June 7, 2022
Kirksville, MO 6/7/22 – In the seven-day period from May 31 through June 6, 61 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported to the Adair County Health Department. There were only 22 new cases reported in the previous seven-day period.
“COVID-19 hasn’t disappeared,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “The Omicron variants are extremely transmissible and fewer people are taking precautions to protect themselves and others. Infection numbers will continue to rise with that combination.”
Please note the Y axis is a scale of positive cases reported to the Health Department for the past week. Home COVID-19 tests are included in this data if they are reported to us. Please also note the dates indicate when the graph was updated for the previous week ending on a Monday.
Northeast Regional Medical Center is reporting a LOW category regarding the COVID-19 related admissions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public settings and avoid exposure to those who have the disease. Testing remains a critical part of slowing the spread, and it is easier than ever to do. Home test kits are available for purchase at several area pharmacies and may be reimbursed by health insurers. They are also available to Adair County residents at no charge at the Health Department. Call 660-665-8491 to reserve a home test kit.
“It’s so important that anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, and that they report their test results to us, even if they use a home test,” LeBaron said. “That’s the only way we can keep track of the magnitude of the spread of the disease.”
Residents who test positive using a home test can use the “Contact Us” form on the Health Department website or call the Health Department at 660-665-8491 to report a positive result. Residents can also use these contact methods to ask questions about quarantine and isolation measures currently recommended by the CDC.
“We are also encouraging those who are not yet vaccinated, fully vaccinated, or boosted to do so,” LeBaron said. “The vaccines have proven to be safe and effective in reducing the likelihood of being infected, or from suffering from serious or life-threatening symptoms if infected.
The Adair County Health Department continues to administer adult COVID-19 vaccines and boosters on Tuesdays and pediatric doses on Thursdays. Call 660-665-8491 to schedule an appointment.