WE HAVE ORDERED THE COVID-19 VACCINE. WE WILL BE OFFERING COVID-19 VACCINATION SOON!  CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY TO SEE WHEN AND WHERE YOU CAN RECIEVE YOUR VACCINATION. PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED LINK TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR THE STAGE OF VACCINATING THAT IS GOING TO BE STARTED. IF YOU MEET THE CRITERIA, PLEASE CALL THE HEALTH CENTER AT 573-648-2498 TO HAVE YOUR NAME PUT ON THE LIST.
THIS IS THE LINK ON THE PRODOCOL FOR VACCINATING THE PUBLIC https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/ 
FOR ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts/
As of 1/21/2021, Reynolds County has 436 recovered cases, 9 in active isolation, 1872 tested, 1427 negative, 3 Deaths and 0 test pending. We will be updating this information on our Facebook page Monday & Thursday now. Please go there for the most recent updates and announcements. The reason for the sudden spike in tests is that we are now receiving information on tests that were done on people in our county that traveled out of our county to be tested & an increase of testing is being done. Many have asked for further information but we must reiterate that we will not be giving any other information, especially zip codes, unless we determine that through contact tracing this information needs to be released. Everyone should take precautions at all times no matter where you are. We have  worked VERY closely with the schools to develop plans and protocols.
STATE OF MISSOURI PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING
The country is currently experiencing an extreme outbreak of COVID-19. As we move from fall into the winter months, respiratory illnesses spread more rapidly as people move indoors and environmental conditions change. COVID-19 is following that pattern, The risks become more serious with the onset of flu season. Every state is affected & every community is at risk.
If we do not slow the spread of the virus, we risk having our health care systems overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. This poses a significant risk not only to those suffering from the virus, our first responders, and those working in our health care systems, but to anyone requiring health care support. This includes people requiring emergency services and ICU access from car accidents to treatment of serious health conditions such as cancer, surgeries, etc.
We do NOT need to lockdown our community if people will do the right things to fight the spread of the virus. Due to the extreme risks, the Sate of Missouri has issued the following public health warning to set expectations for all individuals living and/or working in Missouri and for our local jurisdictions;
PERSONAL BEHAVIOR ADVISORY
  • Wear a mask at all times in public & other settings outside our home where social distancing is not possible.
  • Maintain social distance of at least 6 feet wherever possible, and limit close contacts with other individuals to less than 15 minutes.
  • Wash hands multiple times a day.
  • Stay home when sick or if you have symptoms. Self isolate from other family members.
  • As much as possible, limit your regular interactions to a small group (<10) of family members, friends, and/or co-workers if living in a Category 1 or 2 community.

BUSINESS ADVISORY

In addition to the basic guidance for individuals, all businesses are advised to implement basic infection prevention measure informed by industry best practices:

  • Modify physical workspaces to maximize and maintain social distancing.
  • Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, including policies & procedures for workforce contact tracing when an employee tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Monitor workforce for indicative symptoms. Symptomatic people should not 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; Working in phases and/or split shifts, if possible; Limiting access to common areas where personnel likely to congregate and interact: and Ensuring that sick leave policies are flexible & consistent with public health guidance

TRAVEL ADVISORY

  • Minimize travel outside of Missouri. If traveling outside the state, please follow all guidance and requirement for your destination. Upon return, take as many precautions as possible, wear a mask, and monitor symptoms.
  • If planning travel for gatherings during the holidays, especially those including individuals at high risk, encourage all people to self-isolate as family units as much as practicable in advance of any such gathering.
  • Do not attend gatherings, family or otherwise, if you have any symptoms.

In light of the COVID-19 challenge, the State of Missouri’s COVID-19 advisory provides expectations for communities based upon their localized public health data. This advisory acknowledges different jurisdictions will face different situations as the COVID-10 challenge evolves.

 

CATEGORY 2 COUNTY ACTION PLAN: CRITICAL RISK

Criteria for county:

  • PCR 7-day positivity rate: 10-14%   Reynolds County is currently at 12.90% & ranks 114 out of 117 counties.
  • Business Occupancy: Occupancy limits reflective of social distancing
  • Social group size: 25 or less
  • Masks: Advised in all offices and businesses with 10+ people where social distancing is not possible.
We are still asking the public to make sure to practice the following-

1.) Handwashing- Please wash your hands frequently by using a anti-bacterial soap. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. (Sing the ABC song or Happy Birthday twice)

2.) Social Distancing- Keep 6 feet away from others and refrain from shaking hands or hugging.

3.) Cover your face when coughing/sneezing by using a tissue or your elbow. If you use your hands, WASH THEM IMMEDIATELY!

4.) STAY AT HOME IF YOU ARE SICK– If you are running a fever (100 or higher), coughing or a worsening cough, and shortness of breath, call your medical doctor and give them your symptoms. DO NOT show up there without calling them first as they will have certain protocols/precautions to follow.

5.) If you are out in the public, please wear a face covering. This is to protect anyone who may have an underlying chronic condition & the elderly.

We thank our citizen’s for following these guidelines and know we are working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy. Our motto of Public Health – Promote, Protect and Prevent. For more information about Covid-19, click here.