COVID numbers continue to decline in Crawford County, with only seven new cases reported for the week of April 17 to 23, less than half of the 15 reported the previous week.
The decline in new cases continues from the 26 reported two weeks ago and the 34 reported each week for the two weeks prior to that. That decreased the seven-day positivity rate well below the 10 percent benchmark that is considered high. Crawford County’s seven-day positivity rate using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) method was just 2.9 percent, down from last week’s 6.9 percent.
As of April 25, the state website reported a new total of 2,241 confirmed PCR cases to date in Crawford County. There was a total of 306 probable antigen cases reported, following a correction to those numbers last week. The state website reported an error had been made where those with both a positive PCR test and a positive antigen test had been reported in both categories when they should have only been added to the total for confirmed PCR cases. The correction removed a total of 11,454 total cases across the state.
The total death count in Crawford County remained the same at 36.
County residents have now had a total of 18,622 PCR tests conducted and 6,404 antigen tests. There were 243 PCR tests conducted in the seven-day period ending on April 23, and 75 antigen tests.
In Crawford County, 14.2 percent of the population has completed the COVID-19 vaccine regimen, 3,402 of the total of 23,920 residents of the county. That shows another slight increase from the 13.5 percent completely vaccinated last week. The percent of the population that has initiated the vaccine sequence stands at 19.8 percent, or 4,733 people.
Statewide, as of April 23, there had been 2,352 new confirmed cases (those with a positive PCR test) in the previous seven days, increasing from 2,055 last week. The average increased to 336 per day this week from 294 last week. Those with a positive antigen test are reported as “probable” cases and that total was 1,464 for the week, up from 1,391 the previous week. If a person has both a positive PCR and antigen test, they are only counted as a confirmed case.
Across the state, numbers decreased across the board for new cases reported and tests and vaccines administered. There were 2,032 confirmed PCR cases over the week, and 1,340 probable antigen cases. There were 45,196 PCR tests conducted over the week and 28,124 antigen tests. There were 215,687 vaccine doses administered in the seven days from April 17 to 23, compared to 277,614 for the previous week. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses per person.
The state’s PCR positivity rate remained constant at 5.0 percent using the CDC method. The antigen positivity rate increased from 5.0 to 5.3 percent.
New deaths for the week totaled just two, two fewer than the previous week. Hospitalizations increased from 710 to 745 as of April 23. There were 138 patients in the ICU compared to 107 last week, and 77 on ventilators—up from 74 last week at this time.
The Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) 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.
Local vaccinations available
Members of the community are encouraged to pre-register for the vaccine through the following locations:
• BJC HealthCare (includes Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital)—register at www.bjc.org/vaccine. For those without internet or e-mail access, the following phone number can be used as an alternate: 314-273-1252. Due to high demand, wait times on this line can be lengthy so it is recommended to use the website when possible.
• Franklin County Health Department—register at https://www.franklinmo.org/health
• Crawford County Health Department—call 573-775-2555 and press 0 to be connected with an employee.
• Sink’s Pharmacy, which operates Steelville Drug, Towne Pharmacy in Cuba, and numerous other area locations, has begun administering COVID-19 vaccinations in the area. To sign up for future Sink’s Pharmacy vaccination clinics, visit www.sinkspharmacy.com.
• Walmart in Cuba, Salem, Potosi, and Rolla—to check availability and schedule an appointment visit www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine.
Those who pre-register will be contacted when vaccine is available to them.
All Missourians, age 16 and up, are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on the vaccine, please visit: Missouri Department of Public Health: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/.