Those who believe they may be developing symptoms of COVID-19 — such as fever, shortness of breath, cough, nausea and loss of taste or smell, among others — should isolate themselves from others and contact a health care provider to seek advice for testing.

This is the third community exposure since the start of August in Montieau County — previously, an individual who had tested positive was present at another California restaurant Aug. 2, and the Health Center reported a potential community exposure Tuesday at the Moniteau County Fair.

At the time of release Thursday evening, Moniteau County has 39 active cases of COVID-19. The Health Center last reported new cases Tuesday, when six new cases and four recoveries were reported. Moniteau County's total case count since the beginning of the pandemic has reached 175.

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