Missouri WIC Temporary Benefit Increase

5/13/2021: Bowling Green, MO – The WIC Pike County Health Department is temporarily increasing the Cash Value Benefit for Fruit and Vegetable Purchases (CVB).

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) gave USDA authority to temporarily increase the CVB to $35 per month for eligible women and children during the federally declared COVID-19 public health emergency. Missouri WIC has elected to use this authority from June through September 2021, to provide additional healthy fruits and vegetables for up to 60,000 women and children per month. Standard CVB values range from $9 – $11.

WIC families have the opportunity to shop for nutritious foods at over 600 authorized WIC retailers throughout Missouri and can receive services at any of the 118 local agencies. WIC serves financially eligible women, infants, and children under the age of five. Fathers, stepparents, foster parents, grandparents, and guardians are also encouraged to apply for WIC benefits for any children in the household under the age of five.

Missouri WIC provides quality nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, nutritious foods, and referrals to health services. It is also one of the most successful, cost-effective, and important nutrition intervention programs in the country!

Individuals interested in learning about the benefits of WIC may contact the WIC Pike County Health Department at janderson@pikecountyhealth.org or 573-324-2111.



Updated CDC Guidance on COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Although many members of our communities have received a COVID-19 Vaccine and our current active case counts are low, we still need to be cautious and play it safe to help slow and stop the spread. As the weather starts to warm and we get anxious to socialize outdoors we urge you to continue taking proper steps to keep yourself and family safe. Wash your hands often, stay home when you are sick and if you are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.  When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in our community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity. Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet,  register for your appointment here.

CDC has updated thier guidance with the following recommendations (for non-healthcare settings).

Everyone should continue to:

  • 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
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Stay home if you are sick and consider getting tested if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask
  • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • Avoid indoor large-sized in-person gatherings
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

Unvaccinated people should continue to:

  • Practice Social/Physical distancing and staying 6ft away from others not in your household
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in public and especially when social distancing is hard to maintain
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Stay home and isolate yourself from other household members if you are sick with COVID-19
  • Quarantine when you have been in close contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • Consider getting your COVID-19 Vaccine.

See more CDC guidance here.




J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Resumed – Clinics to be held soon.

CDC and FDA have recommended that use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States, effective April 23, 2021. However, women younger than 50 years old should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination, and that other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen. If you received a J&J/Janssen vaccine, here is what you need to know. Read the CDC/FDA statement. You can also learn more from the EAU Fact Sheet here.

For those ineterested, we are scheduling two mass clinics to be held at the Church of the Nazarene, 807 South Court Street, Bowling Green MO 63334. These clinics will be on Tuesday, May 4th 1-6pm & on Wednesday, May 12th 9am-2pm. We have also began offering the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in our office on Wednesday afternoons. All of these appointments are able to be booked online or by calling 573-324-2111.

COVID-19 Vaccines to be offered at PCHD Walk-In Clinic Soon!

Beginning on Wednesday May 5th we will begin offering appointments to receive the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at our office at 1 Healthcare Place, Bowling Green, MO 63334 (behind Walmart). These will be available on Wednesday afternoons by appointment only. You can continue to book your appointments online or by calling our office at 573-324-2111. If you have received your 1st dose already at the Church of the Nazarene you will still receive your 2nd dose at the church. Please be patient with our staff as we work through this transition.

J&J Vaccine being replaced with MODERNA for today’s clinic (4/13/21)

Today’s Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine will be replaced with the MODERNA COVID-19 Vaccine due to CDC planning to pause the administration of the J&J. Those with appointments today will receive the MODERNA vaccine if they wish and will return for a second dose on May 11th.  Please be patient with our staff this morning as we are working swiftly this morning to ensure everyone is notified of this change.


The Food and Drug Administration asked states on Tuesday to temporarily halt using Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine “out of an abundance of caution” after six women in the U.S. developed a rare blood-clotting disorder. “Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare,” the FDA said in a joint statement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously.”

Walk-In’s Welcome Tuesday, April 13th

Pike County Health Department will be hosting a Johnson & Johnson (1 dose) COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday, April 13th at the Church of the Nazarene at 807 S. Court Street in Bowling Green from 9:30AM – 5:30PM. All Missouri residents 18 and over are eligible to receive the vaccine free of charge. Walk-Ins are welcome while supplies last. Bring your Photo ID and Insurance Cards (Medicare recipients please bring the red, white & blue card) . Learn more and guarantee your spot by making an appointment online at pikecountyhealth.org or by calling 573-324-2111.

PCHD Makes updates to COVID-19 Dashboard

Our agency has been working diligently for over a year to ensure our county residents are informed of the current COVID-19 situation in Pike County. We have gone from overwhelming active case investigations to administering hundreds of vaccines  each week. With our active cases at a steady low and our staff working countless hours for our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics, we are going to make our reporting more efficient to save the time we need to dedicate to these clinics going forward. Beginning today, we will report our Active, Hospitalized and Death counts on our website on weekdays that we do not have COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics (Monday, Thursday & Friday). We will continue to send our PCHD E-NEWS out weekly or as necessary to inform our community of anything COVID-19 related.

Our Full Case Counts will be replaced with data given directly from the State of Missouri. All of the information that we previously reported is the same as the state’s dashboard except for the daily active case count, hospitalizations and deaths. At this time the state’s reported deaths and our reports will differ slightly as the state currently only reports PCR Confirmed related deaths. We will continue to report deaths that were confirmed through Vital Records Death Certificates which includes PCR Confirmed, Rapid Antigen Positive & Probable Case related deaths.

Beginning Friday, April 9th all Missouri residents are eligible to receive the vaccine as long as they meet the age requirement for the specific vaccine. We continue to receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines and encourage anyone interested to call our office or visit our appointment page to book an appointment. We can not thank our community enough for the support they have shown to us as we navigate through this pandemic. Your kind words and kudos are much appreciated and give us the energy to keep going.


PCHD COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Our agency has continued to work hard keeping the community informed regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last three months we have seen our case counts rise into the triple digits and back down to the single digits, we have seen our county go from waiting on the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines to having vaccine clinics nearly weekly. Our staff is working diligently to ensure all aspects of our involvement in getting COVID-19 under control is in the best interest for our community members.

Thus far we have administered a total of 2,025 first doses and 1,363 second doses with a grand total of 3,388. We have been working long hours and fast paced days administering COVID-19 vaccines during our clinics and we will continue to do so until all members of our community who want the vaccine have received it. We have been administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine which is a 2 dose series and have just recently started receiving the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine which only requires 1 dose. We have been following the states distribution phases and have been screening those wanting their vaccine to ensure their current eligibility. Beginning Friday, April 9th, the vaccine will be available to anyone who wants it and is age 18 and over. Clinics will typically be scheduled on Tuesdays & Wednesdays and will be made available to book appointments by the Friday before. Those interested can easily book your own appointment online at www.pikecountyhealth.org or by calling our office at 573-324-2111. As long as we continue to receive vaccine, we anticipate holding clinics weekly.

We hope that in time we will be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine, as we do many other vaccines, in our office at our Walk-In Clinic. We continue to urge the community to stay safe, practice social distancing and wear a mask in public places. Sign up for our PCHD E-NEWS from our website at pikecountyhealth.org for weekly updates regarding COVID-19, upcoming vaccine clinics and more.

Community Survey

Pike County Health Department’s Maternal & Child Health Program is politely asking our community to provide their thoughts on health concerns facing residents in Pike County regarding maternal, infant, and child health.

Our agency and other community partners will use the results of this survey and other information to identify the most pressing health issues which can be addressed through community action. Remember…your opinion is important!

For any questions, please contact us at 573-324-2111 ext 117.