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COVID-19 Update

Hotspot Advisories for Johnson, Lafayette, and Saline Counties

This is a situational summary from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) regarding increases in COVID-19 cases across Missouri. 

Hotspots in Johnson, Lafayette, and Saline Counties.

In recent weeks, neighboring counties in Southwest Missouri have experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The increase of COVID-19 cases continues to move toward northward. The Delta variant is the predominant cause of these cases. The DHSS is creating hotspot advisories in partnership with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Missouri Hospital Association for counties across the state to give insight to community leaders to help overcome vaccine hesitancy and encourage community members to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is the best way to control the spread of this disease.

An advisory for Johnson, Lafayette, and Saline counties is attached as a PDF. These advisories indicate that cases and hospitalizations are increasing. The COVID-19 vaccination rate in the counties is below the state rate of 42.8%.

Please share the hotspot advisory with those in your community including local leaders, government officials, businesses, faith-based organizations, and other partners.  COVID-19 vaccine is widely available and can be found by going to MOStopsCovid.com or VaccineFinder.org.

Covid Stops Here, a new campaign launched by the Missouri Chamber, recognizes Missouri workplaces that have achieved widespread vaccination. Click here to register your business and receive recognition to let your community know you are leading the fight against this virus.

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LCHD Issues Public Health Advisory
Lexington, MO (August 13, 2021) In Lafayette County, COVID -19 PCR percent positivity rate is 15.87% and total number new cases is 476.95 per 100k.  These metrics place Lafayette County into the category of high risk of community transmission*. With COVID-19 transmission rates in Lafayette County maintaining high risk level, the Lafayette County Health Department and the Lafayette County Health Department Board of Trustees have issued a Public Health Advisory for the county.

The Public Health Advisory encourages all individuals to take preventative measures to slow the continued spread of COVID-19. Individuals are also encouraged to discuss safety precautions with their health care provider. This advisory, in accordance with the CDC, encourages individuals to

  • Talk to your health care provider about the COVID -19 vaccine.
  • Get vaccinated if you qualify-vaccinations have been proven to prevent severe illness and death caused by COVID-19.
  • Wear a face covering** that covers the nose and mouth regardless of vaccination status
  • Maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet from others who live outside of your household
  • Continue other measures such as hand washing and cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  • If exposed, follow the proper quarantine procedures.
  • If symptomatic, seek out testing for COVID-19.
  • If tested positive, isolate from others for at least 10 days and notify anyone who would be considered a close contact.

*https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

**Face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

For more information, visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the MO DHSS website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus and www.covidvaccine.mo.gov

Media Contact:

Breann Jensen, Administrator

660-259-4371 ext. 2009

Breann.Jensen@lpha.mo.gov

Certain Immunocompromised Individuals can now Receive Third Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in Missouri
UPDATE: Third COVID-19 vaccine doses for a specific group of medically eligible individuals are now available. LCHD has the Pfizer vaccine every Tuesday in the month of August, no appointment needed. Booster doses for others NOT meeting the criteria below will be available once approved by FDA and State of MO standing orders.
 
At this time we are only able to provide a third dose for the specific group listed below. If you have one or more of the following specific conditions, treatments, or diagnoses, you are currently eligible to receive a third dose if it has been 28 days since the second dose. You must receive the same vaccine you received for your first two doses.
 
We only have the Pfizer vaccine at the Lafayette County Health Department.
We will verify previous vaccination brands and dates and you will be required to sign a State form declaring you fit the criteria.
Please call us at 660-259-4371 with any questions.
 
Important Criteria:
• Immune compromised due to undergone solid organ transplantation and taking immune-suppressing medications
• Immune compromised due to active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
• Immune compromised due to receipt of CAR-T cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
• Moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (eg., DiGeorge, Wiskott Aldrich Syndromes)
• Immune compromised due to Advanced or untreated HIV infection
• Immune compromised due to “Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress immune response: high-dose corticosteroids (ie.,≥ 20 mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor necrosis (TNF) blocker or other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory
 
 

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