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Osage County Health Department officials are warning residents of a possible scam related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Administrator Susan Long said the department received a phone call from "a young man stating that he'd received a phone call from the health department number, 573-897-3103, that lasted about two and a half minutes"

Long said the man told them the call sounded automated.

"He also told us that the message said that he needed to quarantine and to call back with a card number for a free COVID test," Long said. "Our conclusion was that he was being asked for a credit card number."

Long said no such call came from their office, and any message from a health department would only ask for a call back.

"We can't always confirm that we have a correct phone number prior to calling someone, and we will not leave health information like this on someone's voice message system," Long said. "If you received a call like the one this man received, call the Osage County Health Department as well as the Osage County Sheriff's Office to report this scam immediately."

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