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COVID numbers stay low as vaccines continue

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Pettis County added six confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,062, according to the Pettis County Health Center. 

One resident is now hospitalized seeking treatment for the virus. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website reports 78 deaths in Pettis County, which is an increase of one. 

According to the Pettis County COVID-19 Task Force briefing issued Monday, this is an increase of 15 cases in the past two weeks. The positivity rate for March 22-28 was 1.76% and the cases per 100,000 is 16.53. For March 29-31 the positivity rate was 0.63%. The overall positivity rate for March was 5.39% as compared to 9.38% in February.  

Pettis County has now vaccinated 23.8% of the population with at least one dose. According to the state website, 10,070 Pettis County residents have received one dose and 6,753 have completed the two-dose series.

The results from the face covering rule survey are available at pettiscountyhealthcenter.com/face-covering-rule-survey. The briefing states 1,759 responses were received.

Starting April 9, all Missourians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bothwell Regional Health Center will be administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from 1 to 5 p.m. April 9 and from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. April 10  on the second floor of the Bothwell Healing Arts Center, 3700 W. 10th St. in Sedalia. Register by calling 660-829-8888 or going online at brhc.org/vaccine. A limited number of walk-ins will be accepted Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, however appointments are encouraged to reduce wait times.

Additional vaccine dates will be added to Bothwell’s vaccination schedule and can be found at brhc.org/vaccine.

Katy Trail Community Health has Johnson and Johnson vaccine available. Patients will be vaccinated by appointment between 1 and 5 p.m. Thursday. Community members are asked to register at covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator and contact Katy Trail to request an appointment time.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported a seven-day total of 1,948 confirmed cases on Monday for an average of 278 per day. There were a total of four deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Missouri during the last seven days. There were a total of 287,748 vaccinations administered in the last seven days in Missouri, representing an average of 41,107 per day. 

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