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10/23/2020 – NINE NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED

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.

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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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