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Nearly 20% of Pettis County residents vaccinated for COVID

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Pettis County added 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,047, according to the Pettis County Health Center. 

According to the Pettis County COVID-19 Task Force briefing issued Monday, this is an increase of 44 cases in the past two weeks. The positivity rate for March 8-14 was 5.83% and the cases per 100,000 is 94.48. 

There are now 15 active cases and 4,955 residents have been released to normal activity. One resident is now hospitalized seeking treatment for the virus.

The briefing states Pettis County has now vaccinated 18.8% of the population with at least one dose. According to the state website, 7,978 Pettis County residents have received one dose and 5,584 have completed the two-dose series. The next free first-dose clinic will be March 26 at the MO-Ag Theater on the Missouri State Fairgrounds for Missourians in all tiers of Phase 1B. 

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

On March 29, Phase 2 will open to include individuals who work in restaurants, construction, banks, government employees, higher education, commercial facilities, critical manufacturing, libraries, homeless individuals and others who have been disproportionately affected populations. On April 9, vaccine will be open to all Missouri residents. To identify individuals interested in the vaccine and plan for future clinics, Pettis County residents are encouraged to sign up with Bothwell at brhc.org/vaccine or by calling 660-829-8822. Appointments are scheduled from the preregistration forms received. 

A survey about face coverings is available at www.pettiscountyhealthcenter.com. Respondents are reminded the Health Center is only asking about events that have occurred since Aug. 7 when the face covering rule went into effect.

Bothwell reminded residents that COVID testing is no longer available at the Sheep Pavilion on the Missouri State Fairgrounds but those with signs and symptoms of the virus and should visit the Bothwell Walk In Clinic to be seen by a provider or call their provider’s office.

Katy Trail Community Health continues to offer COVID testing daily at its Sedalia site and COVID immunizations at all locations. For more information, call 877-733-5824 or visit www.katytrailcommunityhealth.org. Katy Trail will be administering vaccines at the Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by N.O.R.T.H. on April 3.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported a seven-day total of 2,042 cases on Monday for an average of 292 per day. There were a total of seven deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Missouri during the last seven days, representing an average of one death per day. There were a total of 234,408 vaccinations administered in the last seven days in Missouri, representing an average of 33,487 per day. 

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