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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.
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.comVaccineFinder.org
Missouri recently launched a statewide COVID-19 vaccination incentive program, MO VIP, to encourage vaccination among all Missourians age 12 and up. Over the next three months, 900 Missourians who have or will choose to be vaccinated will win cash or education savings account prizes in the amount of $10,000. Additional details and registration can be found at here.
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.
**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.
Breann Jensen, Administrator
660-259-4371 ext. 2009