Second dose mass vaccination clinic condensed to one-day event

    The Phelps-Maries County Health Department announced Tuesday morning a second dose mass vaccination clinic originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday has been condensed into a one-day event on Friday, February 26. The event will take place in the Phelps Health and Missouri University of Science and Technology parking lot, located at 1 Innovation Drive.


    The event will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Individuals who had been scheduled for Thursday should report at the same scheduled time on Friday to receive the second dose. Since there was a delay in the vaccine shipment, Thursday’s event had to be pushed to Friday.
    The Pfizer vaccine will be given during the mass vaccination event to those in Phase 1A, 1B: Tiers 1 and 2. Those attending should bring their vaccine record card, vaccine consent form, photo ID, and wear a short-sleeved shirt. A vaccine consent form can be found at https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/vaccinators/screening-COVID-1-Immunization.pdf.
    Phelps Health reported there have been 7,508 first dose vaccinations given at their facility so far. The hospital also reported the two-week COVID-19 positive rate is now at 7.1 percent and both inpatient and ICU statuses were at normal operation. Area COVID-19 positive cases continue to decline.
    The Phelps-Maries County Health Department reported on Monday, February 22, active COVID-19 cases are now at 36. Total PCR positive tests are at 3,328 and there have been 128 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Phelps County.
    Maries County currently has three active cases of COVID-19, with 659 confirmed total cases in the county. There have been 14 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Maries County.
    To check current information, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) COVID dashboard is updated daily. The link to that website is: https://showmestrong.mo.gov/public-health/.
    According to the state dashboard on Tuesday, numbers included data reported through February 20. All seven-day metrics are based on the date a test or death occurred and are subject to a three-day delay to ensure data are accurate and complete. As a result, Monday’s numbers were for the date range of February 14-20.
    According to the state dashboard, there have been 2,992 confirmed positive cases to date Phelps County. The discrepancy could be associated with cases not yet reported to the state, false positives which have been changed, changes to the new dashboard, or errors in reporting. According to the dashboard, there have been 31 new cases reported in Phelps County over the seven-day date range. Phelps County is at 6,713 in cases per 100,000 population to date.
    Missouri as a state has a total of 475,791 confirmed cases to date as of February 20. The seven-day positive percent PCR tests are at 6.4 percent using the CDC method and there have been 7,885 confirmed deaths in the state associated with COVID-19. Over the seven-day date range, there have been 2,883 new confirmed cases.
    With each case, the health department works with the DHSS to investigate to identify any individual that may have come in close contact with the positive individual to monitor them for symptoms and assist in the containment of the virus. Any close contacts identified by a positive case within the county will be contacted privately by the health department.
    Primary symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, and shortness of breath. Other possible symptoms include body aches, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell. The health department reported there are a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild to severe illness, with some not experiencing any symptoms at all during their illness.
    The health department asks that anyone who develops symptoms contact their physician and seek testing and to isolate themselves until testing results are known.
    For general information and questions regarding the coronavirus, contact the Missouri DHSS hotline at 877-435-8411. The Phelps/Maries County Health Department can be reached by calling 573-458-6010. The department requests that residents not contact them via Facebook as there are too many comments made and someone could be missed.
    The health department urges the public to take appropriate precautions, including social distancing, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper handwashing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick, to help contain the spread of COVID-19.