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Local COVID numbers stay down


Pettis County added 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 12,027, according to the Pettis County Health Center.

As of April 18, there are 12,027 positive cases reported to Pettis County as compared to 12,010 positive cases on April 11 and 11,991 positive cases on April 4. The case count per 100,000 for the past seven days is 233/100,000 as compared to 47.24/100,000 last week, using the CDC website. There were 178 tests done for Pettis County residents last week.

There were 107 Influenza cases reported last week, only two being Type B. The total count now is 999.

As of April 13, there were 385 hospitalized in Missouri with COVID as compared to 458 hospitalized with COVID last week. There are 40 people in ICU as compared to 65 people in ICU last week.

There are zero individuals hospitalized at Bothwell Regional Health Center as compared to one last week.  No additional deaths were reported last week for a total of 160. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website does not have correct information about deaths in Pettis County.

Pettis County Health Center has regular walk-in clinics from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays.

People who test positive and have a particularly high risk of progressing to more severe disease need a prescription/order from a local physician for treatment. Contact your health care professional as quickly as possible after testing positive. Two of the medications can only be started within five days of onset of symptoms. People can no longer self-refer for infusions by calling the hospital.

Following recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CDC action, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has said a second booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to all individuals 50 years and older and to moderately to severely immune-compromised individuals 12 years and older. Those who are eligible may receive a second booster dose at least four months after their initial booster dose to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. Adults aged 18 to 49 who received the Johnson & Johnson primary and booster vaccine who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised may receive a booster dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after their last dose.

People who want the Pfizer vaccine or booster can visit the Bothwell Walk-In Clinic located on the first floor of the Bothwell Healing Arts Center at 3700 W. 10th St. in Sedalia. There is no charge for the vaccine; however, a $40 administration fee is charged for those without insurance coverage.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for children aged 5 to 11. People who want the vaccine for their child in that age group can make appointments at Bothwell TLC Pediatrics from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays by calling 660-829-5852 or 660-829-8888 or at Bothwell Health Center-Truman Lake in Warsaw from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays by calling 660-438-6800.

Katy Trail Community Health has at-home COVID tests at its Westwood Drive and Main Street locations. Vaccines are available on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 816 Westwood.


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