March 22, 2022
Kirksville, MO 3/22/22 – The Adair County Health Department confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 from March 12 through March 21, 2022. Cases include females ages 20, 29, 33 and 61, and males ages 41 and 51. One case is a breakthrough infection.
Note: Our data week has been changed to Tuesday thru Monday to capture a seven day period of new Covid-19 cases including holidays and weekends.
“We are encouraged by the low case counts we’re seeing right now, but caution residents – particularly the elderly and those with health conditions that make them more susceptible to serious symptoms of COVID-19 – to continue taking precautions,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department.
“We’re watching the spread of the Omicron BA.2 variant which is ramping up case counts in Europe and Asia,” LeBaron said. “The variant, which is even more easily spread than Omicron B.1, has arrived in the United States. It could lead to a bump in our cases counts, but we’re hoping not the bump we saw with Delta and Omicron BA.1.”
Although case counts have fallen significantly from the number of confirmed cases in January and February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Adair County Health Department recommend that all people ages 5 and older get vaccinated against COVID-19 and all those ages 16 and older get vaccinated and boosted to provide ongoing protection against the virus. No vaccines are 100% effective at preventing disease. However, the COVID-19 vaccines are easily accessible, free, and continue to demonstrate that they prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
The Health Department will administer COVID-19 vaccines at their clinic located at 1001 South Jamison Street throughout March and April. Adult clinics are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 29 and April 5, 12, 19 and 26. Pediatric clinics are scheduled from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, March 24 and 31 and April 7, 14, 21 and 28. Adair County residents should call the Health Department at 660-665-8491 to schedule a vaccine appointment.