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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Reporting Update
For Immediate Release
April 15, 2022
(Lafayette County, MO) The State of Missouri recently announced we are transitioning from a pandemic response to an endemic phase of COVID-19. This change to endemic does not mean the end of COVID-19; it means that the disease is here to stay, and, that we have the resources to manage the disease in our daily lives. These resources are meant to keep Missourians safe and healthy.
The change to an endemic phase, however, does mean changes to the state’s surveillance from monitoring daily cases to monitoring the disease severity and its impact in our community. When we are notified by the testing sites, the Lafayette County Health Department will continue to support those individuals who test positive during the course of their illness and provide them with the resources they need to be healthy. We will also continue to provide awareness, guidance and vaccines to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Due to the change in surveillance data from the state and reporting changes to the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), the Lafayette County Health Department will no longer report weekly data as we have been for the past two years. In order to keep our community informed, we plan to provide awareness and guidance if there is a community outbreak of COVID-19 in Lafayette County.
COVID-19 continues to have a significant health effect on certain residents in our community. Testing for COVID-19, at home or at a facility, continues to be important so individuals are aware they are positive and can take necessary precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others. We continue to recommend that you stay home if you are sick, get tested and follow current CDC Guidelines.
Vaccination against COVID-19 helps protect individuals against severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19. With the change to the endemic state, we accept that COVID-19 will continue to circulate, but with vaccination, it can reduce the burden of illness to keep your family healthy.
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General Information

COVID-19 Guidance and FAQs –

How to Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 –

Information about the Delta Variant –

Information about the Omicron Variant –

What to Do if You’re Exposed to COVID-19 –

Long-haul COVID-19 and Post-COVID Conditions –


COVID-19 Back to School Resources –

COVID-19 Resources for Employees and Employers –

COVID-19 Housing Resources and Information –

COVID-19 Resources for Health Care Professionals –

Mental Health, Substance Use, Isolation, and Suicidal Support:

Vaccine Information

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V-safe Health Check-Ins Post-Vaccination –

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Information about Breakthrough Infections –

Vaccines for Children and Teens –

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General Vaccine FAQs –

Communication Toolkits & Strategies

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REACH Healthcare Foundation, HCC Network, and Grace Advertising’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rural Outreach Toolkit –

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Case Numbers By Location

Numbers of new PCR cases** by location since April 4, 2022.

Alma-1, Bates City-0, Blackburn-0, Concordia-6, Corder-0, Dover-0, Emma-0, Higginsville-2, Lexington-1, Mayview-0, Napoleon-0, Rural Oak Grove-0, Odessa-6, Waverly-0, Wellington-2.

**Above numbers do NOT include positive rapid antigen results or positive at-home test results, as they are not considered diagnostic by the CDC. Numbers only reflect PCR confirmed laboratory tests.

Lafayette County Vaccination Rate

Per the CDC, 51.7% of people in Lafayette County have initiated their first dose of their vaccine series. 45.1% of people in Lafayette County have completed primary series.

Updated Feb. 14, 2022


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 or

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.

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.

For more information, visit the CDC’s website at and the MO DHSS website at and

Media Contact:

Breann Jensen, Administrator

660-259-4371 ext. 2009

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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