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COVID-19 cases increase around Pettis County

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Pettis County added four cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,157, according to the Pettis County Health Center. 

There are three Pettis County residents hospitalized.

According to the Pettis County COVID-19 Task Force briefing issued Monday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is reporting Pettis County has a positivity rate of 1.8% for the past seven days with PCR testing with 219 PCR tests and 89 antigen tests in the past seven days. The local numbers for the week of June 1-7 is a positivity rate of 1.86% with 14.17 cases/100,000 population. There were 323 tests reporting both PCR and antigen with six positives and 317 negatives. 

The briefing states Pettis County is located between two areas of increasing COVID 19 cases – Linn, Livingston, Chariton counties to the north and Stone, Taney, Christian, Greene, Webster, Laclede, Camden and Miller counties to the south, which are all tourist and recreation destinations. These counties are along or close to the Highway 65 corridor. Cox Medical Center has had to re-open a COVID ICU closed in February and two of the 48 hospitalized patients at Cox are 16 years old. 

The Delta variant, a highly contagious variant from India, has been reported in 18 mostly rural wastewater districts.

An increase in viral load in the Central Wastewater treatment plant was noted for the week of May 24-31. Information is posted on the DHSS website.

Pettis County has now vaccinated approximately 30.5% of the population with at least one dose. According to the state website, 12,893 Pettis County residents have received one dose and 11,443 have completed the two-dose series, which is approximately 27% of the population. Pettis County is falling behind the state rate of 42.9% with at least one dose and 36.5% fully vaccinated. The state is reporting 53.3% of the population over 18 has at least one dose of vaccine and 45.8% are fully vaccinated. For Pettis County, 40.4% of the population 18+ has at least one dose and 35.9% are fully vaccinated. 

Pettis County Health Center will have regular walk-in clinics on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. First doses are available as well as second doses for those unable to make their second dose appointment. To register, call 660-827-1130, but appointments are not required.

OATS is providing transportation to vaccine clinics free of charge. To schedule transportation, call 1-800-276-6287.

Bothwell Regional Health Center will be administering Pfizer dose one and two from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 17 at Bothwell Truman Lake in Warsaw and Johnson & Johnson from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Thursday at Bothwell Truman Lake in Warsaw.  

People may walk in at any event; however, appointments are encouraged by calling 660-829-8888 or scheduling in Bothwell’s patient portal, MyBothwellHealth at www.brhc.org/portal or in the MHealth app. Visit www.brhc.org/vaccine for all clinic dates. There is no charge for the vaccine.

COVID-19 testing is available at the Bothwell Walk In Clinic located on the first floor of the Healing Arts Center. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Katy Trail Community Health is offering free COVID vaccines and free COVID testing at all sites on a walk-in basis. Go to www.katytrailcommunityhealth.org or call 877-733-5824. Katy Trail will also be vaccinating at the Juneteenth Celebration at Hubbard Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported a seven-day total of 2,122 confirmed cases for an average of 303 per day. There were a total of five deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Missouri during the last seven days, representing an average of one death per day. There were 80,445 vaccines administered in the last seven days in Missouri for an average of 11,492 per day.

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