Crawford County is again in the top 10 of state jurisdictions in new positive COVID cases per 100k over the week reported from May 1 to 7. As of Monday, Crawford County was ranked seventh in the state, following behind Madison County in the top spot, then Bates, Perry, and Osage counties, St. Louis City in the fifth, and Washington County.
But that rank isn’t due to large numbers. New COVID cases reported for the week of May 1 to 7 in Crawford County totaled 14, another slight increase over last week’s total of 11 and the previous week’s seven, but still low compared to previous months. The county’s seven-day positivity rate using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) method is at 7.2 percent, up from last week’s 3.7 percent, but still below the 10 percent benchmark that is considered high.
As of May 9, the state website reported a new total of 2,277 confirmed PCR cases to date in Crawford County. There was a total of 310 probable antigen cases reported.
The total death count in Crawford County increased by one to 37.
County residents have now had a total of 19,494 PCR tests conducted and 6,743 antigen tests. There were 223 PCR tests conducted in the seven-day period ending on May 7, and 82 antigen tests.
The percentage of Crawford County residents who’ve completed the vaccine regimen is inching higher. As of May 9, 17.3 percent of the population has completed the vaccine regimen as compared to 15.8 percent a week ago. The percent of the population that has initiated the vaccine sequence has barely moved, though, increasing to 20.6 from 20.2 percent.
Statewide, total vaccinations is at a higher percentage, but the number of new vaccines administered has declined each week for the past four. Across Missouri, 31.2 percent of the population has completed the vaccination process, compared to 28.7 percent a week ago.
Between May 1 and 7, 174,926 doses of vaccine were administered. There were 182,261 doses administered from April 24 to 30 throughout the state. Between April 17 and 23, there had been 215,687 vaccine doses administered, compared to 277,614 for the week prior to that.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses per person.
Statewide, as of May 7, there had been 2,123 new confirmed cases (those with a positive PCR test) in the previous seven days, showing decrease from last week’s total of 2,574.
The average decreased to 303 per day this week from 368 last week. Those with a positive antigen test are reported as “probable” cases and that total was 1,066 for the week, down from 1,394 the previous week. If a person has both a positive PCR and antigen test, they are only counted as a confirmed case. There were 50,443 PCR tests conducted over the week and 27,312 antigen tests.
The state’s PCR positivity rate dropped from 5.1 to 4.7 percent using the CDC method. The antigen positivity rate decreased from 4.9 to 4.4 percent.
New deaths for the week totaled six, four less than the previous week. Hospitalizations decreased from 795 to 748 as of May 7. There were 143 patients in the ICU compared to 149 last week, and 69 on ventilators—down from 97 last week at this time.
The Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) recommends the state-maintained dashboard as the best source of data related to COVID-19. Although the state website’s reported information is somewhat delayed, it provides in-depth information and has a team of experts ensuring the best and most accurate data possible is reported. The website can be found at https://showmestrong.mo.gov/public-health/.
Health officials continue to caution that any public activity should be considered a potential risk, and all precautions need to be taken to protect your own health and the health of those around you.
Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms.
Anyone who suspects that they have COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are experiencing symptoms, should stay home and isolate from others, especially those at higher risk of severe illness. Call a healthcare provider to let them know before seeking care. It is critical that the provider is aware that a person may have COVID-19 prior to their arrival at a healthcare facility, and that the person follows all instructions for arriving at a healthcare facility.
The health department asks that anyone who develops symptoms contact their physician, seek testing and isolate at least until test results are known. Potential contacts may call the CCHD office to be screened to determine if monitoring and quarantine are required. CCHD’s office number is 573-775-2555. Please do not contact the health department via Facebook.
Health officials continue to urge people to follow the steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of getting any viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. These include:
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Social Distance: Avoid close contact with others, especially people who are sick.
• Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
• Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
• Wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public.
• Stay home when not feeling well; stay home after being tested for COVID-19.
CCHD has taken and will continue to take the necessary precautions to keep the community safe and will continue to diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves by following the CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of this infection.
For general information and questions regarding COVID-19, please call 1-877-435-8411.
Members of the community are encouraged to pre-register for the vaccine through the following locations:
• BJC HealthCare (includes Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital)—register at www.bjc.org/vaccine. For those without internet or e-mail access, the following phone number can be used as an alternate: 314-273-1252. Due to high demand, wait times on this line can be lengthy so it is recommended to use the website when possible.
• Franklin County Health Department—register at https://www.franklinmo.org/health
• Crawford County Health Department—call 573-775-2555 and press 0 to be connected with an employee.
• Sink’s Pharmacy, which operates Steelville Drug, Towne Pharmacy in Cuba, and numerous other area locations, has begun administering COVID-19 vaccinations in the area. To sign up for future Sink’s Pharmacy vaccination clinics, visit www.sinkspharmacy.com.
• Walmart in Cuba, Salem, Potosi, and Rolla—to check availability and schedule an appointment visit www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine.
Those who pre-register will be contacted when vaccine is available to them.
All Missourians, age 16 and up, are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on the vaccine, please visit: Missouri Department of Public Health: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/.