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COVID Dashboards

In order to provide as much data as possible about positive COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccination rates in Christian County, we have replaced our mini-dashboard with the links below to the DHSS dashboards, which offer a broader set of data in real time.

DHSS COVID Cases Dashboard

To access Christian County data,

  1. Click on "county"

  2. Click on "select a jurisdiction"

  3. Scroll down to "Christian" and click once on it to highlight it

  4. Scroll back up and click "view dashboard"

DHSS COVID Vaccinations Dashboard

  1. Click on "county"

  2. Scroll down to the map and click once on Christian County

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Christian County Health Department will continue to provide periodic updates on our Facebook page.

 

Due to the way data is collected and the time it takes to process, the case numbers we report may differ from those reported by DHSS. Counting every case, every test result, every hospitilization, and every death is important to us, because every person in our community is important to us. But we understand that, just like in any disease outbreak, not every person will go to the doctor or get tested. Many will choose to recover at home. For that reason the reported case count will never be a complete number of the actual cases in our community. We monitor data constantly to recognize early indicators of a significant increase in cases, or a new outbreak, or a decline in cases so that we can apply proven public health measures like isolation and quarantine appropriately to slow and stop the spread of disease. Data are important tools that provide a glimpse of what is occuring in our community, much like looking through a window allows you to see part of a beautiful sunrise, but not the entire sky.

 

To learn more about how data helps public health agencies and our partners improve health in our communities, watch this short video from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

COVID Vaccine

Ready to get a COVID vaccine?
Call the Christian County Health Department at 417-581-7285.

All Missourians age 12 and older are eligible for vaccination. Some adults are also eligible for a booster shot. Please call the Christian County Health Department at 417-581-7285 to schedule an appointment or visit VaccineFinder.org to find a vaccinator near you. 

Following federal guidance issued from the CDC, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has amended the state's standing order for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administration for those who are eligible for a booster shot.

 

Missourians who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive a booster shot at least six months after their initial series based on CDC guidance:

   •  people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster;

   •  people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster;

   •  people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster; and

   •  people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting (example: frontline medical workers, teachers, and first responders) may receive a booster.

 

The CDC defines medical conditions categorized as high-risk. Missourians with an underlying medical condition are encouraged to speak with their healthcare provider about whether a booster shot is right for them.

 

Federal health experts are still reviewing data from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and will decide when recipients may be eligible for a booster shot. Missouri providers will be ready to administer Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots when they are recommended.

 

Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots can be administered anywhere the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available. Individuals do not need to get their booster shot at the same location they received their initial series.

 

Currently, Christian County Health Department only offers Moderna vaccine, so those seeking a Pfizer booster shot are encouraged to contact a nearby provider and schedule an appointment. The following locations are offering Pfizer vaccine; however, there may be other providers offering Pfizer vaccine that we are not aware of.

 

 

Research shows that all COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective at preventing severe illness and death. Individuals should only get a booster shot when it is recommended, not earlier. Learn more about COVID-19 booster doses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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COVID Prevention

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.

Contact Tracing

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.

Quarantine

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.

CDC released updated guidance stating that people do not need to quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID, if they meet the following three conditions:

  • are fully vaccinated (includes receiving both doses in a two-dose series),

  • are within three months of receiving their most recent vaccination, and 

  • have not had any symptoms since their most recent exposure to COVID-19.

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Text Notifications

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!