Southwest Missouri health departments implement the “Box In” strategy

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With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Southwest Missouri, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is partnering with local health departments to implement what they’re calling the “Box In” strategy.

The “Box In” strategy for COVID-19 means comprehensive testing, isolating the infected, trace contacting, and having those who come in contact with the infected self-isolate for two full weeks. And while those methods of containing the Coronavirus may sound familiar, the “Box In” strategy doesn’t stop there.

It also involves working closely with food processing plants which can have people working in close quarters. The McDonald County Health Department director says that her office is working closely with the team at the Tyson plant in Noel, Missouri to help protect workers.

“They have created such a safety protocol in their plant. They’re doing the best they can but this virus is very hard to control. We can do the best we can, but when you’re in a working environment, it’s very difficult to control,” said McDonald County Health Department Director Paige Behm.

The McDonald County Health Department has other partners helping them box in COVID-19. They include the Pineville Medical Clinic which is testing 50 to 60 people for the Coronavirus everyday.

“We work very tightly with them on notifying them of positives, close contacts, and then they take care the contact tracing and suggesting of further isolation,” said Jill Rogers, a family nurse practitioner at the Pineville Medical Clinic.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is also working with health officials in Jasper, Newton, and Barry counties to implement the “Box In” strategy.