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.

Learn more from CDC website >>>

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.

 

 

Pricing:

  • 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.

 

 

Pricing:

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

 

 

GoSafe2
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.

 

Pricing:

  • $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.

Pike Health Department Reports Third COVID-19 Related Death

Pike Health Department Reports Third COVID-19 Related Death

August 31, 2020

Pike County, MO – The Pike Health Department was notified of the third death of a Pike County resident related to COVID-19. The resident was an elderly male in the 70-79 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 www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-435-8411. You may also visit our website for COVID-19 updates at www.pikecountyhealth.org.

Pike Health Department Reports Second COVID-19 Related Death

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. 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 @ pikecountyhealth.org.

 

Learn more about COVID-19 Tests >>>

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/

 

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.

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

We are HIRING!

Since our beginning in 1948, we have had the pleasure of having employees that are dedicated to their community, passionate about their patients, and love the awesome benefits that come along with their role in a happy and healthy community. We are currently seeking to fill positions within our agency including a PRN RN Case Manager & Occupational Therapist.

Why work for us?

Full time employees at Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice get to enjoy all the benefits our agency has to offer which includes…

  • 13 paid holidays per year
  • Paid personal and sick time
  • Great retirement plan
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Eligibility for CEU’s, tuition assistance, and public service loan forgiveness
  • Over 80% of medical insurance covered by agency
  • Discounted rates for Air Evac, Sam’s Club, and YMCA memberships
  • Dental, Vision, life & accidental insurance offered at discounted rates
  • Bereavement leave
  • Christmas savings account
  • Gifts, snacks, and breakfasts to acknowledge staff birthdays and anniversaries
  • Employee holiday parties, wellness and fun/game days, free agency apparel.
  • Our employees are some of the most caring and passionate in their field and are dedicated to giving back to the community through hosting public events and being involved in many community organizations.

We are always accepting applications and we keep them on file for up to 2 years.

Your career starts here:

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER
People often imagine themselves becoming a hospice volunteer, and being able to make a difference helping those nearing the end of their life journey yet too many people never follow through because they are nervous of what may be expected, and unsure of what it entails. Possessing these qualities makes for great Hospice Volunteers; patience & kindness, emotionally strong, non judgmental, non biased towards beliefs of any kind, and the ability to be a source of guidance for emotional and spiritual advice. If you are interested in becoming a hospice volunteer please fill out the application below.

 

Occupational Therapist (2/13/2020)

Pike County Health Department Home Health & Hospice is seeking a contracted Occupational Therapist to plan and provide Occupational Therapy services to patients in their homes in accordance with the plan of care and agency policy and procedures. Applicants must be a registered Occupational Therapist in the state of Missouri, have a minimum of one-year experience in a health care facility with Home Care experience preferred. Interested applicants can download the application below or get one in person at 1 Healthcare Place, Bowling Green, MO 63334

 

PRN RN Case Manager (7/15/2020)

Our agency is seeking an “as needed” nurse to assist with home visits for both home health and hospice. Applicant must have at least 1 year experience in home care or an acute setting. Applicant must also be familiar with patient assessments, quality of care, teaching of patients/caregivers, and performance of skilled procedures. Applicant must have a current nursing license in the state of Missouri.  Interested applicants can download the application below or get one in person at 1 Healthcare Place, Bowling Green, MO 63334.

 

For more information please contact our office at (573) 324-2111. 

This institution is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Drop off or mail applications: 1 Healthcare Place, Bowling Green, MO 63334
  • Email applications: Jennifer Schumacher, Administrative Assistant      jschumacher@pikecountyhealth.org

Application for Employment

Hospice Volunteer Application

 

 

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