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Missouri is seeing the highest increase in COVID cases in the U.S.


Pettis County added 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,226, according to the Pettis County Health Center. 

According to the Pettis County COVID-19 Task Force briefing issued Monday, the Department of Health and Senior Services website is reporting Pettis County has a positivity rate of 5.3% for the past seven days as compared to 1.8% for last week with PCR testing with 190 PCR tests and 108 antigen tests in the past seven days. To assist with continued testing, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is offering free in-home testing, the briefing states. 

“The Delta variant from India is now about 10% of the cases in the U.S. and the percentage is doubling every week,” the briefing said. “Several studies from Scotland where the Delta variant is 90% of the circulating virus type, the risk of being hospitalized is twice as great as with the original Alpha virus.” 

The current vaccines, particularly Pfizer and Moderna, are effective in preventing hospitalization with the Delta variant, but both shots are needed.

“The pandemic is not over yet. Missouri has been identified as having the highest increase in the rate of cases in the United States,” the briefing noted. “We need to protect those who can not be vaccinated.”

According to the briefing, Pettis County continues to be located between two areas of high 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. As of Friday, there were 747 people hospitalized in Missouri with COVID.

Warrensburg, Columbia, Jefferson City and Kansas City have the Delta variant present in the sewershed. Information is posted on the DHSS website  https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/f7f5492486114da6b5d6fdc07f81aacf

“There are three individuals hospitalized at Bothwell. Last week there were three on the date of this report,” the briefing said. “One hospitalized individual is under 25 years of age. The DHSS website revised the reported deaths in Pettis County to 77.”

Pettis County has now vaccinated approximately 30.8% of the population with at least one dose. According to the state website, 13,046 Pettis County residents have received one dose and 11,616 are considered fully vaccinated which is approximately 27.4% of the population. Pettis County is falling behind the state rate of 43.6% with at least one dose and 37.9% fully vaccinated. The state is reporting 54% of the population over 18 has at least one dose of vaccine and 47.4% are fully vaccinated. For Pettis County 40.9% of the population 18+ has at least one dose and 36.4% are fully vaccinated. Last week 291 doses of vaccine were given to Pettis County residents last week. 

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. If you would like to register, you can 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 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 23 at Bothwell Internal Medicine in the Healing Arts Center at 10th Street and Winchester Drive (dose one and two). Pfizer is available for people age 12 and older; anyone younger than 18 must have a parent present to sign.

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 to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Katy Trail Community Health is offering Free Covid Vaccine and Free Covid Testing at all sites on a walk in basis. In Pettis County, testing or vaccinating is available at 821 Westwood Dr.  Go to www.katytrailcommunityhealth.org or call 877-733-5824. 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported a seven day total of 2,702 confirmed cases for an average of 386 per day. There were a total of six deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Missouri during the last seven days, representing an average of one death per day. There were 67,555 vaccines administered in the last seven days in Missouri for an average of 9.651 per day.


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