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.

Turkey Trot Hoodie Fundraiser!

With all the uncertainty and craziness of 2020, we have canceled the Turkey Trot this year. (We are super sad too!) HOWEVER, we are still going to sell shirts to remember this wild year!!
  • Hoodies -Youth to XL: $25; 2X+: $27
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt – Youth to XL: $19; 2X+: $21
HOW TO ORDER
***The deadline to order is November 6th.
Shirts will be in by November 23rd
Proceeds go to benefit our “Public Health Initiatives”; Our effort to a healthy community through free education and health services that help us cover the costs of free and discounted services within our agency.

PCHD Cancels all upcoming events

Due to COVID-19 concerns our agency has decided to cancel all of our public events until further notice.

These events include but are not limited to:
– Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk
– Veteran Appreciation Fair
– Camp Horizon
– Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
– Valentine Gala

 

We are saddened to have to make this decision but feel it is in the best interest of our community’s health not to hold such events that host large amounts of people. We hope to resume our events next year and that you will join us with excitement when we do!

PCHD makes changes to COVID-19 Dashboard

October 23, 2020

Pike County Health Department makes changes to COVID-19 Dashboard

With the recent expanded Missouri COVID-19 dashboard and the amount of statistical data that it provides, Pike County Health Department (PCHD) has decided to report only Active Case Counts on its website going forward.

The new Missouri COVID-19 dashboard offers the same information that PCHD has been providing and now provides even more detailed data and statistics. This is an amazing resource for Pike County residents wanting to get a better understanding of how Pike County compares to others within Missouri through these statistics and additional data. PCHD will have a direct link to the state dashboard that can be found on the dedicated COVID-19 page under the Case Counts tab. We will continue to give full case counts through our weekly E-NEWS blast on Wednesday afternoons.

Pike County Health Department will continue to report daily Current Active Case counts on our website as we feel are the most pertinent to our residents as it allows for better understanding of the current COVID-19 situation within our county.

We encourage our residents to utilize the states expanded dashboard that can be found by visiting our website’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage OR directly from the state website here: Missouri COVID-19 Dashboard. 

 

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.

Clarksville Flu Shot Clinic Scheduled

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 flu shot clinic:

Clarksville City Hall Park
111 Howard Street, Clarksville, MO 63336
Friday, October 9th
11 a.m. – 12 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.

This year, the flu vaccine is more important than ever before

This year, the flu vaccine is more important than ever before
DHSS urges Missourians to get vaccinated

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — 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.

“We always put individual patients first, and because of that, we are concerned that fewer than half of Missouri adults typically get a flu vaccine. This year, we want to do better. Do it for yourself, or do it to protect your loved ones,” said Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). “As the Governor has said, we are not powerless against COVID-19. This also applies to the flu. One measure you can take to protect yourself during this time of COVID-19 is to get a flu vaccine.”

Symptoms of flu and COVID-19 significantly overlap one another. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea. It is unknown how a person could be affected by experiencing both viruses at the same time.

“To ensure our state has the capacity to care for COVID-19 patients, we need to do whatever we can to prevent strain on our health care system and keep Missourians healthy,” said  Williams. “Flu vaccines are therefore important to the COVID-19 fight. Preventing flu means fewer unnecessary medical visits and hospitalizations. Preventing flu also reduces disruptions to our daily lives – at home, at work, at school.”

DHSS is working closely with local public health agencies to increase immunization rates among adult populations who are most at risk for contracting COVID-19. Ancillary supplies and vaccine transport coolers have also been purchased for local providers to host adult flu vaccine clinics or offer curbside or drive-through clinics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided Missouri with an additional 300,000 adult flu vaccines to meet what is expected to be an increased demand.

“While the effectiveness of the vaccine varies from year to year, studies have shown some protection is better than none at all,” said Williams. “You are less likely to spread the virus to those around you if vaccinated, and it has also been shown to cause symptoms to be more mild if you do become infected.”

Groups of people at high risk for flu-related complications include children age 5 and under, adults older than 65, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems or chronic medical conditions such  as asthma, diabetes or heart disease. Those who are in a high risk group and experience symptoms of the flu should contact their primary health care provider.

Flu vaccines are already becoming available, and it is recommended annually for everyone 6 months and older without an increased risk for a serious adverse reaction. Contact your health care provider, or find a location near you using VaccineFinder.

DHSS will launch a multimedia public awareness campaign starting Oct. 1 that focuses on the people–friends, family, front-line workers–who are protected when one person gets vaccinated.

For more information, visit health.mo.gov/flu.

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Attached Photo: Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS Director, received his flu vaccination this morning, September 25, at the Cole County Health Department. 

 

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

DHSS adjusts statewide COVID-19 hotline hours

DHSS adjusts statewide COVID-19 hotline hours
Hotline sees decline in overnight call volume

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – On March 11, four days after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Missouri, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) quickly activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or health care providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19. Since that time, more than 112,000 calls have been taken regarding testing, symptoms, regulations and more. 

The 24/7 hotline will shift to a new schedule beginning Oct. 1. Calls will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Current data shows that 93% of calls are received during this timeframe. 

“In March, there was more uncertainty about COVID-19 and its impacts than there is today,” said Williams. “We learn more each week and have been intentional about getting information out to the public through our website, social media and the traditional news media. Additionally, Gov. Parson and various Cabinet members have held more than 75 livestreamed press briefings to answer questions and keep the public informed about the latest information on COVID-19 in Missouri. It remains important that people get the information they need to be safe and protect the health of their communities.” 

The hotline’s call volume peaked in late March with more than 15,000 calls in one week. Currently, approximately 3,000 calls are handled in a week. The schedule is being adjusted to allow the State to use resources most efficiently.

“Consistent with our whole government approach, many of our team members who have been staffing the call center have stepped up and outside their normal role to help fill this need for our state,” said Dr. Randall Williams, Director of DHSS. “Providing Missourians with the information they need has been crucial. I’m grateful for their willingness to adapt their work lives and even personal schedules in order to ensure we do that.” 

The COVID-19 hotline can be reached at 877-435-8411, and translation services are available. Additionally, DHSS’s virtual assistant, the COVID-19 Chatbot, is always available at health.mo.gov

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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

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.