PIKE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT STILL AWAITS COVID-19 VACCINE SHIPMENTS

PIKE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT STILL AWAITS COVID-19 VACCINE SHIPMENTS

The Pike County Health Department is one of many local county health departments as well as other Covid-19 vaccinator providers that are awaiting an initial covid-19 vaccine shipment.  The Mo DHSS is allotted a certain number of doses from the federal government weekly and decides where those shipments will be sent.   Initially the state designated 55% of volume to the health care delivery system choosing 10 larger sites/hospitals to initiate the Phase 1A group which consisted of Health Care front line workers.  The Mo. DHSS also entered into a Federal Pharmacy Partnership designating 45% of the vaccine to vaccinate all Long term care facilities immunizing our most vulnerable population of residents and their staff.

Rhonda Stumbaugh, Administrator would like to assure county residents that we have taken the proper steps to become a vaccine provider and are ready when the time comes to provide this service to our community. “Our county health department continues to monitor the county’s current situation through surveillance, case investigations, contact tracing, as well as educating and giving recommendations based on the current status.  Now with the vaccine becoming available one of our #1 priorities during this pandemic is to be a resource for our residents, and provide immunizations to those that want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.” Stumbaugh says.  “This is the next step that we can take to help fight this pandemic and ensure the health and safety of our community”.

While our agency continues to await the arrival of the vaccine we are working hard to plan and strategize how to organize and safely implement the vaccination clinics once they are received. Our COVID-19 team is working together at meetings to discuss and play out how we can efficiently and safely deliver the vaccine to those who request it.

As our agency will be required to follow the State of Missouri distribution phases we are unsure what phase/tier the state will be in at the time we receive the vaccine. Our current plan is to take appointments for those who are eligible during the particular phase/tier at that time. We will offer appointments online and for those with no internet access can call in for one. Once our agency has an ETA of the vaccine we will work quickly to set a date for the first COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. As of right now, we anticipate receiving the vaccine by late February and we are unsure how much vaccine we will receive.

Where is Pike County Health Department currently in the vaccine distribution process?

  1. Apply to be a COVID-19 Distributor and await for approval. < COMPLETE >
  2. Receive approval and await shipment notification and ETA of vaccine arrival. < COMPLETE >
  3. Plan and strategize the logistics of mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic(s). <WE ARE HERE>
  4. Receive notification that vaccines are shipped with ETA date.
  5. Set dates and locations for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics.
  6. Push through all media outlets the dates, locations and eligibility information for the upcoming clinics.
  7. Appointments will be made available online and by phone for eligible Missouri residents.
  8. Proceed to distribute as many vaccines to the eligible population as possible.
  9. Request more COVID-19 vaccines and start from #3 again.

 

What to expect when PCHD opens appointments for the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

  • Get ready by educating yourself on the Missouri COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Phases to ensure where you stand as well as learning about the COVID-19 Vaccines that are available.
  • When scheduling your appointment you will be required to verify that you are eligible to receive the vaccine under the current distribution phases. You will pick your appointment date and time and fill out the necessary online form. You will receive email notification of your appointment. Appointments must be made at least one day prior.
  • We ask that you arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment we can not guarantee that we will be able to get you in for your vaccination that day and you may be required to make a new appointment.
  • Don’t forget to bring your drivers license or valid ID along with your Medicaid, Medicare or Private Insurance Card. (The vaccine is FREE and the administration fee will be covered for everyone regardless of insurance coverage. We also recommend wearing a mask and clothing that allows easy access of the arm.)
  • Upon arrival you will receive a handout with information including the EUA/Fact Sheet for the Vaccine, Notice of Privacy Practices, information regarding your second dose as well as information on V-Safe the after vaccination health tracker app.
  • Consent and Insurance forms will be given to you to fill out prior to getting your shot.
  • Time for your vaccine! You will then be called upon by a nurse to receive your vaccine.
  • Once you have received your vaccine you will be directed to wait in a designated recovery area for 15-30 minutes.
  • While you wait to depart you will be assisted with scheduling your *second dose appointment as well as setting up the V-Safe app (fi applicable). Additionally your COVID-19 Vaccine will be input into the ShowMeVax system.

 

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR SECOND DOSE: We will schedule your second dose appointment before you leave unless otherwise directed. While the State of Missouri is still experiencing an exceptionally limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines, we have been instructed to use all available inventory for first doses. The state is working on securing second doses and we are completely dependent on their distribution of the vaccine to our agency in order to administer your second dose. Should the state’s inability to deliver enough doses cause a temporary delay before your scheduled second dose appointment we will inform you prior to your appointment. 

 

Don’t want to wait for us to get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

If you feel that you would prefer to try and receive the vaccine sooner from another distributor, you can view the Vaccine Locator Map and find a location to receive your vaccine.
PLEASE NOTE: The State of Missouri is still experiencing an exceptionally limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. Before contacting a vaccinator on this map to coordinate your vaccination, please understand that many vaccinators are still awaiting supplies from the federal government.

PHASE 1A: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Plan

We are currently in Phase 1A of Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Plan.

 

Are you ready to get vaccinated? We know many of you are and we are working to make it happen. The choice to be vaccinated for COVID-19 is a personal one for yourself, your family and our community.

Pike County Health Department is currently in the planning stages for when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the public.  We will keep everyone updated via our media outlets to ensure the community is informed of when and where they may receive the vaccine.

Right now, Missourians are qualifying for vaccination based on priority phases, as it is anticipated to be a limited initial supply. Those eligible first include patient-facing health care workers and staff and residents of long-term care facilities. As vaccine availability expands, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services will strategically target vaccination efforts to those residents most at risk—our elderly and those with medical conditions which place them at higher risk. The timeline for these subsequent priority groups will be determined once future allotment information is provided by federal partners.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine go to  https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/

 

Flu Shot Clinics Scheduled

Our agency has recently scheduled influenza outreach clinics for the month of January 2021. Below you will find our scheduled flu shot clinics. We will have the high-dose available while supplies last. No appointments are necessary for these clinics. Medicare, Medicaid, most insurances and private pay are accepted.

 

PIKE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS BUILDING – Bowling Green, MO

Wednesday, January 6, 2021   9a-3p

Wednesday, January 13, 2021  12-6p

Wednesday, January 20, 2021  9a-3p

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 12-6p

 

AMERICAN LEGION BUILDING – Louisiana, MO

Thursday, January 14, 2021  2-6p

Thursday, January 28, 2021 9a-1p

INSTRUCTIONS FOR QUARANTINE:
(YOU ARE A CLOSE CONTACT)

What is the purpose of quarantine?
Quarantine is used to keep someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, and monitor their health.

Who needs to quarantine?
People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

What is a close contact?
Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 10 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection).

How long to quarantine?
Our COVID-19 Case Managers make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Please follow our recommendations if you need to quarantine. Options considered when ending quarantine are listed below. When counting days of quarantine DAY ONE is the DAY AFTER your last exposure to the positive case.

  • After day 10 without testing
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

After stopping quarantine, you should

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash their hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • If your exposure is a household contact or you have continued exposure, your quarantine may be extended.

CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. CDC will continue to evaluate new information and update recommendations as needed. See Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing for guidance on options to reduce quarantine.

When can someone be released from quarantine?
If no symptoms have developed by the end of your quarantine you may be released from quarantine. If your employer/school requires a letter of release from quarantine, please let us know or use our online contact form using the tab below. Please allow up to 3 business days for us to process and verify your request.

If you develop symptoms during your quarantine:
Please report your illness by calling your primary care provider; they may want you to consider getting tested.

Quarantine Guidelines for Close Contacts at Schools:
If masks were being worn by both the positive case and the close contact during the time of exposure, the close contact will be on partial quarantine. This means that the student/staff may leave the home during quarantine only to go to school, but will still be asked to refrain from any extra-curricular activities outside of the home/school.

Learn more about quarantine from the CDC by clicking here

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ISOLATION:
(YOU HAVE TESTED POSITIVE)

Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.

YOU NEED TO ISOLATE IF YOU ARE WAITING ON A TEST RESULT OR HAVE RECEIVED A POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULT.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available). The quarantine time for your household contacts will be extended if they are unable to be isolated from you. Ensure you give the health department a list of all of your close contacts (within 6ft for more than 10 minutes up to 48 hours before you became symptomatic OR the day you got tested for COVID-19).

It is also important to isolate if you are having COVID-19 symptoms, but have not been tested.

Duration of isolation:
If you tested positive for COVID-19 or had COVID-19 symptoms, you can be with others after-

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving **Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.**

Your isolation period may be extended if you have severe COVID-19 illness or are immunocompromised.

If you are asymptomatic (test positive with no symptoms):

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:

  • 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above.

Learn more about isolation from the CDC by clicking here

Free COVID-19 Testing in Pike County

On Wednesday, December 9th 2020 from 12-6pm at the Pike County Fairgrounds there will be Free COVID-19 Tests available to those who pre-register online or by calling 877-435-8411 (7 a.m.-7 p.m. 7 days a week)

Community testing events serve the residents of Missouri. DHSS is partnering with the Missouri National Guard and local health department to offer these events, and different communities will be reached at different times.  The test is a PCR test done by a nasal anterior nares swab to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This is not an antigen or antibody test.  Please allow 30 minutes for completion of testing upon arrival to the testing site. Delays may occur in the event of inclement weather.

<<Learn More/Register Now>>

Celebrating Thanksgiving during a pandemic

More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days.

As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.

Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Learn more about CDC recommendations here >>>

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW COVID-19 VACCINE WEBSITE FOR MISSOURIANS

Press Release

 — As research and development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines continue to show promising safety and effectiveness findings, Governor Mike Parson today announced the launch of a new vaccine website for Missouri residents.

MOStopsCOVID.com provides Missourians with information regarding the safety of the vaccines, research and production processes, and when they may be eligible for vaccination. The website will also offer additional functionality as vaccines become available.

“It’s been remarkable to learn about the work that has been going on for many months now among scientists and researchers, many of whom are right here in Missouri,” Governor Parson said. “The most important thing we’ve learned about the accelerated development process is that steps have not been eliminated but are instead occurring simultaneously. Safety is not being sacrificed, and it’s important for Missourians to understand this.”

The new website includes answers to common questions Missouri residents may have, such as when they will be able to receive the vaccine and how well it works. It also clarifies misinformation that citizens may have heard about the vaccines.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and partners across the state continue to make preparations in advance of a vaccine arrival, which is anticipated to occur prior to the end of 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has identified the purposes of a COVID-19 vaccine as:

  • Decrease death and serious disease,
  • Preserve functioning of society,
  • Reduce extra burden that COVID-19 is having on people already facing disparities, and
  • Increase the chance for everyone to enjoy health and well-being.

A vaccine will initially become available in a limited quantity once it is proven safe and effective, approved for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA, and when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has provided its recommendations on the use of the vaccines.

In August, a large group of more than 75 state team members, 10 Missouri National Guardsmen, and 50 federal and local partners began working together to develop Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine response plan. The plan was finalized and submitted to the CDC in October.

“Missouri got a very early start preparing for vaccinations because we think it’s our best path to getting to a better place,” DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams said. “This process is one that has continued to evolve, and we are committed to providing Missourians with the information they need as quickly as we can provide it. Information is empowering, and personal choices made during this public health emergency can positively impact yourself, those around you, and your entire community.”

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccine developments, visit MOStopsCOVID.com.

Waiting on our call?

As community transmission cases in our county continue to increase, it is becoming more difficult for healthcare providers to contact positive cases the same day results are received. We have made some changes within our calling procedures to help streamline and make our necessary calls more efficient. We also appreciate the patience of our community as we work through this influx of cases.

If you have received a positive test result it is critical that you self-isolate at home, even if you have not heard from the health department yet. The same is true if you know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19; you need to begin a 14-day quarantine starting from the last day of exposure. More information on isolation and quarantine can be found on our website under the Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines tab.

PCHD case investigations are prioritized to meet the state ordered mandates. The current state mandates require that PCHD completes case investigations for school age youth, cases associated with a school exposure, individuals 65+ years old, and cases associated with a long-term care facility before other cases. Cases that do not fall into these categories will likely experience a delay in initial contact.

For basic COVID-19 information you can call the Missouri COVID-19 Hotline 7 days a week from 7am-9pm at 877-435-8411. You may also use our COVID-19 contact form online, or call our office at 573-324-2111 ext. 135. If you are in need of a release letter for work or school you may use our online form or call our office 573-324-2111 ext. 140.

Any gatherings without precautions should be avoided in the coming months. These high-risk interactions can cause COVID-19 to spread rapidly through multiple households. This puts the entire community at risk as people are considered contagious 2 days before they develop symptoms.

Precautions you can take are simple:
• Stay 6 feet apart from those who do not live with you
• Wear a mask
• Wash your hands

Once again, we are urging Pike County residents to take personal action to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Our staff has been working tirelessly for the past 9 months, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, but we cannot do it without your help. Your willingness to participate in mitigation strategies has a direct impact on our ability keep the rest of our community healthy and thriving.

Louisiana Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic

We will be hosting a second Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic in Louisiana to offer more of the high-dose and regular flu vaccines.

Each year we offer flu shot clinics around our county to make it easier for residents to receive their flu shots. This year, the flu vaccine is more important than ever before
PCHD and DHSS urges Missourians to get vaccinated. In a typical year, over 100,000 Missourians become sick from the flu. Many Missourians of all ages become seriously ill and some are hospitalized. 2020 is anything but typical, and state health officials are urging Missourians to get the flu vaccine by the end of October.

 

Join us for our upcoming drive thru flu shot clinic:

County Market Parking Lot, Louisiana, MO
Wednesday, September 30th
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Medicare, Medicaid, Most Insurances and Private pay accepted.

Download this flyer >>>

 

 

OR visit our Walk-In clinic with no appointment necessary during our Walk-In Clinic hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.