Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19

With flu season right around the corner it is important to know the differences between flu and COVID-19. While COVID-19 and flu viruses are thought to spread in similar ways, COVID-19 is more contagious among certain populations and age groups than flu. Also, COVID-19 has been observed to have more superspreading events than flu. This means the virus that causes COVID-19 can quickly and easily spread to a lot of people and result in continuous spreading among people as time progresses.

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.

While more is learned every day, there is still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19 and the virus that causes it. This page compares COVID-19 and flu, given the best available information to date.

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Amended Sewage Ordinance

On August 27, 2020 the Board of Trustees for the Pike County Health Department voted to rescind part of the new On-Site Sewage Disposal System Ordinance 2020. The three-acre exemption was put back into the ordinance. They also chose to make this change retro-active to the implementation date of the new ordinance. This means that properties over 3 acres are not required to have a permit and inspection from the Health Department. All other changes made to the ordinance were left in place.  For the order and full ordinance visit our website by using the link below. A physical copy can be found at the County Clerk’s office, or the Health Department.


>>>>> The new amended ordinance can be found here on our website.

New Wireless Medical Alert Devices available!

We are excited to announce that our agency is now offering wireless devices through Philips Lifeline!

Lifeline gives quick access to help, 24 hours a day. When help is needed, the individual presses the help button that is worn as a pendant. A certified Personal Response Associate responds quickly, assesses the situation and summons help, whether it is a neighbor, relative or ambulance. Our agency is a certified installer and business partner with Philips Lifeline and offers these medical alert services to help independent older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions feel more confident to continue living independently in their home or on the go.

In most cases our staff can have your system installed in as little as 30 minutes and within 48 hours of your order. Monthly subscriptions, installation/equipment fees vary depending on the device you choose. Payments can be made monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly or yearly. Get a 5% discount when paying yearly! All devices have a no-risk 30 day satisfaction guarantee, if you are not satisfied with your device and call to cancel within 30 days of installation you will not be billed for that time. Learn more by calling our office 573-324-2111

CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS:  Our agency will be taking over the billing for your service beginning on October 1st, 2020. Nothing will change for you other than you will receive your bill/make payments to Pike County Health Department as opposed to Philips Lifeline. All subscribers have been mailed notification of this change. For questions please call Tracy Brookshier 573-324-2111 ext. 140


We offer three types of medical alert services:


HomeSafe Standard
Get access to the help you need 24/7 at the push of a button. The HomeSafe Standard medical alert system delivers peace-of-mind at home, at an exceptional value. This service comes in a landline or wireless option that is perfect for those who are home bound.




  • Landline: $29.95 per month
  • Wireless: $43.95 per month
  • One time Installation/Equipment fee of $75.00 that can be made in payments



HomeSafe with Auto Alert
This option provides the benefits of a classic medical alert system, but is enhanced with AutoAlert, a highly tested fall detection technology. Having AutoAlert means if a loved one falls, and is unable to press their button, a help call will still be sent to our Response Center. HomeSafe with AutoAlert allows help to get dispatched quickly. Offered with Landline and Wireless connections, this option is also great for those who are home bound.




  • Landline: $44.95 per month
  • Wireless: $56.95 per month
  • One time Installation/Equipment fee of $75.00 that can be made in payments



This product is the newest addition to the Philips Lifeline mobile alert service family. This single piece system includes multiple, advanced locating technologies, fall detection capabilities and two-way voice communication all in a light, comfortable, easy-to-wear pendant. GoSafe 2 provides fast access to help whenever and wherever you need it. This product is completely wireless and runs off of its own AT&T cellular signal so it is perfect for those adults who are still on the go, away from their home but prefer to have the extra level of safety when out-and-about.



  • $49.95 per month *
  • One time Installation/Equipment fee of $100.00 that can be made in payments

*The GoSafe2’s are currently on short supply of these devices due to COVID-19. To check our availability please contact Tracy Brookshier 573-324-2111 ext. 140


America’s #1 Medical Alert Service Since 1974

As part of Philips Healthcare, the commitment to innovative, quality care is in everything we do here at Lifeline. Whether it’s state-of-the-art lab equipment for hospitals or advanced consumer products for patients, Philips is dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals and families everywhere.

Our suite of aging-in-place solutions supports independent living and helping older Americans make the transition from hospital to home. As the leader in medical alert systems in the United States for over 40 years, we combine a steadfast commitment to innovating with a variety of services for your lifestyle and outstanding customer service.

Our mission

Our mission is to transform the aging experience, making it better for older adults, caregivers and clinicians around the world by:

  • Delivering personalized services that provide quick, stellar support 24/7
  • Keeping customers as healthy as they can be through continual innovation
  • Enabling caregivers and healthcare providers with access to the information needed for better outcomes

We work to create solutions so seniors can live independently with grace and dignity in the place they call home.

Drive Thru Flu Shots Scheduled

Getting your flu shot is easy, just drive up and roll down your window! We will give your flu shot without you needing to even exit your car! Medicare, Medicaid, Most Insurances & private pay accepted! High dose will be available while supplies last. No insurance and can’t afford your flu shot? Some adult and child immunizations are free through VFC and 317 programs.
  • 9/16/2020 Bowling Green: Convention & Visitors Bureau Park Pavillion (Next to Walmart) from 1-6pm
  • 9/23/2020 Louisiana:  County Market Parking lot from 2-6pm

Pike Health Department Reports Second COVID-19 Related Death



August 27, 2020


Pike Health Department Reports Second COVID-19 Related Death

The Pike Health Department was notified of the second death of a Pike County resident related to COVID-19. The resident was a middle-aged male in the 50-59 age range.  He tested positive for COVID-19 on August 25, 2020.

“We were saddened to hear the news and extend our sympathy,” says Administrator Rhonda Stumbaugh.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time”.

Stumbaugh stressed the importance to continue following guidelines from the Missouri Department of Health as well as the Pike County Health Department.  It is a crucial time, she said, “that we all work together and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 to prevent any more precious lives taken as a result of this virus”.

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. If you think, you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough, shortness or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider for medical advice before showing up.

For more information, visit the DHSS website at or the CDC website at A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-435-8411.

Pike County Health Department Updates COVID-19 Dashboard

August 21, 2020

Pike County Health Department Updates COVID-19 Dashboard

Pike County, MO – The Pike County Health Department (PCHD) would like to thank everyone for their patience during our transition of the new state reporting system this week.  In addition to the new system we will also be adding more data on our county dashboard due to an increase in Rapid Antigen testing in our area.

As your local health department we strive to provide accurate data through monitoring, surveillance and risk management to ensure the community is aware during this ever changing pandemic.  At this time reporting at the state level, through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, for both state and county specific cases is only including PCR laboratory confirmed tests (as stated on their site).  PCHD has reported in the same manner and currently reports COVID-19 data on active cases, confirmed cases, recovered cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Due to the increasing number in our County of people opting to have the rapid antigen test performed we felt it pertinent to add those numbers to our dashboard as the last two weeks have shown we have had a substantial number of positive rapid antigen tests being reported.

The United States FDA made the rapid antigen test available under an Emergency Use Authorization, but the state considers these positive results as presumptive laboratory evidence and at this time reported as a probable case. A probable case, as per MODHSS case definition, is someone that has been exposed to someone with a PCR laboratory confirmed test, has developed COVID-19 symptoms, and did not receive a PCR test OR had a positive rapid antigen test. We will be reporting the positives of these rapid antigen tests going forward.

PCHD continues to urge residents to continue social distancing, avoid large crowds, and to wear mask in public especially when you are unable to social distance.  For more information on COVID-19 go to our website @


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PCHD reminds community to stay cautious of COVID-19 Virus

August 10, 2020

Pike County, MO – As your local Public Health Department throughout this pandemic we are working considerably hard to address safety concerns and inform the community on how they can help slow the spread of COVID-19 within Pike County.

With our recent rise in positive cases, we feel it necessary to remind everyone that we are still under the Governor’s Executive order which includes social distancing and taking precautions when social distancing cannot be maintained.

As event season is upon us and like all actions during this pandemic, there are significant consequences to the decisions to host/attend mass gatherings, and we are not immune to those effects. While there are no national or State mandates in place that do not allow large events, we as a local health department will not support/recommend such events take place.

Returning to normal is our ultimate goal for not only the physical health of everyone but for our own mental health as well. We encourage our residents to find safe ways to get the fresh air and socialization we all crave during these crazy times while remaining cautious about this active virus within our community. We urge everyone to continue taking preventative measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 within our county.

This is a recommendation and not a mandate and will remain as such unless there are substantial local changes related to the pandemic or further guidance from state or national levels warrants the enactment of an official mandate. It is the hope that everyone will take precautions and decisions are made in the best interest of our citizens as well as realizing the work load that has been put on our Health Care Providers, Hospital, and Local Health Department.  Pike County Health Department will continue to follow CDC data and recommendations while monitoring any changes in the spread of this virus within our county.

Follow case counts and resources on our website at


WIC Being Held Remotely

Pike County WIC Covid Update:
Due to an increase of cases in the county, WIC will be holding all appointments remotely. Please call at your appointment time and checks will be mailed or can be picked-up curbside. As always, the health and safety of our clients and staff are top priority. We strive to continue providing nutrition education and assistance along with Breastfeeding support. Thank You for your understanding during these unprecedented times. Please Call the office at 573-324-2111 with any questions.

Missouri pediatricians and state health department encourage parents to seek preventative care

July 27, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a decline in the vaccination rates among children across Missouri. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is partnering with the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MOAAP) to encourage parents to take their children for well-child visits and recommended vaccinations. Well-child visits play a vital role in ensuring children are healthy and protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.

“Well-child visits monitor a child’s growth and development, as well as provide important immunizations,” said Kristin Sohl, MD, FAAP, President, MOAAP. “Routine visits with your child’s pediatrician or primary care provider are essential to keeping your child healthy during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Missouri’s vaccination rates during the COVID-19 pandemic

Missouri has seen a decrease in the number of vaccines given among children since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, there was more than a 50% decrease in the number of vaccines given to children 18 years of age or younger as compared to April 2019. Slight increases in vaccines given were then seen in May and June, but compared to the same timeframe in 2019, the decreases were still more than 35% and 30% for the respective months.

DHSS is partnering with the MOAAP, Federally Qualified Health Centers, local public health agencies, and other community partners to help provide vaccines to Missourians in safe and innovative ways to avoid an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease and ensure children are able to enter school as they reopen.

“One of the many things we have been working on is outlining ways that we can help protect students, teachers and their families during this time,” said Randall Williams, MD, FACOG, DHSS Director. “Getting caught up on well-child visits and vaccinations is a proactive measure that we encourage families to take. Many childhood illnesses can be prevented by vaccines, and protecting our immune systems is especially important this school year.”

What are health care providers doing to ensure well-child visits are safe?

Guidance has been given to health care providers on what they can do to ensure safety during the well-child visits. Based on the guidance received from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), providers have implemented procedures and have added precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of Missouri families. For example, offices are bringing patients directly from their cars to a room, utilizing separate entrances, completely separating office space between sick and well-child visits, or holding well-child visits first and then sick visits later in the afternoon with additional cleaning procedures in between visits. These extra steps are being taken to prioritize patient safety and health. Clinics are adapting their office visit procedures in real-time based on the most updated guidance.

Health care providers should determine which children have missed well-child visits and the recommended vaccines and prioritize rescheduling them, starting with newborns.

What can you do to protect yourself and your child/children during well-child visits?

Below are steps people can take to reduce the risk of getting a viral respiratory infection, including COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces).
  • Wear a face covering (those over the age of 2).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

Based on guidance from CDC, there has been a decrease in the number of vaccines ordered and administered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC has seen a decline in the number of vaccines ordered and administered through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, a national program that provides federally-purchased vaccine to roughly 50% of U.S. children that are 18 years of age or younger who meet the following criteria:

  • Medicaid-eligible
  • Uninsured
  • Underinsured (vaccinated at local public health agencies only)
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native

To learn more about COVID-19 and well-child checkups, visit


About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The department seeks to be the leader in protecting health and keeping people safe. More information about DHSS can be found at or find us on Facebook and Twitter @HealthyLivingMo



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Death Certificate Price Increase


Effective August 28th, 2020, with the Governor’s recent signing of HB 2046, the fee collected for each death certificate will increase by $1.00 to $14.00 for the first certified copy. The fee for each additional certified copy, ordered at the same time, will also increase by $1.00 to $11.00.

The Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association has been notified of this change in fees. In future correspondence, the Department of Health and Senior Services will provide guidance on the process for remitting the $1 increase for each death certificate to the Missouri State Coroners’ Training Fund. Click here to read the full bill text.

Our agency offers vital record services during our walk-in clinic hours, learn more about this service here >>> Birth & Death Certificates