St. Clair County Health Center
Golden Valley has reached their limit at this time.
CMH is making appointments for vaccine at 417-646-5075.
LET US BE PERFECTLY CLEAR, ST. CLAIR COUNTY HEALTH CENTER HIGHLY RECOMMENDS WEARING A MASK IN PUBLIC. NEVER HAS ANY OF OUR STAFF SAID TO NOT WEAR A MASK.
Vaccine Phases: COVID.pdf
Supplies of vaccine are limited at this time.
Vaccine consent form COVID-19 Vaccine consent EUA.docx
Vaccine information eua-fact-sheet-recipientsModerna.pdf
Variant in Disease - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html
TESTING: News Release.docx
We have 675 positive cases, 21 deaths as of 1/21/2021, 12 new case today, 31 current cases. This count does not include the nursing homes or prison. There are cases telling us that they will NOT isolate or quarantine in our county! There is nothing we can do to stop them, as the Governor stated, he will not make law enforcement responsible to contain people that are sick. As we only have 7 people in our health department (3 of which are WIC), we can not police stores, homes, individuals. We are barely able to keep up with calling those that are cases, when and if we receive notification of a case. If you are wanting to prevent from getting this disease STAY HOME, don't have people over and only go out as necessary (what you need to live - food, water). There is no herd immunity with this disease. You can get it again. Immunity is only good for 30 to 90 days.
Understand that I can not give out names and the address of cases as that would be a HIPAA violation!
Hospitals are full and may have to send patients to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa, IF there is room for patients out of State. Our hospitals and long term care facilities are overwhelmed and staff are overly tired of working 12 to 16 hour shifts. They are also coming down with the disease. PPE is again difficult to obtain for hospital personnel. People that are getting this horrible disease are getting worse and seem to be having a harder time fighting it, probably due to the new mutations of the disease. Refrigerator trucks are in Springfield for holding bodies. The hospitals are now sending people home because they don't have room for all patients. The larger hospitals are sending patients to smaller rural hospitals, if they have room and can handle the cases. With hospital beds and personnel at such a high demand and little to no space, people can expect to be turned away or having to wait to be seen for hours. You may be sent home due to your age and health conditions, as you may not be expected to live through this without taking space for those that have a better chance of survival.
PLEASE stay home, wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands!!!
We are also seeing new long term effects of this disease in heart, lung, kidney, neurological problems, and stillborn babies.
Since the number of cases are so high, we do not have staff to do contact tracing. We will notify cases that they are positive and to notify their own contacts. Cases (those with + positive COVID-19) should stay in isolation for 10 days minimum from the date they first have symptoms. Contacts should stay in quarantine for 14 days from the last date they were in contact with the case. If the contact has symptoms get tested. if you test before you have symptoms, it may be negative, but a contact must stay in quarantine for 14 days. It can take 14 days for first symptoms to appear. See your family doctor/nurse practitioner, if you have symptoms - to be tested. If you are a COVID-19 case and start having difficulty breathing, chest pain, decreased urinary output, unexpected falls - GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM!!!!!. According to CDC website, this disease can be spread for up to 20 days. Immunity lasts from 30 days to 90 days. Staying at home for 10 to 14 days may be difficult, but lives can be saved. You can make a difference!
Watch for the following signs and symptoms for 14 days from exposure: fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, muscle aches/headache, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of sense of taste or smell. If you feel you need to be tested call your doctor and let them know of your possible exposure. If you do have signs or symptoms, stay home, self isolate until you can be tested, stay home until you know the results of your test. We have been seeing false negatives. If your doctor says you have COVID-19 even though your test shows negative, then you have it. Stay home and isolate for the 10 days.
We would hope you would care enough about others (family, friends, neighbors, people you work with) in your community to keep them safe and well. Between protests, riots, opening up the State, parties, shows, graduations, car shows, camps, church, other gatherings, etc. we will be seeing increases in the State. It is up to each individual to do what is necessary to be safe and prevent further spread of this disease. PLEASE, do your part! We don't ask you to give up your freedoms. We ask you to volunteer to care about the rest of the community, your neighbors, friends and family to keep others healthy. THANK YOU for doing your part!
WEAR A MASK! USE SOCIAL DISTANCE OF 6 FEET! STAY HOME IF SICK!
Face Masks https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html?ACSTrackingID=USCDC_2067-DM39240&ACSTrackingLabel=How%20to%20Select%2C%20Wear%2C%20and%20Clean%20Your%20Mask%20%7C%20COVID-19&deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM39240
Children and Face masks https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children/symptoms.html?ACSTrackingID=USCDC_2067-DM39240&ACSTrackingLabel=How%20to%20Select%2C%20Wear%2C%20and%20Clean%20Your%20Mask%20%7C%20COVID-19&deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM39240
CDC sent out an email about testing: Data to date show that a person who has had and recovered from COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in their body for up to 3 months after diagnosis. This means that if the person who has recovered is retested within 3 months of initial infection, they may continue to have a positive test result, even though they are not spreading COVID-19. Also according to their website, the virus may be shed for 20 days, thus the reason for wearing a mask to prevent spread.
School Masks Letter for masks at schools.docx
Pools/Parks and Recreation:
Multi Inflammatory System in Children for Parents:
Community/Organizations/Business/Bars - Restaurants:
Suggestions from USA softball:
GOVERNORS Directive -
COVID-19 first case.doc - Cases are released from Isolation/quarantine.
Privacy Waiver - Privacy_Waiver_03272020.docx
Missouri COVID-19 hotline open 24 hours/7days 877-435-8411
Questions, please call Jeanne Beas at 660-890-5044 cell.
Social Distancing - no crowds, avoid get-togethers, travel only for necessities (food, water, medication, diapers, etc.)
Stay home if sick - fever, cough. If Shortness of breath, call your doctor or the hospital before traveling to them. When traveling to them with symptoms wear a mask.
Wash Hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds, rinse well, dry. Avoid touching your face.
Testing: The St. Clair County Health Center does not do testing for COVID-19. We do not have kits to test. If you are having symptoms of fever over 100.4 F, cough and difficulty breathing, you need to call your doctor. Your doctor will determine if you should be tested. At this time, the Federal Government is saying testing should be confined to hospital patients, to conserve the testing to those needing testing the most.
As Medical Director for the St. Clair County Health Center, I recommend a gradual return to non-essential activities and businesses as directed by the Governor of Missouri’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan beginning Monday, May 4th,2020 through May 31st, 2020. As the virus that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic remains among us, we should continue to minimize the risk of spreading infection by social distancing, personal hygiene and limiting physical contact with others. I recommend following the Governor’s guidelines to reopening St. Clair County, and the State of Missouri.
Business owners need to go directly to the SBA at the following link.
The SBA can provide information regarding the worksheet and process the request for assistance.