Our health department has been approved as a provider for COVID-19 vaccine; however, vaccine shipments will continue to be limited and inconsistent until more vaccine becomes available nationwide. If you are interested in being placed on a waiting list to receive a COVID vaccination, please complete this survey. As we receive enough vaccine to vaccinate the tier level you are included in, we will reach out to you to schedule an appointment.
On January 14, 2021 DHSS announced the expansion of group 1A and opened 1B Tier 1. People in both of these groups are now eligible for vaccination. On January 18, 2021, Missouri will open vaccinations to group 1B Tier 2. DHSS has activated a website that shows where people in these groups can request a vaccination. Not every site listed will have available vaccine.
We will share information on our webpage, Facebook page and in a press release as soon as we receive vaccine that we can give to the general public.
MO COVID Hotline 1-877-435-8411
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We are working with local, regional and state partners to stop the spread of COVID-19. All of us have an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our families and our community. Follow recommendations from CDC and the Christian County Health Department.
Stay home whenever possible.
Wear a face mask when you must go out in public.
Keep a distance of at least six feet from other people outside your home.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Review credible information about the COVID-19 vaccine so you will be ready when it becomes available to you.
To stop the spread of a disease that is passed from person to person, like COVID-19, public health professionals need to be able to quickly talk to people who test positive and find out who they have been in contact with, so those people can be quarantined before they spread the disease to others. These actions are called disease investigation and contact tracing. They are essential to stopping the COVID pandemic by interrupting its spread in our community.
Unfortunately, public health departments are struggling to keep up with investigations and contact tracing because so many people have tested positive for COVID-19. Because of this, the CDC released guidance for prioritizing investigations and contact tracing when a health department's resources are strained.
View how Christian County case investigations are being prioritized.
Whether or not your receive a phone call from the health department, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, you need to stay home in isolation for a period of 10 days, following guidance from CDC. It may be inconvienent for a few days, but in the long run it will hlep to protect your family, your friends, your co-workers, and our whole community.
The CDC defines exposure to COVID as being in close contact with a person who has COVID. Close contact means you were within six feet of the person for a total of 15 minutes in the course of a day. If you pass a stranger once while shopping, that is not close contact. If you sit or stand within six feet of a co-worker for 15 minutes in the course of your work day, that is considered close contact. If you live with a person, ride in a car with someone for 15 minutes, or sit next to someone at a basketball game, those would be considered close contacts.
Use this decision chart to help you decide when to self-isolate or quarantine.
If you have had close contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID, you should quarantine following CDC guidance. The best way to make sure you don't spread COVID to someone else after you've been exposed is to quarantine for 14 days. The CDC does offer some exceptions, allowing shorter quarantine periods of 10 or even 7 days in some cases. Use the image below to calculate your quarantine period.
We are now using text notifications to help speed up the process of notifying people with positive COVID-19 test results and their close contacts. The quickest way to get a release from isolation or quarantine letter is to respond to our text notification and answer a few questions. We know your time is valuable!