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Pettis County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday September 27th, 2022 :: 11:20 a.m. CDT

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Pettis County COVID-19 Task Force briefing for Monday, September 26, 2022.

Pettis County COVID-19 Task Force Briefing
September 26, 2022
 

To communicate openly with county residents, this compilation of information from essential government service providers within Pettis County will be disseminated on Mondays.  This briefing will continue to be provided throughout the COVID-19 event.
 
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of either the Pettis County Sheriff's Office or the County of Pettis.
 
Health
Pettis County Health Department
A new website is available for tracking COVID-19 data at the county level.  The CDC site is https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home   The site is primarily updated on Thursday.  Some information is updated daily. The DHSS site is updated on Friday.  https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus
 
During the week of September 19-25, there were 76 new cases reported.  Last week there were 113.
 
As of September 26, there are 13,868 positive cases reported to Pettis County Health Center. The case count per 100,000 for the past 7 days is 262.17/100,000 (through September 22) as compared to 172.42/100,000 last week, using the CDC website.  There were 112 tests done for Pettis County residents last week as compared to 87 the previous week. 
 
There are treatments available for those at high risk of serious disease with COVID-19 infection.  Treatment must start as soon as 5 days after the beginning of symptoms.   If you have symptoms and/ or test positive and have a chronic health problem that places you at increased risk for serious disease, call your family doctor quickly.
 
The case counts by age will be posted on the Pettis County Health Center Facebook page and website.
 
As of September 21, there were 781 hospitalized in Missouri with COVID as compared to 809 hospitalized with COVID last week.  There are 103 people in ICU as compared to 98 people in ICU last week.    Statewide the highest rate for new infections is in the 85+ age group followed by the 64-84 age group.
According to the latest information Omicron accounts for 100% of the variant reported in the sewer shed report.   The predominant variant is the BA 4 and 5.  On the state level, BA 5 remains the largest variant.  This variant has been reported to be highly contagious.    Information is posted on the DHSS website  https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/f7f5492486114da6b5d6fdc07f81aacf  
Pettis County is currently in the yellow or medium risk category.  The guidance for a medium risk county is as following: Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms.  Wear a mask if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19.  You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others. If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider taking additional precautions.    Information about the risk factor assessment, can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html
 
 
The CDC guidance for a positive test is as follows:    Everyone who tests positive needs to stay home for 5 days from the day after the test date, then wear a mask for 5 more days if they have no symptoms or significantly improved symptoms. If you know the date symptoms began, the count begins the next day.  Everyone who is still ill or has a fever must stay home until symptoms get better then wear a mask for a total of 10 days.   For individuals who are exposed to a positive case, wear a mask for 10 days, getting tested after 5 days.   If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.  You may report positive home tests to the Health Center at 660-827-1130.
The vaccination rate for Pettis County is as follows:
                                                                One dose                            Fully vaccinated                                Up to date with booster
Entire County                                    50.6% (21,409)                   43.8% (18,560)                   41.6% (7,728)
Age 12 and over                               59.4% (21,028)                   51.7% (18,289)                   42.2% (7,709)
Age 18 and over                               62.5% (19,993)                   54.5% (17,375)                   43.6% (7,569)
Age 65 and over                               80.6% (5,837)                     73.3% (5,311)                     67.4% (3,578)
 
The numbers are from the CDC website.
 
There are 2 people hospitalized as compared to 6 last week.  The age range is 20-54
 
Vaccine is available for everyone 6 months of age and older. Pettis County Health Center has the vaccine for children starting at 6 months of age.  The vaccine will be provided on Tuesdays during the regular COVID clinic.   Pfizer vaccines are now available for younger children.    Contact the Health Center or your family medical provider for information on all types of available vaccine. At this time, Novavax is not currently available at the Health Center.  All vaccines are free at the Health Center.   There is a charge for uninsured at BRHC.    Pettis County Health Center provides vaccine for individuals at home.  Call 660-827-1130 to make arrangements.
 
The new booster (bi-valent) is now available.  The Pfizer booster will be available for those 12 years of age and older.  Moderna booster will be available for those 18 years of age and older.   In order to receive the bi-valent vaccine, you must have completed the primary series (2 Pfizer or 2 Moderna vaccines) and it has been at least 2 months since your last vaccine (primary or booster).  The Health Center will be open until 6:45 on Tuesday, September 20 and Tuesday September 27
Flu season will be arriving soon.  The Health Center has vaccine for those with health insurance (including Medicare).  We are still waiting for the vaccine provided for children through the VFC (Medicaid or uninsured) and those without insurance.  COVID booster and flu vaccine may be received at the same time.
 
Pettis County Health Center has regular walk in clinics on Tuesdays from 9-5:15 pm.  If there is an increased demand for vaccine, we will provide additional opportunities.  We encourage people who have not received a booster to bring their vaccination status up to date.
If you know someone who is struggling with mental health issues, please share the information on help that is available.    Burrell has a crisis line at 1-800-395-2132.  Compass Health also has a crisis line at 1-800-237-4567 for substance abuse issue.   The new national mental health crisis line 988 is now available
 
Bothwell Regional Health Center
 
Updated Mask Policy
Effective Sept. 22, masks are encouraged, yet not required for patients and visitors in the hospital and clinics.
 
People will be asked to wear a mask if they know they have Covid-19, influenza or another respiratory illness, have symptoms like fever or coughing or are in a facility for treatment or testing for Covid-19, influenza or another respiratory illness.
 
When visiting patients who are actively ill with Covid-19, influenza or other respiratory illnesses, visitors will be asked to wear additional personal protective equipment including masks, gowns or eye goggles. Hospital visitors should follow the requirements posted on patient doors.
 
For all visitor information, go online at brhc.org/visitors.
 
All hospital and clinic employees, physicians, vendors and affiliates are still required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status when directly providing or engaging in patient care.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Katy Trail Community Health
Katy Trail Community Health continues to provide free vaccines for community members on Wednesdays and Fridays.  We have vaccine for all ages.  We have N95 masks for anyone in the community and we can test community members at both our 305 West Main and 821 Westwood.  Call 1-877-733-5824 for an appointment.
 
 
 
 
The following COVID-19 phone numbers and websites are provided for your information:
MO Department of Health and Senior Services Hotline:                  877-435-8411
City of Sedalia/Pettis County Helpline:                                                    660-851-7686
Pettis County Health Center:  www.pettiscountyhealthcenter.com

 
 
 

Instructions:

The next scheduled briefing is Monday, October 3, 2022.

Address/Location
Pettis County Sheriff's Office
319 South Lamine Avenue
Sedalia, MO 65301

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 660-827-0052

Carolyn Green
Administration
[email protected]
660-827-4001

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