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 www.pikecountyhealth.org/covid-19/

 

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 health.mo.gov/wellchild.

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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 http://health.mo.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter @HealthyLivingMo

 

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Show me Strong Recovery Plan

Missouri Governor Parson released information yesterday afternoon regarding the initial recovery phase for our state. This Order establishes the minimum requirements that must be complied with statewide. Our agency and local authorities are able to enforce more restrictive public health requirements for businesses or individuals depending on the current COVID-19 threat/evaluation of our county.

Pike County’s Stay-At-Home Order expires on Thursday, April 30th at 11:59 p.m. Once this order has expired, residents are encouraged to follow state guidelines of the Stay Home Missouri order and Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan. Even though the state is “opening” this does not mean we are immune to this virus and we should continue to practice social distancing, proper hygiene and other preventative measures to keep our numbers low. We are all ready to get back to “normal” but we need to ensure we are doing so with much caution.

 

The following information was obtained from Missouri Governor Parson’s website

 

Missouri’s initial recovery phase begins May 4, 2020, and during this phase we can gradually start to reopen economic and social activity. This will be a deliberate process, and is flexible to adapt to the situation. Some communities may be able to reopen at a faster rate, while others may need to continue restrictions to keep the virus from spreading. During this time, we should limit our activity and interactions and continue to maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene to protect our neighbors and ourselves.

Show-Me Strong Recovery Order, through May 31, 2020

Stay Home Order, EXTENDED through May 3, 2020

Stay Home Order – FAQs

Stay Home Order, through April 24, 2020

 

SHOW-ME STRONG RECOVERY PLAN: PHASE I
GUIDELINES AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Missouri’s economic recovery plan will focus on the diversity of Missouri – its people, businesses, communities, and infrastructure, among others. A strategic “re-opening” of Missouri’s economy will not be successful without proactive steps taken to mitigate risk of COVID-19 resurgence by our state’s businesses, communities, and citizens.

While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued guidance on what the federal government considers “essential businesses,” Governor Parson believes that ALL of Missouri’s businesses and employers are vital to our state’s economy and individual well-being.

General Guidelines to Reopen Missouri’s Economy

During Phase I, we can gradually start to reopen economic and social activity. This will be a deliberate process, and is flexible to adapt to the situation. Some communities may be able to reopen at a faster rate, while others may need to continue restrictions to keep the virus from spreading. During Phase I, we should limit our activity and interactions and continue to maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene to protect our neighbors and ourselves.

The plan to reopen the economy and get Missourians back to work is based on ensuring a healthy workforce by:

  • Flattening the curve and expanding healthcare capacity, while utilizing federal programs and deploying state resources;
  • Making decisions based on Missouri-specific data and medical expertise;
  • Protecting healthcare workers, first responders, and other direct care workers so that our citizens have access to the care they need;
  • Looking after our most vulnerable and at-risk populations;
  • Partnering with community leaders and incorporating flexibility based on each community’s circumstances;
  • Slowing and containing the spread of COVID-19; and
  • Implementing a measured approach to mitigate risk of a resurgence.

The ability to reopen Missouri’s economy rests on both our healthcare system and our healthcare suppliers. Together, we will accomplish the following goals:

  • Rapidly expand testing capacity and volume in the state, including testing for those who are currently contagious and those who have developed immunity to the virus;
  • Expanding reserves of personal protective equipment (PPE) by opening public and private supply chains, and continuing to utilize Missouri businesses in that effort;
  • Continuing to monitor and, if necessary, expanding hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home; and
  • Improving the ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri’s public health data.

General Guidelines for Missourians

  • Citizens who feel sick should stay home
  • Continue to practice good hygiene, including:
  • Washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces;
  • Avoiding touching your face;
  • Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow; and
  • Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
  • Avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (receptions, trade shows, etc.). When in public (parks, outdoor recreation spaces, shopping malls, etc.), individuals should maximize physical distance from others.
  • Minimize travel to the extent possible.

General Guidelines for Business

  • Prepare to implement basic infection prevention measures informed by industry best practices, regarding:
    • Protective equipment;
    • Temperature checks;
    • Testing, isolating, and contact tracing; and
    • Sanitation, including disinfection of common and high-traffic areas (entrances, breakrooms, locations where there is high-frequency employee interaction with the public/customers).
  • Modify physical workspaces to maximize social distancing.
  • Minimize business travel.
  • Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, including policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing when an employee tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Monitor workforce for indicative symptoms. Do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.
  • Develop, implement, and communicate about workplace flexibilities and protections, including:
    • Encouraging telework whenever possible and feasible with business operations;
    • Returning to work in phases and/or split shifts, if possible;
    • Limiting access to common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact; and
    • Ensuring that sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance.

General Guidelines for Communities

  • Closely monitor and track the containment, spread, and any resurgence of COVID-19, and adjust plans as necessary.
  • Limit situations where citizens cannot maintain social distancing.
  • Facilitate widespread testing of symptomatic and asymptomatic citizens.
  • Work to protect the most vulnerable populations.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Under guidance from the federal government, we are considered an “essential business.” How does this order affect me?

This order applies to ALL Missouri businesses. Businesses that are categorized as “essential” by the federal government should continue current operations, and incorporate our General Guidelines for Business outlined above.

Businesses that were considered “non-essential” by the federal government may resume operations in Missouri in accordance with the Order and these guidelines.

What if my job requires me to be within six feet (6’) of another employee and/or customer?

The social distancing requirements do not apply to individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet (6’).

Businesses and employees should work together to implement public health and safety measures for employees and customers, using the above direction as a guide, in addition to any guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Under these conditions, businesses such as barber and cosmetology shops, hair salons, and tattoo parlors are allowed to operate.

Gyms and hotel swimming pools can also open if they adhere to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols.

Are there restrictions on businesses?

Yes. Workplaces that are engaged in retail sales to the public must limit the number of customers in each retail location to the following standards based on the workplace’s fire or building code occupancy:

  • For smaller locations (less than 10,000 square feet), they must maintain 25 percent or less of the authorized occupancy;
  • For larger locations (10,000 square feet or greater), they must maintain 10 percent or less of the authorized occupancy.

Employees at the workplace and vendors delivering products into the store are not included in this calculation and do not count toward occupancy limitations.

Are grocery stores considered a business “engaged in retail sales to the public?”

Yes, and such stores are subject to the occupancy limitations in the Order.

Grocery stores are strongly encouraged to set aside hours, outside of regular store hours, to allow third-party grocery delivery services to provide grocery shopping services for their customers. This will allow individual shoppers to shop during regular store hours, and reduce congestion during such times. This will further allow such services to function in an environment where their services may be in excessive demand.

Shoppers at all retail stores are also encouraged, when possible, to limit the number of people shopping in stores to one person per household at any one time. This will better enable all families to access necessary goods in grocery stores, and further reduce the number of individuals necessary to access such goods.

My local jurisdiction does not have a building or fire code. Do the limitations on square footage apply to my retail business?

Yes. If your business is not subject to fire or building code occupancy limitations set by your local jurisdiction, you should calculate your occupancy limits based on the following formula:

For a business with a retail location less than 10,000 square feet:

  • Building Square Feet divided by 30 = Quotient
  • Quotient x .25 = Occupancy Limit

For a business with the retail location of 10,000 square feet or more:

  • Building Square Feet divided by 30 = Quotient
  • Quotient x .10 = Occupancy Limit

Examples:

  • A 40,000 square foot grocery store would be able to have 133 customers in the store at any one time.
  • An 8,000 square foot retail store would be able to have 66 customers in the store at any one time.

My local fire or building code occupancy limitation calculation is lower than that allowed for businesses without any fire or building code limits, or is lower than a neighboring jurisdictions fire or building code limitations. Can I apply the same formula for calculating occupancy for my business as those without a code?

Yes. You may use either the calculation set forth above for businesses without a fire or building code occupancy limitation, or the calculation applied to your business based upon your specific local jurisdiction fire and building code occupancy limitation, whichever is greater.
Examples:

  • My 30,000 square foot retail business has a local jurisdiction fire or building occupancy limitation of 700 people. Using the formula allowing only 10% of the local jurisdiction, I would be able to have 70 customers in my store at any one time. For an identical business without a local fire or occupancy limitation, they would be able to have 100 customers in their store at any one time. Under this guidance, you may have up to 100 customers in your store at any one time.
  • My 6,000 square foot retail business has a local jurisdiction fire or building occupancy limitation of 150 people. Using the formula allowing only 25% of the local jurisdiction, I would be able to have 37 customers in my store at any one time. For an identical business without a local fire or occupancy limitation, they would be able to have 50 customers in their store at any one time. Under this guidance, you may have up to 50 customers in your store at any one time.

My business has a public waiting room with congregate seating. Should I limit access to it?

Implementing a system where customers/citizens can wait inside their vehicles prior to entering the business is strongly encouraged, as are pre-scheduled appointments to minimize interaction between people. In situations where this is not feasible, such as public transit, medical offices, and parks, entities should develop public health and safety measures using the above direction as a guide, in addition to any guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Does this order prevent me from receiving non-emergency healthcare, such as a routine eye exam or dental care?

Medical providers, such as dentists and optometrists, may provide usual services at their discretion. The social distancing requirements do not apply to individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet (6’).

Medical providers should develop and implement public health and safety measures for employees and patients, using the above direction as a guide, in addition to any guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Implementing a system where patients can wait inside their vehicles prior to entering the office is strongly encouraged, as are pre-scheduled and spaced out appointments to minimize interaction between people.

May restaurants open their dining rooms?

Yes. In concert with the Missouri Restaurant Association, we are strongly encouraging restaurants to prioritize public health and safety by implementing measures including, but not limited to, regulating self-serve options such as salad bars and buffets, using disposable menus, and employee use of personal protective equipment if available. Tables and seating shall be spaced out according to social distance requirements.

The continued use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is encouraged.

Food court establishments may operate, but the social distancing and communal seating requirements will prevent them from offering seating.

How do these guidelines apply to childcare facilities?

Daycares, childcare providers, or schools providing childcare for working families can continue operations, but should follow the CDC guidance targeted for those operations found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html.

May I attend service at my place of worship?

Yes. As long as the social distancing requirements are followed, places of worship are allowed to hold in-person services. Common practices that may occur with worship services, such as hand shaking and shared communion cups, should be avoided. Places of worship are also encouraged to continue use of alternative means of services through streaming services and other opportunities.

I am a member of a fraternal organization. Are we allowed to open our building and meet?

Yes. Fraternal organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and the Fraternal Order of Eagles may gather, but must adhere to the social distancing and communal seating areas requirements.

Will I still be able to participate in my local parks and recreation organized activities and/or camps this summer?

Yes. Traditional summer activities such as utilizing aquatic facilities, community centers, fitness centers, libraries, organized athletics, and camps offer a variety of recreational opportunities for Missouri citizens. If these services are offered, we encourage adjustments be considered to mitigate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19 between participants, patrons, and staff, such as limiting the number of participants, modifying activities, restructuring programs, and increasing sanitization measures for facilities and participants.

We also advise areas of high touch or high traffic, such as playgrounds, remain closed.

Can I attend an event at a large venue or stadium, or go to a movie theater?

Yes. However, seating shall be spaced out according to social distancing requirements.

This will apply to events such as amusement parks and attractions, concerts, funerals, museums, school graduations and weddings.

How will this order be enforced?

The State is working with local health authorities to support the order. Local health authorities and law enforcement maintain the same jurisdiction and authority they have always had.

Can my local health authority impose requirements that are more restrictive?

Yes. This Order establishes the minimum requirements that must be complied with statewide. Local health authorities may enforce more restrictive public health requirements for businesses or individuals.

The only exception is the Order from the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services dated March 24, 2020, removing the authority of a local health authority from closing or restricting the operations of a business which is a part of the food supply, whether that be agricultural production, manufacturing, distribution, or sale of food. This limited waiver does not limit the authority of a local health authority from closing or restricting the operations of a retail food establishment.

How long is this order in effect?

The Order is in place through Sunday, May 31, 2020. The Order will be re-evaluated before it expires, and may be further restricted, less restricted, or extended in the current form.

 

This information directly from Missouri Governor Parson’s Website >>>

Evidence of Community Spread of COVID-19 in Pike County, MO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 27, 2020

Media Contact:

Tracy Brookshier, Public Information Officer

tbrookshier@pikecountyhealth.org

Media Line: (573) 324-2111 ext. 140

 

Community Spread of COVID-19 in Pike County, MO

 

Pike County, MO- Pike County has now seen evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in 2 cases. Community spread means people have been infected in an area (such as a county), including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Pike County Health Department staff has begun contact investigations and notifications regarding these two cases. Any close contacts of positive cases will be contacted individually.

 

These community spread cases highlight the extreme importance of social distancing and following the recommended guidelines to stay safe including avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people and staying home whenever possible. If individuals must go out for essential activities, such as work or getting supplies, they shall keep a distance of 6 feet from others, wear face coverings and practice proper hygiene. Other essential activities include engaging in tasks essential to health.

 

Close contacts are considered those who were within 6 feet with no face coverings for more than 10 minutes and up to 48 hours of when the positive case developed symptoms. It is unnecessary to list itineraries for cases where close contacts are able to be identified throughout the investigation process. Thus far, all case investigations have been able to identify all close contacts. At a time where a positive case would have been in a public setting within close contact of unknown individuals would be when the listing of an itinerary would become potentially necessary to ensure public safety.

 

At this time there are 2 cases that are hospitalized and the others are/were in in-home isolation.

 

Residents can expect weekday case count updates at 9:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Case counts can be found on the Pike County Health Department website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Because Missouri’s numbers have grown, the state lab is only sending positive results. Pike County Health Department will only be providing the updated total number of positives in the county each day and are unable to list accurate numbers for pending cases or negative results.

 

The Pike County Health Department would like to remind residents to get their information from credible and reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.CDC.gov , the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at www.health.mo.gov and the Pike County Health Department at www.pikecountyhealth.org For general questions about COVID-19, individuals can call the Missouri hotline number at (877) 435-8411.

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7th Case of COVID-19 in Pike County, Missouri Confirmed

Today we report 1 more positive case of COVID-19 in Pike County that is currently under investigation.
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As it has been 14 consecutive days since our last confirmed positive case we remain cautiously optimistic that our county will continue to slow the spread.
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To say we are PROUD of our county would be an understatement.
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Pike County, Missouri has a population of over 18,504* people and we have reported 7 positive cases to date during this pandemic. Put that into percentage form and you will get an approximate 0.037% of our county population that tested positive with the novel-coronavirus (COVID-19).

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We take the health of our community very seriously and it is very apparent that our residents do too. As our expertise is in public health, you can’t imagine how great of a feeling that is for us. Our friends, families and neighbors have taken this pandemic seriously and because of that we have very low numbers of positive cases within our county; together we can ensure it stays that way.

With the nation gearing up to re-open in the recommended phases, it will be our duty as your local Public Health Department to work with other state and local officials to ensure we are doing so in a way that we can reduce the chance of COVID-19 making a return.

The businesses in our county have done an incredible job of getting creative with safe ways to serve the community through this time of uncertainty and we are confident they will continue to do so.

We continue to urge residents to keep taking the preventative measures so that we do not see another spike in cases. It is unclear when we can consider ourselves back to “normal” but we are confident that we will get there safely with the help of the amazing residents of Pike County, Missouri….
THAT’S YOU! THANK YOU!

*Population from 2018 census.

CDC Recommendations on Face Masks

CDC recommends the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission.

“CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.  CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spreadexternal icon, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.”

*Information gathered from CDC website, click here to read more information >>>

 

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.”

Learn how to wear and sanitize them properly, and find simple sew and no-sew instructions for how to make your own at home. Learn more >>>

Fourth Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Pike County

Pike County, Missouri’s 4th positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed.

We have now updated our website’s COVID-19 page  with a tab labeled “Case Counts” where we will continue to keep our communities updated every weekday at 9:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. There will be no more press releases or blog updates regarding the number of cases, unless there is pertinent information to announce.

Sign up for our E-NEWS where we are attempting to send an E-blast every week day afternoon with updates and additional resources.

 

The safest thing you can do to keep yourself and your family safe is to stay at home and only leave for essentials.

When out for essential needs ensure you are following safe social/physical distancing and other preventative measures such as

  • Avoid contact with others or stay at least 6ft away
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces often
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often

Third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Pike County

As of April 6, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. there has been – 3 – confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pike County, Missouri.

To protect the privacy of the confirmed cases we are unable to give any additional information at this time. More information will become available if it becomes pertinent as cases are still under investigation. Cases are either hospitalized or are in home isolation. We continue to monitor and investigate each individual case and are making contact with all those who have been in close contact with the positive cases.

The safest thing you can do to keep yourself and your family safe is to stay at home and only leave for essentials.

When out for essential needs ensure you are following safe social/physical distancing and other preventative measures such as

  • Avoid contact with others or stay at least 6ft away
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces often
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often

Together we will get through this and stop the spread of COVID-19.
We will be keeping the community updated on our case count via our E-NEWS, website and social media outlets.

PIKE COUNTY, MO STAY AT HOME ORDER, ISSUED ON APRIL 3, 2020

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ORDER OF THE PIKE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
ORDER NO. 20-01
STAY AT HOME ORDER, ISSUED ON APRIL 3, 2020

WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is considered an infectious, highly contagious communicable and dangerous disease and on March 11, 2020 was declared by the World Health Organization to be a pandemic; and
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 virus spreads between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020 the President of the United states declared the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States constitutes a national emergency and the Governor of the State of Missouri declared a state of emergency within the State of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, a gathering of individuals without necessary mitigation for the spread of infection may pose a risk of the spread of infectious disease; and
WHEREAS, the Health Department wishes to employ all means available under the law to protect public life, health, safety and property to limit the development, contraction and spread of COVID-19 creating this emergency; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Sections 192.280, and 192.300 RSMo and Missouri Code of State Regulations 19 CSR 20-20.040, The County Health Director/County Health Official to take certain actions to enhance public health and prevent and mitigate the entrance of communicable diseases into Pike County, including the authority to prevent the assembling of person within Pike County and closing of non-essential businesses.
NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby ORDERED by the Pike County Health Department as follows:
Article 1.  Effective date and applicability

This order shall be effective 12:00a.m. On April 5, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 11:59p.m. On April 30, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, supersede or amended in writing by further order.
Article 2.  Intent. By enacting this Order it is the express intent to ensure that the maximum number of people stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 within Pike County while enabling essential services to continue.  All provisions of this Orders shall be interpreted to effectuate this intent.

Second Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Pike County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Tracy Brookshier, Public Information Officer

tbrookshier@pikecountyhealth.org

Media Line: (573) 324-2111 ext. 140

 

Second case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pike County, Missouri

 

PIKE COUNTY, MO (April 3, 2020) – The Pike County Health Department has been notified of its second positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  This case is still under investigation.  This patient is currently in home isolation, following the guidance of the CDC.  No other information will be provided about the patient.

 

The Pike County Health Department continues to work closely with our health care partners and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to monitor the patient and identify any close contacts which will be contacted individually.

 

Due to the increase in cases in the state, neighboring counties and an additional case in our county we feel it necessary to take the next step for Pike County and issue a Stay at Home Order.  This decision does not come lightly, but with the overwhelming recommendation from expert sources that the best way to slow or stop this spread is for everyone to stay at home as much as possible.  We know the Community is already taking many steps to abide by the current guidelines and additional steps on their own which is appreciated to keep our community healthy and safe.  We would encourage everyone to continue to follow the guidelines and orders presented as many are on the front line assisting our community in providing the necessary services we need.  The official Stay at home order will be issued later today and will go into effect Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. through Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m.

 

Once the order is in place only Essential Businesses may remain open.  All non-Essential businesses will be required to close while the order is in effect.  The order will give more detail regarding Essential businesses.

 

We understand this can be a concerning time for our community and want to ensure you we are monitoring and investigating all positive cases and contacts.

 

If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider to let them know before seeking care. It is critical that your provider is aware that you may have COVID-19 prior to your arrival at a healthcare facility, and that you follow all instructions for arriving at a healthcare facility.

 

Make sure you are keeping up to date with reliable informational sources like the Pike County Health Department Facebook page or the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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