First dose mass vaccination clinic coming to Rolla Friday

    A first dose mass vaccination clinic will be held on Friday, April 9,  for all Missouri residents age 16 and over. Individuals need to register on the Missouri’s Vaccine Navigator website or call in advance to schedule an appointment.


    The Jordan Valley Community Health Center is partnering with Phelps-Maries County Health Department, Phelps Health, Missouri S&T, the Missouri National Guard, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency to bring the mass vaccine event, which will be held at 1 Innovation Drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    Those interested in receiving a vaccine should visit https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator or call 877-435-8411 to receive an eight to 10-digit Patient ID number. Using that ID number, visit https://bit.ly/3fCZ970 to schedule an appointment.
    The Pfizer vaccine will be given at this mass vaccination site. It was approved for those 16 years old and older. It is a two-dose vaccine and it is important individuals return for the second dose to develop the highest level of immunity on April 30.
    Upon arrival at the vaccination site, individuals should bring their Patient ID Number, their consent form, a photo ID, and should wear a short-sleeved T-shirt.
    Phelps Health announced on Tuesday it is also taking Pfizer first dose vaccinations. Preregistration is required and can be completed at https://covid19vaccine.phelpshealth.org/mychart/covid19. These appointments are only for Missourians over 16 years old who fall into Phase 1A, Phase 1B (all tiers) and Phase 2 of Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. These vaccinations will be provided at the new vaccine clinic location at the Phelps Health/Missouri S&T parking lot on 10th Street, across from the Emergency Department.
    The Phelps-Maries County Health Department reported on Thursday, April 1, there were 34 active COVID-19 cases, with total PCR positive tests at 3,492. There have been 136 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Phelps County.
    Maries County currently is now down to three active cases of COVID-19, with 683 confirmed total cases in the county. There have been 15 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 March 6. 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 March 28 through April 3.
    According to the state dashboard, there have been 3,177 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 29 new cases reported in Phelps County over the seven-day date range. Phelps County is at 7,128 in cases per 100,000 population to date.
    Missouri as a state has a total of 491,442 confirmed cases to date as of April 3. The seven-day positive percent PCR tests are at 4.5 percent using the CDC method and there have been 8,508 confirmed deaths in the state associated with COVID-19. Over the seven-day date range, there have been 2,112 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 continue 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.