County continues to see decline in new COVID cases

    Crawford County had just 16 new COVID cases reported over the past week, according to the state website, as cases continue to decline in Missouri overall.
    The state has added new information to its dashboard. One is for vaccinations and it reported there were 151,243 vaccine doses administered in the past seven days, compared to 144,859 for the previous week. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses per person.


    There are also now numbers reported separately for PCR and antigen testing data. The antigen test is frequently referred to as a rapid test and detects protein fragments specific to the coronavirus. Turnaround time for results is usually very quick and, in some cases, can be reported within 15 minutes. PCR testing actually detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to SARS-CoV-2 and can detect the virus within days of infection, even with those who have no symptoms. Results generally are reported within two to three days, but when demand is high, can take a week or longer.
    As of February 14, the state website reported a new total of 2,029 confirmed cases to date in Crawford County, an increase of three fewer than the 19 reported the previous week. However, the total death count as of February 14 increased by one to a total of 29.
    The county had closed out 2020 with a per capita infection rate of 443.1 per 100,000 people reported on December 28, 2020, which ranked highest in the state. As of February 12, that rate had dropped to 66.9.
    Crawford County remains 30th out of Missouri’s 114 counties in cases per capita. On Monday, the county’s seven-day positivity rate using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) method stood at 6.4 percent, down from 7.4 percent, continuing for the third week below the 10 percent benchmark that is considered high. County residents have now had a total of 14,707 PCR tests conducted and 3,182 antigen tests. There were 249 PCR tests conducted in the past seven days as of February 12, and 97 antigen tests.
Statewide, as of February 12, there had been 4,223 new confirmed cases (those with a positive PCR test) in the previous seven days, down from 6,263 last week. The average dropped from 895 per day last week to 603 this week. Those with a positive antigen test were reported as “probable” cases and that total was 1,773 for the week. If a person has both a positive PCR and antigen test, they are only counted as a confirmed cases.
    There were 69,546 PCR tests conducted over the week and 37,408 antigen tests.
    The state’s PCR positivity rate dropped from 8.0 percent using the CDC method to 6.7 percent. The antigen positivity rate was 5.0 percent.
    New deaths for the week totaled 11, which was 11 less than the previous week’s total of 22. Hospitalizations declined from 1,587 to 1,402 as of February 12. There were 297 patients in the ICU compared to 329 last week, and 195 on ventilators–one more than last week at this time.
    The Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) no longer reports numbers from its office. The local health department recommends the state-maintained dashboard as the best source of data related to COVID-19.
    Although the state website’s reported information is somewhat delayed, it provides in-depth information and has a team of experts ensuring the best and most accurate data possible is reported. The website can be found at https://showmestrong.mo.gov/public-health/.
    Health officials continue to caution that any public activity should be considered a potential risk, and all precautions need to be taken to protect your own health and the health of those around you.
    Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms.
    Anyone who suspects that they have COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are experiencing symptoms, should stay home and isolate from others, especially those at higher risk of severe illness. Call a healthcare provider to let them know before seeking care. It is critical that the provider is aware that a person may have COVID-19 prior to their arrival at a healthcare facility, and that the person follows all instructions for arriving at a healthcare facility.
    The health department asks that anyone who develops symptoms contact their physician, seek testing and isolate at least until test results are known. Potential contacts may call the CCHD office to be screened to determine if monitoring and quarantine are required. CCHD’s office number is 573-775-2555. Please do not contact the health department via Facebook.
    Health officials continue to urge people to follow the steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of getting any viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. These include:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Social Distance: Avoid close contact with others, especially people who are sick.
    • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
    • Wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public.
    • Stay home when not feeling well; stay home after being tested for COVID-19.    
    CCHD has taken and will continue to take the necessary precautions to keep the community safe and will continue to diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves by following the CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of this infection.
    For general information and questions regarding COVID-19, please call 1-877-435-8411.