WEDNESDAY UPDATES: Audrain County’s Health Department is hosting Johnson and Johnson vaccine events
Audrain County’s Department of Health offers seven different ways to get the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in a one-and-done clinic billed clinic.
The vaccine will be available in one-hour clinics from the ACHD offices at 1130 South Elmwood Drive, Mexico.
The clinics take place on the following dates from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.:
- Thursday June 17th
- Monday June 21st
- Wednesday June 23rd
- Thursday June 24th
- Monday June 28th
- Wednesday June 30th
- Wednesday July 7th
“It’s a great opportunity to get the vaccine as it is a single-dose vaccine,” said Brandi Meyer, director of the ACHD immunization program. “This eliminates the need to plan a subsequent dose three or four weeks after the first dose has been administered.”
Missouri DHSS Surveillance Delta Variant; urges further vaccination
The Missouri Department of Health (DHSS) reports an increase in people contracting the variant delta coronavirus.
“Our main concern in Missouri is areas of reduced vaccine consumption,” said Robert Knodell, acting director of the Missouri Health and Elderly Service (DHSS). “Because this variant is easier to spread and can potentially lead to more serious illnesses in unvaccinated people of all ages, vaccinations are the best way to stop this virus from moving.”
Officials say this recent surge in the highly transmissible Delta variant underscores the importance of COVID-19 testing for symptomatic or asymptomatic patients.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that the Delta variant has been classified as a “worrying variant” in the United States.
The delta variant joins the alpha, beta, gamma and epsilon variants in circulation in the USA, which are already classified as worrying variants.
The Delta virus has already been detected in over 70 countries around the world and is expected to dominate worldwide. It also leads to more serious illness and hospitalization for those who have not been vaccinated.
Active coronavirus cases in Boone County are increasing for the third day in a row
The Columbia / Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services reports 11 new COVID-19 cases.
There are currently 60 active cases in the county.
The county now has a total reported number of COVID-19 cases of 18,655.
The county has reported the total number of cases removed from isolation is 18,478.
The health department’s hospital status remains yellow.
The health department reports three Boone County residents are in hospital for the coronavirus.
A Boone County hospital has a total of 32 people hospitalized for the coronavirus.
The dashboard shows seven COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit and one patient on a ventilator.
The Missouri State Coronavirus Vaccine Dashboard reports that 89,077 Boone County residents received their first dose and 78,563 Boone County residents completed their vaccine doses.
Boone County has the largest proportion of people in mid-Missouri who received at least one dose of the vaccine, at 49.4%. The second closest in the state is St. Louis County with 47.4%.
Boone County is the first in the state with 43.5% of residents reported to have completed their coronavirus vaccine doses. St. Charles County ranks second in the state, with 40.3% of residents having completed vaccination doses.
Cole County has the second highest primary vaccination rate in mid-Missouri at 39.7%. Montgomery County ranks third at 35.8%.
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Missouri areas popular with tourists
Part of southern Missouris is seeing a sharp rise in coronavirus cases and wrong-time hospital admissions – as tourists incarcerated after a year make their way to popular destinations like Branson and Lake of the Ozarks, the Associated Press reported.
Data from the State Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard shows 206 people hospitalized in southwest Missouri with the virus – nearly double the 111 hospital admissions on May 1. Health experts name two factors that are driving the increase: the presence of the more rapidly spreading delta variant and the reluctance of residents to get vaccinated.
Some counties in central and northern Missouri are also among those experiencing an upward trend in cases. Linn County has the highest number of new cases per 100,000 population for the past week at 713. Miller County has the fifth highest number of cases per capita during this time span and Chariton County has the seventh highest recorded number of cases according to state data.
More than 500 new COVID-19 cases in Missouri
The Missouri Department of Health reported 586 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total for the state to 517,027.
The state’s positivity rate rose to 5.9% on Wednesday. According to the States COVID-19 dashboard, Missouri saw cases increase by 31% over the past 7 days.
The state also added 271 likely antigen cases of the virus to the dashboard on Wednesday, bringing the total to 90,695.
Two new deaths were added, bringing the total since the pandemic started to 9,224.
According to the state’s vaccine dashboard, 43% of Missourians have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 36.7% have completed the vaccination.
A total of 4,736,797 doses of the vaccine were administered in Missouri.