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3/14/2022: COVID-19 Seven-Day Positivity Rate At 3.7%, Vaccination Rate Reaches 54.9%

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>>>Updated: March 14, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

Cape Girardeau County 

COVID-19 Cases

Across the country various public health platforms have announced adjustments to their briefings of COVID-19 health data.

As of January 26th, 2022 Cape County Health Department resumed its weekly COVID-19 data services after their original retirement on Dec. 22, 2021. Daily updates via the state Department of Health and Senior Services dashboard can also be found as a link on the KeepCapeStrong website.

Deaths

A total of 191 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in Cape Girardeau County.

 
Tests

As of March 11th, a total of 421 PCR tests had been administered in Cape Girardeau County within a period of seven days.
 
More free area-wide COVID-19 tests continue to be scheduled throughout the state of Missouri. Participants will be required to register at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website.
 

How to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.  
 
The cloth face coverings recommended in the Order are not surgical masks or respirators. Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 3 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

If any symptoms develop that are consistent with COVID-19, those individuals are asked to self-isolate immediately and contact a primary care physician to determine the need for testing.
 
 
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
 
Reported State Vaccine Data

As of March 13th, 2022, 54.9% of Missouri residents have completed vaccination.

Vaccine Information

Those who have already received the first Moderna Vaccine, should plan for a 28 day waiting period between the first and second shot, as stated in a recent press release by the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center. 
 
The announcement also mentions that those who are receiving the second shot will be contacted by email or phone for their first appointment and instructed on the scheduling process. 

These locations have provided COVID-19 vaccine wait lists and information: Saint Francis Hospital: sign-up list; Southeast Hospital: sign-up list; Broadway Pharmacy: sign-up list; Butler County Health Department: sign-up list; St. Francois County: information on vaccine.

On Tues. Dec. 15, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center announced the approval to receive the Moderna COVID vaccine and have placed their order with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). 

In a recent press release, SoutheastHEALTH Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Matt Janzow, MD, said that the hospital was chosen as a pre-positioning site for the vaccine because of the wide geographic area which Southeast serves, which includes its central location in southeast Missouri and "[their] ongoing commitment to the good health of our community."
 
Janzow commented that "[they were] honored to be a part of this historic development in the fight against COVID-19."
 
Vaccinations for employees began during the week of Dec. 15th. SoutheastHEALTH expects to initially receive 2,925 doses of the Pfizer brand vaccine, which is a two-dose series given 21 days apart.
 
The announcement also stated that four other hospitals in Missouri were also named as pre-positioning sites. Those sites are at Barnes-Jewish in St. Louis, Mercy in Springfield, SSM St. Mary's in Jefferson City and Truman in Kansas City.

The Cape Girardeau County Health Center says it will follow the Missouri Vaccination 3-Phase plan and work with their local partners to vaccinate any Missouri resident who would like to receive the vaccine as quickly as possible. 

Missouri residents can now receive a 3rd dose, or 'booster-shot' of their chosen COVID-19 vaccine if they are 65+ years or older, immune compromised, or have waited 8 months between their second dose.

More information about the COVID vaccine and the Missouri distribution plan can be found here.

Missouri Vaccine Incentive Program

In July, 2021 Gov. Mike Parson announced the MO VIP incentive program. The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services formed a partnership with the Missouri Lottery to draw 180 winners in 5 randomized drawings who will win either $10,000 cash or $10,000 towards an education savings account. In total, the state will award 900 individuals throughout the incentive program.

“These Missourians are winners not only because they are receiving $10,000 but because, like 3.2 million other Missourians, they have stepped up to help protect themselves and those they care for from serious illness,” Governor Parson said.

On Aug. 27, the first drawing winners were announced after receiving 566,151 entries. Of the 180 winners randomly selected in the second of the program’s five drawings, 177 have been fully verified. The next drawing will take place on Sept. 10th, 2021.

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Southeast Missouri Counties

Total recorded cases in the region widely vary. Scott county reports 9,121 cases, with 136 deaths; Perry county has 4,546 cases and 38 deaths; Stoddard county reports 5,027 cases with 88 deaths; Bollinger county reports 2,032 with 29 deaths; Ste. Genevieve county has 3,355 cases, with 35 deaths. St. Francois county reported a total of 15,984 cases--one of the highest counts outside of the Southeast Region. A total of 239 individuals have died as a result of COVID-19 related complications. Mississippi county has 2,961 cases, with 49 deaths; New Madrid county has 4,359 cases with 68 deaths; Butler county reports 7,079 cases, with 83 deaths; Carter county has 811 and 15 deaths; Ripley county has 1,514 cases, and 31 deaths; and Wayne county reports 1,750 with 25 deaths. 

On Friday, August 28th Gov. Parson terminated Executive Order 20-02 ending the State of Emergency that had been in effect since March 13, 2020, announcing the new Executive Order 21-09.

On Dec. 31, 2021 Gov. Parson issued a statement that Missouri's COVID-19 related State of Emergency will expire and not be renewed in the new year.

"Over the last 22 months, we have coordinated with local, state, and private partners to mitigate COVID-19 and work towards returning to normalcy,” said Parson. “We all now know how to best fight and prevent serious illness from this virus. The State stands ready to provide assistance and response, but there is no longer a need for a state of emergency,”

Parson explained Missourians can work together as a collective to reduce the spread with available treatment opportunities.

“We encourage all Missourians to consider COVID-19 vaccination and to stay diligent, but we can work together to fight COVID-19 while living our normal lives. It is time to take this final step and move forward as a state."

Executive Order 21-09, which represents a more targeted State of Emergency declaration that acknowledges the continued needs of Missouri's health care system. While Missouri's economy has improved, the health care system is still experiencing strain due to current staffing shortages being exacerbated by COVID-19.

Executive Order 21-09 invokes the Governor's emergency powers to activate the Missouri National Guard for continued mission support in recovery operations, if needed. The order also keeps in place provisions related to remote notary services and telehealth, and it allows state agencies to request waiver of certain statutory and regulatory requirements that would otherwise hinder the state's response to ongoing COVID-19 challenges.

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CDC COVID-19 Case Definitions

You can read the entire Public Health Warning for the State of Missouri here.

To date, 1,127,503 total COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Missouri; as of March 11--780 individuals were hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 15,634 deaths are attributed to the virus. 9,718,615 total tests have been processed for the virus statewide, using the PCR method, according to the most recent data from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as of March 11th, at 1:00 p.m.

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