January 25, 2023

Kirksville, MO 1/25/23 –After a seven-day decrease in the number of cases of COVID-19 reported to the Adair County Health Department, cases have risen again for the period from January 18-24. There have been 27 new cases of COVID-19 reported during this period. Cases of Influenza A have held steady at eight.

COVID-19 Case Report 01/24/23

The Adair County Health Department recommends residents be fully vaccinated and boosted to protect themselves and others from infection and serious disease. The Health Department will continue to administer COVID-19 bivalent boosters for residents ages 12 and older from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesdays during February, as long as vaccine supplies last. The Health Department also continues administering the seasonal flu vaccine to those ages three and older. Parents of residents under age 12 should contact their child’s doctor or pharmacy about getting COVID-19 vaccines.

The Health Department also recommends that residents take steps to mitigate the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and the flu. Steps should include monitoring symptoms of any of the viruses and staying home if you exhibit any of them until you have seen your healthcare provider.

You should also be prepared to change travel plans if you are ill or if you will be visiting family or friends susceptible to severe risks of these viruses. Wear masks in crowded indoor spaces and wash your hands frequently to reduce the risk of contracting a virus or spreading it.

To obtain information about slowing the spread of respiratory illnesses or to schedule a COVID-19 or flu vaccine, call the Adair County Health Department at 660-665-8491.