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7/27/2021 – 16 NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED AS CDC REVISES MASK GUIDELINES FOR VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

OTHER ADAIR COUNTY PROVIDERS FOR COVID-19 VACCINES (depending on availability) 

  1. Walmart Pharmacy – to register visit Flu Shots & Immunizations – Walmart.com
  2. Hy-Vee Pharmacy – to register visit  Get Your COVID Vaccine at Select Hy-Vee Pharmacy Locations (hy-vee.com)
  3. Walgreens- to register visit Walgreens: Pharmacy, Health & Wellness, Photo & More for You.
  4. Kirksville Pharmacy – 660-956-7010
  5. Northeast Missouri Health Council – 660-627-5757

 

16 NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED AS CDC REVISES MASK GUIDELINES FOR VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

Kirksville, MO 7/27/21 – As the Adair County Health Department completed contact tracing for 16 new cases today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released revised mask guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals. Due to the rapid transmission of the Delta variant, the CDC now recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks when indoors in public in areas of “substantial” or “high” risk for the virus. The CDC puts Adair County in the high-risk category, based on the growing number of positive cases. The CDC also today recommended that adults and children wear masks in K-12 schools regardless of vaccine status.

Although breakthrough infections of fully vaccinated persons and transmission of the virus from fully vaccinated people to unvaccinated people are rare, the Delta variant’s aggressive spread is causing public health and infectious disease experts to revisit mask guidelines. However, the vast majority of the spread of COVID-19 continues to be among unvaccinated people, a group for whom the recommendation to wear masks inside remains unchanged.

Among today’s cases in Adair County is a 41-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 in January and recovered. She has been fully vaccinated as well. Three people in today’s count are breakthough cases. Two of them live with unvaccinated people whose cases have already been reported. 

Today’s cases include females ages 16, 25, 35, 36, 40, 41, 55, 58 and 77. Males are ages 31, 42, two age 47, 56, 61 and 67. One case is travel-related, and four cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. 

The overall case count is now 2,723 with 65 active cases and 2,635 people who have left isolation. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY TOPS 2,700 CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 7/26/21 – The county’s overall COVID-19 case count has risen to 2,707 after the Adair County Health Department confirmed 15 new cases since last Friday. There are now 57 active cases and 2,627 people who have left isolation.

Seven of the new cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. Four are employed at an area meat processing plant. Two are breakthrough cases involving fully vaccinated individuals. The remaining 13 cases are unvaccinated.

Cases include females ages 16, 21, 23, 26, 27, 39 and 45. Males are ages 24, 28, 31, 34, 40, 43, 56 and 57. 

A 63-year-old female admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center July 21 was discharged to her home July 23. A 39-year-old male was admitted July 23 and a 26-year-old male was admitted July 25. None require use of a ventilator.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT NEARS 2,700

Kirksville, MO 7/23/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 today, as the overall case count nears 2,700. None of today’s cases have been vaccinated.

The cases all involve females, ages 20, 23, 47, 62, 95 and 96. Two reside at the same address. There have now been 2,692 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Adair County since March 21, 2020, and 23 known COVID-related deaths. Currently, there are 63 active cases and 2,606 people who have left isolation.

A 59-year-old male whose case was confirmed July 19 was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) July 22. He does not require a ventilator. 

A 69-year-old female admitted to Boone Hospital July 4 was discharged to her home yesterday. 

A 31-year-old male admitted to NRMC July 21 left the hospital against medical advice July 22. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASE COUNT CLIMBS BY 16 AND RECORDS ANOTHER COVID-RELATED DEATH

Kirksville, MO 7/22/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 16 new cases of COVID-19 today, the highest one-day total since February 2, 2021. The Health Department also confirmed the county’s 23 rd COVID-related death, an 84-year-old female who has been at Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) since July 8.

The total case count has now climbed to 2,686 with 67 active cases and 2,596 people who have left isolation. Today’s cases include a 31-year-old male and a 63-year-old female admitted to NRMC yesterday. Neither are currently on a ventilator.

The 63-year-old female is fully vaccinated. Breakthrough cases requiring hospitalization are rare. According to the CDC, 97% of patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated. The local woman lives with other COVID-positive cases, none of whom are vaccinated.

Today’s other 14 cases include females ages 21, 25, 27, 37 and 45. Males are ages 14, 18, 22, 24, 31, 48, 50, 59 and 69. None are fully vaccinated. One case works at an area meat processing plant and six individuals reside at addresses with at least one other positive case.

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ESTABLISH COVID-19 HOTSPOT ADVISORIES AS ADAIR COUNTY CASE COUNT HITS 2,670

Kirksville, MO 7/21/21 – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry have created COVID-19 Hotspot Advisories in light of the rapidly rising case counts in north central and southwest Missouri, including Adair County which confirmed another 11 cases today.

The Hotspot Advisories are designed to keep community and business leaders informed of the increasingly serious spread of COVID-19 and to encourage residents in hotspots to get vaccinated. The current advisory for Adair, Macon and Randolph counties warns that vaccination rates in these three counties, 33.3%, 28.4% and 24.2%, respectively, are well below the statewide average of 40.4%. It also advises that 70-80% of people need immunity to minimize spread in communities. 

“The COVID-19 vaccine is Missouri’s pathway to recovery. As we see the more dangerous Delta variant begin to spread in certain regions of Missouri, we strongly encourage Missourians to protect themselves by getting vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Daniel Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber. 

Vaccines are available in several locations in Kirksville and are free of charge. Locations include the Adair County Health Department, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Kirksville Pharmacy, Walgreen’s and Walmart Pharmacy. 

Staff from the Adair County Health Department will be in the Multipurpose Building at the NEMO Fairgrounds from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 21-23. People can complete a form, specifying which vaccine they would like to receive. The Health Department will subsequently call anyone who wants a vaccine to schedule a time and location to receive one. 

New cases confirmed today include females ages 6, 15, 57, 59 and 65. Males are ages 25, 26, 29, 46, 53 and 56. Five cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. One case involves an employee of an area meat processing plant. Three are breakthrough cases involving fully vaccinated individuals. 

The July 15, 2021, case update omitted the case of a 58-year-old male who has now been added to the overall case count. The count now stands at 2,670. Of the 56 cases which are active today, 43% are in the 0-30 age range and 82% are not fully vaccinated.

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS RESIDENTS AND FAIRGOERS TO KEEP HYDRATED DURING EXTREME HEAT MOVING INTO NORTHEAST MISSOURI

Kirksville, MO 7/21/21 – The National Weather Service in Kansas City is reporting a heat advisory building into the weekend. The Weather Service predicts heat index values in the 100 to 105 range for Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24, and increasing to 105 to 110 into next week. The heat index combines air temperature with relative humidity. Heat advisories are issued when the index is expected to reach 100 or more.

“We know that more people than usual will be outside this week at the NEMO Fair,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “Extreme heat can cause sunstroke, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion which can lead to severe health issues or even death. People working or playing outside need to take precautions to stay safe,” he said.

Adults ages 65 and older, children ages 2 and younger, and people with chronic disease, obesity, or mental illness are at greatest risk for health complications from extreme heat. A history of heatstroke and sunburn also pose more risk.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend taking the following steps to reduce risk of heat-related illness:

  • Drink ample amounts of water to remain hydrated, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more water;
  • Avoid beverages that are sugary, caffeinated, and alcoholic;
  • Stay in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and don’t rely on fans for cooling;
  • Apply sunscreen and reapply as needed;
  • Forgo exercising in the heat and keep outdoor activities at a slow pace;
  • Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing;
  • Take cool baths or showers to cool down;
  • Never leave anyone in a vehicle; and,
  • Check on neighbors to make sure they have air conditioning.

The CDC also recommends that if you are wearing a face mask and begin to feel too hot or begin to have difficulty breathing, move at least six feet away from others and remove your face mask.

“People need to take frequent breaks from the outdoors at the Fair,” LeBaron said. “Take water with you and keep drinking it throughout the day and night. You can still enjoy the fun, but don’t do it at the expense of your health.”

 

ELEVEN NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY INCLUDING ONE REINFECTION

Kirksville, MO 7/20/21 – Among the 11 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Adair County Health Department today is the case of a reinfected 94-year-old female. Reinfection is when a person fully recovers from COVID-19 then subsequently tests positive for the virus again. The female tested positive in late January 2021 and recovered. She has not received any of the current COVID-19 vaccines.

According to the CDC, reinfection is rare because the immune system of an infected individual builds up antibodies to fight the virus. No one is sure how long antibodies last following a COVID-19 infection, although the CDC estimate is up to eight months, based on research performed to date. Because there is no definitive proof of how long antibodies developed in a COVID-positive person remain strong enough to fight the virus, everyone eligible should be vaccinated. Furthermore, the CDC reports that research does show that vaccines provide a stronger and longer-lasting boost to the immune system than having COVID-19. 

That doesn’t mean that there are no benefits to immunity created by having the virus. Many people who have recovered from COVID-19 have the same level of immunity after receiving the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as those who haven’t had the virus do after their second dose. The CDC strongly recommends that even those who have recovered from COVID-19 become fully vaccinated due to the prevalence and high transmissibility of the Delta variant.

In addition to the 94-year-old reinfection, new cases involve females ages 7, 17, 18, 19, 32 and two age 77. Males are ages 35, 79 and 82.

Four cases reside in two different households where all four individuals are fully vaccinated. One other case resides at an address with a previously confirmed case. 

The overall case count stands at 2,658 with 51 active cases and 2,585 people who have left isolation.

 

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN ADAIR COUNTY REACH 50 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE FEBRUARY

Kirksville, MO 7/19/21 – Another 11 cases of COVID-19 confirmed since Friday, July 16, has put Adair County’s active case count at 50. The number of active cases on any given day has not been that high since February.

Among the 50 active cases, 50% involve residents ages 11 through 30, including a 30-year-old male who was discharged from Northeast Regional Medical Center July 18. He had been admitted July 14. 

The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in this age range has been rising throughout the country as children ages 12 and older and young adults resist getting vaccinated at a time when the aggressive Delta variant accounts for more than half of all cases nationwide. 

Cases confirmed today involve females ages 38, 64 and 69, and males ages 13, 15, two age 18, 29, 34, 53 and 59. One case is related to travel, two are employed at an area meat processing plant, and five reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. The total case count is now 2,647 with 2,575 people who have left isolation.

Staff from the Adair County Health Department will be in the Multipurpose Building at the NEMO Fairgrounds from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 19-23, during the NEMO Fair. People can complete a form, specifying which vaccine they would like to receive. The Health Department will subsequently call anyone who wants a vaccine to schedule a time and location to receive one. 

 

NEW CASES IN ADAIR COUNTY TODAY HIT DOUBLE DIGITS AGAIN

Kirksville, MO 7/16/21 – At a time when confirmed cases of COVID-19 should be declining due to the availability of effective vaccines, Adair County’s one-day total hit double digits again. The Adair County Health Department today confirmed 12 new cases.

Yesterday’s overall total should have been 2,624 instead of 2,625 as reported. That puts the county’s overall case total at 2,636 with 47 active cases, 2,567 people who have left isolation, and 22 COVID-related deaths, including two deaths this week alone. 

Today’s cases include females ages 16, 19, 32, 41 and 75. Males are ages 7, 13, 20, 29, 39, 53 and 59. One male is fully vaccinated. Five cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. There is one case each from the higher education and skilled nursing facility sectors.

Staff from the Adair County Health Department will be in the Multipurpose Building at the NEMO Fairgrounds from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 19-23, during the NEMO Fair. People can complete a form, specifying which vaccine they would like to receive. The Health Department will subsequently call anyone who wants a vaccine to schedule a time and location to receive one. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY RECORDS SECOND COVID-RELATED DEATH THIS WEEK

Kirksville, MO 7/15/21 – Adair County has lost a second resident to COVID-19 this week. The Adair County Health Department was notified today that a 30-year-old female who had been hospitalized for COVID-19 at Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) on July 6 has died. The overall number of deaths in the county now stands at 22. 

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Adair County with four new cases confirmed July 14 and 10 new cases confirmed today. The Health Department was notified of a case involving a 32-year-old female who tested positive June 30, 2021, discovered in an ongoing audit of state records. The overall case count now stands at 2,625 with 39 active cases and 2,564 people who have left isolation.  

A previously identified 30-year-old male was admitted to NRMC July 14 and is currently not on a ventilator.

The Health Department was also notified that three females who were reported as positive earlier were determined in random testing to have had the Delta variant. Two of the women, ages 40 and 50, were fully vaccinated when they tested positive. The third, a 32-year-old female, was not vaccinated. All three are out of isolation.

Of the 39 active cases as of today, 49% are between the ages of 21 and 40. There are 14 cases in the 21-30 age range alone, more than twice as many as any other 10-year age range. The snapshot reflects current estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which show that adults ages 18-49 now account for 40% of all cases of COVID-19 in the United States as the aggressive Delta variant accounts for 50% of all cases. 

To date, vaccines have been approved for anyone ages 12 and older. All three vaccines have proven to be effective thus far in preventing serious illness and deaths, even in cases involving the Delta variant. In Adair County, only 33% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated. Approximately another 3% have initiated the vaccine process. 

Statewide, less than 28% of Missourians ages 15-24 and less than 35% of those ages 25-34 are fully vaccinated. The CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated continue to practice social distancing, wear masks, and wash hands frequently. 

Cases confirmed by the Health Department July 14 include females ages 25 and 62 and a fully vaccinated 68-year-old female. A 23-year-old male who tested positive is an employee of an area meat processing plant.

The 10 new cases confirmed today include fully vaccinated females ages 21 and 27, and other females ages 23, two age 28 and one age 35. Males are ages 22, 39, 40 and 63. Three are employed at area skilled nursing or residential care facilities and one is employed at an area meat processing plant. Two reside at addresses with at least one other positive case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT HITS 2,609 AS DEATHS REACH 21

Kirksville, MO 7/13/21 – One more Adair County resident has died as the result of a COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number of deaths to 21. An 86-year-old female was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on July 11 and passed away July 12. Hers was the first COVID-related death since January 31, 2021. 

The overall case count has reached 2,609 after 17 new cases were confirmed by the Adair County Health Department on July 12 and 13. There are currently 31 active cases and 2,557 people who have left isolation.

Monday’s cases include females ages 30, 31, 41 and 57 and males ages 21 and 66. Also confirmed during contact tracing was a 12-day-old male whose mother also tested positive for COVID-19. One person confirmed Monday is fully vaccinated.

Today’s cases involve two 14-year-old females and other females ages 19, 26, 29 and 32, and males ages 30, 52, 54 and 65. Three of these cases are employed at an area meat-processing plant. 

Three Adair County residents are known to be hospitalized at this time with none using a ventilator. Two are at Northeast Regional Medical Center and one is at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

 

ADAIR COUNTY NEARS 2,600 CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 7/9/21 – The Adair County Health Department has confirmed 11 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days, bringing the overall count to 2,592. There are 29 active cases and 2,543 people who have left isolation.

There are currently three residents at Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC), none of whom are requiring a ventilator at this time. They include a 91-year-old female admitted July 1, a 30-year-old female admitted July 6, and an 84-year-old female admitted July 8. A 65-year-old male admitted July 1 was discharged to home July 4, 2021.

The four cases confirmed July 7 involve females ages 56, 86 and 91. Two are residents of a skilled nursing facility and are fully vaccinated.

Cases confirmed July 8 include females ages 30 and 84, and males ages 14 and 24. The 84-year-old female has been admitted to NRMC.

The three cases confirmed today involve females ages 53 and 67, and a 45-year-old fully vaccinated male.

 

FIRST CONFIRMATION OF DELTA VARIANT IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 7/6/21 – The Adair County Health Department has been advised of the first confirmed case involving the highly transmissible Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. The news comes as the Health Department confirmed 13 new cases of COVID-19 over the holiday weekend. The Delta variant was found during random sampling in a case involving a 52-year-old male who tested positive for the virus on June 17. He is no longer in isolation.

The 13 new cases confirmed today involve females ages 12, 18, 21, 32, 44, 50, 59 and 86. Males are ages 17, 29, 39, 49 and 53. Two cases are related to a skilled nursing facility and five others reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. Two fully vaccinated individuals are in today’s count. 

The overall case count now stands at 2,581. Thirty-six cases are active, and 2,525 people have left isolation.

The Health Department will administer the first or second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to those ages 12 and older on Thursday, July 8, by appointment. Those receiving a second dose must have had their first dose on or before June 17, 2021. If you receive your first dose on July 8, you will be eligible to receive your second dose on July 29. Call 660-665-8491 to schedule an appointment.

 

ADAIR COUNTY ENTERS HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH FIVE NEW CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 7/2/21 – Five new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today as Adair County begins the 4th of July holiday weekend. The total case count is now 2,568 with 36 active cases and 2,412 people who have left isolation.

Newly confirmed cases include a 25-year-old female and males ages 12, 15 and 44. A 65-year-old male was admitted yesterday to Northeast Regional Medical Center. He did not require use of a ventilator. 

Public health officials continue to encourage those ages 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19, especially as the infection rate by the Delta variant spreads. 

The Adair County Health Department will be at tomorrow’s All-American Red, White & Blue Festival from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those ages 18 and older. Staff will be set up on the west side of the Courthouse in downtown Kirksville. If this will be your second dose of the Moderna vaccine, you must have received your first dose on or before June 5, 2021. If you receive your first dose on July 3, you will be eligible to receive your second dose on Saturday, July 31. The Health Department will have doses available as of Monday, August 2.

On Tuesday, July 6, there will be a drive-through vaccine opportunity at the Adair County Health Department, 1001 S. Jamison, from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The drive-through is limited to those who received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine on or before June 8, 2021.  The second dose will be administered to adults ages 18 and older. Call 660-665-8491 to reserve a spot.

The Health Department will administer the first or second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to those ages 12 and older on July 8, 2021 by appointment. Those receiving a second dose must have had their first dose on or before June 17, 2021. If you receive your first dose on July 8, you will be eligible to receive your second dose on July 29. Call 660-665-8491 to schedule an appointment.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS 79 CASES IN MAY

Kirksville, MO 7/1/21 – After confirming only 20 cases throughout the month of May, the Adair County Health Department confirmed 79 cases in June. As of today, the total case count has reached 2,563. There are currently 44 active cases and 2,499 people who have left isolation.

Nine new cases closed out the month on June 30, including females ages 11, 30, 40, 43 and 54, and males ages 7, 13, 28 and 66. The seven cases confirmed today involve females ages 9, 45, 49 and a 91-year-old admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center. She is not on a ventilator. Males are ages 14, 15 and 31. Among these 16 cases, seven reside at addresses with at least one other positive case and one case involves an employee at an area meat processing plant.

The Health Department has been notified that two cases confirmed in April were positive for the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom. The cases involve a 34-year-old male who tested positive April 1 and a 22-year-old male who tested positive April 2.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT VACCINE OPPORTUNITIES

Kirksville, MO 7/1/21 – The Adair County Health Department has scheduled upcoming opportunities for residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The Health Department will be at Saturday’s All-American Red, White & Blue Festival from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those ages 18 and older. Staff will be set up on the west side of the Courthouse in downtown Kirksville. If this will be your second dose of the Moderna vaccine, you must have received your first dose on or before June 5, 2021. If you receive your first dose on July 3, you will be eligible to receive your second dose on July 31.

On Tuesday, July 6, there will be a drive-through vaccine opportunity at the Adair County Health Department, 1001 S. Jamison, from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The drive-through is limited to those who received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine on or before June 8, 2021.  The second dose will be administered to adults ages 18 and older. Call 660-665-8491 to reserve a spot.

The Health Department will administer the first or second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to those ages 12 and older on July 8, 2021 by appointment. Those receiving a second dose must have had their first dose on or before June 17, 2021. If you receive your first dose on July 8, you will be eligible to receive your second dose on July 29. Call 660-665-8491 to schedule an appointment.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT INCREASES BY 32

Kirksville, MO 6/29/21 – The Adair County Health Department has confirmed 32 new cases of COVID-19 in the past six days, ramping up the total count to 2,547. There are currently 37 active cases and 2,490 people who have left isolation.

Eight cases confirmed June 24 include females ages 13, 32 and 25 and males ages 9, 10, 20, 21 and 44. One case had received the first of two doses of vaccine.

Four cases confirmed June 25 include a 79-year-old female and males ages 25, 36 and 48. 

Twelve cases confirmed June 28 include females ages 40, 60, 69, 74, 75 and 88, and males ages 23, 27, 42, 56, and two 80-year-old males. 

Another eight cases were confirmed today, involving females ages 37 and 42. Also confirmed were two 17-year-old males and other males ages 23, 27, 39 and 48. 

Nine of the 32 cases are break-through cases involving fully vaccinated individuals and 15 reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. Two cases are employed at an area meat-processing plant.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT CLIMBS TO 2,515

Kirksville, MO 6/23/21 – The total COVID-19 case count climbed to 2,515 with confirmation of five new cases today. There are now 27 active cases, the highest number since April 1, 2021.

Cases confirmed today include two 11-year-old females and a 31-year-old female, and males ages 11 and 68. One case is related to a church camp.

Of the 16 new cases confirmed over the past three days, only one person had received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, that person had received the second dose less than 14 days prior to testing positive and was therefore not fully vaccinated at the time of infection. It is recommended that people continue to practice all masking, social distancing, and hand hygiene precautions until they are fully vaccinated which is 14 days after the second dose of the two-dose vaccines or 14 days after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Missouri leads the nation in new cases as the aggressive Delta variant, first identified in India, is prevalent throughout the state. Existing COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be effective against all variants, including Delta.

Missouri also lags the national average for vaccination rates. Roughly 44% of the eligible population has started the vaccine course compared to 53% nationwide. Less than 39% have completed both doses. In Adair County, only about 35% of the population has initiated the vaccine process and 32% have completed it.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS 11 NEW CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 6/22/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 11 new cases of COVID-19 in two days. Total case count is now 2,510 with 22 active cases and 2,468 people who have left isolation.

The five new cases confirmed Monday, June 21, include females ages 16 and 41, and males ages 11, 39 and 52. The six cases confirmed today include females ages 22, 26, 27 and 61, and males ages 25 and 34. Five cases are in households with at least one other confirmed case.

A 62-year-old female reported June 18 was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on June 20. She does not require a ventilator.

 

MORE COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY TODAY

Kirksville, MO 6/18/21 – The overall COVID-19 case count for Adair County teeters on the brink of 2,500 as it hit 2,499 with confirmation of another three new cases today. The current active case count is 14 which is the highest count since early May. 

New cases involve unvaccinated females ages 1, 16 and 62. Two cases reside in the same household. 

For those ages 18 and older who want to get vaccinated, the Adair County Health Department will be administering the Moderna vaccine at the Farmer’s Market on the east side of the courthouse square in Kirksville tomorrow from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.

 

SIX NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY TODAY

Kirksville, MO 6/17/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 today. The overall case count has risen to 2,496 with 11 active cases and 2,465 people who have left isolation. 

New cases involve females ages 14, two age 17, 22 and 56, and a 15-year-old male. Five of the cases are related to attendance at a church camp. One case is a fully vaccinated individual experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19. As with the ‘flu vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines do not guarantee you will not get the virus. The antibodies spurred by the vaccine, however, reduce the severity of symptoms experienced by infected individuals.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is encouraging all residents ages 12 and older to get vaccinated. The recommendation comes as rates of the Delta variant, first identified in India, rise throughout the state. The variant is highly transmissible and is causing an increase in more serious illness and hospitalizations worldwide among individuals who are not yet vaccinated. During random sampling, one resident of Adair County who tested positive in May was found to have had the Delta variant.

Vaccines are readily available at multiple locations throughout Adair County. On Saturday, the Adair County Health Department will be administering the Moderna vaccine at the Farmer’s Market on the east side of the courthouse square in Kirksville from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES AT 2,490

Kirksville, MO 6/15/21 – As of today Adair County’s total confirmed COVID-19 case count is 2,490. Nine cases are active and 2,461 people have left isolation.

Eight new cases have been confirmed over the last seven days, including females ages 6, 12, 23, 26, 30 and 64, and males ages 31 and 35.

The 17-year-old male admitted and discharged from Northeast Regional Medical Center on June 1 was admitted to University Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia on June 5. He required a ventilator from June 6 through 8 and was discharged to home June 14.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE OPPORTUNITY AT KIRKSVILLE FARMER’S MARKET

Kirksville, MO 6/14/21 – The Adair County Health Department will be administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Farmer’s Market on the Courthouse Square in downtown Kirksville from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021. No registration is required, and vaccine consent forms will be available for completion at the event. 

If Saturday is your first dose of the vaccine, you will need to receive a second dose of the Moderna vaccine on or after July 19, 2021. If you received your first dose of the Moderna vaccine on or before May 22, 2021, you can receive your second dose. However, you must bring your vaccination card with you to verify the date of your first dose. Also, your first dose must also have been the Moderna vaccine.

The Moderna vaccine is approved for adults ages 18 and older. Those who receive the vaccine on Saturday will be required to stay for observation for 15 minutes following the shot. 

 

JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE OPPORTUNITY JUNE 22 

Kirksville, MO 6/10/21 – A limited number of doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at the Adair County Health Department, 1001 S. Jamison Street in Kirksville, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Unlike other COVID-19 vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose, not two.

Adults ages 18 and older interested in getting the vaccine should call the Health Department at 660-665-8491 to register. Those who receive the vaccine on June 22 will be fully vaccinated as of July 6.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO HAVE CHILDREN AGES 12 AND OLDER TO GET COVID-19 VACCINE

Kirksville, MO 6/7/21 – The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine recently received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for children ages 12 through 15. Clinical trials for this age group indicated that the vaccine is 100% effective at preventing the COVID-19 virus in children in this age group. 

The Adair County Health Department has provided to the Complete Family Medicine CARES Center at the Kirksville R-3 Schools enough doses for 200 kids in this age group to be vaccinated during a walk-in clinic June 8 and 9. Information and sign-up for this event can be found at https://cfmcares.com/pfizer-vaccine-sign-up. Those who receive their first dose on June 8 and 9 will receive the second dose on June 29 and 30.

“This is a great opportunity for parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Research indicates that fully vaccinated people don’t spread the virus and if they are infected with COVID-19, avoid getting seriously ill,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children and adults age 12 and older get vaccinated to stop the spread of the virus. 

“Getting the vaccine will help kids stay safe as they begin resuming normal activities this summer, like going to camp and on vacations, and when they return to classrooms in the fall,” LeBaron said. “One great benefit is that every fully vaccinated individual can avoid the need to quarantine when exposed to someone with COVID-19. That will keep a lot of kids from some pretty boring downtime this summer,” he said. 

The CDC continues to monitor the health status of all vaccinated individuals. Results to date among all age groups, including the 12-15 age group, indicate low incident rates of side effects from the Pfizer vaccine. The CDC advises that the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh any risks.

“The rate and number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has dropped sharply as many Adair County residents became fully vaccinated,” LeBaron said. “We can’t leave out our younger residents who are characteristically more exposed to potential transmission.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT RISES TO 2,482

Kirksville, MO 6/7/21 – Four new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Adair County Health Department last week and two old cases identified by audit brings the county’s overall case count to 2,482. Currently, there are four active cases and 2,458 people who have left isolation.

On June 1, a 17-year-old male was admitted and discharged from Northeast Regional Medical Center. Other active cases confirmed June 4 include females ages 29 and 92 and a four-year-old male. Two cases reside in the same household.

Also on June 4, two cases from May, involving a 25-year-old female and 28-year-old male residing in the same household, were identified as part of the Adair County Health Department’s ongoing auditing process. 

On June 2, the Health Department was notified that a 24-year-old male who tested positive for COVID-19 in May had the B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India. Variant identification was made in random sampling of lab tests.

 

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ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS THREE NEW CASES OF COVID-19 THIS WEEK

Kirksville, MO 5/28/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed three new
cases of COVID-19 this week. All three were verified on Monday, May 24, 2021.
The cases involve a 34-year-old female and males ages 29 and 36. The county’s total case
count is now 2,476. As of today, there are two active cases and 2,454 people who have left
isolation. Adair County’s COVID-related death toll is 20.

A total of 21 new cases were confirmed in May, following April’s new case count of 39.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT CONCLUDES WEEK WITH TWO NEW CASES

Kirksville, MO 5/21/21 – Adair County ends the week with a total case count of 2,473. There are six active cases and 2,447 people who have left isolation. Positive test results for females ages 20 and 24 were confirmed yesterday by the Adair County Health Department.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT REACHES 2,471

Kirksville, MO 5/19/21 – Three new cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents were confirmed May 17 and 18 by the Adair County Health Department. The total count has reached 2,471 with four active cases and 2,447 people out of isolation.

Two cases confirmed Monday involve a one-year-old female and a two-year-old male. Positive test results for a 22-year-old male were confirmed yesterday.

The Adair County Health Department was notified today that a May 2 case tested positive for the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil. Random antibody testing has revealed seven cases of variants among Adair County residents to date. Three cases were the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom and three were the B.1.427 variant first identified in California. 

 

THREE NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY THIS WEEK

Kirksville, MO 5/14/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 this week. Cases involve a 59-year-old male confirmed May 10, a 20-year-old female confirmed May 12, and a 24-year-old male confirmed today. The overall case count is 2,468 with eight active cases and 2,440 people who have left isolation.

The Adair County Health Department was notified May 13 that an April 30 case tested positive for the B.1.427 variant first identified in California. It is the sixth Adair County case that has tested positive for a COVID-19 variant in random testing.

 

NEW MASK GUIDELINES FOR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE

Kirksville, MO 5/14/21 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new interim mask guidelines for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These individuals may resume pre-pandemic activities with a few exceptions. The guidelines, released May 13, 2021, state that those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance;
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel;
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States;
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings;
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic; and,
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible.

The CDC released the new masking guidelines after accumulating data gathered since vaccine trials last year. The data indicated that fully vaccinated people face minimal risk at indoor and outdoor activities and have a reduced risk of transmitting the virus to unvaccinated people. Anyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, should be tested for COVID-19 if they experience any symptoms of the disease. 

The CDC also charges that masks should still be worn by everyone in certain settings, including healthcare settings and while waiting for or while using public transportation and commercial airlines. Fully vaccinated people are to follow masking requirements established by employers, businesses, education settings, and governmental entities. 

“The new CDC guidelines are great news,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “They show that we may be rounding the corner, but everyone still needs to be careful. Part of the equation used by the CDC is the percentage of vaccinated people. We need significantly more people to become fully vaccinated in Adair County to get fully back to normal,” he said. 

  “The CDC graphic is a great illustration of the advantages of getting the COVID-19 vaccine,” LeBaron said. There are so many opportunities throughout our community now available to residents to get the vaccine. You can get to the green side of the graphic by taking advantage of those opportunities,” he said.

The Adair County Health Department continues to register people for curbside vaccines which will be administered Tuesday, May 18, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Health Department facility at 1001 S. Jamison, Kirksville. The clinic is open to all individuals ages 18 and older who live or work in the United States and who have not yet completed their COVID-19 vaccine series. Residents interested in receiving the vaccine should register by calling the Health Department at 660-665-8491 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by calling 660-730-6100.

 

CURBSIDE COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC MAY 18 IN KIRKSVILLE 

Kirksville, MO 5/11/21 – The Adair County Health Department has scheduled a curbside vaccine clinic for Tuesday, May 18, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Health Department facility at 1001 S. Jamison, Kirksville. The clinic is open to all individuals age 18 and older who live or work in the United States and who have not yet completed their COVID-19 vaccine series.

The Moderna vaccine requires two doses. If you receive your first dose on May 18, the second dose will be administered June 15, 2021 at the same scheduled time. If you will be unable to appear at the same location for your second dose on June 15, do not sign up for the May 18 event. If May 18 will be your second dose, you must have received your first dose on or before April 20, 2021.

Participants must be wearing masks and should wear short-sleeved shirts for easy access to the upper arm. After receiving the dose, you will be required to remain in the parking lot for 15 minutes to be monitored for reactions to the vaccine.

Anyone who has received any vaccine other than for COVID-19 within the past four weeks prior to the May 18 event should not sign up.

Residents interested in receiving the vaccine should register by calling the Health Department at 660-665-8491 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by calling 660-730-6100.

Registrants will need to present a completed COVID-19 Vaccination Consent form before receiving the vaccine. The form can be accessed via the Health Department website. Forms will also be available at the curbside event; however, if you do not arrive with a completed form, the process will take longer.

Although there is no charge for the vaccine, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare or Medicare Advantage cards to the event.

 

COVID-19 VARIANTS CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 5/10/21 – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has notified the Adair County Health Department that five residents who tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2021 had two of the identified variants of the virus.  Three individuals had the B.1.1.7 variant which was first identified in the United Kingdom and two had the B.1.427 variant, first identified in California. 

In March, 74 cases of COVID-19 were identified in Adair County. Ten of those cases were from November and December 2020 found through an audit of DHSS records. Sixty-four cases were current at the time.

Positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are randomly sampled for variants by private labs, hospitals, and the State Public Health Lab in Missouri. Because the samples undergo multiple steps to confirm results, those results may not be confirmed until one to two months following the individual’s initial positive test result. The random variant testing is being performed for surveillance purposes, allowing DHSS to track the prevalence of variants in the state. Currently, the B.1.1.7 variant is becoming more predominant across Missouri as DHSS pushes residents to get vaccinated.

“Vaccines provide our best shot at containing COVID-19 and the faster-spreading variants,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “Vaccines reduce the severity of the disease and deaths from it, especially for those most vulnerable to severe disease due to age and certain health conditions. Vaccines are also the way we can return to a more normal way of life.”

More than 14,000 Adair County residents have initiated the vaccine regimen. Roughly half of them are now fully vaccinated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is normal for viruses to mutate, creating variants of the virus. Some variants come and go while others persist. Research regarding COVID-19 and the variants, as they are identified, is ongoing. There have been five variants identified to date. The variants appear to spread more easily and more quickly which can result in a spike in COVID-19 cases once a variant enters a community. 

Studies are under way to confirm efficacy rates of the vaccines with the variants; however, the CDC states that the antibodies created by existing vaccines appear to recognize the existing variants. In the meantime, the CDC recommends continued mitigation measures which include getting vaccinated, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing and frequent handwashing to slow the spread. 

The CDC also recommends ongoing testing. Those not fully vaccinated who have had close contact with anyone with COVID-19 should quarantine and be tested. Anyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, who experience symptoms of COVID-19 should also be tested. Testing helps tracks the spread of COVID-19 and its variants so efforts can be taken early to reduce the spread.

DHSS will continue to notify the Adair County Health Department of variants identified among residents. For more information regarding COVID-19 variants, visit the CDC website.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT AT 2,465

Kirksville, MO 5/6/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 on May 4 and another three new cases today. The overall count is now 2,465 with 14 active cases and 2,431 people who have left isolation. 

Cases confirmed May 4 include females ages 36 and 65 and a 32-year-old male. Cases confirmed today include females ages 24 and 32 and an 18-year-old male in the K-12 schools sector. Two of these six cases reside at the same address.

 

COVID-19 CASE COUNT FOR ADAIR COUNTY REACHES 2,459

Kirksville, MO 5/3/21 – Two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Adair County Health Department on April 30 and four today bring the total case count to 2,459. There are 15 active cases and 2,424 people who have left isolation.

The April 30 cases include a 77-year-old female and a 26-year-old male who is employed at an area meat processing plant. Today’s cases include a 58-year-old female and males ages 23, 25 and 42. Two of these six cases reside at addresses with at least one other previously confirmed case.

The Adair County Health Department is requesting assistance from county residents with the ongoing audit of positive cases which were not included in the report from the state at the time of testing. All Adair County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 but were never called by contact tracers from the Adair County Health Department are asked to call Leigha at 660-665-8491.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOSTS CURBSIDE COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC MAY 5

Kirksville, MO 4/30/21 – The Adair County Health Department has scheduled another curbside vaccine clinic for Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 2-4 p.m. at the Health Department facility at 1001 S. Jamison, Kirksville. The clinic is open to all individuals age 18 and older who live or work in Missouri and who have not yet completed their COVID-19 vaccine series.

The Moderna vaccine requires two doses. If you receive your first dose on May 5, the second dose will be administered June 2, 2021 at the same scheduled time. If you will be unable to appear at the same location for your second dose on June 2, do not sign up for the May 5 event. If May 5 will be your second dose, you must have received your first dose on or before April 7, 2021.

Participants must be wearing masks and should wear short-sleeved shirts for easy access to the upper arm. After receiving the dose, you will be required to remain in the parking lot for 15 minutes to be monitored for reactions to the vaccine.

Anyone who has received any vaccine other than for COVID-19 within the past four weeks prior to the May 5 event should not sign up.

Residents interested in receiving the vaccine should sign up using the Sign-Up Genius link on the Adair County Health Department website homepage or Facebook page. Those who do not have internet access may register by calling 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200.

Registrants will need to present a completed COVID-19 Vaccination Consent form before receiving the vaccine. The form can be accessed via the Health Department website. Forms will also be available at the curbside event; however, if you do not arrive with a completed form, the process will take longer.

Although there is no charge for the vaccine, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare or Medicare Advantage cards to the event.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS SIX NEW CASES OF COVID-19 

Kirksville, MO 4/29/21 – The Adair County Health Department has confirmed six new cases of COVID-19, including two yesterday and four today. The total case count is now 2,453 with 19 active cases and 2,414 people who have left isolation.

Cases confirmed April 28 include a 52-year-old female and a 14-year-old male in the K-12 schools sector.

Cases confirmed today include two 25-year-old females and two other females, ages 30 and 49.

The Adair County Health Department is requesting assistance from county residents with the ongoing audit of positive cases which were not included in the report from the state at the time of testing. All Adair County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 but were never called by contact tracers from the Adair County Health Department are asked to call Leigha at 660-665-8491.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLINIC SET TO REOPEN WITH FULL SERVICES 

Kirksville, MO 4/29/21 – The Adair County Health Department reopens its clinic to providing full services again on Monday, May 3, 2021. Services had been severely limited during the past year due to COVID-19. The clinic will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for services by appointment only.

Clinic services include blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, urinalysis, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and infections, immunizations, adult physicals, family planning, DNA and A1C testing, and more. A full list of services provided is available on the Adair County Health Department website

To schedule clinic appointments or to ask questions, call 660-665-8491.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week, the Health Department will process requests for birth certificates and death certificates from 8 a.m. to noon. No appointment is required. 

The Health Department will continue scheduling COVID-19 vaccine opportunities as needed. The public will be advised when an event is scheduled.

Wearing a mask while in the clinic or receiving curbside assistance is required by anyone over the age of 2 and people with medical or mental health conditions or a disability that prevents them from wearing a mask. This includes people with medical conditions for whom a mask would obstruct their breathing, and anyone unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.

 

NEW MASK GUIDELINES SHOULD ENCOURAGE VACCINES 

Kirksville, MO 4/28/21 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week updated mask guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The new recommendations apply only to fully vaccinated individuals. Those who are not fully vaccinated, as well as anyone fully vaccinated while taking medications that weaken the immune system, should continue to adhere to all previous recommendations regarding masking and social distancing.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals may now do the following:

  • Gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart.
  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household without masks or staying six feet apart unless an unvaccinated person at increased risk for severe illness is present. Note the recommendation is “one other household,” not two or more households.
  • Gather or do things outdoors without wearing a mask except in crowded settings and venues. 
  • If you have been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine or get tested for the virus unless you have symptoms. 
  • If traveling within the United States, you do not need to get tested before you travel or quarantine after travel, unless you begin to experience symptoms.
  • If traveling outside of the United States, observe the COVID-19 restrictions in your destination country. You do not need to be tested before leaving the United States unless the destination requires it. 
  • When boarding an international flight back to the United States, you will need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
  • You do not need to quarantine after arriving back in the United States; however, you should still get tested three to five days after returning from international travel or sooner if you are experiencing symptoms.

The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to practice precautions in other situations:

  • Continue wearing a snugly fitted mask in indoor public settings, while indoors with unvaccinated adults and children from more than one household, and when visiting indoors with an unvaccinated person at increased risk for severe illness.
  • Avoid large indoor gatherings.
  • Protect yourself while traveling by wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene, and maintaining social distance when possible.
  • If you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19, immediately quarantine, and get tested.
  • Continue to follow guidance at your workplace and while visiting public places.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing the disease, especially severe illness and death from it. However, there are several issues undetermined about vaccines:

  • How effective they are against COVID-19 variants;
  • How long they protect people against COVID-19;
  • How effective they are at keeping vaccinated people from spreading the disease; and,
  • How well they protect people with weakened immune systems and those taking medications that suppress immunity.

Comprehensive information regarding the updated guidelines for vaccinated people is available on the CDC website

 

TWO NEW ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES 

Kirksville, MO 4/27/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 today involving females ages 14 and 15, both in the K-12 schools sector. Total case count is 2,447 with 15 active cases and 2,412 people who have left isolation.

The Adair County Health Department is requesting assistance from county residents with the ongoing audit of positive cases which were not included in the report from the state at the time of testing. All Adair County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 but were never called by contact tracers from the Adair County Health Department are asked to call Leigha at 660-665-8491.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASE COUNT HITS 2,445 

Kirksville, MO 4/26/21 – Two current cases confirmed over the weekend and three current and three old cases confirmed today bring Adair County’s overall COVID-19 case count to 2,445. There are 14 active cases and 2,411people who have left isolation.

The Adair County Health Department confirmed the case of a 35-year-old female on April 24 and a 20-year-old male in the higher education sector on April 25.

Today’s current cases involve females ages 19, 20 and 42. All three are all in households with at least one other confirmed case. The three cases identified from November 2020 involve a 47-year-old female and males ages 20 and 49.

The Adair County Health Department is requesting assistance from county residents with the ongoing audit of positive cases which were not included in the report from the state at the time of testing. All Adair County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 but were never called by contact tracers from the Adair County Health Department are asked to call Leigha at 660-665-8491.

 

MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE CURBSIDE ADMINISTRATION ON WEDNESDAY

Kirksville, MO 4/26/21 – The Adair County Health Department will administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine curbside from 2-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, at the Health Department facility at 1001 S. Jamison, Kirksville. The effort is open to all individuals age 18 and older who live or work in Missouri and who have not yet received a vaccine.

The Moderna vaccine requires two doses. The second dose will be administered May 26, 2021 at the same scheduled time as recipients receive the first dose on April 28. If you will be unable to appear at the same location for your second dose on May 26, do not sign up for Wednesday’s event.

Participants must be wearing masks and should wear short-sleeved shirts for easy access to the upper arm. After receiving the dose, you will be required to remain in the parking lot for 15 minutes to be monitored for reactions to the vaccine.

Anyone who has already received a vaccine up to 14 days before the April 28 event should not sign up. These doses are for the initial administration of the Moderna vaccine only.

Residents interested in receiving the vaccine should sign up using the Sign-Up Genius link on the Adair County Health Department website homepage or Facebook page. Those who do not have internet access may register by calling 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200.

Registrants will need to present a completed COVID-19 Vaccination Consent form before receiving the vaccine. The form can be accessed via the Health Department website. Forms will also be available at the Health Department either before or on Wednesday. Those who need to pick up and complete a consent form at the event are encouraged to arrive before their scheduled vaccine appointment to allow time to complete the form.

Although there is no charge for the vaccine, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare or Medicare Advantage cards to the event.

 

FOUR NEW CASES AND THREE OLD CASES IDENTIFIED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 4/23/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 today and identified three old cases in the ongoing audit of state records. The total case count is now 2,437. There are 14 active cases.

New cases include females age 20 and 38 and males age 14 and 19. One case each is in the K-12 schools, higher education, and meat processing plant sectors. One resides at an address with at least one previously confirmed case.

The three cases identified in the audit include a 56-year-old female who tested positive in November, and a 71-year-old female and 59-year-old male who tested positive in December.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS THREE NEW CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 4/22/21 – The total COVID-19 case count rose to 2,430 today upon confirmation of three new cases by the Adair County Health Department. There are currently 10 active cases and 2,400 people who have left isolaton. The new cases involve a 20-year-old female in the higher education sector, a 15-year-old male in the K-12 schools sector, and a 20-year-old male.

 

MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE CURBSIDE ADMINISTRATION

Kirksville, MO 4/20/21 – The Adair County Health Department will administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine curbside April 15 at the Health Department facility at 1001 S. Jamison, Kirksville. The effort is open to all individuals age 18 and older who have not yet received a vaccine. 

The Moderna vaccine requires two doses. The second dose will be administered May 13 at the same scheduled time as recipients receive the first dose on April 15. Residents interested in receiving the vaccine should sign up using the Sign-Up Genius link on the Adair County Health Department website homepage or Facebook page. Those who do not have internet access may register by calling 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200.

Registrants will need to present a completed COVID-19 Vaccination Consent form before receiving the vaccine. The form can be accessed via the Health Department website. Click “Forms” in the upper righthand corner of the homepage, then select the consent form from the list of forms. Forms will also be available at the Health Department either before April 15 or on that day. Those who need to pick up and complete a consent form at the event are encouraged to arrive before their scheduled vaccine appointment to allow time to complete the form.

Although there is no charge for the vaccine, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare or Medicare Advantage cards to the event.

“This is a great, easy way for people who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated to take the first step,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator. “More and more things are opening up and people are starting to travel again. Everyone misses interaction with family and friends. As increasing numbers of people become fully vaccinated, the safer our world will be to get back to some sort of ‘normal’ again,” LeBaron said. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the country as people have started to travel, return to public places and relax the safety precautions that the CDC continues to recommend, even after becoming fully vaccinated. The presence of COVID-19 variants is also contributing to the rise in cases.

“The CDC recommends that even when fully vaccinated, people continue to mask up, social distance and practice good hand hygiene,” LeBaron said. “Although we are on our way to vaccinating enough people to reach ‘herd immunity,’ we are not there yet. People who participate in vaccine events are going to help us all get there.”

 

MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE CURBSIDE ADMINISTRATION

Kirksville, MO 4/9/21 – The Adair County Health Department will administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine curbside April 15 at the Health Department facility at 1001 S. Jamison, Kirksville. The effort is open to all individuals age 18 and older who have not yet received a vaccine. 

The Moderna vaccine requires two doses. The second dose will be administered May 13 at the same scheduled time as recipients receive the first dose on April 15. Residents interested in receiving the vaccine should sign up using the Sign-Up Genius link on the Adair County Health Department website homepage or Facebook page. Those who do not have internet access may register by calling 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200.

Registrants will need to present a completed COVID-19 Vaccination Consent form before receiving the vaccine. The form can be accessed via the Health Department website. Click “Forms” in the upper righthand corner of the homepage, then select the consent form from the list of forms. Forms will also be available at the Health Department either before April 15 or on that day. Those who need to pick up and complete a consent form at the event are encouraged to arrive before their scheduled vaccine appointment to allow time to complete the form.

Although there is no charge for the vaccine, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare or Medicare Advantage cards to the event.

“This is a great, easy way for people who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated to take the first step,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator. “More and more things are opening up and people are starting to travel again. Everyone misses interaction with family and friends. As increasing numbers of people become fully vaccinated, the safer our world will be to get back to some sort of ‘normal’ again,” LeBaron said. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the country as people have started to travel, return to public places and relax the safety precautions that the CDC continues to recommend, even after becoming fully vaccinated. The presence of COVID-19 variants is also contributing to the rise in cases.

“The CDC recommends that even when fully vaccinated, people continue to mask up, social distance and practice good hand hygiene,” LeBaron said. “Although we are on our way to vaccinating enough people to reach ‘herd immunity,’ we are not there yet. People who participate in vaccine events are going to help us all get there.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT REACHES 2,427

Kirksville, MO 41/9/21 – Seven new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department after a 10-day lull following the Easter holiday weekend. The current case count stands at 2,427 with seven active cases and 2,400 people who left isolation. The COVID-related death toll remains at 20. 

The reported case count on April 9, 2021 was 2,409. In addition to the seven new cases, the health department’s ongoing audit of state data revealed another 11 cases, two which occurred in November and nine which occurred in December 2020. Of those 11, one was in the K-12 schools sector and the rest were general community spread.

Today’s new cases involve an 18-year-old female and males ages 18, four age 19 and one age 62. Six cases are in the higher education sector and one is in the K-12 schools sector. Five reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

MASK WEARING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED EVEN WITHOUT MANDATE

Kirksville, MO 4/15/21 – The Adair County Health Department Board of Trustees voted on April 12, 2021 to lift the countywide mask mandate as of May 1, 2021, so long as positive cases of COVID-19 remain low. However, the health department advises residents to continue adhering to guidelines issues by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding wearing masks, social distancing and handwashing to avoid any resurgence of positive COVID-19 cases.

“The action taken by the Board of Trustees reflects increasing vaccination numbers and decreasing confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Lifting the mask mandate does not mean the pandemic is over. It does not mean residents should stop wearing masks and practicing the other mitigation measures or stop getting vaccinated or tested if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. It’s everyone’s personal responsibility to take steps to keep our numbers low.”

The CDC continues to recommend that everyone wear masks, social distance and practice good hand hygiene until enough people have been vaccinated against the virus to dramatically slow the spread. The lack of younger people being vaccinated, and the spread of COVID-19 variants have sent positive cases and hospitalization numbers upward again in many parts of the country. 

The CDC also continues to urge caution among those who have been vaccinated. According to the CDC, it takes two weeks after receiving the full dose of the COVID-19, whether that is the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or potentially the single dose of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for the vaccine to be fully effective. The time is necessary for your body to build immunity against the virus.

According to CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals:

  • May visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or maintaining social distance;
  • May visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or maintaining social distance; 
  • Do not need to quarantine or be tested following a known exposure so long as the fully vaccinated person has no symptoms of COVID-19; 
  • Do not need to quarantine or be tested following a known exposure to COVID-19 if they take precautions including wearing a mask in public and maintaining social distance;
  • Should wear masks, practice social distancing, and adhere to other precautions, such as handwashing, when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease, or if they have an unvaccinated household member at risk for severe disease;
  • Should wear masks, practice social distancing, and adhere to other safety precautions when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households;
  • Should avoid medium and large in-person gatherings;
  • Should get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Should follow guidance issued by individual employers; and,
  • Should follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

The CDC recently revised its travel guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to be tested prior to or immediately following domestic travel or quarantine after travel. Fully vaccinated people traveling to other countries will need to observe those countries’ rules regarding testing and quarantine.

“We need people to continue wearing masks, even with the mandate lifted,” LeBaron said. “It’s the responsible thing to do to protect others and yourself. We also need people to continue getting tested if they have symptoms, even if they are fully vaccinated,” he said. “And we need more people to get vaccinated.”

“The recommendations for being around others and for traveling are becoming less restrictive for fully vaccinated individuals,” LeBaron said. “If you are not one of them, you should continue to comply with the strictest recommendations to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.”

 

DOSES OF MODERNA VACCINE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THIS WEEK’S CURBSIDE ADMINISTRATION

Kirksville, MO 4/13/21 – Spots are still available for the Adair County Health Department’s curbside administration of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Thursday, April 15, at the Health Department facility at 1001 S. Jamison, Kirksville. The effort is open to all individuals age 18 and older who have not yet received a vaccine and is not limited to Adair County residents. Residents in surrounding counties are encouraged to sign up.

The Moderna vaccine requires two doses. The second dose will be administered May 13 at the same scheduled time as recipients receive the first dose on April 15. Residents interested in receiving the vaccine should sign up using the Sign-Up Genius link on the Adair County Health Department website homepage or Facebook page. Those who do not have internet access may register by calling 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200.

Registrants will need to present a completed COVID-19 Vaccination Consent form before receiving the vaccine. The form can be accessed via the Health Department website. Click “Forms” in the upper righthand corner of the homepage, then select the consent form from the list of forms. Forms will also be available at the Health Department either before April 15 or on that day. Those who need to pick up and complete a consent form at the event are encouraged to arrive before their scheduled vaccine appointment to allow time to complete the form.

Although there is no charge for the vaccine, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare or Medicare Advantage cards to the event.

“We cannot return to normal life safely in Missouri or across the country until more people have been vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “We’re offering a convenient way for people to sign up online or by phone, drive up to the curb, and get the first dose of the Moderna vaccine. This is how we’re going to beat this pandemic,” he said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the country as people have started to travel, return to public places and relax the safety precautions that the CDC continues to recommend, even after becoming fully vaccinated. The presence of COVID-19 variants is also contributing to the rise in cases.

“The CDC recommends that even when fully vaccinated, people continue to mask up, social distance and practice good hand hygiene,” LeBaron said. “Although we are on our way to vaccinating enough people to reach ‘herd immunity,’ we are not there yet. People who participate in vaccine events are going to help us all get there.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AUDITS CASE NUMBERS

Kirksville, MO 4/9/21 – After confirming that information about an Adair County resident who had tested positive for COVID-19 had not appeared in the daily reports received from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), the Adair County Health Department discovered that other cases had also not appeared as they occurred on reports submitted to the county health department for contact tracing. 

Health department staff began auditing positive cases by running a second type of report against the DHSS records. To date, they have discovered 35 cases that tested positive between July 2020 and January 2021 that were not reported to the Adair County Health Department for anywhere from three weeks to eight months after testing positive for COVID-19.

Since April 1, 2021, the county’s audits have uncovered 14 cases which tested positive in November and December 2020 but have only been added to Adair County’s case totals this month. Although the delay in discovering additional cases did little to skew overall case totals during the months of January and February when case numbers were high, the “catch-up” results are misleading in April. Nine of the 12 cases uncovered this week in ongoing audits are employees at an area meat processing plant. Those employees actually tested positive in November and December 2021; however, they need to be added to the cumulative case count.

The Adair County Health Department is now running the special report weekly to audit information they receive from the daily state reports. Information regarding new cases discovered as the result of the audit will be reported accordingly.

As of today, 24 cases have been added during April, bringing the overall case count to 2,409. Of the 14 cases in April which were discovered in the audit, nine were in the plant sector and five were in the community spread sector. Of the 10 timely April cases, three are in the K-12 schools sector and seven are community spread. 

Eight new cases were reported April 8. A 19-year-old female and 24-year-old male are current positives. The other six, a 24-year-old female and males ages 24, 27, 31, 41 and 48, tested positive in November and December 2020.

Two cases were documented today, a 58-year-old female who was positive for COVID-19 in December and an 81-year-old female who was positive in November. 

There are currently seven active cases and 2,382 people who have left isolation.

 

MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE CURBSIDE ADMINISTRATION

Kirksville, MO 4/9/21 – The Adair County Health Department will administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine curbside April 15 at the Health Department facility at 1001 S. Jamison, Kirksville. The effort is open to all individuals age 18 and older who have not yet received a vaccine. 

The Moderna vaccine requires two doses. The second dose will be administered May 13 at the same scheduled time as recipients receive the first dose on April 15. Residents interested in receiving the vaccine should sign up using the Sign-Up Genius link on the Adair County Health Department website homepage or Facebook page. Those who do not have internet access may register by calling 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200.

Registrants will need to present a completed COVID-19 Vaccination Consent form before receiving the vaccine. The form can be accessed via the Health Department website. Click “Forms” in the upper righthand corner of the homepage, then select the consent form from the list of forms. Forms will also be available at the Health Department either before April 15 or on that day. Those who need to pick up and complete a consent form at the event are encouraged to arrive before their scheduled vaccine appointment to allow time to complete the form.

Although there is no charge for the vaccine, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare or Medicare Advantage cards to the event.

“This is a great, easy way for people who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated to take the first step,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator. “More and more things are opening up and people are starting to travel again. Everyone misses interaction with family and friends. As increasing numbers of people become fully vaccinated, the safer our world will be to get back to some sort of ‘normal’ again,” LeBaron said. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the country as people have started to travel, return to public places and relax the safety precautions that the CDC continues to recommend, even after becoming fully vaccinated. The presence of COVID-19 variants is also contributing to the rise in cases.

“The CDC recommends that even when fully vaccinated, people continue to mask up, social distance and practice good hand hygiene,” LeBaron said. “Although we are on our way to vaccinating enough people to reach ‘herd immunity,’ we are not there yet. People who participate in vaccine events are going to help us all get there.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY NEARS 2,400 CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 4/7/21 – With three more cases confirmed today, Adair County has reached 2,399 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first one was identified March 21, 2020. Adair County Health Department staff have also topped 4,100 contact tracing calls over the past year.

There are currently 12 active cases and 2,367 people who have left isolation. Today’s cases include one in the K-12 schools sector and two employed at an area meat processing plant. The cases involve a 16-year-old female and males ages 23 and 26. One individual resides at an address with at least one previously confirmed case.

 

FOUR NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED TODAY 

Kirksville, MO 4/6/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 among residents today. They involve females age 17, 18 and 29 and a 24-year-old male. Two cases are in the K-12 schools sector and two are employed at an area meat processing plant.

The overall case count is now 2,396 with 11 active cases and 2,365 individuals who have left isolation.

 

COVID-19 CASE COUNT NOW AT 2,392

Kirksville, MO 4/5/21 – Five cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Adair County Health Department since April 1 brings the county’s total of known cases to 2,392. There are currently 12 active cases and 2,360 people who have left isolation. The county’s COVID-related death toll remains at 20.

One case confirmed April 2 involved a 34-year-old male. Also on April 2, an 86-year-old female previously reported as admitted to Samaritan Hospital March 25 was discharged to her home.

Two cases confirmed April 3 were those of a 16-year-old female and a 22-year-old male. There were no new cases confirmed April 4.

Cases confirmed today involve females ages 54 and 55.

 

ADAIR COUNTY BEGINS APRIL WITH A COVID-19 CASE COUNT OF 2,387

Kirksville, MO 4/1/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed one new case of COVID-19 on the last day of March and two additional cases today. Total case count is now 2,387 with 29 active cases and 2,338 people who have left isolation.

The case of a 20-year-old female in the higher education sector was confirmed March 31. Cases confirmed today involve a 40-year-old female and a 46-year-old male. All three individuals reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT IS 2,384

Kirksville, MO 3/30/21 – Three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department. The overall case count is now 2,384 with 29 active cases and 2,335 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases involve males ages 18, 23 and 44. One case is in the higher education sector and one resides at an address with at least one previously confirmed case.

 

SEVEN NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 3/29/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and one additional case today, bringing the total count to 2,381. There are currently 29 active cases and 2,332 people who have left isolation.

Four of the five cases confirmed Saturday, March 27, are in the higher education sector. The fifth case is related to travel outside Adair County. The cases involve females ages 19 and 35, and males ages 18, 19 and 21. Two individuals reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

One case identified Sunday is a 29-year-old male who suspects his case is travel related. Today’s case is that of a 38-year-old female who resides at an address with another previously confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY RECORDS FOUR MORE CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 3/26/21 – Three new cases of COVID-19 confirmed yesterday and one confirmed today brings Adair County’s total case count to 2,374. There are 28 active cases and 2,326 people who have left isolation.

Cases confirmed March 25 include females ages 18 and 59 and a 50-year-old male. One case is in the K-12 schools sector. Today’s case involves a 34-year-old male.

A previously reported 86-year-old female was admitted yesterday to Samaritan Hospital in Macon. A previously reported 51-year-old female, admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center March 23, was discharged to her home yesterday. Neither women have required a ventilator.

 

MORE THAN 7,000 IN ADAIR COUNTY SHOULD BE FULLY VACCINATED BY MID-APRIL

Kirksville, MO 3/26/21 – The number of Adair County residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 continues to grow as efforts by the Adair County Health Department and other local healthcare providers continue. In addition to the Health Department, Northeast Regional Medical Center, Northeast Missouri Health Council, Complete Family Medicine, Hy-Vee, Walmart and Walgreen’s have administered vaccine doses, and some will continue to do so as they receive vaccine supplies.

Nearly 1,700 second doses of the Moderna vaccine were administered March 25 at The Crossing in Kirksville. Those residents will have the maximum benefit of the vaccine as of April 8. The maximum benefit occurs two weeks after receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after receiving the sole dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

The Health Department estimates that by April 16, more than 7,000 county residents who received vaccines in Adair County will be fully vaccinated, or approximately 23% of the population, including students attending local higher education institutions. An estimated 14% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT HITS 2,370

Kirksville, MO 3/24/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed another six cases today, including one requiring hospitalization. Total case count is now 2,370 with 26 active cases and 2,324 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases include females ages 4, 37, 51, 66 and 68 and an 18-year-old male. Four cases reside at addresses with at least one other previously confirmed case. Three of today’s cases are in the same household. One case is in the higher education sector.

A 51-year-old female was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center yesterday but is not requiring use of a ventilator.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS SIX NEW CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 3/23/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total case count to 2,364. There are 21 active cases and 2,323 people who have left isolation since March 21, 2020.

Today’s cases include females ages 20 and 65, and males ages 26, 37, 40 and 61. One case is in the higher education sector.

 

SECOND DOSE OF MODERNA VACCINE WILL BE ADMINISTERED THURSDAY ONLY TO THOSE WHO RECEIVED THEIR FIRST DOSE IN FEBRUARY

Kirksville, MO 3/23/21 – Residents who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine on February 25 at The Crossing in Kirksville will receive their second dose on March 25 at the same location. People should present at The Crossing at the same time on March 25 as they were scheduled on February 25 and enter through the same door. 

Vaccine recipients should bring with them the vaccine card they received after their first dose. They also need to print and complete Page 2 of the COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form. The form is available on the Adair County Health Department website under the “Forms” link in the upper right corner of the homepage. If you are unable to print the form, you may pick up a copy at the Adair County Health Department, 1001 S. Jamison, in Kirksville.

The Missouri National Guard will be assisting local emergency responders, law enforcement and other community partners at this event. Several shuttles will be available to drive people from their vehicles to the front door, and wheelchairs are available for those who need them to enter the building.

Thursday’s vaccine event is open only to those who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine at The Crossing on February 25, 2021. 

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT CREEPS UPWARD AGAIN

Kirksville, MO 3/22/21 – After a slow rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases among Adair County residents, the number increased by 10 in three days, including five confirmed on Saturday and another five confirmed today. The number of active cases moved up from a recent low of nine to today’s report of 20. 

Adair County’s confirmed case count is now 2,358 with 2,318 people who have left isolation. 

Cases confirmed on March 20 include five females, two age 20, two age 19 and one age 86. Four of the cases are in the higher education sector and four reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Cases confirmed today include a 32-year-old female and males ages 21, 22, 33 and 43. One case resides at an address with a previously confirmed case.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE TOTAL REACHES 2,348

Kirksville, MO 3/19/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed no new cases of COVID-19 on March 16, one each on March 17 and 18, and four new cases today. The total now stands at 2,348 with 12 active cases and 2,316 people who have left isolation.

Cases confirmed on March 17 and 18 involve a 21-year-old male and a 46-year-old male, respectively. Today’s four cases involve females ages 22 and 24 and males ages 26 and 72. One case in the higher education sector.

 

RESIDENTS SHOULD GET SECOND DOSE OF MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE ON THURSDAY, MARCH 25

Kirksville, MO 3/19/21 – Residents who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine on February 25 at The Crossing in Kirksville will receive their second dose on March 25 at the same location. People should present at The Crossing at the same time on March 25 as they were scheduled on February 25 and enter through the same door. They should also bring the vaccine card they received after their first dose to the second dose event.

“We encourage everyone who received their first dose of the Modern vaccine on February 25 to show up on March 25 for the second dose,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “One dose does not provide the level of immunity you need. Immunity is less than half of what you have two weeks after your second dose,” he said.

LeBaron also stressed that none of the vaccines make you fully immune to COVID-19, although those who contract it may have minor or no symptoms at all. There is also a need to continue taking certain precautions even after both doses and the 14-day period after the second dose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released interim guidelines for those who have received any of the three COVID-19 vaccines.

“Fully vaccinated,” according to the CDC, is two weeks or longer after the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines and two weeks or longer after administration of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. 

According to CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals may:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or maintaining social distance;
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or maintaining social distance; and ,
  • Do not need to quarantine or be tested following a known exposure so long as the fully vaccinated person has no symptoms of COVID-19. 

Also in the interim guidelines released be the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals should continue to take the following precautions:

  • Do not need to quarantine or be tested following a known exposure to COVID-19 if they take precautions including wearing a mask in public and maintaining social distance;
  • Wear masks, practice social distancing, and adhere to other precautions, such as handwashing, when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease, or if they have an unvaccinated household member at risk for severe disease;
  • Wear masks, practice social distancing, and adhere to other safety precautions when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households;
  • Avoid medium and large in-person gatherings;
  • Get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers; and,
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

For more information about the CDC’s guidelines for fully vaccinated people, visit the CDC website.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE TOTAL IS NOW 2,342

Kirksville, MO 3/15/21 – Two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Adair County Health Department on Saturday and four confirmed today brings the total case count to 2,342. There are now 13 active cases, 2,309 people who have left isolation, and 20 known COVID-related deaths. 

Cases confirmed March 13 involve a 19-year-old female in the higher education sector and a 59-year-old female.

Cases confirmed today involve females ages 26, 32 and 55, and a 44-year-old male. One individual resides at an address with a previously confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMED CASES SLOW TO 15 THIS WEEK

Kirksville, MO 3/12/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 15 cases of COVID-19 from March 6 through today. Those cases include a 24-year-old female confirmed yesterday and a 43-year-old female and a 44-year-old male confirmed today. 

Total case count is at 2,336 with 13 active cases and 2,303 people who have left isolation.

 

THREE NEWS CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 3/10/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 today. There are 2,333 total cases with 18 currently active.

The three cases confirmed today involve females ages 9, 21 and 28 with one in the K-12 schools sector.

 

TOTAL COVID-19 CASE COUNT REACHES 2,330 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 3/9/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 today, involving a 69-year-old female and a 54-year-old male. One case resides at an address with at least one other confirmed case. 

There are currently 17 active cases and 2,293 people who have left isolation. The total number of confirmed cases since last March is 2,330.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS SEVEN MORE CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 3/8/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, three on Sunday and one new case today. The total number of confirmed cases is now 2,328 with 17 active cases and 2,291 people who have left isolation.

Cases confirmed March 6 include a 60-year-old female and males ages 20 and 50. One case is in the higher education sector.

Cases confirmed March 7 include a 25-year-old female and males ages 47 and 68.

The case of a 36-year-old female was the only one confirmed today.

 

CDC RELEASES GUIDELINES FOR PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN BY FULLY VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

Kirksville, MO 3/8/21 – As Adair County has fully vaccinated more than 2,000 people and providers continue to vaccinate more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated interim guidelines for those who have received any of the three COVID-19 vaccines.

“Fully vaccinated,” according to the CDC, is two weeks or longer after the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines and two weeks or longer after administration of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. 

According to CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals may:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or maintaining social distance;
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or maintaining social distance; and ,
  • Do not need to quarantine or be tested following a known exposure so long as the fully vaccinated person has no symptoms of COVID-19. 

Also in the interim guidelines released be the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals should continue to take the following precautions:

  • Do not need to quarantine or be tested following a known exposure to COVID-19 if they take precautions including wearing a mask in public and maintaining social distance;
  • Wear masks, practice social distancing, and adhere to other precautions, such as handwashing, when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease, or if they have an unvaccinated household member at risk for severe disease;
  • Wear masks, practice social distancing, and adhere to other safety precautions when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households;
  • Avoid medium and large in-person gatherings;
  • Get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers; and,
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

“The CDC guidelines are a promising first step toward returning to more normal activities; however, there are still so many unknowns about COVID-19, variants of the virus, and how long the vaccines protect people,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “We all need to continue to take precautions to protect vulnerable people around us.”

“The CDC is saying that, for example, a fully vaccinated grandparent can visit one of their children’s homes and spend time with the grandkids without wearing a mask or practicing social distancing, as long as no one in that home has a health condition or other status that makes them susceptible to a severe case of the virus,” LeBaron said. “But that fully vaccinated grandparent shouldn’t have all of their kids and grandkids over for a precaution-free gathering unless everyone is vaccinated. People gathering from multiple households still pose a risk, and all precautions still need to be practiced if members of multiple households who are not fully vaccinated are involved.”

LeBaron said the vaccines are a first step toward normalcy, but until everyone is vaccinated, people still need to be careful.

“Being fully vaccinated does not mean you can’t get COVID-19. It also doesn’t mean you can’t pass COVID-19 to someone else. For now, we all need to follow the CDC’s recommendations and continue following them as they are revised,” LeBaron said. “This virus is a learning curve for absolutely everyone.”

For more information about the CDC’s guidelines for fully vaccinated people, visit the CDC website.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT STANDS AT 2,321

Kirksville, MO 3/5/21 – Adair County closes out the week with 2,321 cases since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed here nearly one year ago. Two new cases were confirmed yesterday and none today. The Adair County Health Department has exceeded 4,000 contact tracing calls during the past 12 months.

Positive test results were confirmed March 4 for a 21-year-old male in the higher education sector and a 23-year-old male. There are currently 10 active cases, 2,291 people who have left isolation and 20 COVID-related deaths.

 

FOUR NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 3/3/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total count to 2,319. There are 14 active cases and 2,285 people who have left isolation. 

Today’s cases include females ages 12, 16 and 31 and a 37-year-old male. Two cases are in the K-12 schools sector and one resides at an address with a previously confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS TWO NEW CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 3/2/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 today, a 49-year-old female and a 24-year-old male. 

The total case count now stands at 2,315 with 15 active cases, 2,280 people who have left isolation and 20 COVID-related deaths.

 

FIVE NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 3/1/21 – Two cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Adair County on Feb. 27 and three more confirmed today brings the total case count to 2,313. There are 27 active cases and 2,266 people who have left isolation.

A 41-year-old male and a 68-year-old male were confirmed over the weekend. Today, a 21-year-old female and two males, ages 23 and 53, were confirmed by the Adair County Health Department. One of the cases is in the higher education sector. Two reside at an address with at least one previously confirmed case.

 

VACCINES ARE A GOOD START BUT PRECAUTIONS STILL NECESSARY

Kirksville, MO 3/1/21 – With 2,125 Adair County residents fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, more than 1,400 more who have received the first of two doses of the Moderna vaccine and hundreds of others who are receiving vaccines from local pharmacies and providers, people are asking if they can return to pre-pandemic life. According to the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other infectious disease experts, the answer is “not yet.”

According to the CDC, it takes a few weeks after receiving the full dose of the COVID-19, whether that is the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or potentially the single dose of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for the vaccine to be fully effective. The time is necessary for your body to build immunity against the virus.

While those fully vaccinated may have an immunity against COVID-19, the CDC warns that you can still be exposed to the virus and can carry it to someone who isn’t vaccinated via “asymptomatic” transmission. That is why people who are fully vaccinated should continue to take safety precautions to protect others they could infect. Precautions include wearing a mask, maintaining social distance of six feet or more, avoiding crowds, staying out of poorly ventilated spaces, washing hands frequently and disinfecting commonly used objects and surfaces.

Continuing to practice these precautions will be necessary until the population reaches “herd immunity.” Herd immunity is having enough people vaccinated against COVID-19 to keep it from spreading. The number of people needed to reach herd immunity varies by disease and, as with so many other aspects of COVID-19, it is unknown how many vaccinated people it will require to reach herd immunity with the COVID-19 virus.

“Adair County is off to a good start with vaccine distribution,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “In the coming months, there will be more and more doses available and more and more providers administering the vaccine. While that’s wonderful news, we can’t let our guard down yet. Everyone needs to continue taking the recommended precautions so we don’t experience another spike in cases like we saw in November, December and into January,” LeBaron said.

“We also don’t know yet how some of the new variants of the virus will affect even vaccinated people. The scientific community is still learning so much about COVID-19, but the end is in sight,” LeBaron said. “We all just need to continue taking precautions for the foreseeable future. Those who have been fortunate enough to have received the vaccine need to continue protecting the thousands of people in Adair County who have not yet had the opportunity.”

For more information about how COVID-19 vaccines work and why continued precautions are necessary to slow the spread, visit the CDC website.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES AT 2,308

Kirksville, MO 2/26/2021 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days. Total case count is now 2,308 with 27 active cases and 2,261 people who have left isolation.

The four cases confirmed on Feb. 24 included three 20-year-old females and a 50-year-old male. An 18-year-old male was confirmed on Feb. 25 and a 41-year-old female was confirmed today. Three cases are in the higher education sector and one is at an address with a previously confirmed case.

The Health Department also confirmed that two previously reported cases admitted to Boone Hospital in Columbia have been discharged to home. A 64-year-old male admitted on Feb. 1 was discharged on Feb. 3, and an 82-year-old female admitted on Feb. 13 was discharged on Feb. 25. Neither required use of a ventilator.

 

COVID-19 CASE COUNT TOPS 2,300 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 2/23/2021 – The COVID-19 case count for Adair County now stands at 2,302. Only one case was confirmed over the weekend, six on Monday and four more today. As of today, 30 cases are active, 2,252 people have left isolation following a positive COVID-19 test, and there have been 20 COVID-related deaths.

The case of a 19-year-old female in the higher education sector was confirmed Feb. 21.

Six cases confirmed Feb. 22 were females ages 19, 21 and 22, and males ages 19, 41 and 44. Three are in the higher education sector and two reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Four cases confirmed today include females ages 27 and 56, and males ages 23 and 52. One is in the higher education sector.

An 11-year-old female whose case was reported in December 2020, was removed from the Adair County case count upon determination that she resides in Putnam County, Missouri. 

 

ATTEND THE CORRECT VACCINE CLINIC THIS WEEK 

Kirksville, MO 2/23/21 – The Adair County Health Department has received multiple calls about the two vaccine clinics scheduled for this week.

If you received your first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Jan. 27, you should return for your second dose tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 24, at The Crossing, 810 East Shepherd Ave. in Kirksville. This clinic is ONLY for those who received their first dose on Jan. 27, and it is the ONLY day the Pfizer vaccine will be administered this week. You should present for your vaccine at the same time you were scheduled for the first dose on Jan. 27.

The Thursday, Feb. 25 clinic is a regional mass vaccine distribution of the Moderna vaccine only. The clinic is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and coordinated by the Missouri National Guard, in cooperation with the Adair County Health Department and area healthcare partners. This clinic was originally scheduled for Feb. 10, rescheduled for Feb. 18, and now slated for Feb. 25. Those who registered for the Feb. 10 and/or Feb. 18 event should keep the same scheduled appointment time. 

A handful of appointments are still available. To register, visit the Adair County Health Department website  (https://adair.lphamo.org/) and click on the registration link on the homepage to register. Those who do not have internet service can call 660-730-6100 and 660-730-6200 to register.

All those registered for Thursday’s regional event should bring their signed consent form with them. There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine; however, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare card to the clinic.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT TWO VACCINE EVENTS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK

Kirksville, MO 2/22/21 – As the country surpassed the grim milestone today of 500,000 reported COVID-related deaths, the Adair County Health Department reminds residents of the two walk-in vaccine clinics scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Both will be held at The Crossing, 810 East Shepherd Ave. in Kirksville. 

The Feb. 24 clinic is solely for the administration of the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for those who received their first dose on Jan. 27. The clinic is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vaccine recipients should arrive at The Crossing at the same time as their first dose was scheduled on Jan. 27. There is no charge for the vaccine; however, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare card with them to the clinic.

The Feb. 25 clinic is a regional vaccine distribution of the Moderna vaccine. This clinic was originally scheduled for Feb. 10, rescheduled for Feb. 18, and now slated for Feb. 25. Those who registered for the Feb. 10 and/or Feb. 18 event should keep the same scheduled appointment time. 

There are a few appointments still available, so registration has been reopened to fill them. Visit the Adair County Health Department website  (https://adair.lphamo.org/) and click on the registration link on the homepage to register. Those who do not have internet service can call 660-730-6100 and 660-730-6200 to register.

The Feb. 25 regional event is primarily for adults age 65 and older and high-risk individuals including adults age 18 and older with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart conditions, weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity (BMI >40), sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, pregnant women, or individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome. Any remaining long-term and residential care workers, hospital and healthcare workers, emergency workers, including first responders, ambulance, law enforcement, fire, corrections and juvenile corrections, emergency management and public works may also register. Anyone who does not fall into these groups is not eligible for the Feb. 25 vaccine.

All those registered for Thursday’s regional event should bring their signed consent form with them. Those forms are available on the Adair County Health Department’s website under the “Forms” tab or may be picked up at the Adair County Health Department’s clinic entrance. There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine; however, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare card to the clinic.

Masks are, of course, required, and social distancing will be practiced to the extent possible. Anyone with a health condition that makes walking difficult should park in the blue handicap-designated spaces in front of The Crossing and wait for assistance.  Participants will check in with their consent form and if applicable, their Medicare card, at the registration area, proceed to the vaccine area, then sit in a waiting area for 15 minutes where they will be monitored for any adverse reactions to the vaccine before being released to return to their vehicles.

Those receiving the Moderna vaccine on Feb. 25 should receive the second dose of the same vaccine on March 25 at the same scheduled time.

A COVID-19 case update for Adair County will be issued tomorrow.

 

COVID-19 CASE COUNT AT 2,292 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 2/19/2021 – Confirmation of six new cases of COVID-19 in Adair County puts the overall case count at 2,292 with 35 active cases and 2,237 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases include females ages 19, 20, 21, 30 and 44, and a 20-year-old male. Four of the six cases are in the higher education sector and two reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

A previously reported 82-year-old female was admitted to Boone Hospital in Columbia on Feb. 13. She has not required use of a ventilator.

 

SEVEN NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 2/18/2021 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed seven new cases of COVID-19 today. New cases include females ages 21, 26 and 59, and males ages 2, 19, 22 and 51. Two cases are in the higher education sector and three reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Total case count is now 2,286 with 37 active cases and 2,229 people who have left isolation.

 

DHSS-HCRS List Serve – Community testing – February 18-26

Kirksville, MO 2/18/21 – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services continues to offer FREE COVID-19 testing to Missouri residents.  Individuals seeking this testing opportunity should visit our website at www.health.mo.gov/communitytest for a listing of events and a link to register.  Residents are encouraged to visit this website frequently as new events will be added regularly.  While registration guarantees testing, walk-ins to the event will be accommodated if registration slots are still available.

The following events have been scheduled for February 18-26, 2021:

Feb. 18, 2021 12PM – 3PM St. Louis St. Louis City Affinia Healthcare, 1717 Biddle Street, St. Louis, MO 63106    
Feb. 18, 2021 10AM – 4PM St. Charles St. Charles Harvester Christian Church, 2950 Kings Crossing, St. Charles, Missouri 63303    
Feb. 19, 2021 9AM – 4PM St. Louis St. Louis City CareSTL Health, 2425 Whittier St., St. Louis, Missouri 63113    
Feb. 19, 2021 9AM – 1PM Joplin Jasper ACCESS Family Care, 530 S. Maiden Lane, Joplin, Missouri 64801    
Feb. 22, 2021 9AM – 4PM St. Louis St. Louis City CareSTL Health, 2425 Whittier St., St. Louis, Missouri 63113    
Feb. 22, 2021 9AM – 3PM Kansas City Jackson Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64130    
Feb. 22, 2021 8AM – 5PM Lexington Lafayette Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri, 825 S. Business Hwy 13, Lexington, Missouri 64067    
Feb. 22, 2021 8:30AM – 3PM Rolla Phelps Your Community Health Center, 1081 E. 18th St., Rolla, Missouri 65401    
Feb. 22, 2021 8:30AM – 11:30AM Florissant St. Louis County James J. Egan Civic Center, 1 James J. Egan Drive, Florissant, Missouri 63033    
Feb. 22, 2021 9AM – 1PM Branson Taney Cox Health, 111 Cahill Road, Branson, Missouri 65616    
Feb. 22, 2021 9AM – 11AM Seymour Webster Between Twin Dragon Restaurant & Seymour Elementary School, 729 Center Ave, Seymour, Missouri 65746    
Feb. 22, 2021 8AM – 10AM Kansas City Jackson Bartle Hall (Front Entrance on 13th Street), 301 W. 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105    
Feb. 23, 2021 9AM – 3PM New London Ralls Forget-Me-Not Senior Center, 412 S. Main Street, New London, Missouri 63459    
Feb. 23, 2021 12PM – 3PM St. Louis St. Louis City Affinia Healthcare, 1717 Biddle Street, St. Louis, MO 63106    
Feb. 23, 2021 8:30AM – 2PM Salem Dent Salem Community Center @ the Armory, 1200 W. Rolla Road, Salem, Missouri 65560    
Feb. 23, 2021 9AM – 4PM St. Louis St. Louis City CareSTL Health, 5471 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63112    
Feb. 23, 2021 8AM – 12PM Springfield Greene Old Price Cutter Building, 1720 Grand Street, Springfield, Missouri 65802    
Feb. 23, 2021 12PM – 3PM Fulton Callaway C&R Market (Parking Lot), 640 Commons Drive, Fulton, Missouri 65251    
Feb. 24, 2021 8:30AM – 4PM St. Louis St. Louis County NAACP St. Louis County Building, 26 North Oaks Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri 63121    
Feb. 24, 2021 9AM – 6PM Kansas City Clay County Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds Of Fun Ave., Kansas City, Missouri 64161    
Feb. 24, 2021 8:30AM – 11:30AM Florissant St. Louis County James J. Egan Civic Center, 1 James J. Egan Drive, Florissant, Missouri 63033    
Feb. 24, 2021 1PM – 3PM Camdenton Camden Mid-County Fire, 184 MO-5 Bus., Camdenton, Missouri 65020    
Feb. 25, 2021 12PM – 3PM St. Louis St. Louis City Affinia Healthcare 1717 Biddle Street St. Louis, MO 63106    
Feb. 25, 2021 10AM – 4PM St. Charles St. Charles Harvester Christian Church, 2950 Kings Crossing St., Charles, Missouri 63303    
Feb. 26, 2021 9AM – 11AM St. Louis St. Louis County Riverview Gardens High School, 1218 Shepley Dr., St. Louis, MO 63137    
Feb. 26, 2021 9AM – 1PM Lamar Barton ACCESS Family Care, 210 W. 10th Street, Lamar, Missouri 64759    
Feb. 26, 2021 12PM – 4PM Kansas City Jackson Kansas City Zoo (Cheetah Parking Lot on south side of zoo), 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, Missouri 64132    
Feb. 26, 2021 10AM – 2PM St. Joseph Buchanan St. Joseph Aquatic Center, 402 South Noyes Boulevard St., Joseph, Missouri 64501    
Feb. 26, 2021 12PM – 3PM Columbia Boone Moser’s Foods Parking Lot, 705 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65203    

 

 

THIRD ATTEMPT FOR REGIONAL COVID-19 VACCINE EVENT 

Kirksville, MO 2/18/21 – The Adair County Health Department has been notified that the regional COVID-19 vaccine event originally scheduled for Feb. 10, rescheduled for today and postponed due to weather, has been rescheduled again for Thursday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at The Crossing, 810 E. Shepherd Ave. in Kirksville. The Adair County Health Department, local and regional healthcare and community partners, and the Missouri National Guard will be coordinating the mass vaccination and directing traffic at The Crossing.

Those who registered for the Feb. 10 and/or Feb. 18 event should keep the same scheduled appointment time. Due to cancellations, there are some appointments still available, so registration has been reopened to fill them. Visit the Adair County Health Department website  (https://adair.lphamo.org/) and click on the registration link on the homepage to register. Those who do not have internet service can call 660-730-6100 and 660-730-6200 to register.

This regional event is primarily for adults age 65 and older and high-risk individuals including adults age 18 and older with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart conditions, weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity (BMI >40), sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, pregnant women, or individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome. Any remaining long-term and residential care workers, hospital and healthcare workers, emergency workers, including first responders, ambulance, law enforcement, fire, corrections and juvenile corrections, emergency management and public works may also register. Anyone who does not fall into these groups is not eligible for the Feb. 25 vaccine.

The Moderna vaccine will be administered on Feb. 25. All participants should bring their signed consent form with them. Those forms are available on the Adair County Health Department’s website under the “Forms” tab or may be picked up at the Adair County Health Department’s clinic entrance. There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine; however, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare card to the clinic.

Masks are, of course, required, and social distancing will be practiced to the extent possible. Anyone with a health condition that makes walking difficult should park in the blue handicap-designated spaces in front of The Crossing and wait for assistance.  Participants will check in with their consent form and if applicable, their Medicare card, at the registration area, proceed to the vaccine area, then sit in a waiting area for 15 minutes where they will be monitored for any adverse reactions to the vaccine before being released to return to their vehicles.

Those receiving the Moderna vaccine on Feb. 25 should receive the second dose of the same vaccine on March 25 at the same scheduled time.

Vaccine availability by entities other than the Health Department will continue to expand as manufacturers produce more doses.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are starting to become more available in Adair County,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “We encourage residents to get vaccinated by any organization or business offering them as they become eligible. The most important thing is getting as many people vaccinated as possible,” he said.

 

TWO NEW CASES CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 2/17/2021 – Two new cases of COVID-19 today in Adair County brings the total number to 2,279. There are 43 active cases and 2,216 people who have left isolation.

The new cases involve a 44-year-old male residing at an address with at least one other confirmed case, and an 88-year-old female resident of a skilled nursing facility.

A previously reported 84-year-old male who was admitted to University Hospital in Columbia on Feb. 5 was discharged to a nursing home outside of Adair County on Feb. 12.

 

SECOND DOSE OF VACCINE RESCHEDULED FOR JAN. 27 RECIPIENTS

Kirksville, MO 2/17/21 – The Adair County Health Department’s administration of the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24, at The Crossing, 810 East Shepherd Ave. in Kirksville. The second dose is only for those who received their first dose on Jan. 27, not for the general public.

The clinic is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vaccine recipients should arrive at The Crossing at the same time as their first dose was scheduled on Jan. 27. There is no charge for the vaccine; however, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare card with them to the clinic.

Frigid winter weather forced the postponement of the second dose administration originally scheduled for today.

“The temperatures are expected to return to above freezing next week,” said Jim LeBaron, Health Department administrator. “We need to take advantage of a 40-degree day to give people their second dose. It will make it much easier on those over the age of 65 and those with health conditions if they’re coming to the walk-in clinic on a much warmer day.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine should be administered at least 21 days after the first dose. The CDC recommendations also state: “There is no maximum interval between the first and second dose.”

“There is no issue with getting the second dose more than 21 days after the first,” LeBaron said. “There’s only an issue if you get the second dose too soon, so people should not be concerned about the delay.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID CASES REACH 2,277 OVER FIVE-DAY PERIOD

Kirksville, MO 2/16/2021 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 19 new cases of COVID-19 from Friday, Feb. 12 through today. Total case count now stands at 2,277 with 46 active cases currently, 2,211 people who have left isolation, and 20 COVID-related deaths.

Eight cases were confirmed on Feb. 12, including females ages 14, 19, 21, 28, 43 and 67, and males ages 19 and 22. 

There was only one case confirmed on Feb. 13, a 71-year-old male, and one on Feb. 14, a 14-year-old female. Four cases on Feb. 15 include a 21-year-old female and males ages 20, 21 and 51. 

The five new cases confirmed today include females ages 20 and 21 and males ages 19, 25 and 65. 

Among the 19 new cases, eight reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. Two are in the K-12 schools sector and 10 are in the higher education sector.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS POSTPONED AGAIN DUE TO WEATHER

Kirksville, MO 2/16/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirms that the walk-in vaccine events originally slated for early in February have been postponed for a second time due to weather.

On Monday evening, the Governor’s office canceled the regional vaccine event which had been scheduled to take place on Thursday, Feb. 18, citing the winter weather. Upon cancelation of that event, the Adair County Health Department postponed tomorrow’s scheduled administration of the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to those who received the first dose on Jan. 27. 

“It was difficult to justify having the second-dose clinic on Wednesday when the Governor had canceled the regional event on Thursday due to weather,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “We are now waiting to find out when the National Guard plans to reschedule the regional vaccine effort so we can reschedule the second-dose clinic for the day before.”

LeBaron said the vaccine clinics require substantial planning, site configuration and significant human resources from area healthcare providers, first responders and law enforcement, among others. Logistically, the two vaccine clinics need to occur on two consecutive days to optimize resources. 

“I know people are confused because this is the second time we’re postponing and rescheduling these two vaccine efforts,” LeBaron said. “I wish we could control the weather, but we can’t. And so many of the people signed up for these vaccines are elderly or have health and mobility issues. They simply do not need to be exposed to the frigid temperatures, snow and ice that make being outside for even a few minutes hazardous,” he said.

As soon as the Health Department is advised of the date the Missouri National Guard will be in Kirksville for the regional vaccine clinic, the public will be notified of the rescheduling details for both efforts.

 

REGIONAL VACCINE EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR FEB. 18

Kirksville, MO 2/12/21​ –The regional COVID-19 vaccine event originally scheduled for Feb. 10 has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at The Crossing, 810 E. Shepherd Ave. in Kirksville. The Adair County Health Department, local and regional healthcare and community partners, and the Missouri National Guard will be coordinating the mass vaccination and directing traffic at The Crossing.

Those who registered for the Feb. 10 event should keep the same scheduled appointment time. Due to cancellations, there are some appointments still available for the event, so registration has been reopened to fill them. Visit the ​Adair County Health Department website (​https://adair.lphamo.org/​) and click on the registration link on the homepage to register. Those who do not have internet service can call 660-730-6100 and 660-730-6200 to register.

This regional event is primarily for adults age 65 and older and high-risk individuals including adults age 18 and older with cancer, ​chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart conditions, weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity (BMI >40), sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, pregnant women, or individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome. Any remaining ​long-term and residential care workers, hospital and healthcare workers, emergency workers, including first responders, ambulance, law enforcement, fire, corrections and juvenile corrections, emergency management and public works may also register. Anyone who does not fall into these groups is not eligible for the Feb. 18 vaccine.

Rescheduled Regional Vaccine Event 

The Moderna vaccine will be administered on Feb. 18. All participants should bring their signed ​consent form​ with them. Those forms are available on the Adair County Health Department’s website under the “Forms” tab or may be picked up at the Adair County Health Department’s clinic entrance.

Frigid weather has forced the vaccine to be administered at a walk-in clinic at The Crossing. Masks are, of course, required, and social distancing will be practiced to the extent possible. Anyone with a health condition that makes walking difficult should park in the blue handicap-designated spaces in front of The Crossing and wait for assistance. Participants will check in with their consent forms at the registration area, proceed to the vaccine area, then sit in a waiting area for 15 minutes where they will be monitored for any adverse reactions to the vaccine before being released to return to their vehicles.

Those receiving the Moderna vaccine on Feb. 18 will receive the second dose of the same vaccine on March 18 at the same scheduled time.

SIX NEW CASES REPORTED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 2/11/2021 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 today. Total case count is 2,258 with 59 active cases.

Today’s cases include females ages 37 and 75, and males ages 21, 22, 43 and 53. Two cases are in the higher education sector and one is related to an area plant. One of today’s cases resides at an address with at least one other confirmed case.

A previously identified 55-year-old male admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Feb. 3 was discharged to his home on Feb. 10.

 

SECOND DOSE OF VACCINE SCHEDULED FOR JAN. 27 RECIPIENTS

Kirksville, MO 2/11/21 – Those who received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine at the Jan. 27 drive-through should return next Wednesday, Feb. 17, for their second dose. The Adair County Health Department has scheduled a walk-in clinic at The Crossing, 810 East Shepherd Ave. in Kirksville to administer the crucial second dose.

The clinic is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vaccine recipients should arrive at The Crossing at the same time as their first dose was scheduled on Jan. 27. 

This Clinic is not for the general public. 

Frigid winter weather has forced the vaccine efforts indoors, requiring vaccine recipients to walk into the building. However, the Health Department will attempt to accommodate individuals who have health issues that make walking difficult with curbside administration of their second dose on Feb. 17 as resources permit.

The statewide event with the Missouri National Guard and community partners that was postponed on Feb. 10 has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18 at The Crossing, 810 East Shepherd Ave. in Kirksville, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  A separate press release will be issued on Friday with details regarding the rescheduled event. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 COUNT RISES TO 2,252

Kirksville, MO 2/10/2021 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19 today. There are now 63 active cases out of the total of 2,252 cases to date.

An 86-year-old female previously reported and admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Feb. 1 was discharged to home on Feb. 9.

Today’s nine cases include females ages 25, 28 and 92. There are two 11-year-old males and other males ages 22, 23, 25 and 76. Two cases are in the K-12 schools sector and four are in the higher education sector. Seven of the nine cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS 11 NEW COVID CASES

Kirksville, MO 2/9/2021 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 11 new cases of COVID-19 today, raising the total number of cases to 2,243. There are 77 active cases, 2,146 people who have left isolation and 20 COVID-related deaths. 

Today’s cases include three 20-year-old females and other females ages 21, 38 and 50. Males are ages 15, 21, 22, 55 and 58. 

One of today’s cases is in the K-12 schools sector and four are in the higher education sector. Six cases reside at addresses with at least one other positive case, including three of today’s cases from the same household.

 

WEDNESDAY’S REGIONAL VACCINE EVENT POSTPONED

Kirksville, MO 2/9/21 – The Adair County Health Department today announced that the regional COVID-19 vaccine effort scheduled for tomorrow, Feb. 10, has been postponed. 

Due to frigid weather, the event had been moved from a drive-through at the NEMO Fairgrounds to a walk-in clinic at Kirksville High School. Organizers then encountered logistical problems with the Kirksville R-III School District. 

“We thank the R-III Schools administration for trying to address the massive logistics of an event like this, but we will need to move to another venue,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator.

 The Adair County Health Department will announce a new location, dates and other information to the public within 48 hours.

 

COVID-19 CASE COUNT NOW AT 2,232

Kirksville, MO 2/8/2021 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed only two new cases over the weekend, a 34-year-old male and a 29-year-old female. Ten new cases were confirmed today. The overall case count now stands at 2,232 with 74 active cases and 2,138 people who have left isolation.

Among today’s cases is an 84-year-old male admitted to University Hospital in Columbia on Feb. 5.

Other cases include females ages 9, 11, 13, 18, two age 23 and one age 31. Other males are ages 50 and 53. Three cases are in the K-12 schools sector and two are in the higher education sector. Four of today’s cases reside at the same address.

 

REGIONAL VACCINE DRIVE-THROUGH EVENT LOCATION CHANGED

Kirksville, MO 2/8/21 – The regional drive-through vaccine clinic scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 at the NEMO Fairgrounds will now be a walk-in event at Kirksville High School’s north gym at 1300 South Cottage Grove in Kirksville.

Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator, said the location change was prompted by the frigid temperatures. The vaccine can’t stay warm enough to be administered.

Those registered to receive a vaccine on Wednesday should arrive at their scheduled time and park in the lot adjacent to the Kirksville Vo-Tech Center and the north end of the high school. The walk-in entrance will be clearly marked. Vaccines will be administered inside the heated small gymnasium.

Members of the Missouri National Guard and Kirksville High School students will be available to assist those with mobility issues from the parking lot into the building and back to their vehicles. 

Although administration of the vaccine may take a little more time than the drive-through, the Health Department encourages people who have registered for it to attend. Registrants who have any questions should call the Adair County Health Department at 660-665-8491. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS 14 NEW COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 2/5/2021 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 14 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total case count is now 2,220 with 79 active cases, 2,121 people who have left isolation and 20 COVID-related deaths.

Today’s cases include females ages 18, two age 19, 20, 49, 50, 57, 59 and 82. Males include two 20-year-olds and others, ages 21, 22 and 68. 

Nine of the cases are in the higher education sector. Seven reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

CASE COUNT TOPS 2,200 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 2/4/2021 – The COVID-19 case count hit 2,206 today upon confirmation of 14 new cases. There are 90 active cases and 2,096 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases include nine in the higher education sector, one in the K-12 schools sector and eight at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Females are ages 9, two 19-year-olds, three 20-year-olds, 21, 26, 43 and 51. Males are ages 19, 20, 22 and 55. 

The 55-year-old male was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Feb. 3. He is not requiring use of a ventilator.

 

REGIONAL VACCINE DRIVE-THROUGH REGISTRATION OPEN

Kirksville, MO 2/4/21 – The Adair County Health Department is working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Missouri National Guard and other health departments and healthcare providers in the region on a mass vaccination drive-through scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 at the NEMO Fairgrounds. More than 2,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be available that day.

All Phase 1A and 1B, Tier 1 and Tier 2, target groups may register for the event. Those include adults age 65 and older and high-risk individuals including adults with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart conditions, weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity (BMI >40), sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, pregnant women, or individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome.

Target groups also include long-term and residential care workers, hospital and healthcare workers, emergency workers, including first responders, ambulance, law enforcement, fire, corrections and juvenile corrections, emergency management and public works.

Those residents who have emailed the Adair County Health Department but have not been called for a vaccine yet are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. 

To register, use this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4fabae2da7fdc16-region. Those Adair County residents who do not have internet access can call the Adair County Health Department at 660-665-8491, 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200 for registration assistance. 

Friends and family of elderly and vulnerable adults are encouraged to assist them with registration and transportation to the drive-through event. 

Those vaccinated on Feb. 10. should be prepared to register for the second dose which will be available to them in early March.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT STANDS AT 2,192

Kirksville, MO 2/3/2021 – Seventeen new cases confirmed by the Adair County Health Department yesterday and six more today bring the overall case count to 2,192. There are 89 people in isolation, 2,083 people who have left isolation and 20 COVID-related deaths. 

Cases confirmed on Feb. 1 include three 19-year-old females, three 20-year-old females, and other females ages 21, 34 and 59. Males include three 20-year-olds and others ages 21, 23, 28, 47 and 64. Twelve cases are in the higher education sector and six reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. The 64-year-old male was admitted to Boone Hospital in Columbia on Feb. 1 and is not requiring use of a ventilator.

Cases confirmed today include a 26-year-old female and males ages 19, 21, 34, 35 and 37. Two are in the higher education sector and one resides in a household with another confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASE COUNT REACHES 2,169 AND RECORDS ANOTHER DEATH

Kirksville, MO 2/1/2021 – Seven new cases confirmed over the weekend and nine more cases today brings Adair County’s case count to 2,169. The County also recorded another death on Jan. 31, an 83-year-old female who was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Jan. 15. There are currently 90 active cases, 2,059 people who have left isolation and 20 COVID-related deaths.

Cases confirmed on Jan. 30 include females ages 7, 18 and 24, and males ages 6, 18 and 20. Two cases are in the K-12 schools sector and four are in the higher education sector. Two reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

The two cases confirmed on Jan. 31 include an 86-year-old female who was admitted to Northeast Regional today and is not requiring a ventilator. The other case is a 19-year-old male residing at an address with at least one other confirmed case.

Cases confirmed today include females ages 19, 33, 50, 54, 57 and 63. Males are ages 6, 20 and 22. Three are in the higher education sector and four reside at addresses with a least one other confirmed case.

Two patients were discharged from Northeast Regional on Jan. 31, including an 81-year-old male admitted on Jan. 23 and a 73-year-old male admitted on Jan. 26. Neither required a ventilator during their inpatient stays.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE WILL GROW

Kirksville, MO 2/1/2021 – As production of COVID-19 vaccines ramp up, availability to Adair County residents will expand. The Adair County Health Department will continue to vaccinate residents as it receives doses. It will also continue to provide information about COVID-19, testing and vaccines, including information about accessing vaccines administered by other local entities.

“The most important thing that can happen in Adair County is having vaccine doses shipped to and administered by more and more providers,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “We will continue to request doses and administer them as we receive them at our Curbside Clinics. But having other vaccinators, including healthcare providers and local pharmacies, receiving and administering doses is a game changer. More doses in more arms is exactly how we get COVID-19 under control in our community and save the lives of our most vulnerable residents,” he said.

LeBaron said that key to the distribution of more vaccine doses among more entities is understanding that for now, individuals should not mix vaccines. Both of the current two-dose vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, are mRNA vaccines; however, there has not been sufficient research to determine how mixing them might inhibit the effectiveness of the vaccine. The CDC has stated that the two could mixed under exceptional circumstances but continues to recommend that until further studies are completed, people stick with one or the other for their two doses.

“For now, if your first dose was the Pfizer vaccine, your second dose should be the Pfizer vaccine. If your first dose was the Modern vaccine, your second dose should be the Moderna vaccine,” LeBaron said. “This could change as researchers learn more about both vaccines and their efficacy but for now, you should stick with only one maker for both doses.

“From the very first confirmed case of COVID-19 in this country, information about it has been a moving target,” LeBaron said. “This pandemic is a learning process for absolutely everyone. We all need to adhere to the CDC recommendations as they’re made, despite the fact that they may later change. For now, the prevailing wisdom is to receive both doses from the same maker. This is particularly important as more providers in Adair County get access to doses, creating more opportunities for residents to get vaccinated.

“Everyone should take advantage of whatever opportunity is available to them,” LeBaron said. “If you have emailed the Adair County Health Department to be placed on our waiting list but have another opportunity to register for a vaccine, take advantage of that other opportunity. You need to stick with a single vaccine maker for both doses, but you don’t necessarily have to stick with the same entity distributing doses, as long as they’re using the same vaccine product,” he said.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS NINE NEW COVID-19 CASES 

Kirksville, MO 1/29/21 – Another nine cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department. The total case count is now 2,152 with 97 active cases and 2,036 people who have left isolation.

Five of the nine cases are in the higher education sector and three are in the K-12 schools sector. Three cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Today’s cases include a 13-year-old female, two 14-year-old females, two 19-year-old females and females ages 22 and 24. Males are ages 20 and 62.

 

ANOTHER 929 RECEIVE FIRST DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 1/29/21 – On Jan. 28, another 929 people received their first of two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the Adair County Health Department’s drive through at the NEMO Fairgrounds. Vaccines were administered to more in the Phase 1 tiers as recommended by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

According to Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator, the percentages of target groups receiving this initial dose were:

  • 36% – Age 65 and older with underlying health problems;
  • 27% – Healthcare workers;
  • 12% – K-12 school teachers and staff;
  • 6% – Governmental employees, including Department of Social Services;
  • 5% – First responders;
  • 4% – Public and utility workers;
  • 3% – Under age 65 with underlying health conditions;
  • 2% – Daycare workers;
  • 2% – Communications workers; and,
  • 1% – Critical manufacturing workers. 

The remaining 2% of doses were administered to those who had received an initial dose already but were quarantined at the time of the second administration, making these recipients fully 

“We are pleased to continue getting our most vulnerable citizens vaccinated as doses become available,” LeBaron said. “We pledge to continue making our requests for doses and to administer them to residents as quickly as possible in the tiers recommended. Those tiers are based on exposure to COVID-19, age and those underlying health conditions that make people more vulnerable,” he said.

LeBaron said there will be a regional vaccination drive-through in February targeting older adults. Adair is one of 16 counties included in northeast Missouri’s Region B by the Missouri Health Care Coalition (HCC).  The region also includes Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Sullivan counties.

“We have not yet been advised by the Department of Health and Senior Services about how to register for this event, but we will advise the public as soon as we receive the details,” said LeBaron. “For those in the community who know of elderly residents, particularly those with underlying health conditions, who do not have access to email or social media, we ask that you help them get registered for a vaccine event. We all need to look out for one another, especially our most vulnerable,” he said.

 

CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 STAND AT 2,143 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 1/28/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 27 and another 22 cases today, bringing the total number to 2,143. As of today, there are 98 active cases and 2,026 people who have left isolation. 

Cases confirmed on Jan. 27 include females ages 19, 20, 21, 46, 55 and 74. Males include two 20-year-olds and others, ages 21, 37, 64, 73 and 78. Four of these cases are in the higher education sector and six reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Cases confirmed today include females ages 15, 20, 21, 22, 35, 40, 42, 60 and 64. Males are ages 1, three age 20, 21, 22, two age 23, 26, 40, 42, 44 and 58. Among today’s cases, one is in the K-12 schools sector, six are in the higher education sector and 11 reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASES COUNT RISES TO 2,108

Kirksville, MO 1/26/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 13 new cases of COVID-19 today. Total case count is now 2,108 with 88 active cases and 2,001 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases involve females ages 14, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 30 and two age 38. Males are ages 18, 21, 22 and 32. One case is in the K-12 schools sector and eight are in the higher education sector. Eight of the cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY NEARS 2,100 CASES

Kirksville, MO 1/25/21 – After a quiet weekend with one case confirmed on Jan. 23 and four confirmed on Jan. 24, the Adair County Health Department confirmed 21 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total case count to 2,095. There are 84 active cases and 1,994 people who have left isolation.

Saturday’s case involved a 48-year-old male. Sunday’s cases were a 19-year-old female in the higher education sector and males ages 43, 64 and 76.

Today’s cases include females ages 7, 9, 18, two age 22, 24, 31, 38, 42, 46, 50, 60 and 79. Males are ages 7, 10, 21, 33, 55, 59, 79 and 81. Four cases are in the K-12 schools sector and three are in the higher education sector. Thirteen cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

A previously reported 83-year-old female was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Jan. 15. The 81-year-old male reported today was admitted to Northeast Regional on Jan. 23.

A 42-year-old female admitted to Northeast Regional on Jan. 5 was discharged on Jan. 22, and a 73-year-old male admitted on Jan. 8 has been discharged as well. None of these individuals required use of a ventilator.

 

ADAIR COUNTY STANDS AT 2,069 COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 1/22/21 – With confirmation of another 19 new cases today, Adair County’s total COVID-19 case count has risen to 2,069. There are 100 active cases and 1,954 people who have left isolation. 

A previously reported 82-year-old male was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Jan. 20. He is not requiring use of a ventilator at this time.

Today’s cases include two 18-year-old females, and females ages 20, 26, 52, two age 54, 55, 71 and 93. Males are ages 11, two age 20, 21, 30, 39, 50, 61 and 67. 

Four cases are in the higher education sector and one is in the K-12 schools sector. Nine cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

VULNERABLE AND ELDERLY RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUE SUBMITTING VACCINE REQUESTS VIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT WEBSITE

Kirksville, MO 1/22/21 – The Adair County Health Department has received hundreds of vaccine requests through its website and via telephone calls. Despite the demand for the vaccine far outweighing current doses, many people have also used the contact to thank the Health Department its work throughout the pandemic.

“The staff and the Board of Trustees continues to fight this pandemic with everything we have,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator. “We’ve heard a lot of complaints. It’s nice to hear a few words of thanks for our efforts. Every single one of us here has been working tirelessly since this all began and will continue to do so until the pandemic is under control in Adair County.”

Residents over the age of 65 and those age 18 and older who are at increased risk for severe illness, including those with cancer, kidney disease, COPD, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, heart conditions, immunocompromised conditions, severe obesity, sickle cell disease, diabetes, asthma and women who are pregnant should continue to use the Health Department website’s “Contact Us” feature to email vaccine requests for the Curbside Clinics which will be held at the Health Department. 

The email should include the resident’s full name, mailing address, phone number, date of birth, employer/retired, occupation and pre-existing medical conditions. The Health Department is prioritizing the most vulnerable and will call residents to schedule appointments for the Curbside Clinics. Residents who do not have access to the internet to submit requests via email can call Jamie at 660-665-8491. The Health Department will also use these requests to contact residents every time there are doses available.

“People have heard stories about doses not being used and going to waste,” said LeBaron. “That’s not happening here in Adair County. We know we have far more demand for the vaccine than we have doses so if we have doses available, we’ll be on the phone calling our most vulnerable residents to have them come to get a vaccine.”

People who received or are receiving antibody infusion therapy for COVID-19 must wait 90 days from therapy completion before receiving a vaccine. Those who had COVID-19 without receiving therapy do not have to wait 90 days, unless they have another health condition that warrants the delay. You should check with your doctor before getting the vaccine.

Members of the target group who have registered for the Jan. 27 drive-through are required to bring with them both their five-digit registration confirmation number and the completed COVID-19 Vaccination Form available on the Health Department website under the “Forms” link. If you are unable to print the form from the website, you can pick one up at the Health Department’s east entrance, up the ramp. 

The Health Department has a freezer unit which keeps the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the required temperature of -80 degrees, so it can accept doses immediately as they become available. 

“The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has advised us that the number of doses requested in the state far exceed the supply received from the federal government,” said LeBaron. “We anticipate that will be changing. Gov. Parson plans to being deploying the National Guard throughout the state to administer the vaccine in drive-throughs, and in February, we anticipate our local pharmacies may receive vaccine supplies. There will be more and more places receiving vaccine supplies. We encourage Adair County residents to take advantage of those opportunities as they arise.

“Our goal is to vaccinate every resident in Adair County who wants one, and perhaps convince some who are skeptical to get one,” LeBaron said. “We must begin with our most vulnerable populations to limit the severity of COVID-19 should they contract it. But we are hopeful that very soon, even our healthiest residents will be able to get the vaccine.”

 

FOURTEEN NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 1/21/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed another 14 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total case count is now 2,050 with 97 active cases and 1,938 people who have left isolation. 

Today’s cases include females ages 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 29, 40, 62 and 67. Males are ages 14, 27, 30, 40 and 65. One case is in the K-12 schools sector and two are in the higher education sector. Eight of today’s cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASE COUNT RISES TO 2,036

Kirksville, MO 1/20/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 20 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total case count to 2,036. There are 96 active cases and 1,925 people who have left isolation. 

Today’s cases include females ages 5, 19, 28, 37, two age 41, 62 and 72. Males are ages 19, 20, 22, two age 26, 32, two age 35, 54, 62, 71 and 82. 

Three cases are in the higher education sector and eight reside at addresses with at least one previously confirmed case.

 

CALL FOR CLINICAL VOLUNTEERS TO ADMINISTER COVID VACCINE

Kirksville, MO 1/20/21 – The Adair County Health Department is seeking volunteer health professionals to help its staff administer the COVID-19 vaccine to residents at planned “Curbside Clinics.” The effort is designed to provide increased opportunities for Adair County residents to be vaccinated as soon as additional doses are available.

The Health Department is seeking health professionals with credentials including RN, LPN, EMS, EMT and paramedics who will work a minimum of four hours at a time at the Health Department property at 1001 S. Jamison Street in Kirksville.

The Curbside Clinics are currently planned for Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekly. If there are enough volunteers, the Health Department will attempt to staff weekends and/or remain open until 7 p.m. two nights during the week. 

Health professionals interested in volunteering should email Jamie Keller, RN, at jamie.keller@lpha.mo.gov to submit a copy of their current license and be scheduled for the Curbside Clinics.

The Adair County Health Department thanks in advance those health professionals who continue their work on the front line of the pandemic by volunteering for vaccine distribution.

 

THE ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES UPCOMING

COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULE

Kirksville, MO 1/19/21 – The second round of COVID-19 vaccines are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 at the NEMO Fairgrounds. This will again be a drive-through clinic from 10 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. The limited number of doses will be administered to target groups, not to the general public.

Target groups for the Jan. 27 drive-through include remaining long-term care workers, hospital and healthcare workers, first responders (emergency responders, law enforcement, fire, corrections and juvenile corrections), social services workers, teachers and staff in K-12 schools, childcare workers, and workers in communications and information technology, energy/utilities, public works, critical manufacturing and government.

Again, there are only a limited number of doses available for Jan. 27. Members of these target groups must pre-register for the drive-through by calling 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone lines will be busy so please exercise patience. These two phone lines are to be used ONLY by those in the previously described target group, not the general public.

“We really need the public – particularly the general public age 65 and older – to be patient and not call either of the registration numbers,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “The reality is that we are receiving only limited doses of the vaccine and they must be administered in a particular order to particular target groups.”

“The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services did recently add people age 65 and older as a target group, but they do not supersede the initial target groups. As we receive more doses, we will vaccinate as many citizens age 65 and older as possible. That’s the best we can do because we can only work with the doses we receive. We need people to not panic, be patient, and wait their turn,” LeBaron said.

“Our goal is to vaccinate every resident of Adair County who wants a vaccine,” LeBaron said. “We will administer vaccines as soon as we receive them.”

The Health Department has ordered and is awaiting receipt of additional doses of the vaccine which they will begin administering at “Curbside Clinics” on the Health Department’s grounds at 1001 S. Jamison Street in Kirksville. Vaccine doses will be dispensed immediately as the Health Department receives them.

Initial Curbside Clinic vaccines will be administered to residents age 65 and older, and to residents age 18 and older who are at increased risk for severe illness, including those with cancer, kidney disease, COPD, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, heart conditions, immunocompromised conditions, severe obesity, sickle cell disease, diabetes, asthma and women who are pregnant.

To register for the Curbside Clinics, visit the Adair County Health Department’s website (https://adair.lphamo.org/) and click on the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page. In the message, include the following information:

  • Full name;
  • Mailing address;
  • Telephone number where you can be reached;
  • Date of birth;
  • Employer (or retired);
  • Occupation; and,
  • Pre-existing medical conditions.

Please note that people who are receiving antibody therapy must wait 90 days before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Because there will be a limited number of vaccine doses at any given time, the Health Department will prioritize vaccine requests based on vulnerability. You will be contacted by phone to schedule your Curbside Clinic appointment. No vaccines will be administered curbside without registration confirmation.

Residents who do not have access to the internet to submit requests via email can call Jamie at 660-665-8491.

“Again, we ask that residents age 65 and older and people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable for severe symptoms of COVID-19 not use the two telephone numbers reserved at this time for the target frontline and critical workers group,” LeBaron said. “Use the email contact only. If you do not have internet service, call the Health Department’s main number, 66-665-8491.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY SURPASSES 2,000 CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 1/19/21 – On the same day the United States surpassed 400,000 COVID-related deaths, Adair County passed the 2,000-cases mark. The confirmed case total now stands at 2,016. There are 83 active cases and 1,918 people who have left isolation.

This case update includes cases from Saturday, Jan. 16 through today. There were seven new cases confirmed on Jan. 16. Those included females ages 21, 34, 47 and 59, and males ages 7, 22 and 44. There is one case each in the K-12 and higher education sectors and one in a household with at least one previously confirmed case.

Cases confirmed on Jan. 17 are two males, ages 52 and 64. 

There were 12 cases confirmed on Jan. 18, including two 20-year-old females and females ages 36, 42, 58, 59 and 83. Males are ages 9, 22, 25, 30 and 31. One case is in the K-12 schools sector and one resides at an address with at least one previously confirmed case.

There were 15 new cases confirmed today, including females ages 13, two age 16, 42, 53 and two age 63. Males are ages 11, 16, 24, two age 37, 61, 72 and 73. Five of today’s cases are in the K-12 schools sector and one is in the skilled nursing facility sector. Nine are in households with at least one other confirmed case. 

An 84-year-old male reported on Jan. 14 was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Jan. 18. The 72-year-old male reported today was also admitted to Northeast Regional today. Neither has required use of a ventilator.

 

TEN MORE CASES CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY TODAY

Kirksville, MO 1/15/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 among residents today. The total count now stands at 1,980 with 120 active cases and 1,845 people who have left isolation.

New cases include two 21-year-old females and four others, ages 45, 53, 63 and 64. Males are ages 18, 23, 24 and 54. 

Two cases are in the higher education sector. Three reside at addresses with at least one previously confirmed case.

Three residents among the active cases, an 82-year-old male, 42-year-old female and 73-year-old male, remain hospitalized. None are currently requiring use of a ventilator. Two are hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center. One is at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES REACH 1,970

Kirksville, MO 1/14/21 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 13 and another 14 cases today, bringing the total count to 1,970. As of today, 122 cases are active, and 1,833 people have left isolation.

Cases confirmed on Jan. 13 include females ages 8, 15, 16, two age 24, 31, 48, 73 and 79. Males are ages 21, 22, 24, 47, 52, 55, 59, 75 and 77. Three cases are in the K-12 schools sector and four are in households with at least one other confirmed case.

Cases confirmed today include females ages 14, 20, 22, 43, 49, 51, 52 and 60. Males are ages 10, 19, 40, 60, 77 and 84. There are two cases each in the K-12 schools and higher education sectors and one in the skilled nursing facility sector. Five cases are in households with at least one other confirmed case.

 

SECOND DOSES ADMINISTERED TO SOME IN PHASE 1 TARGET GROUP AS ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE TOTAL REACHES 1,938

Kirksville, MO 1/12/21 – On Jan. 11, 600 people received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the Adair County Health Department’s drive through at the NEMO Fairgrounds. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the remaining 500 will receive their second dose. 

“I have to again thank our community partners who assist the Health Department staff with these drive-through events,” said Jim LeBaron, Health Department administrator. “The clinics are major undertakings, and we certainly could not do them without the time, talent and skills of area healthcare providers, first responders and law enforcement.”

“We will again focus on Phase 1 target groups at a Jan. 27 drive-through,” LeBaron said. “This vaccine administration is not open to the general public.”

The Health Department confirmed 24 new cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 11 and another 11 cases today. The total now stands at 1,938 with 103 active cases, 1,820 people who have left isolation and 15 COVID-related deaths.

Cases confirmed on Monday include females ages 13, 25, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, two age 42, 51, two age 62, 83 and 93. Males are ages 11, 12, 15, two age 21, 23, two age 24, 55 and 81. Three cases are in the skilled nursing facility sector, four are in the K-12 schools sector and 10 reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Cases confirmed today include females ages 22, 39, 40, 41, 45 and 41, and males ages 19, 21, 22, 23 and 46. Three of these cases are in the higher education sector and five reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY SURPASSES 1,900 COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 1/10/21 – Two newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and five more today brings Adair County’s total case count to 1,903. There are 93 active cases, 1,795 people who have left isolation and 15 COVID-related deaths.

Cases confirmed Jan. 9 are a 20-year-old male and 24-year-old female. Cases confirmed Jan. 10 are females ages 27, 35, 68 and 76, and a 77-year-old male. Three of these seven cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY RECORDS TWO MORE DEATHS AND 16 NEW CASES

Kirksville, MO 1/8/21 – New modeling by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on review of infection data since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic indicates that 59% of all transmissions are from people exhibiting no symptoms. The percentage includes 35% who transmit the virus before they experience any symptoms and 24% who never experience symptoms at all. 

The CDC modeling further supports recommendations to wear masks, maintain social distance and practice good hand hygiene and disinfection of commonly used items. The research results come during a week when daily deaths across the country exceed 4,000 and total COVID-related deaths in Adair County reached 15.

The modeling also supports the need for those who test positive to isolate and those who have had close contact with them to quarantine as advised during contact tracing efforts. 

The Adair County Health Department today confirmed 17 new cases of COVID-19. Total case count stands at 1,896. Currently 108 are active and 1,773 people have left isolation. A 15-year-old male reported on Jan. 3 was removed from the count after confirmation that he resides in Schuyler County.

New cases include females ages 15, 22, 25, 27, 32, 36, 64, 71, 72 and 84. Males are ages 3, 23, 25, 36, 47, 67 and 69. Seven cases reside at addresses with at least one other case. There is one case each in the K-12 schools and higher education sectors.

 

SECOND DOSE OF VACCINE TO INITIAL RECIPIENTS SCHEDULED

Kirksville, MO 1/7/21 – The Adair County Health Department will be administering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to the people who received the initial dose in December. The second dose is required to boost the efficacy of the vaccine.

Those who received the first dose on Dec. 21, 2020 must receive their second dose on Jan. 11, 2021. They must pre-register and schedule a Jan. 11 administration time by calling the Health Department at 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Those who received the first dose on Dec. 23, 2020 must receive their second dose on Jan. 13, 2021. They must pre-register and schedule a Jan. 13 administration time by calling the Health Department at 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Upon verification of their first dose and completion of registration, participants will be given a unique registration code. Without exception, those who come to the NEMO Fairgrounds for the second dose will be required to provide their individual registration code to verify their identity. They must also produce the clinic reminder card they were given during their initial dose in December. 

This drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinic is not for members of the general public.

The Adair County Health Department is planning to conduct a drive-through like the December vaccine administration at the NEMO Fairgrounds. If weather conditions prohibit the drive-through, the vaccine will be administered via a walk-in clinic in the Multipurpose Building. When participants call the Health Department to pre-register for the second dose, they should advise staff if they are unable to walk into the Multipurpose Building.

The Adair County Health Department thanks participants in advance for patience with the new registration system. 

Again, members of the general public are not Phase One participants for the vaccine. The Health Department requests patience by the general public until there are sufficient doses available for them to receive the vaccine.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COUNT REACHES 1,862 – REGISTRATION FOR SECOND DOSE NEARLY COMPLETE

Kirksville, MO 1/6/21 – Another 31 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department, bringing the overall count to 1,862. Two cases reported yesterday were removed upon confirmation that they reside outside of Adair County. Those cases include a 26-year-old female from Macon County and a 33-year-old female from Schuyler County. There are now 127 active cases, 1,722 people who have left isolation, and 13 COVID-related deaths.

At the time this release was issued, nearly 1,000 of the 1,100 people slated to receive the second dose of the COVID vaccine have been registered for next week’s drive-through clinic. Registration began on Monday, Dec. 4. The Health Department has also completed more than 3,700 contact tracing calls.

Today’s cases include females ages 2, 16, 20, 21, 23, 26, two age 35, two age 42, 43, 46, 52, 54, 58, 55 and 67. Males are ages 6, 8, 11, 25, 27, 33, 45, 54, 57, two age 59, 66, 71 and 93. There are four each in the K-12 schools and skilled nursing facility sectors. Sixteen reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS 19 NEW CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 1/5/21 – The Adair County Health Department today confirmed 19 new cases of COVID-19. There have now been 1,833 confirmed cases with 111 currently active and 1,709 people who have left isolation. Thirteen residents have died from COVID-related complications.

Today’s cases include two females age 19 and two age 21, 22, 23, 26, 33, 35, 38, two age 40 and 80. Males include two 15-year-olds, 47, 48, 51 and 84. Five are in households with at least one other confirmed case and two are in the K-12 schools sector.

A 75-year-old male admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Christmas Day was placed on a ventilator on Jan. 1. An 85-year-old female also admitted on Dec. 25 was discharged on Jan. 4, 2021.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASES REACH 1,814 AND 13 COVID-RELATED DEATHS

Kirksville, MO 1/4/21 – With 25 new COVID-19 cases confirmed by the Adair County Health Department over the three-day holiday weekend and another 24 cases confirmed today, the total case count has risen to 1,814. The County also recorded its 12th and 13th COVID-related deaths. 

There are currently 109 active cases and 1,692 people who have left isolation. The deaths involve an 85-year-old male who had been hospitalized at the VA Hospital in Columbia. A 71-year-old male died on Jan. 2, one day after testing positive for COVID-19.

There were nine cases confirmed on New Year’s Day, including females ages 10 months, 23, 25, 42, 54 and 61 and males ages 22, 64 and 73. Four cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. A 60-year-old male was discharged from Northeast Regional Medical Center on Jan. 1. He had been re-admitted to the hospital on Dec. 29 after a previous nine-day inpatient stay.

The six cases confirmed on Jan. 2 involve females ages 17, 21, 45 and 70, and males ages 9 months and 43. The 70-year-old female was admitted to Northeast Regional on Jan. 1 and discharged the next day. Two cases were in households with another confirmed case and one case was in the K-12 schools sector.

The 10 cases confirmed Jan. 3 include females ages 7, 8, 16, 19, 46, 62 and 83. Males are ages 15, 32 and 38. Four are in the K-12 schools sector and two are in households with at least one other confirmed case. Also on Jan. 3, a 65-year-old male who was admitted to Northeast Regional on Dec. 18, 2020 was discharged without requiring use of a ventilator.

Today’s confirmed cases include females ages 6, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 27, 31, 39, 43, 45, 46, 48, 50, 53, 65, 70 and 81. Males are ages 10, 14, 15, 20 and 22. Twelve cases are in households with at least one other confirmed case. Nine cases are in the K-12 schools sector.

 

CALL VOLUME HEAVY FOR SECOND VACCINE DOSE REGISTRATION

Kirksville, MO 1/4/21 – The Adair County Health Department is fielding calls throughout the week from people who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in December. Those persons are required to schedule an appointment to receive the second dose on Jan. 11 or 13, depending on the date they received the initial shot. 

“Today is the first day of registration and our call volumes have been extremely heavy,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “By noon today, we had completed scheduling for more than 150 individuals. The system is working but people need to be patient due to call volumes,” he said.

Two phone lines have been set up exclusively to field calls for registration. All persons who received the initial dose of the vaccine at the Adair County Health Department drive-through clinic on Dec. 21 and 23, 2020 must pre-register for the second dose. Those will be administered on Jan. 11 and 13, 2021.

“We have been bombarded with calls and messages from people who are unhappy about calling the registration numbers today and getting busy signals,” LeBaron said. “We’re asking that everyone be patient. Everyone who received the first dose will get a second dose. We simply need to register each of them for a time slot on the appropriate date and we will be doing that all week long.”

Those who received the first dose on Dec. 21, 2020 must receive their second dose on Jan. 11, 2021. Those who received the first dose on Dec. 23, 2020 must receive their second dose on Jan. 13, 2021. They must pre-register and schedule a time by calling the Health Department at 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

This drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinic is not for members of the general public.

“We know that everyone wants the vaccine right now, but that simply is not possible,” LeBaron said. “We will administer the vaccine to more and more people as we receive doses via the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Our goal is to vaccinate every person in Adair County who wants one as quickly as we can,” LeBaron said. “But we are at the mercy of limited distribution right now as is the rest of the country. Our hope is that more and more doses will become available more quickly in the next weeks and months. Until then, we ask everyone to be patient.”

 

SECOND DOSE OF VACCINE TO INITIAL RECIPIENTS SCHEDULED

Kirksville, MO 1/3/21 – The Adair County Health Department will be administering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to the people who received the initial dose in December. The second dose is required to boost the efficacy of the vaccine.

Those who received the first dose on Dec. 21, 2020 must receive their second dose on Jan. 11, 2021. They must pre-register and schedule a Jan. 11 administration time by calling the Health Department at 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Those who received the first dose on Dec. 23, 2020 must receive their second dose on Jan. 13, 2021. They must pre-register and schedule a Jan. 13 administration time by calling the Health Department at 660-730-6100 or 660-730-6200 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Upon verification of their first dose and completion of registration, participants will be given a unique registration code. Without exception, those who come to the NEMO Fairgrounds for the second dose will be required to provide their individual registration code to verify their identity. They must also produce the clinic reminder card they were given during their initial dose in December. 

This drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinic is not for members of the general public.

The Adair County Health Department is planning to conduct a drive-through like the December vaccine administration at the NEMO Fairgrounds. If weather conditions prohibit the drive-through, the vaccine will be administered via a walk-in clinic in the Multipurpose Building. When participants call the Health Department to pre-register for the second dose, they should advise staff if they are unable to walk into the Multipurpose Building.

The Adair County Health Department thanks participants in advance for patience with the new registration system. 

Again, members of the general public are not Phase One participants for the vaccine. The Health Department requests patience by the general public until there are sufficient doses available for them to receive the vaccine.

 

ADAIR COUNTY ENDS 2020 WITH 20 NEW CASES

Kirksville, MO 12/31/20 – The Adair County Health Department today confirmed 20 new cases of COVID-19, raising the case count to 1,764 as the 2020 calendar year comes to close. There are 104 active cases, 1,649 people who have left isolation and 11 COVID-related deaths.

Today’s cases include females ages 20, 36, 48, 50, two age 57, 63, 70 and 77. Males are ages 20, 23, 26, 28, 32, 34, 49, 54, two age 56 and 70. Eight of today’s cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Eight Adair County active cases and are currently hospitalized. Five are at Northeast Regional Medical Center, one at University Hospital, one at the VA Hospital in Columbia, and one at Barnes Jewish in St. Louis. One patient among the eight is on a ventilator.

The Health Department has confirmed a total of 55 residents to date who required hospitalization. The first confirmed hospital admission was on May 23, 2020. 

 

TWO MORE ADAIR COUNTY COVID-RELATED DEATHS AS CASE COUNT RISES

Kirksville, MO 12/30/20 – The Adair County Health Department today confirmed the positive test results and COVID-related deaths of two women, ages 78 and 80, on Dec. 29, 2020. Both were in the skilled nursing facility sector.

The other six cases confirmed today include females ages 16, 24, 29, 58 and 81 and an 87-year-old male. One case is in the K-12 schools sector and two are in the skilled nursing facility sector. 

A previously reported 60-year-old male who was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Dec. 15 and discharged on Dec. 23 was readmitted yesterday. He is not requiring use of a ventilator.

Adair County’s overall COVID-19 confirmed case count now stands at 1,744. There are currently 98 active cases, 1,635 people who have left isolation and 11 COVID-related deaths.

 

CDC RECOMMENDS CELEBRATING NEW YEAR’S EVE AT HOME AS ADAIR COUNTY RECORDS 9TH COVID-RELATED DEATH

Kirksville, MO 12/29/20 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the safest way to celebrate the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 is at home with the people you live with. 

As COVID-19 hospitalizations nationwide are a all-time highs, the CDC urges people to stay home to reduce transmission of the virus and celebrate differently:

  • Have virtual celebration with family and friends;
  • Plan a party with the people you live with;
  • Plan a neighborhood countdown to midnight; 
  • Watch a livestreamed fireworks display, First Night event, or concert at home.

“Everyone is happy to be putting 2020 behind us and ringing in a new year that we all hope will be better,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “We have a lot to look forward to now that COVID-19 vaccines are being administered. It’s a start, but we’re still seeing far too many cases of the virus and hospitalizations are rising because people refuse to observe the guidelines regarding mask-wearing, social distancing, handwashing, and limited exposure to anyone who lives outside of our household. Now is the time to buckle down, not let up,” LeBaron said. “If we do, we can mark the time needed for widespread vaccine distribution.”

The Health Department today confirmed Adair County’s 9th COVID-related death and 18 new cases. A 90-year-old male whose positive test was confirmed on Dec. 3 passed away on Dec. 28, 2020.

Adair County’s confirmed COVID count is now 1,736 with 110 active cases and 1,617 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases include females ages 14, 18, 20, 22, 47, 48, 51, 57 and 61. Males are ages 12, 28, 29, 34, 37, 43, 46, 48 and 57. Two are in the K-12 schools sector and six reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY TOPS 1,700 CASES AND RECORDS EIGHTH COVID-RELATED DEATH

Kirksville, MO 12/28/20 – A 61-year-old woman has become Adair County’s eighth known COVID-related death. The woman was admitted to the hospital on Nov. 22 and placed on a ventilator on Dec. 6. She passed away at Hannibal Regional Hospital on Dec. 26.

With nine new cases of COVID-19 confirmed yesterday and another 21 new cases today, Adair County’s count has reached 1,718. There are 112 active cases and 1,578 people who have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has made 3,315 contact tracing calls since recording the first case here in March.

Cases confirmed on Dec. 27 include females ages 17, 66 and 68, and males ages 21, two age 37, 65, 71 and 75. One case was in the K-12 schools sector and six reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Cases confirmed today include females ages 11, 20, two age 24, 30, 34, 36, 44, 48, 49, 51, 52, 57, 58, 77 and 78. Males are ages 9 months, 21, 33, 52 and 64. There is one case each in the K-12 schools and skilled nursing facility sectors. Seven cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. 

A 60-year-old male who was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Dec. 15 was discharged on Dec. 23 without requiring use of a ventilator.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT REACHES 1,688

Kirksville, MO 12/26/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Christmas Day and four more cases today, bringing the total case count to 1,688. There are currently 127 active cases and 1,554 people who have left isolation.

Cases from Dec. 25 include females ages 29, 50 and 75, and males ages 9, 15, 41, 52, 64, 74 and 75. The 75-year-old male was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center and is not requiring use of a ventilator.

Cases confirmed today are females ages 20, 40 and 85 and an 18-year-old male. The 85-year-old female was also admitted to Northeast Regional on Christmas Day and is not on a ventilator. 

Among the 14 cases from Dec. 25 and 26, four reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case and two are in the K-12 schools sector.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT REACHES 1,674

Kirksville, MO 12/24/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed eight new cases today. A 26-year-old female was omitted from yesterday’s case count, so the current number of confirmed cases since March is 1,674. There are 138 active cases and 1,529 people who have left isolation. 

Today’s cases are males ages 3, 5, 15, 22, two age 24, 33 and 41. Three cases are in the same household. One other case resides at an address with a previously confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS 22 NEW CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 12/23/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 22 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total cases to 1,665. There are 155 active cases and 1,503 people who have left isolation. The Health Department has completed more than 3,300 contact tracing calls.

Today’s cases include females ages 13, 20, 22, 35, two age 33, 37, 51, 52, 61, 63, 67 and 73. Males are ages 15, 23, 26, two age 28, 33, 41, 47 and 56.

There is one case each in the K-12 schools and the skilled nursing facility sectors. Seven cases reside at addresses with at least one other previously confirmed case.

 

MORE THAN 1,100 COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES ADMINISTERED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 12/23/20 – The Adair County Health Department administered more than 1,100 initial doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Phase 1 target groups in the county. Adair County was one of only 10 counties in the State of Missouri to be provided with the first doses of the vaccine. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services established the phases for administration of the vaccine.

The Adair County Health Department, with assistance from area healthcare partners and first responders, received 975 vials of the vaccine to administer on Monday and today. 

“Our goal was to thaw, mix and administer as many doses as possible to Adair County healthcare workers and citizens in the Phase 1 target group,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Each vial contains more vaccine than needed for a single dose, so we were able to administer some 1,100 doses with this first allotment.”

The Health Department exhausted its vaccine supply at approximately 1 p.m. today. Although 1,100 people received the first of two doses, many Phase 1 workers in line had to leave without the initial dose.

“For a very long time, there will be more people who need and want a COVID-19 vaccine than we have supplies to administer,” said LeBaron. “We are sorry that many people who are Phase 1 targets were unable to be vaccinated today. We did our best to stretch our allotted doses as far as we could under dosage guidelines.”

The Health Department anticipates administering the second Pfizer-BioNTech dose on Jan. 11 and 13, 2021 to those who received a vaccine Monday and today. LeBaron said they hope to receive more doses before the end of January so they can complete the initial injections for all of those in the Phase 1 target group.

“With the FDA approval of the Moderna vaccine and the U.S. government’s agreement to purchase another 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, we hope more doses start to become available for distribution,” LeBaron said. “We will continue our efforts to administer the vaccine as quickly as possible to as many people as possible.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY RECORDS FOUR MORE COVID-RELATED DEATHS AS IT REACHES 1,643 CASES

Kirksville, MO 12/22/20 – The Adair County Health Department reported four additional COVID-related deaths among previously reported cases. On Dec. 20, an 84-year-old male and 64-year-old female passed away. Two 96-year-old females passed away, one on Dec. 21 and one today. Three of the deceased were in the skilled nursing facility sector. 

One new case involving a 51-year-old male was reported on Sunday. Another 26 cases were confirmed yesterday, including a 48-year-old male admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Dec. 20. He does not require a ventilator. A previously reported 81-year-old male was discharged from Northeast Regional on Dec. 18.

Other cases confirmed on Monday include females ages 12, two age 22, 24, 25, 26, 40, 41, 42, 49, 54, 58 and 92. Males are 10 months, 13, 16, three age 20, 23, 31, 44, 47, 62 and 85. 

Thirty new cases were confirmed today which brings the overall total to 1,643. There are 154 active cases, 1,482 people who have left isolation and seven deaths.

Today’s cases include females ages 10, 17, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, two age 30, 39, 48, 57, 58, 65 and 68. Males are ages 9, 11, 15, 18, 23, 24, 30, 31, 35, two age 40, 49, 50 and two age 61. 

Of the 57 confirmed cases from Sunday through today, 27 reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case, nine are in the K-12 schools sector and one is in the skilled nursing facility sector. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 COUNT AT 1,586

Kirksville, MO 12/19/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 13 new cases today, which brings the total to 1,586. There are 168 active cases and 1,415 people who have left isolation. 

Today’s cases include females ages 15, 25, 28, 45, 51, 67 and 91. Males are ages 39, two age 63, 67, 68 and 75. Among the cases are four in the skilled nursing facility sector and one in the K-12 schools sector. Nine reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

A previously reported 65-year-old male was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Dec. 18. He currently does not require use of a ventilator.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SET TO BEGIN ADMINISTERING VACCINES AS CASES CONTINUE TO CLIMB

Kirksville, MO 12/18/20 – The Adair County Health Department will administer the 975 allotted doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to targeted priority groups on Dec. 21 and 23 at a drive-through clinic at the NEMO Fairgrounds. Adair County is one of the 10 counties in the State of Missouri who will receive doses from the state’s initial allotment.

The Health Department has been working to identify targeted workers and contacting them about the vaccine process. Those who will receive the first 975 doses should bring their completed and signed consent forms with them to the drive-through clinic. Anyone who believes they are in the priority target audience but have not received a form should contact the Health Department via the website. When the initial doses run out, healthcare, residential care and essential workers will be placed on a waiting list.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two doses. The second dose will be administered to these individuals on January 11 and 13. 

“We have secured the first dose for 975 people on the front line of the epidemic and anticipate receiving the second dose in early January,” said Jim LeBaron, Health Department administrator. “At this time, we don’t know when or how many doses we will get to begin administering doses to the next priority group of people. With yesterday’s approval of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, we can anticipate increasing availability of doses; we just don’t know exactly how many or when.”

Cases continue to climb in Adair County with 13 new cases confirmed today. The total number of confirmed cases since March 21 is now 1,573. There are 156 active cases and 1,414 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases include females ages 14, 15, 16, 18, 26, 29, 36, 49, 50 and two age 55. Males are ages 14 and 77. Three cases are in the K-12 schools sector and three reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case of COVID-19.

An 82-year-old female admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Dec. 12 and a 79-year-old female admitted on Dec. 14 were both discharged on Dec. 16.

Due to the vaccine drive-through clinic and the Christmas holidays, specific information about new COVID-19 cases may be delayed until December 28. The Health Department will continue its contact tracing efforts throughout the week and hopes to provide the number of new cases and running total daily.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY REPORTS 25 NEW CASES

Kirksville, MO 12/17/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 25 new cases today, which brings the total to 1,560. There are 179 active cases and 1,378 people who have left isolation. A 13-year-old male reported in yesterday’s count was removed because it was determined he resides in Sullivan County.

Today’s cases include females ages 2, 10, 16, 27, 28, 29, 30, 45, 50, 56, 63, 65 and 69. Males are ages 16, 18, 19, 21, 27, 28, 43, 47, 52, two age 65, 71 and 78. Ten cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. Three of today’s cases are in the K-12 schools sector. 

A 62-year-old male previously reported as an admission to University Hospital in Columbia was discharged to home on Dec. 11.

 

CASES AND TESTING CONTINUE UPWARD IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 12/16/20 – While cases continue to climb in Adair County, testing continues to rise as well. More than 20,396 tests have been conducted in Adair County and some of the surrounding counties. The positivity rate is currently 12%. The CDC recommends that positivity rates be maintained at less than 5%.

That positivity rate is reflected in the Dec. 7 results from the drive-through testing conducted by the Missouri National Guard. There were 273 people tested with 35 resulting positives for a rate of 12.8%. The positivity rate among the 244 Adair County residents tested was roughly 12%.

Twenty new cases were confirmed today in Adair County, bringing the total number to 1,535. There are 172 active cases, 1, 360 people who have left isolation and three deaths. The Adair County Health Department has topped 3,000 contact tracing calls.

A 62-year-old male and a 68-year-old male were discharged from Northeast Regional Medical Center yesterday. A 60-year-old male was admitted to there yesterday but has not required a ventilator.

Today’s cases include females ages 2, 13, 19, 25, 26, 34, 53, 61, 69 and 96. Males are ages 13, two age 14, 16, 25, 38, 40, 50, 54 and 59. Ten cases reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. Six cases are in the K-12 schools sector and one is in the skilled nursing facility sector.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CLIMBS TO 1,515 CASES

Kirksville, MO 12/15/20 – Another 24 new cases confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department brings the total number of cases to 1,515. There are currently 180 active cases, 1,332 people who have left isolation and three COVID-related deaths.

A previously identified 79-year-old female was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Dec. 14. She has not required use of a ventilator.

Today’s cases include females ages 8, 10, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 39, 40, 45, 48, 50, 56 and 90. Males are ages 24, 29, 41, 50, 71 and 84.

Eleven cases reside at addresses with at least one other case. There are two cases each in the higher education and K-12 schools sectors and one case in the skilled nursing facility sector.

 

ADAIR COUNTY NEARS 1,500 CASES AS THE COUNTRY RECORDS 300,000 DEATHS

Kirksville, MO 12/14/20 – Eleven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Adair County on Saturday, eight on Sunday and 30 today brings the county’s count to 1,491 as the United States records 300,000 virus-related deaths. Adair County has had three COVID-related deaths to date.

Saturday’s cases involve females ages 18, 71, 79 and 80 and males ages 25, 30, 44, 47, 54 and two age 61. Sunday’s cases involve females ages 15, two age 24, 49, 60 and 82 and males ages 54 and 55. Also on Sunday, a 21-year-old female who was hospitalized on Dec. 9 was discharged from Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC). The 82-year-old female confirmed on Sunday was admitted to NRMC on Dec. 12 and is not requiring use of a ventilator.

Today’s cases include females ages 8, 12, 14, 15, 16, 24, 26, 36, two age 43, 45, 50, 53, two age 65, 68, 77, 88, 89 and 98. Males are ages 10, 36, two age 44, 46, 60, 84, two age 85 and 89. Among today’s cases are five cases each in the K-12 schools and skilled nursing facility sectors and 17 cases residing at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY ADDS 21 MORE CASES TO REGIONAL COUNT 

Kirksville, MO 12/11/20 – As of yesterday, there had been 11,828 cases of COVID-19 confirmed among the 16 counties in the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Northeast Region. Adair County has recorded the third highest number of cases in the region behind Marion and Randolph counties. The following chart reflects case numbers as of Dec. 10.

1442 cases

Today’s 21 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Adair County brings the total cases to 1,442. There are 159 active cases, 1,280 people who have left isolation and 3 deaths.

A 60-year-old male was omitted from yesterday’s count which would have put the new case number total on Dec. 10 at 1,421 instead of 1,420. An 82-year-old male whose admission to Northeast Regional Medical Center was reported on Dec. 3 has been transferred to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis yesterday. A 64-year-old female whose case was confirmed today was admitted to Cameron Regional Hospital yesterday. Neither currently require use of a ventilator.

Today’s new cases include females ages 4 months, 13, four age 15, 29, 38, 42, 47, 50, 52, 59 and 64. Males are ages 12, 17, 26, 31, 43, 51 and 53. Thirteen of the cases reside at addresses shared with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS 29 NEW CASES HITTING 1,420

Kirksville, MO 12/10/20 – Adair County hit 1,420 cases of COVID-19 today upon confirmation of another 29 cases. In the first 10 days of December, the Adair County Health Department has confirmed 199 new cases of the virus. There are now 156 active cases, 1,261 people who have left isolation and three COVID-related deaths.

Hospitalizations and ventilator use have increased since last weekend. A previously reported 61-year-old female who was transferred from Samaritan Hospital in Macon, Mo., to Hannibal Regional Hospital on Nov. 22 was placed on a ventilator on Dec. 6. A 68-year-old male was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) on Dec. 8. On Dec. 9, a 21-year-old female was admitted to NRMC and a 62-year-old male was admitted to University of Missouri Hospital. None of the last three cases are currently using a ventilator. A 37-year-old male admitted to NRMC on Dec. 5 was discharged on Dec. 8.

Today’s cases involve females ages 8, 15, 16, 18, 20, two age 28, 52, 55, 57, 62, two age 80, 83, 89, 91 and 94. Males are ages 5, 15, 24, 29, 36 38, 47, 50, 58, 60, 66 and 81.

Four of today’s cases are in the K-12 schools sector and eight are in the skilled nursing facility sector. Excluding the skilled nursing sector, six of the cases are at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Two duplicate cases were removed today from the overall count. Yesterday’s total was reported as 1,393; however, it has been corrected to 1,391.

 

MISSOURI, KIRKSVILLE AND ADAIR COUNTY REMAIN IN RED ZONE AS ADAIR COUNTY RECORDS THIRD COVID-RELATED DEATH AND 42 NEW CASES

Kirksville, MO 12/9/20 – In this week’s White House Coronavirus Task Force report to the nation’s governors, Missouri, Kirksville and Adair County remained in the red zone for new cases per capita. Missouri logged 23,791 cases during the seven-day period of Nov. 28 – Dec. 4. Adair County contributed 112 cases to that count. The U.S. total for the same period was 1,264,488 cases.

Case numbers are beginning to spike again, following the Thanksgiving holiday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised Americans to not travel for Christmas but celebrate at home with only those who reside in their households. CDC guidance states that if people do travel, they should be tested one to two days before leaving and three to five days after. People who don’t get tested should quarantine for 10 days after travel.

“The CDC has issued testing and quarantine guidance about holiday travel,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “But the fact is, the overriding recommendation is that people don’t travel at all and don’t gather with anyone outside of their household unless they can maintain social distance at all times, mask and avoid being inside.”

“No one wants to hear this. But it’s the only way to slow the rapid transmission of COVID-19,” LeBaron said. “And now that we know vaccines are coming, this is a sacrifice everyone can make to help protect their families and friends so they’re all around to gather together next Christmas.”

The Health Department reported Adair County’s third COVID-related death today. A 72-year-old male who was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Nov. 26 and placed on a ventilator on Dec. 5 passed away today, as 42 new cases were confirmed. There are now 146 active cases and 1,244 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases females ages 7, 14, 19, 23, 34, 36, 44, 47, 51, 53, 55, 58, two age 59, two age 61, 62, 64, 66, 67, 68, 70 and 73. Males are ages 3, 12, 14, 24, 25, 34, two age 36, 41, 45, 55, 59, 60, 62, 67, 68, 71, 77 and 78.

Five of today’s cases are in the K-12 schools sector and one is in the higher education sector. Twenty-one of today’s cases are in households with at least one other confirmed case.

 

17 NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 12/8/20 – The Adair County Health Department today confirmed 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases to 1,351. There are currently 128 active cases, 1,221 people who have left isolation and two COVID-related deaths. One case of a 68-year-old male reported on Dec. 4 was a duplicate case and the redundancy removed from the overall count.

Today’s cases include females ages 5, 11, 12, 17, 21, 36, 39, 48 and 71. Males are ages 19, 21, 24, 30, two age 37, 80 and 81.

Five of today’s cases are at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. Two are in the K-12 sector. Two of the cases reported today are patients at Northeast Regional Medical Center. An 81-year-old male was admitted on Dec. 3 and a 37-year-old male was admitted on Dec. 5. A previously reported 82-year-old male who was discharged from Northeast Regional on Dec. 5 was readmitted on Dec. 6. None of the three men are on ventilators.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID CASE COUNT RISES TO 1,335

Kirksville, MO 12/7/20 – Twenty-nine newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents brings the total number of cases to 1,335. There are 133 active cases, 1,200 people who have left isolation and two COVID-related deaths.

Today’s cases include 10 in the skilled nursing facility sector and one in the K-12 schools sector. Seventeen of the 29 cases are located at four addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

A 72-year-old male who was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) on Nov. 26 was placed on a ventilator on Dec. 5. A previously confirmed 62-year-old male was admitted to NRMC on Dec. 5.

Today’s cases include females ages 17, 20, 29, 35, 47, 52, 56, 58, 67, 73, 75, 78, 83, 84, 89 and 96. Males are ages 10, 27, 32, 52, 53, 55, two age 59, 60, 61, 62, 76 and 93.

 

ADAIR COUNTY PASSES 1,300 CASES 

Kirksville, MO 12/5/20 – Eleven new cases of COVID-19 confirmed among Adair County residents today brings the total case count to 1,306. There are 117 active cases, 1,187 people who have left isolation and two deaths.

Today’s cases involve females ages 21, 23, 29, 61 and 63. Males are ages 21, two age 23, 54, 72 and 88. Four cases are in households with at least one other confirmed case. One case is travel related.

The 72-year-old male was hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center on Dec. 4 and has not yet required use of a ventilator.

 

ADAIR COUNTY AND KIRKSVILLE REMAIN IN RED ZONE

Kirksville, MO 12/4/20 – This week’s report to the nation’s governors by the White House Coronavirus Task Force still has Missouri, Kirksville and Adair County in the red zone for number of cases per population for the seven-day period from Nov. 21-27.

During that seven-day period, the Adair County Health Department confirmed 87 new cases of the virus. For the current seven-day period, Nov. 28 through today, the Health Department has confirmed 111 cases.

“As high as the confirmed case numbers are for Adair County, we know they’re actually much higher,” said Jim LeBaron, Health Department administrator. “There are hundreds of residents who have or have had COVID-19 but had no symptoms and were never tested. They were, however, infecting others with the virus because they didn’t know they had it. There are people who think they have the virus and call their doctor.

“Physicians often advise patients, based on their symptoms, that they likely have to COVID-19. But they don’t tell them to get tested, just to isolate at home for a period of time based on symptom onset or likely exposure,” he said. “Then, there are the people who live with confirmed cases who can be fairly confident that they have contracted the virus from someone in the household but choose to not get tested.

“How many cases could these situations account for? Probably hundreds since the virus first appeared in Adair County at the end of March,” LeBaron said.

“We know that testing of people without symptoms helps reduce transmission of the virus,” LeBaron said. “There is one last opportunity this year for residents to get a COVID-19 test for free here in Adair County on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.”

The Missouri National Guard, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, is conducting a drive-through testing event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday at the NEMO Fairgrounds.

Access to testing will be from the Illinois Street entrance. Register the drive-through at www.health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling 877-435-8411 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Health Department confirmed another 21 cases in Adair County today, bringing the total to 1,295. There are 118 active cases and 1,177 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases include females ages 11, 23, 28, 31, 34, 53, 58, 74 and 87. Males are ages 8, 19, 26, 31, 32, 34, 35, 41, 50, 66, 68 and 76.

Nine cases are in households with at least one previously confirmed case, including three today at the same address. One case is in the K-12 schools sector.

A 68-year-old female who was hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center on Nov. 16 was discharged on Dec. 12.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS 24 NEW CASES

Kirksville, MO 12/3/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 24 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases since March now stands at 1,274. There are 110 active cases and 1,164 people who have left isolation.

New cases include females ages 19, 51, 66, 68, 84, two age 87, 91, 94, 95, 96 and 104. Males are ages 6, 22, 28, 29, 53, 56, 58, 68, 69, 82, 84 and 90.

Twelve of today’s cases are in the skilled nursing facility sector and two are in the higher education sector. In addition to the cases in the skilled nursing facility sector, four cases are at addresses with at least one previously confirmed case, including two residing in the same household.

Among today’s cases are an 87-year-old female and an 82-year-old male who were admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center yesterday. The female patient was discharged today. Neither have been put on a ventilator.

COVID-19 testing of people without symptoms helps reduce transmission of the virus. There is still time for residents to sign up for the free drive-through testing scheduled for Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NEMO Fairgrounds. The testing will be conducted by the Missouri National Guard, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Testing is free to any Missouri resident and you do not have to be exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. The method is a self-administered simple PCR test in which people insert the swab into their own nose. Results should be available within three to five days.

Access to testing will be from the Illinois Street entrance. Everyone must be wearing masks unless they have a respiratory condition that makes breathing too difficult when wearing a mask. No child under the age of two should wear a mask.

Missourians should register for the drive-through at www.health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling 877-435-8411 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

 

TEN NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 12/2/20 – Adair County’s total COVID-19 case count rose to 1,250 today with confirmation of 10 new cases. There are 101 active cases and 1,149 people who have left isolation.

The new cases involve females ages 20, 29, 42, 54, 57, 77, 87 and 89, and males ages 44 and 64.  One case is in the higher education sector. Two are in households with at least one other confirmed case.

 

FREE COVID-19 TESTING OFFERED AS CASES RISE TO 1,240

Kirksville, MO 12/1/20 – As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,240 today, the Adair County Health Department reminds residents that the Missouri National Guard, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, will be conducting a free COVID-19 testing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 at the NEMO Fairgrounds 4-H FFA building.

“This will be the last opportunity this year for residents to be tested for free,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “The timing is good since we anticipate a spike in cases following the Thanksgiving holiday. You do not have to be exhibiting any symptoms to be tested so we might identify some asymptomatic carriers. Those who are infectious but don’t know it because they have no symptoms drive up case numbers,” he said.

Testing is free to any Missouri resident and you do not have to be exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. The method is a self-administered simple PCR test in which people insert the swab into their own nose. Results should be available within three to five days.

Access to testing will be from the Illinois Street entrance. Everyone must be wearing masks unless they have a respiratory condition that makes breathing too difficult when wearing a mask. No child under the age of two should wear a mask.

Missourians should register for the drive-through at www.health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling 877-435-8411 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Nineteen new cases confirmed today include females ages 18, 19, 25, 34, two age 36, 45, 49 and 74. Males are ages 9, 12, two age 20, 22, 30, 55, 63, 65 and 89.

There are two cases each in the K-12 schools and the higher education sectors. Five live in households with at least one other confirmed case. There are now 115 active cases and 1,125 people who have left isolation.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS 590 CASES IN NOVEMBER

Kirksville, MO 11/30/20 – Adair County closed the month of November with 590 cases of COVID-19, more than 48% of the rest of the year combined. Total cases now stand at 1,221 with an uptick predicted following the Thanksgiving holiday.

Not only did residents see a surge of cases in November, but also an increase in hospitalizations, use of a ventilator and two COVID-related deaths. The range of ages of those who tested positive during the month was 5 months to 95 years old.

The 23 cases confirmed today include two in the skilled nursing facility sector, three in the K-12 schools sector, and one employee of an area meat-processing plant. Of the 13 cases at addresses with at least one other confirmed case, two addresses account for seven of today’s cases.

Today’s cases include females ages 14, 24, 30, 35, 51, 59, 61, 65, 70, 80 and 86. Males are ages 11, 15, two age 21, 23, 27, 29, 39, 41, 49, 53 and 59.

 

ADAIR COUNTY NEARS 1,200 COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 11/29/20 – Eight new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department, bringing the total number of cases to 1,198. There are 97 active cases and 1,101 people who have left isolation.

New cases include females ages 27, 61, 67, 77, 86 and 90, and males ages 17 and 62. Among today’s cases are five in the skilled nursing facilities sector. Seven cases are at addresses with one or more confirmed cases.

 

EIGHT NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED TODAY

Kirksville, MO 11/28/20 – Eight new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department. The Health Department has now topped 2,600 contact tracing calls.

The cases include females ages 15, 35, 41, 48, and a 70-year-old female admitted to the Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) intensive care unit yesterday. She is not on a ventilator.

Males are 21, 67 and a 72-year-old male admitted to NRMC on Thursday. He is not on a ventilator.

There are 99 active cases and 1,091 people have left isolation. Today’s cases include three at addresses with a previously confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNT REACHES 1,182

Kirksville, MO 11/27/20 – Eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thanksgiving Day and six more confirmed today brings Adair County’s total case count to 1,182. There are 104 active cases and 1,078 people who have left isolation.

Cases confirmed on Thanksgiving are females ages 20, 45, 48 and 49, and males ages 14, 20, 26 and 31. Those confirmed today are females ages 21, 50 and 71, and males ages 5 months, 20 and 37.

Among these 14 cases, one is in the K-12 schools sector and one is in the higher education sector. Five reside at addresses with at least one other previously confirmed case.

 

MASK ORDERS TO BE ENFORCED AS CASES HIT 1,168 

Kirksville, MO 11/25/20 – As 16 newly confirmed cases raised Adair County’s case count to 1,168, the mask order issued by the Adair County Health Department and the City of Kirksville’s face-covering ordinance go into effect. The efforts are responsive to increasing case numbers throughout the county.

Enforcement of the Health Department’s order rests primarily with citizens reporting violations. Anyone witnessing a violation of the order should call the Adair County Health Department at 660-665-8491 to report it. This includes reporting a person who has tested positive for the virus who fails to remain in mandatory isolation until meeting the requirements set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Health Department will then forward witness statements to the Adair County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The City of Kirksville’s ordinance establishes fines to be assessed for violations.

Businesses can locate a sign regarding the ordinance, available for printing, on the Adair County Health Department website under the “Forms” link at the top right of the homepage. The document is named “Mask Notice.”

“There is a critical public health reason people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate, and those who have had close contact with a positive case are required to quarantine,” said Jim LeBaron, Health Department administrator. “Concerned citizens have been reporting violators but until now, we haven’t had any way to enforce isolation measures. Now, we do.”

“We don’t tell people to isolate or quarantine just to inconvenience them,” LeBaron said. “We do it to protect the safety of the people who live in Adair County. Public health safety is our sole motivation, and when people who shouldn’t be out leave their homes, they’re spreading the virus. The science proves that. Just stay home until you’re safe to be out in public again and you just might save a life,” he said.

The 16 new cases confirmed today involve four females age 21, 23, 26, 30, 36, 41, 57 and 64. Males are ages 19, 21, 23, 47 and 48. Four are in the higher education sector and one is in the K-12 schools sector. Three reside at addresses with at least one previously confirmed case.

A 55-year-old female admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Nov. 21 was discharged to home on Nov. 24 without requiring use of a ventilator.

 

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR FREE COVID-19 TESTING IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 11/25/20 – The Missouri National Guard, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, will be conducting another opportunity for free COVID-19 testing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 at the NEMO Fairgrounds 4-H FFA building.

Testing is free to any Missouri resident and you do not have to be exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. The method is a self-administered simple PCR test in which people insert the swab into their own nose. Results should be available within three to five days.

Access to testing will be from the Illinois Street entrance. Missourians should register for the drive-through at www.health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling 877-435-8411 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

 

11 NEW CASES CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 11/24/20 – Eleven new cases of COVID-19 confirmed today in Adair County brings the overall case count to 1,152. There are 121 active cases and 1,031 people who have left isolation. Two deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Today’s cases include females ages 21, 22, 34, 44 and 51. Males are ages 3, 6, 10, 15, 21 and 50. Three cases are in the K-12 schools sector and two are in the higher education sector. Five reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

A 61-year-old female whose case was reported on Nov. 16 was admitted to Samaritan Hospital in Macon, Mo., on Nov. 19, then transferred to Hannibal Regional Hospital on Nov. 22. She has not required use of a ventilator.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IMPLEMENTS COUNTY-WIDE MASK  ORDER IN LIGHT OF RISING CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 11/24/20 – The Board of the Adair County Health Department has voted unanimously to implement a county-wide mask mandate in an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19 among residents.

When the Board met Oct. 26, there had been 551 confirmed cases of the virus in the county. At the time of its Nov. 23 meeting, that number had risen to 1,141. The case total for that 28-day period was 591 which is nearly 52% of all cases since the first one reported in Adair County on March 21, 2020.

The Health Department has the statutory authority to “…Establish appropriate control measures which may include…the creation and enforcement of adequate orders to prevent the spread of the disease and other measures considered by the department and/or local health authority as appropriate disease control measures based upon the disease…and any other available information related to the…disease or infection: and (E) Establish and maintain quarantine, isolation or other measures as required.”

“The White House Coronavirus Task Force, Missouri’s governor and the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization have all stated that everyone needs to wear a mask at all times outside of their home to slow the rapid transmission of COVID-19,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “If everyone would comply, there would be no need for this measure. But since so many people in Adair County simply will not wear one to protect others and themselves, and since our case numbers are far too high, we needed to put a mandate into effect. Our healthcare providers, emergency workers and our schools will not be able to sustain the numbers we’re seeing now,” LeBaron said.

The county-wide mask mandate, which goes into effect at midnight, Nov. 25, requires all people while in Adair County to wear masks in any public accommodation or public indoor space unless they can “absolutely maintain a distance of six feet.” Masks are not required to be worn by someone while alone in an enclosed office space, or by a speaker to a group as long as the speaker can “absolutely guarantee that they will be able to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet apart from all others during presentation.”

The mandate further states: “Face coverings may be removed in restaurants and bars when individuals are actively eating or drinking, but must be worn at all times otherwise.”

Owners, managers, operators or employees of an area regulated by the mandate may refuse service to anyone who refuses to wear a mask. If that person is not wearing a mask due to a medical condition or hearing loss, they are not required to produce medical documentation certifying any condition.

The mandate also requires masks in all public outdoor spaces and while taking public transportation, taxis or ride-sharing services. Public outdoor spaces include bus stops, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, farmer’s markets and restaurant/bar patio seating areas, unless a distance of at least six feet can be maintained from all other people.

Face coverings are not required while participating in a sports activity; however, those on the bench and all coaches are required to wear them.

There are some exceptions to who is required to abide by the mandate, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing, children younger than five years old and children under the age of six while at daycare or school. No child under the age of two should ever wear a mask due to a risk of suffocation. Also excepted are people with medical or mental health conditions or a disability that prevents them from wearing a mask. This includes people with medical conditions for whom a mask would obstruct their breathing, and anyone unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.

Copies of the official mandate are available in the Adair County Clerk’s Office and will be published in upcoming editions of the Kirksville Crier and NEMO Trader. A copy will also be available on the Adair County Health Department website.

For businesses that want to post a notice of the mandate, one is available for printing on the Adair County Health Department website under the “Forms” link at the top right of the homepage. The document is named “Mask Notice.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY REACHES 1,141 COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 11/23/20 – Eight new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Sunday and 22 confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department brings the overall case count to 1,141. There are 142 active cases and 999 people have left isolation.

A 71-year-old male and a 55-year-old female, both confirmed yesterday, were admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, respectively.

Yesterday, a 57-year-old female who was previously reported as admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Nov. 13 was transferred to Boone Hospital. A 63-year-old female previously reported at University Hospital in Columbia is now requiring use of a ventilator.

Sunday’s cases include females ages 17, 23, 44, 50, 55 and 67, and males ages 44 and 71.

Cases confirmed today include females ages 11, 14, two age 21, 23, 26, 28, 39, two age 59 and one age 62. Males are ages 4, two age 23, 27, 41, 44, 49, 52, 65, 68 and 77.

Among the 30 cases yesterday and today, three are in the higher education sector and two are in the K-12 schools sector. Eight reside at addresses with at least one previously confirmed case.

 

SEVENTEEN NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY 

Kirksville, MO 11/21/20 – Seventeen new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Adair County today, bringing the total number of cases to 1,111. There are 148 active cases and 963 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases involve females ages 20, three age 21, three age 22, 32 and 37. Males are five months old, two age 19, and ages 37, 41, 46, 61 and 73.

Nine of today’s cases are in the higher education sector. Five reside at addresses with at least one previously confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY NEARS 1,100 CASES

Kirksville, MO 11/20/20 – With another 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Adair County today, total case count has risen to 1,094. There are 146 active cases and 948 people have left isolation.

Today’s cases involve three 19-year-old females and those ages 21, four age 22, 23, 24, 30, 34, 35, 40, 47, 62, 63, 72 and 91. Males are ages 18, two age 21, 22, two age 32, two age 41, 49, 51 59, 65 and 72.

Eight cases are in the higher education sector and one is employed at an area meat-processing plant. Twelve of the new cases reside at addresses with at least one previously confirmed case.

A 63-year-old female whose case was reported on Nov. 16 was admitted to University Hospital in Columbia today. A 61-year-old male reported on Nov. 12 is now at a Kansas City hospital with an unknown date of admission. Two residents continue to be treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center and one at a Des Moines hospital. None of the five patients have required use of a ventilator.

 

CDC RECOMMENDS NO THANKSGIVING TRAVEL 

Kirksville, MO 11/19/20 – In an effort to slow the increasingly rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today told reporters that people should celebrate Thanksgiving in their own households and avoid travel. The country confirmed more than 1 million new cases of the virus in the last seven days.

The CDC also today clarified the definition of “household” to mean the people you have been living with for the last 14 days. The clarification is especially aimed toward college students returning home for Thanksgiving, reminding them that if “home” isn’t where they have lived during the 14 days, it is not their household.

If people go anywhere for the holiday except where they have resided presently, they should take the precautions of wearing masks, staying six feet or further away from everyone they haven’t spent the previous 14 days with, wash their hands and disinfect surfaces frequently.

Adair County has now reached 1,062 cases. There are 174 active cases and 888 people who have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has exceeded 2,500 contact tracing calls.

There were 18 new cases confirmed today. Females include two age 20, 22, 31, 33, 65, 77 and 78. Males are ages 19, 20, 21, 26, 34, two age 41, 67, 74 and 95.

One case is in the higher education sector and 10 reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS 31 NEW CASES TODAY

Kirksville, MO 11/18/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed another 31 new cases of COVID-19 today, ramping up the total to 1,044 cases. Today’s numbers include four young children. There are 177 active cases and 867 people who have left isolation.

New cases include females ages 2, 18, 19, three age 20, 22, 27, 38, 40, 41, 55, two age 57, 67, 69, 72 and 79. Males are ages 7 months, 2, 5, 18, two age 19, 21, two age 23, 51, 57, 60 and 62. Six of the cases are in the higher education sector. Ten cases are at addresses with at least one previously confirmed case.

 

CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING SAFELY AS CASES CONTINUE TO RISE

Kirksville, MO 11/17/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 today. They involve females ages 18, 19, 30, 39, 64 and 88, and males ages 30, 37, 80 and 83. Two cases are in the higher education sector and one is an employee at an area meat-processing plant. One case is at an address with previously confirmed cases.

Adair County also suffered its second COVID-related death today. An 88-year-old female was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) yesterday where she later died.

There are currently 168 active cases and 845 people have left isolation. There are five residents hospitalized at NRMC, ranging in age from 42 to 70. A 53-year-old male admitted on Nov. 13 was released yesterday. One Adair County resident is still at a Des Moines hospital. None of the hospitalized patients have required use of a ventilator.

As cases continue to rise nationwide and statewide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) have issued recommendations regarding safety during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Both recommend that families celebrate only with members of their own households to mitigate risk of transmission. That’s especially important for older adults and people with underlying health conditions that make them most vulnerable to suffering a serious case of COVID-19.

Because community spread of COVID-19 is rising rapidly in Adair County, travel outside the county is discouraged. There also may be travel restrictions for the location you want to travel to. The CDC strongly recommends that everyone get a flu shot, whether you’re traveling or not, and that you consider celebrating virtually with family and friends who don’t live with you.

Also recommended is shopping Black Friday sales online and having items shipped to your home or using contactless pick-up options offered by many retailers.

DHSS and the CDC recommend that this year, families celebrate but do not congregate:

  • DO celebrate at home with the people you live with.
  • DO connect with loved ones via video chat or phone calls.
  • DO visit outdoors in an area where you can practice physical distancing.
  • DO cook traditional foods at home to enjoy the familiar tastes and smells of the holiday. Eat dinner together via videoconference.
  • DO prepare food or care packages and deliver them to loved ones.
  • DON’T attend a large Thanksgiving with people from several households.
  • DON’T put high-risk loved ones at risk. People who are older or have underlying health conditions are more likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19.

If you do plan to see friends and family for Thanksgiving, do everything you can to stop the spread in the weeks leading up to the holiday. By limiting your exposure to the virus, you can reduce the chance that you will get sick or unknowingly spread the virus at Thanksgiving.

  • Avoid gathering in groups and stay at least six feet away from people you do not live with.
  • Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Stay home as much as possible. Limit your outings to only necessary trips.
  • Use curbside pickup instead of shopping or eating indoors.
  • Wash your hands frequently, with soap, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home if you or anyone in your home is unwell.

 

ADAIR COUNTY SURPASSES 1,000 COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 11/15/20 – After confirmation of 10 new cases on Sunday and another 27 cases today, Adair County’s case total reached 1,003. The milestone comes on the heels of the United States marking more than 1 million new cases in just the last week.

On Sunday, the Adair County Health Department confirmed 10 new cases. Those included females ages 43, 51, 63 and 65, and males ages 22, 26, 36, 62, 65 and 67. Four cases were in household with at least one other confirmed case.

Today’s cases involve 20 females ages 9, 11, 18, 19, 24, 33, 38, two age 44, 48, 50, 53, 54, 57, two age 61, 62, 63, 68 and 81. The seven males are ages 39, 53, 58, 61, two age 66 and 67.

Two of today’s cases are in the K-12 schools sector and two are in the higher education sector. Eight of the cases reside at addresses with at least one other previously confirmed case.

At the recent free drive-through testing clinic hosted by the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Nov. 9, 352 people were tested. Fifty positive cases were identified, making the positive rate more than 14%. The recommended positivity rate should not exceed 5%.

There are additional free drive-through testing opportunities throughout the state of Missouri, including one Nov. 18 in Hannibal. For a full list of dates, times and locations, visit the DHSS website. Registration information is also on the site.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS ANOTHER 20 NEW CASES TODAY

Kirksville, MO 11/14/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 20 new cases of COVID-19 today, raising the total number of cases to 966.

Today’s cases include females ages 22, 37, 47, 49, 56, 61, 66, 68 and two age 69. Males are ages 18, two age 19, 27, 49 52, 55, 65, 68 and 78.

Three cases are in the higher education sector. Five reside at addresses with at least one other previously confirmed case. The health department has now completed more than 2,400 contact tracing calls.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASE COUNT REACHES 946

Kirksville, MO 11/13/20 – With 29 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed today, Adair County’s total case count stands at 946. There are 237 active cases and 709 people who have left isolation. There are currently five county residents hospitalized, including one in a Des Moines hospital and four admitted today to Northeast Regional Medical Center. None are requiring use of a ventilator.

Today’s cases include 16 females ages 17, two age 19, three age 21, two age 24, 26, 31, 48, 50, 51, 68, 70 and 71. Thirteen males are among today’s cases, ages 18, 21, 22, two age 24, 33, 35, 48, 52, 53, 59, 61 and 62.

Ten cases reside in households with at least one other case. Five cases are in the higher education sector and one is in the K-12 schools sector.

 

WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COMMUNITIES IN COVID-19 RED ZONE 

Kirksville, MO 11/12/20 – This week’s report to governors issued by the White House Coronavirus Task Force included recommendations communities need to take to move from the red zone back to at least the yellow zone. Kirksville and Adair County have been in the red zone in the last two seven-day reports issued by the Task Force.

The Task Force recommendations include:

  • Do not gather without a mask with individuals living outside of your household;
  • Always wear a mask in public places;
  • Stop gatherings beyond immediate household until cases and test positivity are in the yellow zone; and,
  • Get your flu shot.

Also this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated it guidance on wearing face coverings. Previously, studies have focused on the protection masks provide to other people by limiting the number of droplets that get into the air when a masked infectious person breathes. Studies now also indicate that masks filter in the other direction, meaning the mask-wearer’s protection from inhaling droplets in significantly reduced as well.  This synergistic effect led to the CDC’s more stringent recommendation that people wear masks when outside their homes and inside their homes if they could infect others in their households. Wearing a mask is recommended any time you cannot maintain at least six feet between you and other people for as little time as 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period.

The overwhelming plea for people to wear masks in public comes as today’s one-day total in the United States exceeded 150,000 cases. Another 38 new cases were confirmed in Adair County which brings the total to 917 cases.

Today’s cases include 22 females ages 10, two age 16, 19, 20, two age 22, two age 24, 29, 32, 38, 42, 47, 56, 58, 59, 62, 64, 67, 72 and 73. Sixteen males confirmed today are ages 6, two age 15, 19, 22, 24, 29, 31, 34, 48, 50, 55, 59, 66, 67 and 81.

Of the 38 cases, seven are in the K-12 sector, seven in the higher education sector and one is related to an area meat-processing plant. Thirteen cases are at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

There are currently three Adair County residents at Northeast Regional Medical Center with none requiring ventilators.

COVID CASES CONTINUE RAPID CLIMB IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 11/11/20 – With 36 more cases of COVID-19 confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department, the total case count rose sharply to 879. There are 229 active cases and 650 people out of isolation. There have been 248 confirmed cases so far in November.

Today’s cases involve 16 females ages 17, two age 18, 25, 26, 36, 40, 43, two age 47, 58, 59, 61, 63, 64 and 72. Twenty males confirmed are ages 7, 13, 28, 20, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30, 44, 47, 48, two age 51, 56, 61, two age 68, 70 and 74.

Nine of today’s cases are in households with at least one other confirmed case. Two cases are in the higher education sector and three are in the K-12 schools sector.

 

COVID-19 CONTINUES RAMPANT SPREAD

CDC UPDATES MASK-WEARING GUIDELINES

Kirksville, MO 11/11/20 – The White House Coronavirus Task Force weekly report issued to governors shows that Missouri continues to be in the red zone for case growth over the seven-day period of Oct. 31 through Nov. 6 and for positivity rate. Missouri fell to the 16th highest rate nationally in case rate despite increasing case growth by 34%. Missouri record 21,146 cases or 345 per 100,000 population. It is ranked 8th in the nation for testing positivity rate of 16.9%, a 3.7% increase over the last reported period.

Kirksville and Adair County are listed in the Task Force report’s red zone as well. The seven-day total for Oct. 31 through Nov. 6 was 128 cases in Adair County. From Nov. 1 through Nov. 10, Adair County confirmed 212 cases of COVID-19. Those numbers put the county on pace for 630 cases by the end of the month.

Adair is one of 16 counties included in northeast Missouri’s Region B by the Missouri Health Care Coalition (HCC).  The region also includes Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Sullivan counties. Totals through Nov. 9 show 6,522 cases in the region, 1,522 active cases and 73 deaths. The following chart from the HCC shows the breakdown of cases and deaths:

Statistics

Key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 is wearing masks. On Nov. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated it guidance on wearing face coverings. Previously, studies have focused on the protection masks provide to other people by limiting the number of droplets that get into the air when a masked infectious person breathes. Studies now also indicate that masks filter in the other direction, meaning the mask-wearer’s protection from inhaling droplets in significantly reduced as well.  This synergistic effect led to the CDC’s more stringent recommendation that people wear masks when outside their homes and inside their homes if they could infect others in their households. Wearing a mask is recommended any time you can not maintain at least six feet between you and other people for as little time as 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period.

“The CDC’s updated guidance, based on scientific research, means that wearing a mask is an even greater benefit to people,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “We’ve always asked you to wear a mask to protect other people if you’re potentially infectious. Now, you should wear one to protect yourself from others as well,” he said. “That makes mask-wearing a win-win, so why wouldn’t people do it?”

“For all of you who have been dedicated to wearing masks, this confirms the wisdom of taking that precaution. If more people will take up the practice, we can reduce the rampant spread we’re experiencing right now in Adair County,” LeBaron said.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS 36 NEW CASES TODAY

Kirksville, MO 11/10/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 36 new cases of COVID-19 today which brings the total to 843 cases. There are 193 active cases and 650 people out of isolation.

New cases include 16 females ages 2, 6, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, 35, 37, 38, 44, 50, 58, 61 and 86. Cases involve 20 males ages 7, 10, 12, 14, two age 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 32, 37, 47, 55, two age 56, 57, two age 64 and one age 68.

Among today’s cases, one is an area meat-processing plant employee, five are in the higher education sector and nine are the K-12 schools sector. Twelve cases are in households with at least one other positive case.

A previously identified 92-year-old male was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) yesterday and has not required use of a ventilator.

 

ADAIR COUNTY BREAKS 800-CASE MARK

Kirksville, MO 11/9/20 – With a one-day total of 39 new cases, Adair County raised its total case count to 807. There are now 167 active cases and 640 people who have left isolation.

New cases include females ages 8, two age 16, 21, 22, 24, 28, 35, 38, 29, two age 44, 46, 49, 51, 55, 56, 57, three age 49, 70 and 78. Males are ages 13, 18, 22, 23, 26, 29, 48, two age 51, 53, 55, 49, 61, 68, 90 and 92.

The new cases include four in the K-12 schools sector and two in the higher education sector. Eighteen of the cases are at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Yesterday’s report included a duplicate of a 21-year-old female. The total case count as of Nov. 8 should have been 768 rather than 769.

 

FIVE NEW CASES OF COVID-19 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 11/8/20 – Five new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Sunday among Adair County residents. The total case count is now 769 with 169 active cases. One case reported yesterday of a 45-year-old male has been determined to be a Schuyler County resident.

New cases involved females ages 21, 50 and 60, and males ages 40 and 74. One case is in the K-12 schools sector and one is in the higher education sector. Two are in households with a previously confirmed case.

There is still time to register for the free drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic coordinated by the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The testing is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9 at the NEMO Fairgrounds.

Any Missouri resident may participate in the free testing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Register for the drive-through clinic at www.health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling 877-435-8411.

 

ADAIR COUNTY AT 765 CASES OF COVID-19 

Kirksville, MO 11/7/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 16 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total number of cases to 765. There are 166 active cases and 599 people who have left isolation, Health department staff have completed 2,032 contact tracing calls.

New cases include females ages 14, 17, 18, 38, 41, 52, 59 and 62, and males ages 28, 43, 45, 52, 55, 58, 63 and 81.

Two of the cases are in the K-12 schools sector and one is in the higher education sector. Six cases are in households with a previously confirmed case.

There is still time to register for the free drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic coordinated by the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The testing is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9 at the NEMO Fairgrounds.

Any Missouri resident may participate in the free testing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Register for the drive-through clinic at www.health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling 877-435-8411.

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO SLOW THE SPIRALING SPREAD OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 11/6/20 – Amid rapidly rising counts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 locally, the Adair County Health Department is urging residents to take precautions to slow the spread of the virus.

“In the first five days of November, 90 residents tested positive for COVID-19,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the health department. “That’s an average of 18 a day. At that rate, we could see 540 cases by the end of the month – more than double the number we saw in October.”

“This isn’t a problem just with employees working at area plants or students at our colleges and universities. The age range of those affected in Adair County is from a 1-year-old child to an 89-year-old and unfortunately, a local family has had to endure the COVID-related death of a loved one. We have to take precautions to slow this down,” LeBaron said.

Lori Guffey, communicable disease nurse with the Adair County Health Department, said that for every confirmed positive now, they are identifying an average of 10 to 20 other people who have had close contact with that case. Guffey said that number used to be four or five. The rise is indicative of the more pervasive community spread of COVID-19 in Adair County now versus earlier in the pandemic.

What that means is that if Adair County confirms 540 cases in a 30-day period, there could be between 5,000 and nearly 11,000 other people who have been exposed to the virus. That’s up to 43% of the population of the county.

“We’re also seeing that once one person in a household gets the virus, eventually, nearly everyone in the household gets it, whether they get tested for it or not,” Guffey said. “That’s why is so important that people in a household isolate and quarantine and stay in their homes until everyone is clear. That could be two weeks, it could be a month or more,” Guffey said. “But that’s the only way to keep from spreading the virus to others in our community.”

“The temperatures are dropping, and people are staying inside now more than out,” LeBaron said. “That dramatically increases the risk of transmission of the virus, so it’s more vital than ever that people take precautions, especially wearing a mask and maintaining space between you and other people of at least six feet,” he said.

“No one likes to wear a mask. I get it. But everyone just has to do it or our numbers will keep growing,” LeBaron said. “Research has indicated that wearing a mask is the best defense against both spreading the virus and getting it. And most important is that wearing that mask will help protect people who are most susceptible to the virus. Every single one of us has to protect the people around us,” he said.

In addition to wearing masks and maintaining social distance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adviseS everyone to:

  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if you don’t have access to soap and water.
  • Routinely disinfect commonly used surfaces such as cell phones, door handles, steering wheels, countertops and faucets.
  • Avoid touching your eyes and face.
  • Avoid crowds, indoors and out.
  • If you don’t feel well for any reason, don’t leave your home or expose others.

“As we near the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, people need to seriously rethink the usual large family gatherings and opt instead for limiting them to those in your household or social bubble,” LeBaron said. “Avoid travel. Avoid crowds. If we can get through the holidays, we will be getting closer to having an effective vaccine available,” he said. “Just be patient and follow the recommended precautions until we have other ways to stem the spread of this virus.”

 

28 NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED – COMMUNITY INVITED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE TESTING

Kirksville, MO 11/5/20 – On Monday, November 9, the Missouri National Guard and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services are offering a free drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic at the NEMO Fairgrounds.

Typically, you cannot be tested for COVID-19 unless you’re having symptoms of the virus. Monday’s drive-through is not only free, but you do not have to be symptomatic to get tested. While this is a great opportunity to any Missouri resident, there are some people who should make sure they take advantage of it.

Testing might identify people who are infected but don’t have symptoms, either because they are asymptomatic or because they haven’t yet developed symptoms. Being tested on Monday and self-quarantining until you get your results might keep people unknowingly infected from spreading the virus.

Also, random testing is recommended for people who have an increased risk for severe illness and for those in contact with people who are at an increased risk.

In light of the dramatic spike in cases in Adair County, which indicates the widespread transmission of COVID-19, Monday’s testing event provides an opportunity to identify some positive cases before those people spread the disease.

Any Missouri resident may participate in the free testing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Register for the drive-through clinic at www.health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling 877-435-8411.

Another 28 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today in Adair County. That brings the total number of cases to 749. There are 157 active cases and 592 people have left isolation.

New cases include females ages 20, 21, 23, 24, 30, 31, 36, 53, 60, 61, 62 and 67. Male cases include two 7-year-olds, two 24-year-olds, ages 26, 33, 34, 38, 40, 43, 45, two 48-year-olds, two 56-year-olds and a 67-year-old.

Three cases are in the higher education sector and two are in the K-12 schools sector. Seven of today’s cases live in households with another positive case. A previously confirmed 61-year-old female was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Nov. 3. She has not required a ventilator.

 

ADAIR COUNT HITS 40 NEW CASES TODAY 

Kirksville, MO 11/5/20 – On Wednesday, the United States, the State of Missouri and Adair County all hit a one-day high number of new COVID-19 cases. On the day the country hit 104,004 new cases, Missouri contributed 3,553 and Adair County contributed 21 to that count. Adair County also recorded its first death related to the virus.

Today, Adair County hits another grim milestone with a one-day high 40 cases confirmed, raising the total to 721 cases. There are now 142 active cases with potentially 1,400 to more than 2,800 other people advised to quarantine due to close contact with the active cases.

Today’s cases include females ages 15, 16, two age 17, two age 18, two age 19, 21, three age 22, 28, 29, two age 41, 42, 43, 48, 49, 51, 60, 62 and 74.

Males are ages 18, two age 19, 20, 22, 25, 33, 36, 42, 43, 50, 52, 53, 57, 60 and 78.

Eight cases are in the K-12 schools sector, eight are in the higher education sector, and two are employees of area meat-processing plants. The other 22 cases are unspecified community spread. Sixteen cases are at addresses with another confirmed case.

There appears to be no slowdown and spread of the virus is expected to get worse as people return indoors and gather for holidays without taking recommended precautions. Those precautions include wearing masks, washing hands, disinfecting frequently used surfaces, and maintaining social distance of six feet or more from any not in your household. That includes family members who do not live with you.

 

ADAIR COUNTY RECORDS FIRST COVID-19 DEATH AND CONFIRMS ONE-DAY HIGH OF 21 NEW CASES

Kirksville, MO 11/4/20 – An 84-year-old male is the first COVID-related death in Adair County. The gentleman was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center Oct. 28 and died on Nov. 3. Although he reportedly was never intubated for a ventilator, he did receive oxygen via a BiPAP machine to increase oxygen saturation.

A new one-day high of 21 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department. These cases come on the heels of yesterday’s report to governors from the White House Coronavirus Task Force which listed Kirksville and Adair County in the red zone for case rate over the previous seven-day period. Missouri ranks 10th in the nation for case rate, putting it firmly in the red zone.

Adair County’s current active case count is 114, meaning those individuals are in isolation. There are between 10 and 20 other people for every active case who have been advised to quarantine for at least 14 days. That means there could be between 1,100 and 2,200 other people who have been potentially exposed in the community.

Today’s new cases include females ages 13, 16, 17, 22, 27, 29, 36, 37, 42, 57, 59, 61 and 78. Males are ages 16, 19, 22, 33, 35, 54, 70 and 73.

Five cases are in the K-12 schools sector and two are in the higher education sector. Seven cases are in households with one other confirmed case.

 

FREE COVID-19 TESTING IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 11/4/20 – While cases continue to rise in Adair County, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri National Guard are returning to the NEMO Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 for another drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic.

Testing is free to any Missouri resident and you do not have to be exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. The method is a self-administered simple PCR test in which people insert the swab into their own nose. Results should be available within three to five days.

“One way to reduce the rising positivity rate in Adair County and to get a better handle on the spread of COVID-19 here is by getting more people tested,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Monday’s free testing is a great opportunity, and the self-administered swab test isn’t as invasive as the traditional swab,” he said.

“Adair County has led a responsive and highly coordinated testing effort throughout the region for months,” LeBaron said. “That’s largely due to efforts led by the Adair County Ambulance District, Complete Family Medicine, Northeast Regional Health Council, Northeast Regional Medical Center and other healthcare providers and health departments in northeast Missouri.”

“As testing has ramped up across the country due to rapidly rising case counts, testing supplies are not as readily available right now. That’s why this free drive-through testing clinic on Monday is such a great opportunity for residents,” he said. “I hope people take advantage of it.”

Missourians should register for Monday’s drive-through clinic at www.health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling 877-435-8411.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS ANOTHER 13 CASES

Kirksville, MO 11/3/20 – Another 13 cases of COVID-19 confirmed among Adair County residents today raises the total number to 660. There are 109 active cases and 551 people who have left isolation. There are three county residents known to be hospitalized at this time, including an 89-year-old male admitted to the VA Hospital in Columbia on Oct. 16, an 84-year-old male admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Oct. 28, and a 76-year-old female admitted to a Des Moines hospital on Oct. 29. None are reportedly requiring use of a ventilator.

Today’s 13 cases include a 14-year-old female, two 20-year-old females, and other females ages 23, 35, 40, 57 and 61. Males confirmed are ages 38, 48, 50, 56 and 73.

Two cases are in the K-12 schools sector and two are in the higher education sector. Three cases reside at addresses with at least one other previously confirmed case of COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the United States has topped more than nine million cases and is currently adding between 80,000 and 90,000 new cases per day. More than 230,000 people have died.

Missouri currently has the 10th highest seven-day case rate in the nation with more than 17,000 in the past seven days. More than 3,000 Missourians have died from the virus.

 

OCTOBER CASES REACHED 262 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 11/2/20 – Ten new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Saturday, Oct. 31, ending the month of October with 262 for that month alone. October accounted for 42% of Adair County’s COVID-19 cases since the end of March. The spike in cases is not anticipated to slow as the county moves inside for the cooler months and gather for year-end holidays without taking precautions.

Six new cases were confirmed yesterday and 10 more today, bringing the total case count to 647. There are 99 active cases and 548 people who have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has conducted 1,878 contact tracing calls. 

Cases confirmed Oct. 31 include females ages 25, 29, two age 46, 54 and 64. Males include two age 26 and ages 30 and 42. Three work for area meat-processing plants and one is in the K-12 schools sector. Four live in households with another confirmed case.

Cases confirmed Nov. 1 include two 22-year-old females and males ages 18, two age 23 and one age 33. One is in the higher education sector and one lives at an address with another confirmed case.

Cases confirmed today include females ages 7, 24, 38, 42 and 60. Males are ages 14, 36, 61 and two age 69. Two are in the K-12 schools sector and two reside at the same address.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASE COUNT HITS 621

Kirksville, MO 10/30/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed 17 new cases of COVID-19 today, rapidly raising the overall count to 621. 

Today’s cases include two 19-year-old females, and others ages 21, 23, 24, 37 and a 76-year-old admitted to a Des Moines hospital. She is not on a ventilator. Cases also include a 12-year-old male, a 20-year-old, two 21-year-olds and two 25-year-olds, along with males ages 24, 55, 57 and 63. 

Seven of today’s cases are in the higher education sector, one is in the K-12 schools sector, and one is employed at an area meat-processing plant. Seven cases reside at a household with at least one other confirmed case.

There are currently four Adair County residents hospitalized. One is at the VA Hospital in Columbia, one is in a Des Moines hospital, and two are at Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC). As cases continue to rise quickly throughout the State of Missouri, some hospitals are struggling with keeping pace. That’s bad news as the normal season of respiratory illnesses, including the flu, is beginning. 

NRMC reports that it remains prepared to take care of all patients requiring medical attention and encourages patients experiencing medical emergencies to seek care promptly. The hospital warns that emergencies don’t stop due to COVID-19, and people experiencing crises including heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest should always call 911 for help. Emergency personnel and hospital staff know what to do to treat and protect you.

Safety of patients and staff is always NRMC’s highest priority. It has taken action to enhance infection prevention, restrict access to the facility and supports social distancing to maintain a safe environment for patients who need medical care. Care for individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is delivered in a restricted area, separate from other patients. NRMC advises that the number of patients in the hospital and the availability of patient beds are fluid as patients are admitted and discharged. 

“Fortunately, our local hospital has not been overrun by COVID cases yet,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “That could change as we head into the usual seasonal flu period and if we don’t all work toward reducing the spread of the virus here. We encourage people to get a flu vaccine and to practice precautions including mask wearing, social distancing and hand hygiene,” he said.

“We are also fortunate that we have a hospital in Adair County with the number of beds NRMC has, a Level III Trauma Center and a Certified Chest Pain Center,” LeBaron said. “We also have incredible emergency responders in the Adair County Ambulance District and the Kirksville Fire Department. Our healthcare providers are all ready to pivot as they need to during this pandemic. Let’s do what we can to protect them,” he said.

 

604 CASES AND TESTING IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 10/29/20 – Ten new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today in Adair County. The cases involve females ages 23, 24, 58 and 60, and males ages 17, 22, 23, 27, 34 and 59. Four are in the higher education sector, one is in the K-12 schools sector and five cases are at addresses with at least one other confirmed case. There are 81 active cases and 523 people out of isolation. A previously identified 84-year-old male was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Oct. 28 and does not require a ventilator.

As of Oct. 27, the COVID-19 testing positivity rate is at 7%, up from 6%. More than 13,500 tests have been completed in Adair County. As of today, 604 positive cases have been confirmed among Adair County residents.

The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a positivity rate of less than 5% as the threshold indicating the virus is fairly controlled in a community. The CDC recommends that states and communities implement precautions to slow transmission if the positivity rate exceeds 5%.

Missouri currently has a positivity rate of 11.6% according to the CDC formula. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) also uses its own formula which puts the state’s positivity rate at 23.5%. For an explanation regarding the two calculations, visit https://showmestrong.mo.gov/data/statewide-public-health/.

There are two ways to lower the positivity rate and they, in fact, go hand in hand. One is to lower transmission of the virus, done by taking precautions to slow the spread. The second is to test more people to see if that rate falls. In Adair County, there will be another opportunity for people with or without COVID-19 symptoms to be tested on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 at the NEMO Fairgrounds. DHSS and the Missouri National Guard are offering the free drive-through testing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can register at www.health.mo.gov/communitytest.

“The best way to lower the positivity rate in Adair County is for every single person to practice the recommended precautions,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Wear masks, stay six feet away from anyone outside of your household, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face and disinfect frequently used surfaces, especially things like doorknobs, steering wheels and cell phones,” he said.

One of the major precautions recommended by the CDC is avoiding close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The CDC recently revised its definition of “close contact.” Previously, it was defined as being within six feet of someone positive for the virus for 15 minutes. The updated definition is being within six feet of someone positive for 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period.

“Everybody needs to think critically about how they’re spending their time,” LeBaron said. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all times we traditionally spend time with friends and extended family, but this might not be the year to do it.”

“We’re on track to hit 255 cases just in the month of October. That’s nearly 1% of the population in Adair County,” LeBaron said. “I understand that everybody is weary of this virus, but it’s still here, spreading faster and faster to more and more people. A vaccine is likely still three or four months away, but we can slow the spread if every single person would do their part and take the recommended precautions. If you won’t do it for yourself, please do it for others in our community.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY ONE-DAY CASE COUNT HITS HIGH OF 19

Kirksville, MO 10/28/20 – With a one-day record of 19 cases of COVID-19 confirmed today, Adair County’s total case count rose sharply to 594. There are now 81 active cases and 531 people who have left isolation. There have been 78 confirmed cases within only the last seven days.

Today’s cases include females ages 18, 20, 21, 34, 38, 44, 45, 50, 57 and 66. Males are ages 20, 23, 25, 30, 36, 39, 45, 47 and 49. Six of today’s cases are in the higher education sector, two are in the K-12 schools sector, and one is an area meat-processing plant employee. Five cases are located at addresses with previously confirmed cases.

Two Adair County residents are at Northeast Regional Medical Center. Neither requires a ventilator. A 59-year-old female was admitted Oct. 26 and a 50-year-old female was admitted Oct. 27.

Among the 17 cases reported Oct. 27 was a male whose age was unknown at the time of release. His age has been confirmed as 61.

Ages of the 81 active cases range from 1 to 89.

 

CASES RISE TO 575

MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD TO RETURN FOR TESTING

Kirksville, MO 10/27/20 – There were 17 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed today in Adair County. That brings the total case count to 575. There are 76 active cases and 499 people out of isolation.

There are four females among today’s cases, ages 14, 19, 50 and 56. The remaining 13 cases are males ages 14, 19, two age 22, 29, 34, 35, 39, 42, 43, 57, and 59. The age of one male has not yet been identified.

Four of today’s cases are in the higher education sector and two are in the K-12 schools sector. Ten of the cases reside at addresses where at least one other case has been confirmed.

While cases continue to rise in Adair County, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri National Guard are returning to the NEMO Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 for another drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic.

Testing is free to any Missouri resident and you do not have to be exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. The method is a self-administered simple PCR test in which people insert the swab into their own nose. Results should be available within three to five days.

 

EIGHT NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED TODAY

Kirksville, MO 10/26/20 – With eight new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Adair County today, the total count is 558. There are 59 active cases and 499 people have left isolation.

Today’s cases involve females ages 1, 3, 25, 26, 33 and 38, and males ages 14 and 56. All of the cases are attributed to community spread with one of them in the K-12 schools sector. Three of today’s cases are in households with at least one other confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HITS 550 COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 10/25/20 – Four newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents brings Adair County’s total to 550. The total includes 66 active cases and 484 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases include a 51-year-old female and males ages 24, 44 and 57.

 

EIGHT NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED ON SATURDAY

Kirksville, MO 10/24/20 – Eight cases confirmed today among Adair County residents brings the year-to-date count to 546. There are currently 67 active cases and 479 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases include females ages 20, two 21-year-olds and a 28-year-old. Males are ages 25, 28, 30 and 35. Four cases are in the higher education sector with one case located at an address with at least one previously confirmed case.

 

NINE NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED

Kirksville, MO 10/23/20 – Nine new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Adair County today are all the result of community spread. Two are in the higher education sector. Two of today’s cases live in the same household and one other resides at an address with a previously confirmed case.

New cases involve females ages 21, 34, 58 and two 61-year-olds. Males are ages 20, 51, 81 and 84.

Total case count is now 538 with 70 active cases and 468 people who have left isolation.

 

COVID-19 COUNT RISES TO 529 WITH 13 NEW CASES

Kirksville, MO 10/22/20 – Confirmation of 13 new cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents today brings the total to 529.

New cases involve females ages 18, 19, 29, 37, 38, 41, 42 and 54. Males are ages 18, two 20-year-olds, 61 and 75.

Five cases are in the higher education sector, two are related to area meat-processing plants and two are community spread. Four of the cases are travel related. Two of those cases traveled out of state together. Six cases reside at addresses with at least one other previously confirmed case.

There are now 65 active cases and 464 people who have left isolation.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CONFIRMS 10 NEW CASES

Kirksville, MO 10/21/20 – Ten new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Adair County today brings the total case count to 516. There are 63 active cases and 453 residents out of isolation. Adair County Health Department staff has topped 1,700 contact tracing calls.

The new cases are females ages 15, 18, 20, 21 and 62, two 21-year-old males and other males ages 29, 53 and 57. Five of today’s cases are in the higher education sector and one is in the K-12 schools sector. Two cases reside at addresses with previously confirmed cases.

In this week’s report to governors from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Missouri remained in the red zone with the 10th highest case rate in the country. Missouri is also in the red zone for positivity rate, ranking 8th in the country.

In the report, Kirksville and Adair County are listed in the orange zone for the seven-day period of Oct. 10-16. Adair County logged 66 cases during that time.

 

ADAIR COUNTY TOPS 500 CASES OF COVID-19 

Kirksville, MO 10/20/20 – Adair County has confirmed 506 cases of COVID-19 since the first case was confirmed on March 21, 2020. Eight new cases were confirmed today.

“For the month of September, we had 140 people who tested positive for COVID-19,” said Jim LeBaron. administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “We’ve seen 137 cases in only the first 20 days of this month,” he said. “Missouri has recently been averaging nearly 1,600 new cases daily,” LeBaron said. “Unfortunately, Adair County is contributing to those rising numbers.”

On Oct. 12, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Missouri National Guard held a COVID-19 drive-through testing clinic at the NEMO Fairgrounds. DHSS reported today that 223 people were tested with 14 testing positive. Ten of the 190 Adair County residents tested positive. Three residents of Sullivan County and one from Shelby County tested positive.

“When we tested about 380 residents in April, no one tested positive,” LeBaron said. “The positive tests from the DHSS drive-through illustrate community spread of the virus. We continue to strongly recommend that residents wear masks, practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, and get their seasonal flu vaccinations,” he said.

“This thing is far from over, especially now that we’re heading into the winter months. I know everyone is weary of taking precautions but it’s what we all have to do to get the spread under control,” LeBaron said.

Today’s new cases involve females ages 22, 32, 34 and 63, and two 18-year-old males and two 19-year-old males. Another 18-year-old male was omitted from the media release issued yesterday. His positive test results were confirmed on Saturday.

A male identified yesterday without his age is 84. He was admitted to Northeast Regional Center on Sunday. Three other Adair County residents remain hospitalized in three different hospitals in Columbia. None of the four have required use of a ventilator.

There are currently 58 active cases and 448 residents out of isolation. Four of today’s cases are in the higher education sector and three are in households with a previously confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY NEARS 500 COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 10/19/20 – With 15 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the last three days, Adair County’s total case count stands at 497. There were two new cases on Saturday, six on Sunday and seven more today. There are now 57 active cases and 440 people out of isolation.

The 15 new cases include two 18-year-old females and other females ages 44, 48, 58, 59 and 74, and males ages 19, 21, 22, 58, 61, 62, 70 and one whose age has not yet been confirmed. He has been admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center and is not on a ventilator.

Of the 15 cases, five are in the higher education sector, one is an employee of an area meat-processing plant and one is of an undetermined origin. The rest of the cases are the result of community spread. Six are in households with at least one other confirmed case.

 

FLU SHOTS STILL AVAILABLE AT THE ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 

Kirksville, MO 10/19/20 – The Adair County Health Department still has quadrivalent seasonal flu vaccines available. Although the Department exhausted its supply of the high-dose vaccine recommended for adults age 65 and older at the annual drive-through clinic, a limited supply of doses of the regular vaccine are still available.

The annual flu vaccine is recommended for children ages 3 and older and all adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and infectious disease experts have stated that getting the seasonal flu vaccine this year is more important than ever. Having more people vaccinated and fewer people infected by the flu means reducing the number of people requiring hospitalization and other healthcare services while providers are dealing with COVID-19 patients. This is the most important year to get a flu vaccine.

The Health Department will be administering regular-dose seasonal flu vaccines curbside at 1001 S. Jamison on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to Noon and 2-4 p.m. Vaccines are free to county residents but appointments are required. Call 660-665-8491 to schedule a vaccine during those hours or to make arrangements for an alternate time if those hours don’t work with your schedule. Doses will be administered until the supply is exhausted.

You should visit the Forms section of the Health Department websitewww.adair.lphamo.org, to complete the flu vaccine form. If you are unable to print a form, you can request one curbside.

All people in a vehicle should be wearing masks to protect the healthcare workers administering vaccines and wearing clothes with short or loose sleeves to make access to the injection site easier.

If you do not feel well or have any symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of your scheduled appointment, do not leave your home.

Employers who want to schedule an on-site vaccination clinic should call the Health Department and ask for Jamie.

 

ADAIR COUNTY REPORTS RECORD 17 CASES TODAY

Kirksville, MO 10/16/20 – Adair County hit a one-day record high of 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total number of cases to 482. There are now 70 active cases and 412 people who have left isolation. The staff at the Adair County Health Department has surpassed 1,600 contact tracing calls since the first case was confirmed in March.

The new cases include two 20-year-old females, two 21-year-old females, and females ages 22, 25, 43, 52, 62, 68, 73 and 77. Males are ages 20, 23, two age 33 and 89. Six of the new cases are in the higher education sector and five are in households with a previously confirmed case. The 89-year-old male was admitted to the VA Hospital in Columbia and is not on a ventilator.

To correct yesterday’s release, the number of people who were vaccinated at Wednesday’s drive-through flu clinic was 1,550, not 1,150 as stated incorrectly in the release.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASES CONTINUE UPWARD CLIMB

Kirksville, MO 10/15/20 – As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Adair County, 1,150 people took advantage of the Adair County Health Department’s annual drive-through flu clinic yesterday at the NEMO Fairgrounds.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, community partners of the Health Department, including the Kirksville Fire Department and Adair County Ambulance District, received training on setting up and taking down the two new medical surge response shelters purchased by the Northeast Missouri Health Council in partnership with the Adair County Health Department. The shelters were put to use for the first time for the drive-through flu clinic.

“We were really pleased with the turnout of residents seeking flu vaccines,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Fortunately, we had warm and sunny weather for this clinic, so the shelters were an extra benefit. We now know how great they will be when we attempt to do an event like this during inclement weather,” he said.

The Health Department staff was assisted by area healthcare providers, by nursing students from Truman State University and Moberly Area Community College, and by students at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences.

“We can’t do an event like this without having the boots on the ground of our area healthcare and emergency response partners,” said LeBaron.  “I am absolutely grateful to them for their leadership and willingness to tackle whatever needs to be done to serve our residents.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) have strongly recommended that people get the annual flu vaccine this year. Having fewer people suffer from severe symptoms of the seasonal flu helps keep hospital beds open for COVID-19 patients and helps protect healthcare workers. It can also help people from battling both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu.

COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the United States, including quickly increasing numbers in Adair County.

Twelve new cases were confirmed today which brings the year-to-date total to 465. The new cases involve two 20-year-old females and females ages 23, 27, 42, 43, 79 and 85, and males ages 40, 41, 66 and 70. Two are in the higher education sector and two are in households with a previously confirmed case. There are now 67 active cases and 398 individuals who have left isolation.

All Adair County residents who were hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center have now been discharged; however, there are six COVID-19 patients from other counties at Northeast. Two patients have required use of a ventilator.

 

NINE MORE CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED TODAY

Kirksville, MO 10/14/20 – Nine new cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents have been confirmed today. The cases involve females ages 20, 25 and 30, and males ages 18, two age 21, 26, 39 and 74.

Four of today’s cases reside at addresses with at least one previously confirmed case. All cases are attributed to community spread, four of which are in the higher education sector.

The year-to-date total for Adair County is now 453 with 67 active cases and 386 individuals who have left isolation.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES REACH 444

Kirksville, MO 10/13/20 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed eight new cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents today. The total number of cases is now 444 with 58 active cases and 386 people out of isolation.

The new cases include females ages 20 and 53, and males ages 18, 35, 40, 48, 59 and 61. All new cases are attributed to community spread with three of those cases in the higher education sector.

An 81-year-old male readmitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on Oct. 2 was discharged today to The Pines.

The Health Department holds its annual drive-through flu clinic from 11 a.m.  to 6 p.m., tomorrow, Oct. 14, at the NEMO Fairgrounds. Vaccines will be administered at no cost to Adair County residents, although those with Medicare and Medicaid coverage should bring their cards to the clinic. No pre-registration is required, and vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis until doses run out.

 

AS COVID-19 CASES IN ADAIR COUNTY RISE QUICKLY, RESIDENTS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO GET SEASONAL FLU SHOT

Kirksville, MO 10/12/20 – With 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents from Friday, Oct. 9 through today, the Adair County Health Department is strongly encouraging people to get their annual flu shots.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and infectious disease experts have stated that getting the seasonal flu vaccine this year is more important than ever. Having more people vaccinated and fewer people infected by the flu means reducing the number of people requiring hospitalization and other healthcare services while providers are dealing with COVID-19 patients. As of today, there are eight patients at Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) with COVID-19 diagnoses. Three of them are Adair County residents.

Seven new cases of the virus were confirmed today. They involve females ages 32 and 53, and males ages 49, 50, 52, 54 and 63. The 50-year-old male was admitted to NRMC yesterday and does not require a ventilator. A 52-year-old male admitted to NRMC on Oct. 8 was discharged to home yesterday. There are now 53 active cases and 383 people who have left isolation.

The Adair County Health Department will hold its annual drive-through flu clinic from 11 a.m.  to 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at the NEMO Fairgrounds. Vaccines will be administered at no cost to Adair County residents, although those with Medicare and Medicaid coverage should bring their cards to the clinic. No pre-registration is required, and vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis until doses run out.

All people in a vehicle should be wearing masks to protect the healthcare workers administering vaccines and wearing clothes with short or loose sleeves to make access to the injection site easier.

The annual flu vaccine is recommended for children ages 3 and older and all adults. The Health Department will be administering the standard quadrivalent vaccine to children and adults under the age of 65 and the high-dose vaccine to adults age 65 and older upon their request for the higher dose.

Those interested in the drive-through clinic should complete the consent form under the “Forms” section of the Adair County Health Department website at adair.lphamo.org and bring the completed form with them.

 

ANOTHER 13 CASES CONFIRMED TODAY IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 10/10/20 – Another 13 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Adair County today brings the year-to-date total to 429. There are currently 63 active cases and 366 people who have left isolation.

Today’s cases involve females ages 18, three age 19, 20, 25, 50 and 56, and males ages 19, 20, 23, 28 and 68.

Five of today’s cases are in the higher education sector and one is in the K-12 schools sector. All cases are attributed to community spread. Two cases are in households with at least one previously confirmed case.

 

ADAIR COUNTY RECORDS 16 NEW COVID CASES IN 24 HOURS

Kirksville, MO 10/9/20 – In the highest 24-hour total to date, 16 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed today in Adair County bring the year-to-date total to 416.

The new cases involve females ages 17, 18, 20, 28, 39 and 54, and males ages 7, 9, 18, 22, two age 23, 50, 52, 62 and 72. The 52-year-old male was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center yesterday. There are now seven Adair County residents hospitalized in Kirksville and Columbia. None have required a ventilator.

Six of today’s cases are in the higher education sector and seven reside at addresses shared by at least one other confirmed case. One case is in the K-12 sector. Two youngsters are home schooled.

There are now a record 50 active cases and 366 individuals who have left isolation.

 

SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR MONDAY’S FREE COVID-19 TESTING CLINIC

Kirksville, MO 10/9/20 – More than 120 people have registered for the free COVID-19 testing drive-through clinic scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12, from 7 a.m. until noon at the NEMO Fairgrounds. If you have not pre-registered for the test, you are still invited to participate since there are tests still available.

You do not have to be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested, and there is no charge for the test. Standard nasopharyngeal swab tests (PCR) will be administered with results in three to five days. Although you need to be a Missouri resident for this testing site, you do not have to be a resident of Adair County.

People should wear masks to protect staff administering the tests. Participants should enter the NEMO Fairgrounds from the Patterson Street entrance.

The clinic is being coordinated by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri National Guard.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HITS 400 CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 10/8/20 – Six cases of COVID-19 confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department puts the year-to-date total at 400. The new cases involve females ages 18, 36 and 75, and males ages 18, 19 and 68. Three of the cases are in the higher education sector.

There are now 43 active cases and 357 people who have left isolation. The Health Department has completed 1,485 contact tracing calls.

In this week’s report to governors from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Missouri continued to be in the red zone with the 11th highest case rate in the country. Red zone states exceed 101 cases per 100,000 people for a seven-day period. Missouri’s rate was 155. Kirksville was listed in the yellow zone among localities in the State of Missouri.

 

HALLOWEEN AMID RISING CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 10/7/20 – As confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Adair County reached 394, residents are wondering if they can participate in Halloween safely. Five new cases confirmed today involve females ages 18, 20, two age 23, and 45. Two cases are in the higher education sector and two other cases are in households with a previously confirmed case.

There are 38 active cases and 356 people who have left isolation. An 81-year-old male who was discharged from Northeast Regional Medical Center on Oct. 2 was readmitted on Oct. 6. He is not on a ventilator. There are now six Adair County residents hospitalized in Kirksville and Columbia.

“Halloween isn’t canceled this year,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “But, as with everything else we do these days, everyone needs to take precautions to celebrate safely.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website provides guidance for celebrating any event safely. For Halloween specifically, it lists some activities families might try this year:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

“People are trying to get creative this year,” LeBaron said. “You can search ‘Halloween during covid’ on the internet and find a lot of creative ideas for lowering infection risk while still enjoying the holiday.”

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) recommends avoiding traditional trick-or-treating where kids other than families gather in close proximity on a front porch, and advises that people think about bagging treats and placing them at the edge of their porch or driveway for kids to pick up safely at a distance.

In particular, the CDC and DHSS advise that everyone avoid indoor parties and activities unless it’s with your own household, and avoid any event inside or outside where people not living in the same household gather without social distancing, even if wearing masks. People should avoid overuse of alcohol, which impairs judgment, and avoid traveling out of town for events. People should also not go to haunted houses where people might be screaming which spreads virus droplets in the air.

The CDC also recommends that older adults and those with health conditions that make them more susceptible to the virus should consider not participating in Halloween festivities.

“Halloween is like any other event during the pandemic,” LeBaron said. “There’s not a holiday of any kind from taking precautions and lowering risk of transmission of the virus. Wear masks. Stay with your family unit or social bubble. Practice social distancing and good hand hygiene,” he said.

“We each have to do what it takes to protect others, plain and simple,” said LeBaron. “That starts with the most important thing: If you or anyone in your household doesn’t feel well or is suffering from any of the symptoms of COVID-19, do not leave your home. We don’t want to see cases spike in November because people failed to take precautions on October 31st. Halloween can still be fun. We all just need to be a little creative to enjoy it safely,” he said.

 

SEVEN NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED TODAY

Kirksville, MO 10/6/20 – Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed today among Adair County residents. Six of the new cases are in the higher education sector. Two are at addresses where at least one case was confirmed previously.

The new cases involve two 19-year-old females and a 60-year-old female, and three 19-year-old males and a 22-year-old male. The new cases bring the year-to-date total to 389.

There are currently 33 active cases, including five residents who are hospitalized although none have required a ventilator. Three hundred fifty-six people have left isolation since the first case was confirmed in March.

The Adair County Health Department reminds residents that there is a free drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic on October 12, 2020, and the annual drive-through flu clinic, October 14, 2020. Both are at the NEMO Fairgrounds.

Pre-registration for the testing clinic is required and can be done online at health.mo.gov/communitytest. If you do not have internet access, you can call the Missouri COVID-19 Hotline at 877-435-8411 to register.

Those interested in getting the flu vaccine on October 14 do not have to pre-register, but should complete the consent form under the “Forms” section of the Adair County Health Department website at adair.lphamo.org. They should bring the completed form to the drive-through clinic.

 

ADDITIONAL CASES SINCE FRIDAY PUT ADAIR COUNTY AT 382 YEAR TO DATE

Kirksville, MO 10/5/20 – An additional nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 since last Friday has put Adair County’s year-to-date count at 382 cases. Thirty cases are active and 352 have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has completed more than 1,450 contact tracing calls.

Cases confirmed Saturday, Oct. 3 include males ages 2, 19 and 50, and a 27-year-old female who is a household contact with the child.

Cases confirmed Oct. 4 involve females ages 22 and 23. Cases confirmed today include males ages 49 and 62, and a 60-year-old female admitted to University of Missouri Hospital yesterday. She has not required a ventilator.

Two of the seven new cases are in the higher education sector and one works at an area meat-processing plant. A 48-year-old male previously identified was discharged from Northeast Regional Medical Center on Saturday and admitted to Boone Hospital in Columbia on Sunday. The patient has not required a ventilator.

 

TWO MORE ADAIR COUNTY RESIDENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 10/2/20 – An 18-year-old female in the higher education sector and a 34-year-old male have tested positive for COVID-19. The Adair County year-to-date total now stands at 373.

An 81-year-old male admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on September 29 was discharged to his home today. There are currently 27 active cases and 346 individuals who have left isolation.

The Adair County Health Department reminds residents that there is a free drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic on October 12, 2020, and the annual drive-through flu clinic, October 14, 2020. Both are at the NEMO Fairgrounds.

Pre-registration for the testing clinic is required and can be done online at health.mo.gov/communitytest. If you do not have internet access, you can call the Missouri COVID-19 Hotline at 877-435-8411 to register.

Those interested in getting the flu vaccine on October 14 do not have to pre-register, but should complete the consent form under the “Forms” section of the Adair County Health Department website at adair.lphamo.org. They should bring the completed form to the drive-through clinic.

 

ADAIR COUNTY STARTS OCTOBER WITH 371 CASES

Kirksville, MO 10/1/2020 – Two more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department. A 20-year-old female infected by community spread and a 54-year-old female with a travel-related case bring the year-to-date total to 371.

A 68-year-old female identified previously was admitted to Boone Hospital in Columbia yesterday. Three Adair County residents remain at Northeast Regional Medical Center and another remains at the VA Hospital in Columbia. None have required use of a ventilator.

There are 27 active cases and 344 individuals who have left isolation. The Health Department has completed 1,399 contact tracing calls.

 

INCREASE IN OLDER ADULTS TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 9/30/2020 – Three new cases of COVID-19 today, a 41-year-old male and females ages 40 and 47, bring Adair County’s total case count to 369. There are 28 active cases and 341 individuals who have left isolation. A 48-year-old male who was hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center from September 12 through September 23 has been readmitted to the hospital today. He does not require use of a ventilator.

Recently, there has been a significant increase in the age of those in Adair County testing positive for COVID-19. In the 30 confirmed cases from September 24 through September 29, 13 adults, or 43% of cases, involved those age 60 to 85.

“In March and April, our cases were mostly travel and community spread,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “From mid-May through the end of June, the majority of cases were erupting from the area meat-processing plants. The median age of those cases was 27. Then, from mid-August through September 23, most of the cases were in the K-12 and higher education sectors, so the ages affected dropped significantly,” LeBaron said. “But most recently, we’ve seen cases involving more and more people over the age of 60. That’s worrisome since those over the age of 60 are most vulnerable to the virus, and to suffering the most severe symptoms” he said.

Nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eight of every 10 deaths have been people age 65 and older. With the death toll more than 200,000, that means 160,000 deaths were among those in that older population.

Older adults represent the majority of those hospitalized due to the virus and its effect on those who have underlying health issues. To date, Adair County has seen 11 hospitalizations of individuals ranging from 30 years old to 85. Fifty-five percent have been age 60 and older.

“We have been fortunate in Adair County because we haven’t lost a life to COVID-19, and no one hospitalized has needed a ventilator,” LeBaron said. “We want to keep it that way. But when we start seeing the age of those residents testing positive rise like we are right now, we all need to take precautions.”

The CDC recommends that people be particularly careful around older adults and make sure they wear masks, maintain social distance, and practice proper hand hygiene.

“Since masks are not recommended for people with breathing issues, such as COPD or other conditions that affect older adults most, the older adult you visit might not be able to wear a mask. That makes it even more vital that you do wear one to protect them,” LeBaron said. “Do you part to protect those who need protection the most.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY IN NATIONAL YELLOW ZONE 

Kirksville, MO 9/29/2020 – Four new cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents have been confirmed today. A 65-year-old male was hospitalized at the VA Hospital in Columbia yesterday and an 80-year-old male was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center yesterday where he tested positive for the virus. Neither require use of a ventilator.

The other two cases involve a 60-year-old female and a 78-year-old female.

Of the 366 total cases year to date, 25 are active and 341 individuals have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has made 1,377 contact tracing calls.

Today’s report to governors issued by the White House Coronavirus Task Force shows the State of Missouri continues to be in the red zone for the seven-day period from September 19 to September 25, 2020. States in the red zone are recording more than 101 cases per 100,000 population during the seven-day period. That puts Missouri at the 8th highest case rate in the country.

Also in the report, Kirksville and Adair County are listed in the yellow zone. Adair County confirmed 22 cases during last week’s seven-day period. For the current seven-day period, which ends on Friday, Adair County has reached 16 new cases.

 

12 NEW CASES PUT ADAIR COUNTY AT 362 YEAR TO DATE

Kirksville, MO 9/28/2020 – Twelve newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 since last Friday bring Adair County’s year-to-date total to 362. Two cases were confirmed Saturday, five more on Sunday and five additional cases today.

The cases involve females ages 21, 33, 48, 68 and 79, and males ages 20, 30, 51, 68, 70, 76 and 82. Seven cases reside in households with another confirmed case. All 12 cases are attributed to community spread with two in the higher education sector.

There are 26 active cases with one individual still being treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center but not requiring a ventilator.  Three hundred thirty-six people have left isolation.

The Adair County Health Department will hold its annual Drive-Through Flu Clinic from 11 a.m.  to 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at the NEMO Fairgrounds. Vaccines will be administered at no cost to Adair County residents, although those with Medicare and Medicaid coverage should bring their cards to the clinic. No pre-registration is required.

All people in a vehicle should be wearing masks to protect the healthcare workers administering vaccines and wearing clothes with short or loose sleeves to make access to the injection site easier.

The annual flu vaccine is recommended for children ages three and older and all adults. The Health Department will be administering the standard quadrivalent vaccine to children and adults under the age of 65 and the high-dose vaccine to adults age 65 and older.

The high-dose vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen as that in the standard dose. The antigen is the component of the vaccine that helps your body build protection against the flu virus, giving older adults a boost to their immune response.

Although the high-dose vaccine will be available at the October 14 drive-through clinic, adults age 65 and older need to request that it be administered to them. All vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis until doses run out.

 

ADAIR COUNTY ENDS WEEK AT 350 CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 9/25/2020 – Seven new cases confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department puts the county’s year-to-date total at 350.

The new cases involve females ages 22, 28, 37, 42 and 57, and males ages 62 and 72. Three of today’s cases reside at the same address and two others reside at addresses where a case was previously identified. All cases are attributed to community spread with one each in an area plant, the K-12 sector and the higher education sector.

There are now 23 active cases and 327 individuals who have left isolation.

 

ADAIR COUNTY REACHES 343 CASES THIS YEAR

Kirksville, MO 9/24/2020 – Adair County’s year-to-date COVID-19 case count reached 343 today with confirmation of seven new cases. There are now 29 active cases and 314 individuals out of isolation. The Adair County Health Department has made 1,343 contact tracing calls.

The new cases include females ages 15, 21 and 38, and males ages 23, 36, 38 and 85. Two of the cases are in households with a previously confirmed case.

The 85-year-old male has been admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center but does not require a ventilator. A 47-year-old female admitted to the hospital on September 9 and a 48-year-old male admitted on September 12 were discharged to their homes yesterday.

Six cases are the result of community spread, two of which are in the higher education sector. The remaining case is travel related.

 

FREE COVID-19 TESTING OFFERED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 9/24/2020 – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri National Guard are coordinating a free COVID-19 testing drive-through clinic at the NEMO Fairgrounds on October 12, 2020, from 7 a.m. until noon. You do not have to be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested.

There is no charge for the test. Standard nasopharyngeal swab tests (PCR) will be administered with results in three to five days. Although you need to be a Missouri resident for this testing site, you do not have to be a resident of Adair County.

Pre-registration is required and can be done online at health.mo.gov/communitytest. If you do not have internet access, you can call the Missouri COVID-19 Hotline at 877-435-8411 to register.

Those being tested should wear masks to protect staff administering the tests. Participants should enter the NEMO Fairgrounds from the Patterson Street entrance.

 

FOUR NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 9/23/2020 – Four newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 today bring Adair County’s total to 336. Two cases are in the higher education sector, an 18-year-old male and a 21-year-old female. A 31-year-old male was infected via community spread, and a 41-year-old male’s case is travel related. There are now 28 active cases and 308 out of isolation.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 COUNT AT 332

Kirksville, MO 9/22/2020 – For a second consecutive day, the Adair County Health Department reports only one new confirmed case of COVID-19 which brings the year-to-date total to 332. Today’s case involves a 30-year-old male in travel-related infection.

There are 29 actives cases and 303 people have left isolation. A 59-year-old male was released from Northeast Regional Medical Center yesterday, while two other Adair County residents remain hospitalized. The Health Department has completed 1,329 contact tracing calls.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DRIVE-THROUGH FLU CLINIC

Annual Vaccine Even More Important During Pandemic

Kirksville, MO 9/22/2020 – The Adair County Health Department will hold its annual Drive-Through Flu Clinic from 11 a.m.  to 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at the NEMO Fairgrounds. Vaccines will be administered at no cost to Adair County residents, although those with Medicare and Medicaid coverage should bring their cards to the clinic. No pre-registration is required, and vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis until doses run out.

All people in a vehicle should be wearing masks to protect the healthcare workers administering vaccines and wearing clothes with short or loose sleeves to make access to the injection site easier.

The annual flu vaccine is recommended for children ages 3 and older and all adults. The Health Department will be administering the standard quadrivalent vaccine to children and adults under the age of 65 and the high-dose vaccine to adults age 65 and older.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and infectious disease experts have stated that getting the seasonal flu vaccine this year is more important than ever. Having more people vaccinated and fewer people infected by the flu means reducing the number of people requiring hospitalization and other healthcare services while providers are dealing with COVID-19 patients.

The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect people from being infected by COVID-19; however, both are respiratory illnesses that share many of the same symptoms, including:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

“We hope that everyone will get a flu vaccine this year so we can limit the number of people who are infected by the flu,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “What we don’t want to have happen is taxing Northeast Regional Medical Center and other healthcare providers with flu patients during the time they’re also treating COVID-19 patients,” he said.

“We always have a robust season of flu in northeast Missouri, so more people avoiding it this year by getting a vaccine will benefit everyone in the community,” LeBaron said.

There currently is no information on when a COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available to the public.

 

ONE NEW CASE OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED

Kirksville, MO 9/21/2020 – A 71-year-old male has tested positive for COVID-19, contracted via community spread. There have now been 331 cases in Adair County to date. Twenty-nine cases are active and 302 individuals have left isolation.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASES HIT 330

Kirksville, MO 9/19/2020 – Two cases of COVID-19 confirmed today in Adair County brings the total number of cases to 330. A 21-year-old female from the higher education sector and a 65-year-old female are both in isolation. There are currently 32 active cases and 298 who have left isolation.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES HOLD AT 328

Kirksville, MO 9/18/2020 – The Adair County Health Department reports that no new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today among Adair County residents, holding the year-to-date number at 328.

Three more people did leave isolation, bringing that number up to 294. There are 34 active cases. Three people remain at Northeast Regional Medical Center with none requiring use of a ventilator. The Adair County Health Department has completed 1,315 contact tracing calls.

 

FIVE NEWS CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 9/17/2020 – Adair County’s year-to-date case count rose to 328 today after confirmation of five new cases, four of which are in the higher education sector. Cases include females ages 19, two age 20 and 79. The fifth case is a 22-year-old male. Two cases reside at addresses where at least one previous case has been confirmed. There are now 37 active cases and 291 individuals who have left isolation.

In the Missouri State Report authored by the White House Coronavirus Task Force weekly, Missouri remained in the red zone for the September 3-9 seven-day period with 146 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population. That rate moved the state from the 7th highest rate the week before to the 4th highest rate based on last week’s numbers, despite the fact that Missouri’s overall rate fell from 150 to 146. The average for all states last week was 74. Rates of 100 or more per 100,000 population, or .001%, places a state in the red zone.

In today’s report, Kirksville landed on the list in the yellow zone. From September 3 through September 9, Adair County had 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 32 of those in Kirksville.

“Missouri is starting to do slightly better in overall cases but not good enough. And the addition of Kirksville on this week’s list of yellow and red zones within the state is not good news,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “We’re nearing the 14-day mark since the Labor Day weekend and hope we don’t experience yet another holiday-related uptick in cases.”

“The virus is alive and well in our community. The only hope we have to lower our case counts is if every resident will start wearing a mask, avoiding close contact with others, washing hands, and disinfecting surfaces and objects used by others,” LeBaron said. “We’re asking, again, that every individual commit to protecting everyone else in Adair County. Do it for your family, friends, neighbors and that stranger who might be highly vulnerable to COVID-19.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE TOTAL REACHES 323

Kirksville, MO 9/16/2020 – With another eight cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Adair County today, the year-to-date total has reached 323. The new cases include females ages 17, 20, 21 and 42, and males ages 36, 48, 64 and 66.

Two of the cases are in the higher education sector and one is in the K-12 Adair County schools sector. Five individuals reside at addresses where at least one case was previously confirmed.

As of today, there are 35 active cases and 288 individuals who have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has completed 1,315 contact tracing calls. For every active case, an average of four other residents have been advised to quarantine due to close exposure to a confirmed case.

 

 

 

ELEVEN NEW CASES OF COVID-19 REPORTED TODAY AMONG ADAIR COUNTY RESIDENTS

Kirksville, MO 9/15/2020 – Eleven new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the Adair County Health Department today, which raises the county’s total to 315 cases. All 11 cases are the result of community spread with nine cases in the higher education sector and one in the K-12 sector. Seven reside at addresses with previously confirmed cases.

Today’s cases involve females ages 18, four age 20, 22 and 54, and males ages 10, 19, 20 and 59. The 59-year-old male was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center yesterday for COVID-19. There are currently three Adair County residents at Northeast Regional. None have required a ventilator.

The Adair County Health Department was also notified today that a 32-year-old female who tested positive for the virus was incorrectly identified as a Schuyler County resident. Although she has left isolation, she has been added to year-to-date Adair County case count.

There are currently 31 active cases and 284 individuals who have left isolation. The Health Department has completed 1,313 contact tracing calls.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES TOP 300

Kirksville, MO 9/14/2020 – Five new cases of COVID-19 confirmed today in the higher education sector bring Adair County’s year-to-date total to 303. The new cases involve females ages 18, 19 and 22 and males ages 18 and 20. Three of the cases are at addresses with previously confirmed cases.

On Saturday, a case involving a 39-year-old female was reported. During contact tracing attempts, the Adair County Health Department determined that the healthcare provider administering the test entered an incorrect date of birth for the woman. The actual person tested is a resident of another county and has been removed from the Adair County case count.

There are currently 20 active cases in Adair County and 283 individuals who have left isolation.

 

THREE NEW CASES BRING ADAIR COUNTY’S TOTAL TO 299

Kirksville, MO 9/12/2020 – Three new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the Adair County Health Department today. A 37-year-old male case is travel related. Two others, a 39-year-old female and a 48-year-old male, are the result of community spread. The 48-year-old male tested positive while he was a patient at Northeast Regional Medical Center and does not require a ventilator. There are other positive cases in his household.

There are currently 20 active cases and 279 individuals who have left isolation. The Health Department hit 1,300 contact tracing calls today.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HOLDS AT 296 CASES 

Kirksville, MO 9/11/2020 – After confirming 67 cases of COVID-19 in Adair County in the first 10 days of September, the Adair County Health Department received no notification of new cases today. The year-to-date total remains at 296. Thirteen more people have left isolation leaving 26 active cases.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASES NEAR 300

Kirksville, MO 9/10/2020 – With seven new cases of COVID-19 confirmed today among residents, Adair County’s year-to-date total has risen to 296. The new cases involve females ages 18, 20 and 54 and males ages 18, two age 21, and 22. Six are related to the higher education sector and four live at addresses with at least one other positive case.

Currently, 39 cases are active and 257 have left isolation. One previously identified case has been admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center but has not required a ventilator. The Adair County Health Department has completed 1,297 contact tracing calls.

 

TWO NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED TODAY

Kirksville, MO 9/9/2020 – A 19-year-old male and a 66-year-old female are the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Adair County. The male is involved in the higher education sector and resides in a household with a previously confirmed case.

Several people left isolation today, leaving 41 active cases. No residents are currently hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center.

Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, said today’s low case count is a welcome respite from the recent uptick in cases in Adair County. The latest White House Coronavirus Report cites Missouri as currently having the 7th highest case rate in the country, putting the state in the “red zone.” States fall in the red zone when new cases exceed 100 per 100,000 population in a seven-day period. Missouri had 150 new cases per 100,000 population last week compared to the national average of 88.

“Unfortunately, Adair County contributed to Missouri’s move into the red zone,” LeBaron said. “We aren’t as bad as some counties and are worse than others. We just need to focus on taking those precautions that minimize spread of the virus and consistently lower our daily case counts,” he said. “It’s tough and we’re all tired of this virus, but we can’t stop doing the things that help keep our family, friends and neighbors safe.”

 

FREE COVID-19 TESTING OFFERED IN EIGHT MISSOURI COUNTIES

Kirksville, MO 9/9/2020 – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri National Guard are coordinating free COVID-19 testing, September 14-23, 2020, in eight Missouri counties. Those counties are Ralls, Boone, Jefferson, Nodaway, Madison, St. Charles, St. Francois and Perry.

There is no charge for these community testing clinics and Missourians do not have to live in the county where the testing is located. You do not have to be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested.

Pre-registration is required and can be done online at health.mo.gov/communitytest. If you do not have internet access, you can call the Missouri COVID-19 Hotline at 877-435-8411.

Dates for the eight counties are: September 14 and 15 in Boone County; September 14 in Nodaway County; September 16 in Ralls County; September 18 in Madison County; September 21 in St. Francois County; and, September 22 and 23 in Jefferson County.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HITS 287 COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 9/8/2020 – Over the Labor Day weekend, 17 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among Adair County residents.

On Saturday, September 5, eight cases were confirmed among females ages 21 and 20, and males ages 21, 25, 30, 19, 20 and 22. Four cases confirmed on September 6 were females ages 25, 16 and 21, and a 30-year-old male. Five cases confirmed on Labor Day was a 21-year-old females and males ages 19, 15, 40 and 49.

Nine of weekend cases involved the higher education sector and one the K-12 Adair County schools sector. One case was related to travel and the rest were the result of community spread. Seven cases involved households with other positive cases. In the seven-day period from September 1 through September 7, a total of 55 positive cases were confirmed.

Today, another three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed which brings the year-to-date total to 287. Today’s cases involve a males ages 65, 22 and 19. Two are in the higher education sector.

Currently, 51 cases are active, 236 have left isolation, and no county residents are hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center. The Adair County Health Department has completed 1,284 contact-tracing calls.

 

 

COVID-19 CASES CLIMB TO 267 ENTERING THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND 

Kirksville, MO 9/4/2020 – Adair County enters the Labor Day holiday weekend with 267 confirmed cases of COVID-19 year to date. Nine more cases of the virus were confirmed today, including males ages 20, 21, 15, 46 and 19 and females ages 22, 16, 14 and 22. Three of the cases are in the K-12 Adair County schools sector and four are in the higher education sector. Three of the cases are related to a household with at least one other positive case of COVID-19.

There are now 41 active cases and 226 people have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has completed 1,244 contact-tracing calls.

“Labor Day weekend has traditionally been a time for people to gather with family and friends for parties, picnics and barbecues,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “But this year, nothing is ‘traditional,’ and everyone needs to take precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19,” he said. “We’re already experiencing a spike in cases in Adair County. We just don’t need people spreading the virus among themselves here this weekend or traveling outside the county and returning with the virus. No matter where you spend time this weekend, you need to take precautions,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidelines for hosting or attending gatherings during the pandemic. First and foremost is staying home if you don’t feel well, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you’ve had close contact with anyone who has tested positive for the virus. If someone in your household has COVID-19, no one in your household should be attending gatherings where you can spread the disease.

Other recommendations include:

  • Gather outside if possible. If you gather inside, make sure it’s a large, open and well-ventilated space with room for social distancing.
  • Arrange tables, chairs and standing room so there is at least six feet between people from the same household.
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugs and even bumping elbows. Greet people verbally and from a distance.
  • Wear masks, especially if you’re gathering indoors.
  • Use hand sanitizer and wipe down tables, chairs, etc., with disinfecting wipes.
  • Ideally, take your own food, drinks, dinnerware and utensils. If food is being prepared, limit who can be in the kitchen or near the grill.
  • Use single-use condiments such as mustard, salt and salad dressings.

“Gathering in small groups is safe, as long as everyone takes the necessary precautions,” LeBaron said. “Visiting with friends and family is good for the soul, especially now. But we have to be smart about it or we risk spreading the virus to those who are most vulnerable,” he said.

“We’re already seeing cases rise quickly in Adair County,” LeBaron said. “What we don’t want to see is a tremendous spike in the two weeks following the holiday weekend. Everyone needs to do their part and play it safe.”

To read the CDC guidelines regarding personal and social activities, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/personal-social-activities.html#gatherings. For guidelines on visiting parks and recreational facilities, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/visitors.html.

 

SEVEN NEW ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED

Kirksville, MO 9/3/2020 – Seven new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today in Adair County, all attributed to community spread. New cases include males ages 61, 42 and 56 and females ages 21, 24, 18 and 48. Three cases are located in households with at least one other positive case. One case is related to the higher education sector.

The year-to-date case count now stands at 258. Forty-four cases are active and 214 people have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has completed 1,244 calls in contact-tracing efforts.

 

COVID-19 CASES REACH 251 IN ADAIR COUNTY WITH 10 NEW CASES

Kirksville, MO 9/2/2020 – Ten additional cases of COVID-19 confirmed today by the Adair County Health Department raise the county’s year-to-date total to 251. New cases include females ages 18, 29, 20, 47, 20 and 19, and males ages 22, 34, 22 and 21. All are community spread. Seven cases involve the higher education sector. Five cases are in households with at least one other positive case.

Two positive cases included in yesterday’s count were confirmed late yesterday without details. Those cases involve females ages 42 and 73, both infected via community spread. There are now 40 active cases and 211 people have left isolation. No county residents are hospitalized at this time at Northeast Regional Medical Center. The Adair County Health Department has completed 1,177 contact-tracing calls.

12 NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY TODAY

Kirksville, MO 9/1/2020 – The Adair County Health Department has been notified of 12 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, which brings the total number of cases since March to 241. At the time of this release, the Health Department had information on 10 of the 12 cases. Thirty-six cases are now active, 205 have left isolation and a resident admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on August 20 was discharged to home yesterday.

The 10 new cases for which the Health Department has received specific information are all likely the result of community spread. They involve males ages 54, 15, 57 and 36, and females ages 20, 21, 14, 80, 57 and 21. Three cases are related to the higher education sector, two are related to K-12 Adair County schools, and one case is related to an area meat-processing plant. Five of the new cases are in households or congregate living facilities with a previously confirmed positive case. Information about the other two cases will be released tomorrow.

“What we’re seeing in case demographics in Adair County now is consistent with community spread,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Cases used to be primarily among plant employees but now range from a two-year-old to several 80-year-olds and every age in between. Of course, we worry about our older residents because the most severe cases throughout the country, many deadly, have been among adults age 65 and older. But we also worry about everyone in between who might have health conditions that make them more vulnerable to severity,” he said.

LeBaron said he understands that people are tired of staying home, not seeing family and friends, and not going to school. But when they do return to going out more and being around more people, they need to take precautions to lower the risk of transmission.

In early August, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force, advised that people should assume they are infectious and wear masks even at home if someone lives there who is vulnerable to the disease. And what about hugging? Dr. Birx has said that if you must hug a family member, both should be wearing masks and the hug should be very quick. The longer the close contact, the more likely the virus will be transmitted from one individual to the other.

“Droplets, contact and time are the major factors in transmission,” LeBaron said. “Everyone has to take measures to limit all three to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Those measures include wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands or using hand sanitizer, and avoiding large gatherings, particularly anything indoors,” he said.

“People are figuring out ways to socialize while still taking precautions,” LeBaron said. “A few friends or family members might gather outside, keep at least six feet apart at all times, wear masks when they can’t maintain social distance, and not share congregate food and drink. They can still visit and catch up but not take an overt risk of passing the infection to one another,” he said. “There are ways to both be together and be careful in the midst of the pandemic.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADHERES TO ITS MISSION

Kirksville, MO 8/31/2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has raised the public’s awareness of public health worldwide, including visibility of local health departments like the Adair County Health Department. Although COVID-19 is a new infectious disease for the Health Department to address, dealing with infectious disease in the county is a tenet at the core of the organization’s mission.

The Adair County Health Department’s goals include promoting good health, preventing disease and protecting the health of county residents. Typically, the Health Department responds to influenza, tuberculosis, rabies and other infectious diseases. In March, COVID-19 was added to that list. Department staff deal with the novel coronavirus in the same way they deal with all infectious diseases, carrying out activities such as contact tracing, testing and vaccinations, and providing public information based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS). Decisions to advise Adair County residents to quarantine or isolate with any infectious disease are based on CDC and MDHSS guidelines with information provided by state epidemiologists, local healthcare provider testing, and information provided to the Health Department by family members of infected individuals and other members of the community, gathered through contact tracing.

As community spread of COVID-19 increases, some members of the community are asking the Adair County Health Department to make exceptions to practices of quarantine and isolation. While the Health Department reviews the information for each case individually, the tenets of sound, effective public health practices provide the framework for efforts to prevent the spread of infectious disease. Recommendations for quarantine and isolation are based on science, research, medicine, testing technology, and best practices in public health. The Adair County Health Department is committed to continue making decisions and recommendations using the public health framework it utilizes for all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

The Adair County Health Department thanks all of the residents who continue to take recommended precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, including the more than 1,100 residents who have quarantined or isolated at the Health Department’s request since the first case was diagnosed in March. The Department asks that residents be patient and cooperative as we wait for the development and distribution of safe and effective vaccines which will drastically slow the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

 

ADAIR COUNTY NEARS 230 COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 8/31/2020 – As the United States hits six million confirmed COVID-19 cases, Adair County confirms two new cases, bringing the total number to 229. The new cases are a 20-year-old female and a 19-year-old male, both infected via community spread. The male is involved with the higher education sector.

There are now 25 active cases and 204 people who have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has made 1,162 contact-tracing calls. One county resident remains at Northeast Regional Medical Center after being admitted 11 days ago. Her condition has not required a ventilator.

 

TWO NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 8/29/2020 – Two males, ages 44 and 33, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Adair County. Transmission appears to be community spread. The 33-year-old lives in a household with a previously confirmed case.

The number of cases year to date is now 227, 31 of which are active. One hundred ninety-six people have left isolation.

 

CONFIRMED ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES AT 225

Kirksville, MO 8/28/2020 – Three more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Adair County. The year-to-date total now stands at 225 with 29 active cases and 196 cases out of isolation. One resident continues to receive treatment at Northeast Regional Medical Center, although she has not required a ventilator.

The three new cases of community spread involve an 11-year-old female, a 57-year-old male and a 35-year-old female. The 11-year-old is a student at an Adair County K-12 school. A member of her household tested positive of COVID-19 previously and both are in isolation. The school district is working with the Adair County Health Department on contact tracing.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES NOW AT 222

Kirksville, MO 8/27/2020 – Three residents infected by community spread bring the number of confirmed cases in Adair County since March to 222. The three new cases involve a 39-year-old female, a 29-year-old female, and a 25-year-old male. There are now 31 active cases while 191 have left isolation.

Adair County Health Department staff have made 1,156 calls in contact-tracing efforts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials, contact tracing is paramount to efforts to control the spread of any infectious disease, especially community spread. This is particularly true for COVID-19 due to the number of people who have the disease and are infectious, but because they have no symptoms, they unaware they are transmitting the virus

Based on the current number of calls and cases in Adair County, for every confirmed case, an average of five other people are called because they have had close contact with that individual and could be infected. In Adair County, some positive cases have had no close contact with anyone while others may identify 10 or so. During the call, staff interview the contact and determine whether to advise that contact to quarantine, be tested, or both. According to Lori Guffey, communicable disease nurse with the Adair County Health Department, staff have advised those 1,156 people contacted to quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. Those contacts are advised to call the health department if they begin experiencing any symptoms at which time, the health department may recommend testing.

“We try to be reassuring when we talk to people who have had close contact with people who have tested positive for the virus, not panic them,” said Guffey. “But we have to be firm enough for them to take it seriously if we advise them to quarantine. If they don’t, they risk spreading the disease to even more people, including their own family and friends,” she said.

Quarantine is separating and restricting the movements of people who had close contact with a known infected person to see if they experience symptoms themselves. Isolation separates known infected people from others. Both measures are designed to prevent further transmission of the virus.
People are advised to quarantine for 14 days if they had close contact with a confirmed positive person within the 48-hour period before that person started having symptoms, or if they
had close contact with an asymptomatic person within the 48-hour-period prior to that person testing positive for the virus. According to the CDC, “close contact” means:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more;
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19;
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them);
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils; or,
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

“We appreciate the cooperation we get from the vast majority of people we call during our contact-tracing efforts,” Guffey said. “That makes our job easier, our calls briefer and, we hope, helps reduce the spread of the virus. After all, that’s the goal, and it takes every one of us to get there,” she said.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES JUMP TO 219

Kirksville, MO 8/26/2020 – After a quiet three days, seven new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among Adair County residents today, bringing the year-to-date total to 219 cases. Thirty-two cases are active (in isolation) and 187 have left isolation.

The seven cases are all attributed to community spread with only one involving a household with a previously confirmed positive case. Three of the new cases are related to the higher education sector. One of the new cases is a 21-year-old male. The other five cases are females ages 34, 47, 33, 20, 19, and 31.

An Adair County resident hospitalized at the VA Hospital in Columbia was discharged today. Another resident remains hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center. That patient was admitted on August 20.

 

ONE NEW COVID-19 CASE REPORTED IN ADAIR COUNTY 

Kirksville, MO 8/25/2020 – Only one new case of COVID-19 among Adair County residents was confirmed today. The case involves a 69-year-old male infected via community spread. There are 29 active cases in isolation and 183 out of isolation. There have been 212 cases since the first case was confirmed in March.

As reported yesterday, the Adair County Health Department has free masks available for children and adults. It also has a limited number of free COVID-19 Toolkits which include hand sanitizer, a thermometer, and tissue. Masks and toolkits are available while supplies last at the northeast entrance of the Adair County Health Department, 1001 South Jamison Street in Kirksville.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE UPDATE

Kirksville, MO 8/24/2020 – One case of COVID-19 was confirmed on Sunday, August 23, bringing the year-to-date case count to 211. The case involves a 64-year-old male infected by community spread. As of the time of this release, no other new cases have been confirmed with the Adair County Health Department today. There are currently 28 active cases in isolation and 183 cases that have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has contacted 1,130 people in contact-tracing efforts.

The Adair County Health Department now has free masks available for children and adults. It also has a limited number of free COVID-19 Toolkits which include hand sanitizer, a thermometer, and tissue.

“We recognize that some residents have difficulty finding masks and other recommended COVID-19 tools, such as thermometers, due to the demand for them in our community right now,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “We hope that by making these available, people who either can’t afford to purchase these items or can’t find them in stores can use them to take the precautions recommended to slow the spread of the virus.”

Masks and toolkits are available while supplies last at the northeast entrance of the Adair County Health Department, 1001 South Jamison Street in Kirksville.

 

FIVE NEW CASES OF COVID-19 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 8/22/2020 – Five new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among Adair County residents marking 210 cases since March. All five are the result of community spread in the higher education sector. The new cases include two 21-year-old males, a 20-year-old male, a 20-year-old female, and a 23-year-old male.

There are now 37 active cases in isolation and 173 cases that have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has contacted more than 1,100 people in contact-tracing efforts.

 

205 CASES OF COVID-19 COFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 8/21/2020 – As of today, the Adair County Health Department has confirmed 205 cases of COVID-19 since the first case was confirmed in March. The latest cases are both the result of community spread, a 23-year-old female involved with one of Kirksville’s institutions of higher education and a 62-year-old male. There are now 32 active cases and 173 who have left isolation. Also as of today, one COVID-positive Adair County resident has been hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center. That patient has not required a ventilator. Yesterday, we reported that one Adair County resident had been admitted to and discharged from the VA hospital in Columbia, Missouri. That resident has not yet been discharged from the hospital and continues to receive care.

 

CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES TOP 200 IN ADAIR COUNTY 

Kirksville, MO 8/20/2020 – Three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among Adair County residents today, raising the year-to-date total to 203.

All three cases are the result of community spread, with two of those in households where another person tested positive previously. The three cases involve a 67-year-old male, a 40-year-old female, and a 37-year-old female. All three are in isolation, bringing the current total number of active cases to 30. As of today, 170 people have left isolation.

Also as of today, there are no Adair County residents hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center, although a previously confirmed case was admitted briefly to the VA Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, then discharged to home.

Cumulative

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASES REACH 200

Kirksville, MO 8/19/2020 – Eight new cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents have been confirmed today, bringing the year-to-date total to 200. One case involving a 49-year-old female is travel related. The other seven cases are the result of community spread. Those include males ages 72 and 19, and females ages 19, 29, 71, and two aged 26. Two of the community spread cases are higher-education related. That category collectively includes students, faculty and staff from Kirksville’s colleges and universities.

There are currently 32 active cases in isolation, 168 cases out of isolation, and no residents hospitalized today at Northeast Regional Medical Center. The Adair County Health Department has made 1,064 contact-tracing calls.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued new information regarding reinfection and how long COVID-19 cases are infectious. According to the CDC, there is insufficient evidence to determine whether people who have had COVID-19 are then immune to the virus or can be reinfected. The CDC has found evidence that infected people can test positive for the virus for three months while they are shedding the virus, although they are no longer infectious to others during much of that period.

The CDC reports that based on data collected by more than 15 U.S. and internationally based studies, “Researchers have found that the amount of live virus in the nose and throat drops significantly soon after COVID-19 symptoms develop.  Additionally, the duration of infectiousness in most people with COVID-19 is no longer than 10 days after symptoms begin and no longer than 20 days in people with severe illness or those who are severely immunocompromised.”

Based on the data, the CDC recommends that retesting of asymptomatic infected people during the three-month period is ineffective since most will continue to test positive but not be infectious. But if someone becomes symptomatic during the three-month period, they should isolate again. The CDC recommends that isolation can be halted 10 days after onset of symptoms of COVID-19 and resolution of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Those who never develop symptoms should isolate for 10 days from the date of a positive test for the virus.

According to the CDC, everyone, whether they have had COVID-19 or not, should take precautions including social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands frequently.

 

SIX MORE ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 8/18/2020 – With six new cases of COVID-19 reported today, Adair County has reached 192 confirmed cases since March. Two of the cases, a 55-year-old female and a 56-year-old male, are employees of an area meat-processing plant. The other four cases are the result of community spread, including one involving a 51-year-old male in the higher education community. The other three cases involve women ages 50 and 44, and a two-year-old boy. All six individuals are in isolation, bringing the total number of active cases to 24. As of today, there are no Adair County residents hospitalized for COVID-19 at Northeast Regional Medical Center.

“More than 50% of all cases in Adair County thus far affected employees of area meat-processing plants,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “At this point, the number of community spread cases is quickly gaining on that number. The virus is out there, so take all of the recommended precautions to avoid spreading it if you already have it, or to avoid contracting it if you’re negative. Either way, the precautions are the same. Wear a mask, socially distance, avoid crowds, wash your hands, and stay home if you don’t feel well or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19,” he said.

 

CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 REACH 186 IN ADAIR COUNTY 

Kirksville, MO 8/17/2020 – Ten additional cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents have been confirmed since last Friday, raising the year-to-date total to 186.

A 51-year-old male and 18-year-old female are employees at area meat-processing plants. A 62-year-old female, 31-year-old male and 34-year-old male have been infected via community spread. A 36-year-old male’s case is related to travel outside Adair County. A 19-year-old female, two 21-year-old females, and 64-year-old male involved in higher education also tested positive. There are currently 20 active cases in isolation and 166 people who have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has made 1,022 contact-tracing calls to date.

Cases by Date

HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS NEW CASES, ENCOURAGES IMMUNIZATIONS 

Kirksville, MO 8/14/2020 – Three additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Adair County, bringing the year-to-date total to 176. There are now 29 active cases, which means those individuals are in isolation, and 147 people have left isolation. None of the active cases are hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center. The Health Department has topped 990 contact-tracing calls.

One of the new cases is a 30-year-old male employee of an area meat-processing plant. The other two cases are the result of community spread. They involve a 28-year-old male and a 63-year-old female. The woman was most likely infected by a member of her household who recently tested positive for the virus.

“As schools in our community are reopening or preparing to do so, we encourage everyone to be supportive of parents, students, administrators, and teachers who are making some pretty tough decisions right now,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “From the beginning, this virus has been accompanied by so many unknowns, which means the decision-making process sometimes feels like a shot in the dark. Everybody is making the best decisions they can, based on the little knowledge we have about this unpredictable pandemic. Let’s try to support the people making difficult decisions for themselves, their students, and their families and get through this,” he said.

“One decision people are usually making this time of year is about immunizations for their kids and themselves,” LeBaron said. “It’s really important that kids get the recommended immunizations, and that everyone prepares to get the seasonal influenza vaccine this fall. While we’re fighting COVID-19, we don’t need to pick fights with the ‘flu, mumps, and measles,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health agencies are reminding people that they should still get regular immunizations despite the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC, routine vaccinations are essential to protect children and adults from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks which will also ensure that healthcare systems aren’t strained any further than many already are.

The Adair County Health Department website’s Clinic page includes immunization recommendations for children and adults (https://adair.lphamo.org/clinic/).

The Adair County Health Department’s clinic is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, and 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fridays; however, visits are by appointment only. Call (660) 665-8491 to schedule an appointment.

 

THREE NEW CASES OF COVID-19 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 8/13/2020 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed three new cases of COVID-19, all resulting from community spread. The cases involve females ages 51, 48, and 25.

There are currently 34 county residents in isolation and 139 who have left isolation. Northeast Regional Medical Center reports no COVID-positive Adair County residents are in the hospital today. The Adair County Health Department has contacted nearly 790 people in contact-tracing efforts.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES HIT 170

Kirksville, MO 8/12/2020 – Four more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among Adair County residents, including one case involving a five-year-old boy whose parents both tested positive previously for the virus. All three are currently in isolation.

There have now been 170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Adair County since March.

The other three new cases include a 42-year-old male infected by community spread, a 28-year-old meat-processing plant employee, and a 22-year-old female who was infected at a Kanakuk summer camp in Lampe, MO. Following the July 4th weekend, more than 80 campers had tested positive for the virus and the campers were sent home.

There are now 33 people in isolation and 137 who have left isolation. Currently, no Adair County residents are hospitalized for the virus.

As freshmen begin moving into residence halls on the Truman State University campus today, university health center staff are being trained to use the Abbott ID Now COVID-19 testing instrument, as are healthcare professionals associated with the Kirksville R-III Schools.

The Adair County Health Department purchased two Abbott ID Now instruments at a combined total cost of roughly $5,000, specifically to bolster testing efforts among the K-12 and university student populations as they return to classes.

“In April, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services gave us an Abbott ID Now instrument which is located at Northeast Regional Medical Center,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “In three months, Northeast Regional has processed nearly 800 rapid ID tests from Adair County and nine surrounding counties, including Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Sullivan, Knox, Linn, Macon, Chariton, and Randolph. The rapid ID tests are used primarily for vulnerable populations such as nursing home residents, for healthcare workers, law enforcement, first responders and other front-line staff, and more recently for employees at workplaces including the wind farms under construction in Schuyler County,” he said. “Northeast Regional has been phenomenal, but if we find ourselves needing rapid testing among the student populations returning to schools, it could be overwhelming. After all, the hospital lab is also processing hundreds of other non-COVID-related samples every day.”

“Now, Truman State University will be able to administer and process rapid tests on students who exhibit symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive,” LeBaron said. “They will know within minutes whether or not a student is positive, and that provides the information necessary to immediately isolate that student to prevent widespread transmission of the virus. The Kirksville School District will have that same advantage,” he said. “Having that technology so easily accessible to student populations in excess of 5,000 could mean the difference between a spike in cases and controlling an outbreak.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES RISE TO 166

Kirksville, MO 8/11/2020 – Eight new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed during the last 24 hours among Adair County residents. The total number of confirmed cases year to date now stands at 166.

Five of the newest cases involve employees at area meat-processing plants. Those include a 29-year-old female and males ages 33, 34, 27, and 38. Two cases are travel-related, a 23-year-old female infected at a church camp in Philadelphia, MO and a 73-year-old male infected after traveling outside Adair County. A 26-year-old female was infected via community spread.

Thirty-three residents are now in isolation and 133 have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has completed 925 contact-tracing calls to date. There are no current hospitalizations of Adair County residents for COVID-19 at Northeast Regional Medical Center.

“We don’t like seeing the numbers continue to rise when students are just about to return to school and Truman students are returning to Kirksville from cities and towns throughout the United States,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “We can’t let up on efforts to slow the transmission of COVID-19 throughout our community, and we’re urging everyone to get on board with taking precautions.”

To illustrate how cases in Adair County are rising, Karen Snider, DO, FAAO, FNAOME, and Elsa Snider, MPH, developed a graph showing the number of cases by dates they were reported.

“The graph provides a visual of how cases have occurred in Adair County since the first case was reported on March 21, 2020,” said LeBaron. “Our hope is that we can turn that sharp upward trajectory downward by taking precautions to slow the spread. Wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, disinfect surfaces, stay outside when possible, avoid large gatherings, and don’t touch your face,” he said. “It’s going to take all of use to turn the tide.”

 

SEVEN NEW CASES IN ADAIR COUNTY SINCE FRIDAY

Kirksville, MO 8/10/2020 – Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among Adair County residents since last Friday. Total cases year to date now stand at 158 with 30 people currently in isolation. Five of the seven new cases are the result of community spread. Those involve women age 66 and 36, and men age 38, 40 and 63. The other two cases involve a 34-year-old female and a 34-year-old male who are employees of area meat-processing plants.

“We have now had 28 positive cases confirmed during the past week, from August 3 through August 10, 2020,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “The uptick in cases is not a good sign as we prepare for the return of university students and the reopening of our county’s elementary and secondary schools which is when we anticipated seeing more cases,” he said.

“Residents are going into crowded stores, bars, restaurants, churches and attending receptions and other gatherings, many indoors, while not wearing masks, and that’s how this virus spreads throughout a community. We’ve seen it happen in so many other places and hope  people will take the small precaution of wearing masks here at least when they are unable to practice social distancing,” LeBaron said. “Every time one person decides to wear a mask, the risk of transmission declines a little. If we all wear one, we can reduce transmission exponentially,” he said.

 

ADAIR COUNTY TOPS 150 CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 8/7/2020 – Five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today brings the total number of cases year to date in Adair County to 151. The five cases involve a 36-year-old female and a 65-year-old male infected by community spread, a 46-year-old male infected while traveling outside of Adair County, and two male employees of an area meat-processing plant, a 23-year-old and a 27-year-old. The median age of all cases in Adair County to date is 30.5 years.

Based on analysis of antibody testing results, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the actual number of positive cases nationwide is likely to be 10 times the number of known positives. These people might have either been asymptomatic and didn’t know they had been infected, or experienced symptoms but didn’t get tested to confirm they were positive for the virus. In either case, they would have been infectious and capable of transmitting the disease to others.

“If the CDC is accurate, Adair County could potentially have had more than 1,500 cases of COVID-19 to date,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Again, this is why it’s so important that everyone assume they’re infectious and take precautions to protect others,” he said.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY TOPS 150 CASES OF COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 8/7/2020 – Five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today brings the total number of cases year to date in Adair County to 151. The five cases involve a 36-year-old female and a 65-year-old male infected by community spread, a 46-year-old male infected while traveling outside of Adair County, and two male employees of an area meat-processing plant, a 23-year-old and a 27-year-old. The median age of all cases in Adair County to date is 30.5 years.

Based on analysis of antibody testing results, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the actual number of positive cases nationwide is likely to be 10 times the number of known positives. These people might have either been asymptomatic and didn’t know they had been infected, or experienced symptoms but didn’t get tested to confirm they were positive for the virus. In either case, they would have been infectious and capable of transmitting the disease to others.

“If the CDC is accurate, Adair County could potentially have had more than 1,500 cases of COVID-19 to date,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Again, this is why it’s so important that everyone assume they’re infectious and take precautions to protect others,” he said.

 

SEVEN NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 8/6/2020 – With seven new cases of COVID-19 confirmed today among Adair County residents, the year-to-date total has risen to 146. The number of people now in isolation has risen to 19.

Of the seven new cases, one is a 24-year-old female infected by community spread. The other six are all employees of area meat-packing plants. They include a 49-year-old female and men ages 47, 36, 33, 41, and 37.

Statewide, 1,241 new cases were confirmed in the last 24-hour period. Although the majority of cases in Missouri year-to-date have been in the state’s most populated cities and towns, there have been recent signs of more rapid growth in rural areas of the state. Knox County, for example, spiked from seven cases year-to-date to 24 in just the past seven days, an increase of 17 cases.

“We’re starting to witness more creep into rural areas of the state,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “This is inevitable since people have been returning to more routine activities and traveling. Again, that’s why we’re urging people to stay vigilant by wearing masks, socially distancing, washing hands or using hand sanitizer, avoiding large groups of people, opting for outdoor rather than indoor activities outside of their homes, and whatever they do, staying at home if they don’t feel well,” he said.

“The fact is that now is the most critical time for us to take precautions because this is the most difficult time to control the spread,” LeBaron said. “Truman students are returning from areas that are hotspots, kids are getting ready to go back to school, people are taking summer vacations, and nearly all businesses are fully reopened. We’ve never been more exposed to COVID-19 than we are right now,” he said. “We also need to remember that Kirksville is a regional retail, healthcare, and education hub,” LeBaron said. “That means we’re watching what’s happening in surrounding counties because those residents are coming in and out of Adair County,” he said.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HITS 139 COVID-19 CASES YEAR TO DATE

Kirksville, MO 8/5/2020 – Five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 brings Adair County’s year-to-date total number of cases to 139. All five new cases were transmitted via community spread, and all are women, ages 19, 28, 29, 43, and 74. There are now 14 residents in isolation and 125 who have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has completed 812 contact-tracing calls.

As students return to Truman State University and prepare to return to Adair County elementary and secondary schools, the Adair County Health Department continues to encourage people to wear masks to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

“Although some of the nation’s hotspots are beginning to level off, the Midwest is becoming the new coronavirus hotspot,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, acknowledged on Sunday that this new phase of the pandemic is ‘extraordinarily widespread,’ with cases spiking in rural areas,” LeBaron said. “We’ve all felt pretty safe in rural Missouri due to our relative isolation, but that’s giving us a false sense of security if we fail to take precautions to reduce the spread.”

Missouri is one of the Midwestern states cited for spikes in COVID-19 cases and deaths. In the 24-hour period one week ago, from July 29 to July 30, Missouri counted 2,084 new cases. From Monday, August 3 to Tuesday, August 4, there were 1,193 new cases reported statewide and 11 deaths.

“Dr. Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and other health officials have stated that everyone should wear a mask when they’re out in public, especially when social distancing is difficult. But we see a lot of people in Adair County who aren’t wearing masks unless they’re entering a space where the retailer or business owner has made wearing a mask mandatory,” Le Baron said. “There’s a reason for taking this precaution, and it has nothing to do with politics. Masks have been proven to slow or stop transmission of this airborne virus,” he said. “Studies published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have proven that wearing masks is vital because up to 50% of people carrying the virus have no symptoms or have not yet shown symptoms but are highly contagious,” LeBaron said. “Everyone should just assume they have the virus and wear a mask to protect others.”

Studies published by the CDC have also shown that wearing even a cloth mask, along with taking precautions such as frequent hand-washing, social distancing, and avoiding crowds, also protects the mask-wearer from others who can transmit the virus to them.

Dr. Birx also recommended that because so many people are resuming normal activities outside the home, they should wear masks while at home if a member of the household is particularly vulnerable to the virus either because of their age or if they have other health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and immuno-depressive disorders.

“We have no reason to panic in Adair County,” said LeBaron. “But we really, really need everyone to put on a mask to protect others and themselves. We don’t want to see cases spike here like we’re seeing in other parts of Missouri. Wearing masks, washing hands, and socially distancing will help keep every single one of us safe,” he said. “Community spread in other places has proven to be how transmission gets out of control. The fact that we’re seeing an uptick in community spread here is an early warning sign we should heed,” he said.

“I understand that some people think wearing a mask is somehow violating their personal rights,” LeBaron said. “That’s not the intent. This is like not allowing people to smoke in public spaces. Those rules weren’t put into place to take away a person’s right to smoke. They were put into place to protect the health of others who were inhaling second-hand smoke,” he said. “Wearing a mask is just the same. It protects others from infective airborne virus droplets.

“We’re okay in Adair County right now,” LeBaron said. “We’re asking everyone to do their part to keep it that way.”

 

SIX NEW CASES CONFIRMED IN ADAIR COUNTY SINCE JULY 31

Kirksville, MO 8/3/2020 – A 40-year-old female and a 34-year-old female tested positive for COVID-19 due to community spread. Four other cases involve employees at an area meat-processing plant: a 32-year-old female; a 46-year-old female; a 21-year-old male; and, a 27-year-old male. The six cases bring Adair County’s year-to-date total to134. Ten people remain in isolation and 124 have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has topped 800 contact-tracing calls.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CLOSES OUT JULY WITH 128 COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 7/31/2020 – As of July 31, 2020, Adair County has had 128 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among its residents. The most recent two cases involve a 26-year-old male working for a meat-processing plant and a 25-year-old female infected via community spread.

There are now eight residents in isolation and 120 who have left isolation since the first case was confirmed on March 21, 2020.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASE COUNT REACHES 126

Kirksville, MO 7/29/2020 – A 25-year-old male and 54-year-old female have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the year-to-date case count for Adair County to 126. Both were infected as the result of community spread. There are now nine residents in isolation and 117 who have left isolation.

 

TESTS CONFIRM THE PINES RESIDENT NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 7/28/2020 – Additional testing of an 80-year-old male at The Pines has confirmed that the resident is negative for COVID-19.

Following the July 21, 2020 positive test of an employee of The Pines, all residents and all employees were tested twice to determine whether the virus had been transmitted to anyone else in the facility. The 80-year-old resident was tested initially using the ID Now rapid test which was negative. The subsequent test, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, came back positive, so he was tested a third time using the ID Now. When that test showed negative results, The Pines, at the recommendation of Justin Puckett, D.O., who is the physician advisor to the local Emergency Operations Command for COVID-19, conducted another PCR test and an antibody test. The results of the last two tests are negative.

“Although PCR tests have proven to be extremely reliable, they aren’t perfect 100% of the time,” Puckett said. “In this case, we believe the resident’s second test was a false positive, based partly on the fact that three other tests were negative and substantially on the fact that the antibody test showed no evidence of him ever having the virus,” he said.

Puckett said that false positives are far better than false negatives because the latter gives a false sense of security. Because two of the three initial tests were negative, and because the resident never exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, Puckett was suspicious about the positive test result. With the fourth test returning negative results and the antibody test showing no presence of the virus, The Pines will return to the limited facility access to the facility that was in place following the initial shutdown in April. The subject resident has been released from quarantine.

“The Pines did everything right. Upon learning of the positive test result of the employee, they tested all employees and residents twice and restricted access to the facility. When the resident tested positive in the second round of testing, he was quarantined immediately to limit potential exposure,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department.

“Immediate, decisive action taken by The Pines was critical in keeping the virus from spreading through the facility like we’ve seen happen in other places throughout the United States,” he said. “Residents of long-term care facilities are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and need the most protection.”

The Pines employee remains in isolation, along with six other Adair County residents. Adair County has experienced no deaths from COVID-19 and only three people have required hospitalization. One hundred seventeen residents have left isolation.

 

FIVE MORE RESIDENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 7/27/2020 – The Adair County Health Department reports that there have now been 124 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began at the end of March. Four of today’s four cases are the result of community spread, a 25-year-old male, a 20-year-old male, a 54-year-old female, and a 61-year-old female. The fifth case is an 80-year-old male resident at The Pines long-term care facility.

On July 21, 2020, an employee of The Pines tested positive for the virus. Since then, all employees and residents have been tested twice. Out of 296 tests, only one has come back positive.

“In the first round of testing, we did 38 ID Now rapid tests and 110 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nasopharyngeal swab tests,” said Jim Richardson, administrator of The Pines. “All 148 tests in the second round were PCR tests,” he said.

The resident who had a positive test result has now been tested four times. His test results were negative the first time then positive the second time. Following the positive PCR test, he was given a rapid test which came back negative. With differing results, the resident was tested a fourth time and the results of the PCR test are expected soon. He is currently in quarantine, pending the results of the test.

There are now ten residents in isolation and 114 who have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has completed 780 contact-tracing calls.

 

 

THREE MORE CASES BRING ADAIR COUNTY COUNT TO 119

Kirksville, MO 7/24/2020 – Three more Adair County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 which brings the county’s year-to-date case count to 119. The three cases involve a 59-year-old male who works at an area meat-processing plant, a 52-year-old female who traveled outside of Adair County, and a 69-year-old female who was infected by community spread. There are now seven people in isolation and 112 who have left isolation.

The 116th case reported on July 21, 2020, involved an employee of The Pines. No one else has tested positive following a first round of testing of employees and residents of the facility. A second round of testing is being conducted today.

“We’re encouraged by the results so far with COVID-19 testing at The Pines,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “The employee who tested positive wore a mask at all times when working at the facility. Wearing a mask and practicing good hygiene at a job where social distancing isn’t always possible made a difference,” he said.

“If the virus has not been passed on to anyone else who lives or works in the facility, it’s not just luck. It’s a testament to the difference wearing a mask, hand hygiene, and disinfecting commonly used surfaces can make to slow the spread of the virus,” LeBaron said.

 

ADAIR COUNTY REACHES 116 COVID-19 CASES

Kirksville, MO 7/21/2020 – A 40-year-old female is the 116th confirmed case of COVID-19 in Adair County. There are currently 11 people in isolation and 105 who have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has reached out to 750 people in its contact-tracing efforts.

The latest case involves an employee of The Pines long-term care facility in Kirksville. The Pines is testing all residents and employees using the Abbott ID Now rapid testing system. If any employee or resident who tests negative begins to exhibit symptoms, they will be tested again using the polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test which requires more time to obtain results.

The Pines employee’s temperature was normal when taken upon her arrival at the facility. Later, her throat started becoming sore which she reported to her supervisor, was immediately tested, and sent home to quarantine. She is now in isolation.

“We’re doing everything we can to protect our residents and our staff,” said Jim Richardson, administrator of The Pines. “Since the first case in Adair County, we’ve been restricting access to the facility, wearing N95 masks and other protective gear, and keeping the facility disinfected,” he said. “But at the end of their shift, our employees go home or to the grocery store or somewhere else where they can be infected. None of us lives in a bubble. We can only react quickly if someone does become infected,” he said.

“This is what happens with community spread,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “People pick up the virus somewhere in public and don’t immediately know they have it. Some don’t get the expected symptoms, like a temperature, and some have no symptoms at all. But once you’re infected, you’re infecting other people. That’s why wearing a mask, keeping your distance, and washing your hands is so very important to protecting other people,” he said.

Unlike other places in the country, Adair County has not experienced high numbers of known infections and cases have been relatively mild. Only three of the 116 people who tested positive have required hospitalization and none required a ventilator.

“We all need to continue taking precautions to keep transmission as low as possible,” LeBaron said. “But when we identify a case, we immediately react to take precautions, implement testing, and conduct contact-tracing efforts to learn where a person might have been infected and who else that person has come into close contact with,” he said.

The Adair County Health Department and the county’s Emergency Operations Command have worked to make the rapid testing available for healthcare providers and vulnerable populations, including long-term care facilities and nursing homes throughout northeast Missouri. For example, the Abbott ID Now equipment is located in Northeast Regional Medical Center whose lab staff process the tests. The Adair County Ambulance District maintains the inventory of ID Now test kits so they can be distributed rapidly to places where needed, like The Pines. The Kirksville Fire Department maintains an inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use throughout the region should any facility run low.

“It takes all of our partners throughout the region, working together, to be responsive in situations exactly like this one,” LeBaron said. “Now is no time for any facility to have to go it alone. This is about the health of our entire community, and it takes every single one of us to keep it as healthy as possible,” he said.

 

 

MISSOURI CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EXCELLENCE RECOMMENDS WEARING MASKS IN PUBLIC

Kirksville, MO 7/20/2020 – A 21-year-old female who traveled outside the state is the latest Adair County resident to test positive for COVID-19. While Adair County’s 115 cases are lower than other parts of the state, Missouri hit a one-day total record of 958 new cases on Saturday. Missouri has surpassed 33,000 cases.

The Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence (MOCPHE) on July 15, 2020, formally recommended “…the use of face masks by the general public when outside the home and supports face mask requirements due to substantial evidence that they decrease the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Face masks will continue to be a critical tool to fight this virus as evidence grows that COVID-19 is spread by asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals and face-to-face interactions increase.”

The mask recommendation is based upon research, modeling, and scientific analysis. In Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Joplin, Kansas City, North Kansas City, Rolla, Springfield, St. Joseph, and St. Louis, as well as Boone, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Platte and St. Louis counties mandate that people wear masks outside their homes.

“We haven’t experienced a huge spike in cases in Adair County, although the number of cases continues to rise,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “But science repeatedly demonstrates that wearing masks dramatically slows transmission of COVID-19. That’s why we’re asking that people follow MOCHPE’s recommendation and wear a mask when they leave their homes and enter a public space of any kind. Doing this one little thing just might keep us from experiencing what other communities and states are going through,” he said.

MOCPHE comprises public health members throughout the state, including the Adair County Health Department. Information about the research and MOCPHE’s mask recommendation can be found at https://www.mocphe.org/.

 

THREE NEW COVID-19 CASES PUT ADAIR COUNTY AT 114 

Kirksville, MO 7/17/2020 – Three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today, bringing the total number of cases in Adair County to 114. The new cases involve a 33-year-old male meat- processing plant employee, a 46-year-old female infected by community spread, and a 21-year-old female whose case is related to travel.  Eleven county residents are currently in isolation and 103 people who previously tested positive have left isolation.

“Adair County continues to have fewer cases of COVID-19 than many other counties in the state,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “To keep it that way, we’re encouraging people to voluntarily wear masks when around people outside of their household, to maintain social distancing, to practice good hand hygiene, and to stay at home if they don’t feel well. If we all take these steps to protect the people around us, maybe we can keep Adair County a safe place to be,” he said.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS TWO NEW CASES, ASKS RESIDENTS TO CONTINUE TAKING PRECAUTIONS

Kirksville, MO 7/16/2020 – Two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed today, bringing Adair County’s year-to-date total to 111 cases. The cases involve a 27-year-old female attributed to travel and a 22-year-old male attributed to community spread. There are currently eight people in isolation.

Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator, said that so far, the county’s cases are low compared to other Missouri counties and other states, and there have been no deaths or cases serious enough to require ventilators.

“That said, the Adair County Health Department needs everyone’s help to keep our case counts low and keep our residents healthy,” LeBaron said. “Businesses have reopened and our economy is improving. Schools and universities are preparing to reopen in August. It’s time for each of us in Adair County to ask ourselves what we can do to support our hospitals, first responders, economy, businesses, and schools while protecting the other residents in our county – especially those who are most vulnerable to this virus,” he said.

LeBaron recommended six actions everyone can take to help keep Adair County as healthy as possible:

  1. Voluntarily make a personal investment to our community by wearing a face covering when in public for at least the next four weeks. This is a great way to protect one another, slow the spread of the virus, and welcome students back to school. Doing this now might help us avoid another shutdown in the fall.
  2. Maintain social distancing of six feet or more from anyone you don’t live with every time you’re around other people.
  3. Practice good hand-washing hygiene.
  4. Stay at home if you don’t feel well or if you suddenly lose your sense of taste or smell.
  5. Avoid large gatherings. The greater the number of people, the greater the risk of virus transmission.
  6. Respectfully observe and abide by the wishes of businesses, healthcare settings and other places that require masks be worn to protect their employees, patrons, patients, and visitors. Remember that everyone else wearing a mask is protecting you.

“Some people might wonder if taking these precautions is ‘worth it,’” LeBaron said. “I fully believe it is, based on what we’re witnessing in places where the virus is rampant.

“None of us want to be told what to do and how to do it, but for right now, each of us needs to do some things we don’t normally do to keep each other safe and healthy,” he said. “It’s good for our economy, our business and industry, our schools, our healthcare providers, our family, friends and neighbors and, yes, for our own personal health.”

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES HOLD AT 109

Kirksville, MO 7/15/2020 – No new cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents have been confirmed today, holding the year-to-date case count at 109. Five people have left isolation since yesterday, leaving only six still in isolation.

Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, said the infection sources of the 109 cases have followed a distinct trend.

“When Missouri and Adair County began sheltering in place in late March and early April, our first 13 cases were related to travel and community spread. From mid-May through the end of June, most cases were related to area meat processing plants, although there continued to be some cases of community spread,” LeBaron said. “In the last 15 days, we’ve had 14 cases reported with only one related to a plant. The other 13 have been identified as community spread, travel related, and three related to a religious gathering. That’s because people have been venturing back out into the community, holding group events again, and restarting travel,” he said.

LeBaron said that reopening Adair County was expected to result in an uptick of cases related to travel, community spread, and large gatherings, particularly in the midst of summer holidays.  While reopening the economy has benefited local businesses, the risks of transmission of COVID-19 have not really changed.

“The virus is still out there and will be until we have vaccines available. That means that while people are venturing out again, they need to remember to take precautions to avoid outbreaks like we’re seeing in other parts of the state and the nation,” LeBaron said.

“Remember to maintain social distancing and wear a mask when doing so is difficult or impossible. Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizers when soap and water aren’t readily available,” he said. “Be smart, be safe, and take steps to protect people around you, especially the elderly, chronically ill, and others who are most vulnerable to the disease.”

 

FREE COVID-19 TESTING IN MACON AS ADAIR COUNTY REACHES 109 CASES

Kirksville, MO 7/14/2020 – Cases of COVID-19 reached 109 among Adair County residents today with a 27-year-old male in a travel-related exposure. He is now one of 11 people in isolation. Ninety-eight people have left isolation after testing positive since the beginning of the year. More than 3,000 tests have been performed in Adair County to date.

Any Missouri resident can register for a free COVID-19 testing clinic administered by the Missouri National Guard at the Macon County Fairgrounds on Monday, July 20, 2020 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Macon County Health Department, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, is hosting the National Guard’s testing clinic.

No physician’s order for testing is necessary; however, registration is required. Visit www.health.mo.gov/communitytest to register online or call 877-435-8411 to register by phone.

 

THREE MORE ADAIR COUNTY RESIDENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Kirksville, MO 7/13/2020 – A 64-year-old male, a 20-year-old female, and 21-year-old female have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county’s year-to-date total to 108. The man’s case and the 21-year-old woman’s case are related to community spread and the 20-year-old’s case is related to travel.

Twelve residents are currently in isolation and 96 people have left isolation. To date, only three of the 108 infected people have required hospitalization, and none have required use of a ventilator. Staff with the Adair County Health Department have exceeded 720 contact-tracing calls.

“As the pandemic continues, people are hearing a lot of conflicting information about the virus,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Much of that can be attributed to the fact that COVID-19 has been far more unpredictable than many other viruses, and we’re learning more and more about it every day. Rather than get confused by all the conflicting information, people should just remember to do the three things that have been fairly consistent in controlling the spread of the virus. Wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a mask,” he said. “Until there are effective therapeutic treatments and a vaccine, these precautions are the best thing each of us can take to slow the spread.”

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASE COUNT NOW STANDS AT 105

Kirksville, MO 7/10/2020 – A 50-year-old male is the latest Adair County resident to test positive for COVID-19 this year. The man’s infection is travel related.

Nine Adair County residents are in isolation and 96 residents have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has completed 689 contact-tracing calls to potentially infected persons.

 

ADAIR COUNTY REPORTS 104th COVID-19 CASE

Kirksville, MO 7/7/2020 – The Adair County Health Department reports four new cases of COVID-19 among residents today, bringing the year-to-date total to 104. Three of the cases, men ages 41, 57, and 69, are related to a church revival held in Macon, Missouri from June 28 through July 1. The fourth new case is a 24-year-old female infected by community spread.

“The cases stemming from the church revival in Macon illustrate the need for people to maintain social distance and wear masks if they attend group events,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Taking these precautions should reduce the spread of the virus among people who have gathered for any type of occasion,” he said.

There are currently 11 Adair County residents in isolation now and 93 who have left isolation.

 

PARTNERS BRINGING MEDICAL SURGE RESPONSE SHELTERS TO REGION

Kirksville, MO 7/7/2020 – The Northeast Missouri Health Council and Adair County Health Department have partnered to bring two medical surge response shelters to northeast Missouri. Estimated delivery of the two shelters is September.

The mobile shelters are equipped with LED lighting, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units powered by fuel generators. They feature an aluminum framework covered with insulated vinyl and flooring and can be entirely enclosed or opened at each end for drive-through clinics. The disassembled units will be stored in an 18-foot enclosed trailer when not in use. Each unit requires four to six people to set them up at any location. The shelters are designed to withstand rain, snow, and high winds.

Ronald Stewart, planner for the Adair County Health Department, said the mobile shelters will be used for vaccine drive-through clinics and can be used to house people during weather emergencies, power outages, and other emergency events that force them from their homes. The units can also be fitted with beds to treat patients in the event hospitals are filled to capacity during the pandemic or during other major disasters.

“This is a turnkey operation,” Stewart said. “We will even receive a full day of training on setting up, taking down, and storing the shelters. Not only our staff will be trained, but staff from other health departments, emergency responders, and healthcare providers in the region will also be trained,” he said.

As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), the Northeast Missouri Health Council (NMHC) is eligible to receive federal emergency funds for COVID-19 initiatives.  The NMHC Board of Directors voted to invest the $128,000 in emergency funds to purchase the units.

“It was really a no-brainer for us to use one-time emergency funding that’s available to us as an FQHC to make this option available, when such funding is not available to the Adair County Health Department or any other entity in the region,” said Andy Grimm, chief executive officer of the Northeast Missouri Health Council. “The Health Department will store the units and coordinate their use with the Adair County Emergency Operations Command and with other county health departments and hospitals throughout northeast Missouri. It’s a win-win for everyone,” Grimm said.

“The purchase of these shelters by the Northeast Missouri Health Council is a big step toward having the resources we need to vaccinate residents for both influenza and for COVID-19 when that vaccine is available,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “The units offer an enclosed, temperature-controlled space that’s safe and comfortable for people driving through while protecting our staff and all of our community healthcare partners responding to COVID-19 and other potential public health emergencies,” he said. “It’s likely that the COVID-19 vaccine will be ready in the dead of the northeast Missouri winter, so we need a place to administer the vaccine where it’s safe for residents and staff.”

NMHC has medical and dental clinics in Kirksville, Macon and Kahoka, and medical clinics in Edina and Milan, providing services throughout northeast Missouri.

Grimm said the sparser population spread throughout northeast Missouri as opposed to other areas of the state often puts the region at a disadvantage for funding and resources, but it’s the willingness of healthcare providers and health departments to work across county lines that ensures service to area residents, especially during times of public health emergencies and natural disasters.

“We all either come together and figure it out on our own or what needs to happen doesn’t,” Grimm said.

 

ADAIR COUNTY REPORTS 100th COVID-19 CASE

Kirksville, MO 7/6/2020 – A 23-year-old female is the 100th case of COVID-19 in Adair County since the beginning of the year. The woman’s infection is attributed to community spread. There are now seven people in isolation and 93 people who have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has completed 681 contact-tracing calls to date.

 

ADAIR COUNTY NEARS HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH 99 TOTAL CASES 

Kirksville, MO 7/2/2020 – As people kick off the Fourth of July holiday, the COVID-19 case count since January 1, 2020 for Adair County has reached 99. Seven people are in isolation and 92 have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has conducted more than 640 contact-tracing calls.

The four latest cases reported involve a 50-year-old male working at a meat-processing plant, a 34-year-old male whose case is travel-related, and a 21-year-old female and male whose infections are the result of community spread.

“Community spread is how we categorize a case when we don’t know how someone became infected with COVID-19,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Those are the cases we don’t want to have in our community because we can’t determine who transmitted the disease and therefore can’t get a complete picture in our contact-tracing efforts,” he said.

Contact tracing begins by talking to the person who has just tested positive to determine other people that person might have had close contact with. Those people might be encouraged to be tested and to monitor any symptoms, although many people are asymptomatic which means they never display known symptoms of COVID-19. People who have had close contact with the infected person are asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days to reduce the chance of further transmission of the virus.

“As people leave their homes for the holiday weekend, it’s helpful to note what other people they have close contact with. If someone later tests positive, remembering who that person had close contact with will help with contact tracing,” LeBaron said.

LeBaron also reminds people who decided to venture outside their homes to take precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those precautions include maintaining a distance of six feet or more between you and anyone outside of your household, wearing a mask, washing hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available, and refraining from potluck and picnic-types of eating. The same social distancing rule applies when spending time at pools and beaches. You should maintain at least six feet between you and anyone who doesn’t live with you, and wear a face mask when you’re not in the water. Wearing masks is not advised for children under the age of two, people who have difficulty breathing, people who are unconscious or incapacitated, or for anyone unable to remove the mask without assistance.  The CDC guidelines for going out in public can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/deciding-to-go-out.html.

LeBaron said that some people in the community have been confused by differing case numbers reported by different entities on websites ranging from the CDC, Johns Hopkins University, media outlets, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

“Reporting entities such as testing labs are required to notify the local health department of any positive results for any of their residents,” LeBaron said. “We know that our numbers are as current as possible at all times. Even the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ website is often behind on reported numbers, because it takes time for them to update its website, and the website states there is a 72-hour delay in numbers because the Department needs to verify them before updating the site,” he said.

“It’s also helpful to know that our numbers are for Adair County residents only, no matter where they were tested. Even though many people are tested at clinics in Adair County, if they don’t live here, their numbers aren’t included in our case count,” LeBaron said. “All positive cases are included in the count of the county or municipality they reside in.”

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services features a “Missouri COVID-19 Dashboard” on its website. The dashboard provides detailed demographics for counties and municipalities. The dashboard can be accessed at http://mophep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=8e01a5d8d8bd4b4f85add006f9e14a9d.

 

 

Kirksville, MO 6/30/2020 – The total COVID-19 year-to-date case count in Adair County stands at 95 as of today. Only six people are in isolation and 89 have left isolation. The last three cases involve a 22-year-old male infected by community spread, a 51-year-old male employee of an area meat-processing plant, and a 26-year-old male whose case is related to recent travel. As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is forecasting a spike in COVID-related deaths nationwide by July 18, 2020. Missouri is among the 13 states the CDC believes will see more deaths in the next four weeks than occurred during the past four weeks.

“We have been lucky in Adair County so far,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Cases in much of Missouri are rising, and the CDC thinks it’s going to get even worse with the Fourth of July weekend upon us. We’re moving in the wrong direction right now,” he said.

To date, Adair County has had no COVID-related deaths and only three people have been hospitalized, none of whom required a ventilator.

“The Fourth of July holiday has typically been a time of gathering with family and friends and there’s a temptation to just celebrate as usual. But people really need to rethink how they celebrate this year,” LeBaron said. “There might be people traveling to Adair County who bring the virus with them, and there might be people who live here who travel outside of the county who might then bring the virus back with them,” he said. “Everyone needs to take precautions to help keep the spread of COVID-19 to a minimum here. We’ve been doing a good job so far.”

The CDC website offers recommendations for safely navigating being out in public. Among the recommendations are maintaining social distance of six feet or more, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently or using hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available.

“The research has shown that being outside is better than being inside. Maintaining social distance is better than close contact. Brief contact is better than extended contact. And wearing a mask helps control the spread of the virus,” LeBaron said. “Of course, staying home with household members is the best way to celebrate. But if you think you have to gather with other people, just be smart about it and take the recommended precautions. Above all, if you don’t feel well, stay at home,” he said.

The CDC also recommends avoiding shared food and drinks at gatherings that involve anyone outside of your household, so family reunion-style picnics should be replaced by people bringing their own food and drinks to consume.

“Keep in mind that taking the recommended precautions doesn’t just benefit you. They protect others whose age and health issues might make the virus more severe if not deadly for them,” LeBaron said. “Maybe having the entire family gather at grandma’s house this year isn’t the safest thing for grandma. But if you do, make sure you wear a mask to protect her, keep your distance, and give her an option other than communal food,” he said. “When you’re deciding what you’re going to do and where you’re going to go, think about other people as well as yourself.”

The CDC guidelines for going out in public can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/deciding-to-go-out.html.

 


6/18/2020 Update – ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES HIT 92

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ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASES HIT 92

Kirksville, MO 6/22/2020 – The number of Adair County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the year has reached 92. A 25-year-old female has been infected by community spread. The other five cases, a 26-year-old and a 40-year-old female, and a 24-year-old, 38-year-old, and 52-year-old male, are related to area meat-processing plants.

The Adair County Health Department reports that 16 people are now in isolation and 76 people have left isolation. Health Department staff have conducted 520 contact-tracing interviews.

 

ADAIR COUNTY RESIDENTS INVITED TO TAKE ONLINE SURVEY

Kirksville, MO 6/18/2020 – The Adair County Health Department has published a brief, three-question survey on its website and on its Facebook page for county residents. The survey, which takes seconds to complete, asks how many people live in their residence, how many of those plan to get the seasonal influenza vaccine at the October 14, 2020 drive-through clinic, and how many plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available this winter.

“Drive-through vaccination clinics take a lot of planning and coordination and a lot of staffing – many more people than just our Health Department staff,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “If we can anticipate the demand for these clinics among our residents, we can do a much better job preparing for them. That’s why we’re asking one resident from every household in Adair County to take a minute to complete this brief survey,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 and older get the annual seasonal influenza vaccine. Although the ‘flu vaccine does not protect people against COVID-19, it has other benefits, such as warding off the 2020-2021 seasonal ‘flu which could strain not only your health but healthcare resources in general.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19; however, it is anticipated that effective vaccines will be ready by the end of the year. As production of a vaccine is ramped up for mass distribution, healthcare and other essential workers, as well as vulnerable populations, will probably be among the first to be administered the vaccine. Those guidelines will be developed by the CDC and other healthcare organizations when the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

“With so many unknowns at this time about a COVID-19 vaccine, comprehensive planning efforts are critical to being able to get it distributed quickly and efficiently when it does become available,” LeBaron said. “We need your help and input through this survey to do the best planning possible. Thanks for taking the time to provide your input,” he said.

One member from every Adair County household can access the Health Department’s survey on its website, https://adair.lphamo.org/, or on its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Adair-County-Health-Department-358830512380.

 

 

STAYING SAFE WHEN GOING OUT

Kirksville, MO 6/17/2020 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published guidelines for people re-emerging from shelter-in-place orders. The guidelines are intended to help people stay safe as restrictions are lifted, bearing in mind that cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Adair County and across the country and there is still no vaccine.

Although there’s no sure-fire way to be protected except for remaining at home with no contact with other people, the CDC has now offered information to help people who want to venture back into public spaces make wise decisions about doing that as safely as possible. There is no single, straightforward recommendation. Instead, the CDC advises people to consider four basic areas, including distance, environment, activity, and time, and the increased or decreased risk of transmission with those four alone and in combination with one another.

There has now been time for researchers to study data related to people who have had COVID-19 and how the virus was transmitted to them. What those studies have shown in aggregate is that maintaining a safe distance from other people outside of your household is safer than not and that distance depends on the type of activity you’re engaged in.

For example, if people are singing, they’re throwing more droplets into the air which increases the likelihood of transmission over people who are speaking normally. Avoiding large gatherings is safer. Being outdoors is generally safer than being indoors because droplets fall to the ground more quickly outdoors than indoors, particularly in poorly ventilated spaces. Exposure to virus transmission is heightened the longer you have close contact with other people, meaning there’s less than six feet between you. And close contact lasting less than 15 minutes with others decreases the likelihood of transmission.

What this means is that even if you’re outside rather than inside for a wedding, you should still maintain social distancing, limit close contact with anyone outside of your household, and wear a mask. Taking a walk outdoors with a friend is better than being inside at a gym, but if you’re not wearing masks, you should maintain more than six feet of distance because breathing harder expels more droplets into the air which travel greater distances than occurs with normal breathing. Or, someone who works in a grocery store is more likely to be infected with the virus than those who visit the store because the employee is there for hours, unlike the customer who enters and leaves within minutes.

As people return to public spaces, the CDC recommends that people wear masks, especially when social distancing is difficult or impossible to maintain. The CDC also recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after touching items such as groceries, gas nozzles, menus, and door handles, and to avoid touching your face unless you’ve washed your hands. If soap and water aren’t readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cough or sneeze into your elbow and if you have to blow your nose, wash or sanitize your hands immediately after disposing of the tissue in the trash.

The CDC warns that many people are infected with COVID-19 but don’t know it because they have no symptoms. Everyone should assume they’re infected and take precautions to not spread the virus to anyone else when in public.

Foremost in its recommendations, the CDC states that if you don’t feel well, stay home and away from other people. And if you are age 65 or older or if you suffer from other health conditions that have proven to make people particularly vulnerable to more serious cases of COVID-19, including moderate to severe asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, and any condition that renders you with a compromised immune system, you should avoid public places. If you have to go out, do so with extreme caution.

To read current CDC guidelines and recommendations about returning to public spaces, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/deciding-to-go-out.html.

Since January 1, 2020, Adair County has had 87 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 23 people are in isolation and 64 people have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has contacted more than 507 people in its contact-tracing efforts. The latest reported case involves a 38-year-old male who works in an area meat-processing plant.

 

 

TWO NEW CASES BRING ADAIR COUNTY TOTAL TO 86

Kirksville, MO 6/15/2020 – A 27-year-old male employee of an area meat-processing plant and a 78-year-old male are the latest Adair County residents to test positive for COVID-19. Eighty-six residents have tested positive since the beginning of the year. Twenty-three people are now in isolation and 63 have left isolation.

The 78-year old’s infection is the result of community spread. Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, said that with the reopening of the local economy, community spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus is inevitable.

“With community spread, we don’t know for certain how the virus was transmitted to an individual,” LeBaron said. “The only thing people can do to minimize this type of spread is to continue taking precautions. That means not leaving the house if you feel ill. It means washing your hands and disinfecting frequently used surfaces and objects like your cell phone. It means putting at least six feet between you and other people and wearing a mask when keeping that distance is difficult. And it means avoiding large crowds of people,” he said.

Statewide, in one week, the number of positive cases rose by 1,430 and the number of deaths rose by 70. In Adair County, the number of cases has increased by nine in one week.

“The virus is still out there, infecting people and killing people,” LeBaron said. “We’re fortunate that we have not had a death resulting from COVID-19 in Adair County, and I hope we can keep it that way. But slowing the spread means that each and every resident of the county has to continue to be vigilant and take the precautions recommended by the CDC. We can’t let up until we have effective treatments and vaccines. If we do, a lot more people are going to suffer the consequences of this virus,” he said.

“We’ve done fairly well in Adair County so far and I know people are weary of taking precautions, but it’s what we have to do for the foreseeable future. I hope everyone will keep up the good work.”

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASES CONTINUE TO RISE

Kirksville, MO 6/12/2020 – The number of COVID-19 cases among Adair County residents continue to rise. One week ago, the Adair County Health Department reported 72 cases year to date. One week later, the total case count stands at 84. Five new cases were reported on Monday. Since then, the Health Department has been notified of seven additional cases. Four of those cases are related to area meat-processing plants. Three, involving a 19-year-old male, a 19-year-old female, and a 71-year-old female, resulted from community spread. “Community spread” means how those individuals were infected with the virus is undetermined.

“Although the Governor has decided to ease restrictions throughout the State as of next Tuesday, Adair County continues to see an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Despite easing of restrictions, people need to continue taking precautions of washing their hands, maintaining social distancing and wearing masks in public when distancing is difficult,” LeBaron said.

LeBaron said the continued spread in Adair County isn’t just a problem for residents who work in area meat-processing plants. The community spread indicates the virus is circulating outside of those plants and infecting people randomly.

“People need to continue to be cautious,” LeBaron said. “Despite the reopening of the economy, nothing has changed since we all were ordered to shelter in place. There is still no proven treatment and still no vaccine and until there is, it’s the responsibility of every single person to take steps to protect themselves and others from spreading the virus,” he said. “This virus doesn’t care about the economy. It’s up to each of us to protect the most vulnerable people around us.”

As of today, 21 Adair County residents are in isolation and 63 have left isolation after testing positive for the virus.

 

 

MORE PEOPLE LEAVE ISOLATION IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 6/9/2020 – Another seven Adair County residents who previously tested positive for COVID-19 have left isolation as of today. Fifty-eight out of 77 people have now recovered. Nineteen residents remain in isolation.

As of today, 1,919 tests have been administered in Adair County with 1,715 negatives and 119 positives. The 119 positives include people who live outside of Adair County and people who received follow-up testing after testing positive. The Adair County Health Department is awaiting results for 85 people who have been tested.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID CASE UPDATE

Kirksville, MO 6/8/2020 – The Adair County Health Department reports that a 52-year-old female resident has tested positive for COVID-19 as the result of community spread. Four males related to area meat-processing plants, a 19-, 34-, 44- and 59-year-old, have also tested positive which brings Adair County’s total case count to 77 year to date. Twenty-six individuals are currently in isolation. Another six people have left isolation which brings that total to 51.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID CASE UPDATE

Kirksville, MO 6/5/2020 – A 38-year-old male Adair County resident who works at an area meat-processing plant has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county’s year-to-date total to 72. Twenty-seven individuals are currently in isolation. Three more people have left isolation since yesterday’s report, bringing that total up to 45. Adair County Health Department staff have now completed nearly 430 contact-tracing interviews.

 

CASES TOP 70 IN ADAIR COUNTY

Kirksville, MO 6/4/2020 – Confirmation of six more positive cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents put the total number of cases since January 1 at 71. There are now 29 people in isolation and 42 individuals who have left isolation.

Four of the six new cases, two 33-year-old females, a 31-year-old male and a 46-year-old male, are related to are meat-processing plants. The other two cases, a 21-year-old female and a 23-year-old female, are the result of community spread, meaning the source of their infections is undetermined.

The Adair County Health Department continues contact-tracing efforts. To date, staff have contacted and interviewed 421 people who had close contact with one or more of the people who have tested positive.

Also as of today, 1,722 people have been tested for COVID-19 at various sites in Adair County. There have been 1,494 negative results, 96 positives, and 132 results pending. The 96 positives include retesting of people who tested positive previously, as well as testing of individuals who reside outside of Adair County.

 

ADAIR COUNTY CASES AT 65 TODAY

Kirksville, MO 6/3/2020 – Three additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents today brings the total case count year to date to 65. Two of the cases, a 30-year-old male and a 33-year-old female, are related to area meat-processing plants. The third case involves a 56-year-old male Adair County farmer. There are now 23 people in isolation and 42 individuals have left isolation. The Health Department has completed 399 contacts with individuals who might have been in close contact with the 65 positive individuals.

As the state’s economy continues to open, Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, reminds residents to continue taking precautions.

“If you feel ill, stay at home and call your doctor or healthcare provider,” LeBaron said. “If you want to attend any type of gathering in excess of 10 people, use common sense by maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask if maintaining six feet or more between you and other people is impossible. Remember that anyone, whether they have symptoms of the virus or not, can be infectious,” he said. “Just act like you have the virus and take steps to protect others around you at all times.”

In addition to these precautions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends coughing or sneezing into your elbow, frequent handwashing with soap and water, and to avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose and eyes.

 

COVID-19 CASE COUNT TOPS 60

Kirksville, MO 6/1/2020 – Positive results for nine more Adair County residents have been reported since last Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 62. All nine of the new positives, five males and four females, are related to area meat-processing plants.

Although the number of positive cases year to date rose dramatically over the weekend, so did the number of people who have now left isolation. Thirty-three of the confirmed cases are out of isolation, up from 15 as of Friday. Twenty-nine people are currently in isolation.

Also good news is that to date, there have been no COVID-related deaths in Adair County and only three people have needed to be hospitalized. None of the three residents required a ventilator and all were discharged to their homes.

The Adair County Health Department continues to focus on contact-tracing efforts to mitigate transmission to other county residents. In addition to delivering all of its routine public health services, staff have contacted more than 350 people who might have had close contact with the 62 positive individuals year to date.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-POSITIVE NUMBER HITS 53

Kirksville, MO 5/29/2020 – A 38-year-old female employee at an area meat-processing plant is the latest Adair County resident to test positive for COVID-19. Fifty-three people have now tested positive since January 1, 2020, with 38 now in isolation.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has extended the state’s Phase 1 recovery measures through June 15, 2020. The Phase 1 plan includes orders to “…adhere to social distancing requirements, including maintaining six feet of space between individuals in most cases.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear masks to protect others in public places where social distancing is not possible or is unpredictable. Anyone who has any symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate at home. But the CDC’s current “best estimate” of the percentage of people who have no symptoms but are infected with the virus is 35%. Wearing masks helps prevent transmission of the virus from asymptomatic carriers to other people.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-POSITIVE NUMBER TOPS 50

Kirksville, MO 5/28/2020 – There are now 52 Adair County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the year. Of those, 37 people are in isolation and 15 have left isolation.

Three females, ages 23, 26 and 28, are the most recent people to have positive test results. One is related to an area meat-processing plant. Transmission of the virus to the other two women was due to community spread which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as “spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown.”

“One of the three women is an officer with the Kirksville Police Department who likely was infected by a person she came in contact with while on duty,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “It’s probable that the person did not have symptoms of the virus at the time but was infected and transmitted the virus to the officer,” he said.

The Health Department has contacted officers and staff with the Kirksville Police Department and will continue to monitor the situation. The Adair County Health Department conducts contact-tracing efforts for all individuals who test positive for the disease.

“This is exactly how community spread occurs,” LeBaron said. “An infected person randomly comes into close contact with another person who later tests positive for the virus. That’s why each of us has to take steps to protect other people around us, particularly people like law enforcement, healthcare workers, first responders, and those people who go to work every day to make sure there are groceries on the shelves and our prescriptions are filled,” he said.

To control community spread of COVID-19, residents are encouraged to maintain social distancing, wear masks in public spaces where social distancing is not possible or is unpredictable, wash hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face, particularly the eyes, nose and mouth.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-POSITIVE NUMBER REACHES 49

Kirksville, MO 5/27/2020 – Two individuals related to area meat-processing plants have become the 48th and 49th Adair County residents to have tested positive for COVID-19 year to date. The Adair County Health Department has been notified of positive results for a 37-year-old male and a 22-year-old male. There are now 34 people in isolation and 15 who have left isolation.

Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, advises residents to remain vigilant to keep the spread of the virus down to a minimum.

“Keep practicing those things that have been recommended by health experts and scientists, including washing your hands, not touching your face, staying six feet away from others and wearing a mask in public to protect others just in case you’re carrying the virus,” LeBaron said. “Wearing masks isn’t a political statement. It’s a precaution that can help reduce transmission of the virus, particularly from people who don’t have symptoms, to other people. If everyone will be careful, we can minimize transmission while we wait for effective treatments and a vaccine to be developed,” he said.

 

47 COVID-19 CASES YEAR TO DATE BUT PEOPLE LEAVING ISOLATION

Kirksville, MO 5/26/2020 – There have now been 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Adair County residents since January 1, 2020. The latest two cases involve a 38-year-old female and a 24-year-old male related to area meat-processing plants. As of today, 15 of those 47 individuals who tested positive previously have left isolation. There are now 32 active cases and no deaths.

To date, 1,270 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Adair County using lab tests, rapid ID Now tests and tests prior to surgical procedures.  Of those, 1,122 have had negative results, 57 have tested positive, and the results of 91 are still pending. Forty-seven of the 57 positives have been Adair County residents. The other 10 results are for individuals tested here but living outside Adair County.

The Adair County Health Department has made 275 contacts in its contact-tracing efforts. Staff continue to focus on contact tracing to reduce transmission of the virus by people who have tested positive.

 

CASES REACH 40 IN ADAIR COUNTY 

Kirksville, MO 5/22/2020 – As we head into the Memorial Day Weekend, one new case of COVID-19 has been reported to the Adair County Health Department, bringing the total number of cases since January 1, 2020 to 40. A 29-year-old female is the latest person to test positive for the virus. Twenty-eight county residents are now in isolation.

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 CASE UPDATE

Kirksville, MO 5/21/2020 – Two new cases of COVID-19 today involve a 58-year-old female and a 27-year-old female, bringing total cases in Adair County to 39. Twenty-seven people are currently in isolation. One of the two cases is an employee of an area meat processing plant; the other is not.

The Adair County Health Department has contacted 186 people who have had close contact with individuals who have tested positive to date and continues contact-tracing efforts to help slow transmission of the virus.

“COVID-19 continues to spread in our community,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Every resident of the county bears a responsibility to take every precaution possible to protect others. We all have to do what we can to slow the spread,” he said.

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