July 23, 2021
Ready to get a COVID vaccine?
Call the Christian County Health Department at 417-581-7285.
Our health department is approved as a provider for COVID-19 vaccine. Please call the Christian County Health Department at 417-581-7285 to schedule an appointment.
All Missourians age 12 and older are now eligible for vaccination. Please visit VaccineFinder.org to find additional places you can get a COVID vaccination.
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.
MO COVID Hotline 1-877-435-8411
Show Me Hope (free mental health care)
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.
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.
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!