The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has activated a statewide  hotline for people seeking guidance in relation to COVID-19.

People can call that hotline at 877-435-8411.

The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

So far, 46 patients in Missouri have been tested for the virus that causes COVID-19; one of those has tested positive.

DHSS say some simple preventive actions that help prevent the spread of all types of respiratory viruses include:

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.