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Latest News on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Published on November 20, 2020

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*UPDATE as of 10:00 AM 01/20/21:

Please see the most recent Phelps Health COVID-19 updates as of January 20, 2021. Phelps Health will release these updates every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM.

These statistics are specific only to Phelps Health and will likely differ from numbers reported by other organizations.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community with these healthy habits:

- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth while in public places.

- Stay six feet away from others.

- Avoid large social gatherings. 

- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

- Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 Data

*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 01/19/21:
Please see COVID-19 update for Phelps and Maries counties.

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*UPDATE as of 3:43 PM 01/19/21:

As of today (January 19, 2021), our staff have started to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Studies have shown that after getting the second dose, the vaccine is 95% effective. We are hopeful that this is the start to a better year.



*UPDATE as of 12:36 PM 01/19/21:

Phelps Health Nurse, Tiffany Henry, shares her personal experience with COVID-19.

Read more of her story here.
 

*UPDATE as of 5:07 PM 01/18/21:

We will begin holding second dose vaccination clinics tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19, to administer vaccines to those individuals who have already received their first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination at Phelps Health. In order to develop the highest level of protection against COVID-19, individuals should return for their second dose at 21 days. The second dose can be administered up to four days in advance of the 21-day due date.

The following second dose vaccination clinics will be provided at the Phelps Health Delbert Day Cancer Institute (please enter from the west side of the building near the donor wall). Please bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with you.

Please note: No first dose vaccinations will be given at the clinics listed below. These following dates and times are only for those individuals who have received their first dose here at Phelps Health (and not at vaccination clinics provided by other organizations) and are due to receive their second dose.

The dates and times of the second dose vaccination clinics are as follows:

-- Tuesday, January 19, from 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

-- Wednesday, January 20, from 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

-- Thursday, January 21, from 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

-- Friday, January 22, from 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

-- Monday, January 25, from 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

-- Tuesday, January 26, from 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

-- Wednesday, January 27, from 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

-- Thursday, January 28, from 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

-- Friday, January 29, from 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

-- Saturday, January 30, from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

*UPDATE as of 4:04 PM 01/18/21:
While the state of Missouri has opened up the second tier of Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, which includes people age 65 and older as well as individuals at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to chronic conditions, we currently have a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines here at Phelps Health. We are working to complete the initial phases and tiers of Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, which include patient-facing healthcare workers, EMS, law enforcement, fire departments, long-term care staff and residents, and others as determined by the state.

When we receive additional COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government, we plan to begin vaccinating those individuals age 65 and older and those at a higher risk of complications from the virus. Please understand we are awaiting supplies from the federal government and are unable to move into the next phase of Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccination plan at this time. We thank you for your patience.

Please continue to follow our social media pages or visit phelpshealth.org for the most up-to-date information. You can call our toll-free hotline (573) 426-2684 for the most recent vaccine information available as well.

 

*UPDATE as of 5:30 PM 01/15/21:
The state of Missouri announced yesterday, January 14 , that it has activated the first tier of Phase 1B vaccine eligibility. While we are excited to begin vaccinating the broader community, please understand this process will take some time as we work through logistics. The vaccination process may take longer than expected, as demand for the vaccine exceeds current supplies available. The amount Phelps Health receives will determine the number of individuals we can vaccinate at a time. We are grateful for your patience as these plans come together. For more information regarding Missouri’s vaccination plan, please visit covidvaccine.mo.gov.

*UPDATE as of 5:23 PM 01/14/21:

Beginning Monday, January 18, Phelps Health will hold a vaccination clinic from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM at the Phelps Health Delbert Day Cancer Institute (please enter from the west side of the building near the donor wall) for individuals in Phase 1A and Tier 1 of Phase 1B. Vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Vaccine availability is based on the allotment Phelps Health receives from federal partners. Please do not just show up if you are not included in Phase 1A or Tier 1 of Phase 1B. Supply is limited.

Phase 1A covers patient-facing healthcare workers (including home health and EMS) and long-term care facility staff and residents. To learn more about individuals eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1A, visit https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority/Phase1a/

Tier 1 of Phase 1B includes the following:

-- Public Health Administrators and Staff

-- Law Enforcement

-- Fire Services

-- Emergency Management

-- Public Works

-- Emergency Services

To learn more about individuals eligible to receive the vaccine in Tier 1 of Phase 1B, visit https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority/Phase1b/#phase1b-1

If you plan to attend this vaccination clinic, please bring your photo ID and insurance card. There is no cost for the vaccination, but there is a vaccine administration fee that will be billed to your insurance. If you do not have insurance, you can still receive the vaccine at no cost to you.

Visit https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority/ to learn more about the state’s plan.



*UPDATE as of 4:07 PM 01/14/21:

Please see COVID-19 update from Phelps-Maires County Health Department below:
Maries County – Determined that one individual moved out of Maries County prior to diagnosis and death. Removed from confirmed case and death counts.

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*UPDATE as of 8:24 AM 01/14/21:

Please see the most recent Phelps Health COVID-19 updates. Phelps Health will release these updates every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM.

These statistics are specific only to Phelps Health and will likely differ from numbers reported by other organizations.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community with these healthy habits:

- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth while in public places.

- Stay six feet away from others.

- Avoid large social gatherings.

- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

- Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19

*UPDATE as of 8:18 AM 01/14/21:

The Phelps Health COVID-19 Information Line is (573) 426-2684. We have now included information about Missouri's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Check back often to see which priority phase we are currently in. You also can learn about the state's plan at https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/.

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*UPDATE as of 2:06 PM 01/08/21:

For the eligible healthcare workers in the community who were contacted beforehand to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (based on the state’s plan) at Phelps Health, the clinic is open until 7:30 PM today (Friday, January 8, 2021).

There are still plenty of vaccines available.



*UPDATE as of 11:03 AM 01/08/21:
Dr. Brian Kriete, an ENT (ear, nose and throat) provider and the Medical Director of Surgical Services at Phelps Health, shared information about the COVID-19 vaccine this morning at the Rolla Chamber's First Friday Coffee.
 
*UPDATE as of 10:00 AM 01/08/21:

Please see the most recent Phelps Health COVID-19 updates. Phelps Health will release these updates every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM.

These statistics are specific only to Phelps Health and will likely differ from numbers reported by other organizations.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community with these healthy habits:

- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth while in public places.

- Stay six feet away from others.

- Avoid large social gatherings.

- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

- Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 Update

*UPDATE as of 9:03 AM 01/08/21:
Please read this COVID-19 update from our latest Phelps Health Board of Trustees meeting here

*UPDATE as of 1:40 PM 01/07/21:
Today, we are proud to be able to begin vaccinating healthcare workers throughout the community. Healthcare workers who qualified for the COVID-19 vaccine (based on the state’s plan) were contacted beforehand. We at Phelps Health are following the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) COVID-19 vaccine phased plan. Missouri is currently in Phase 1A. Learn more about the state’s phased plan here: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/residents/

At Phelps Health, our mission is to improve the health and wellness of people in our region.

 
 

*UPDATE as of 1:24 PM 01/06/21:
COVID-19 vaccinations begin at Phelps Health. Learn more here.

 

*UPDATE as of 11:33 AM 01/06/21:
 

Dr. James Bass, family medicine physician with the Phelps Health Medical Group explains which face masks are recommended to protect you and others from viruses, including COVID-19. Learn more about masks at https://bit.ly/3omWW0K.

 
*UPDATE as of 10:00 AM 01/06/21:

 

Please see the most recent Phelps Health COVID-19 updates. Phelps Health will release these updates every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM.

 

These statistics are specific only to Phelps Health and will likely differ from numbers reported by other organizations.

 

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community with these healthy habits:

- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth while in public places.

- Stay six feet away from others.

- Avoid large social gatherings.

- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

- Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

 
COVID-19 Updates
 
 
*UPDATE as of 5:00 PM 12/30/20:

Watch as some of our employees share their stories on why they chose to be vaccinated.

Learn more about how the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) plans to vaccinate all interested Missourians at covidvaccine.mo.gov/

 
 
*UPDATE as of 10:00 AM 12/30/20:
 
Please see the most recent Phelps Health COVID-19 updates. Phelps Health will release these updates every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM.
 
These statistics are specific only to Phelps Health and will likely differ from numbers reported by other organizations.
 
Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community with these healthy habits:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth while in public places.
- Stay six feet away from others.
- Avoid large social gatherings.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
- Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
 
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*UPDATE as of 4:47 PM 12/29/20:

Today is a day of hope. After months of fighting COVID-19, our employees now have an additional method of protection—the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch some of our first employees receive the vaccine.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has a detailed plan on how all Missourians who are interested in being vaccinated will be able to do so. Learn more at covidvaccine.mo.gov/

 

 
*UPDATE as of 4:21 PM 12/29/20:

The excitement continues! The COVID-19 vaccine is here, and we are getting ready to begin vaccinating our employees.

Learn more about the vaccination plan for Missourians at covidvaccine.mo.gov/

 
 
*UPDATE as of 1:42 PM 12/29/20:

Today is special day. Our first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived! We are excited and hopeful that this vaccine will help us in our continued fight against COVID-19.

To learn more about the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) plan to vaccinate Missourians, please visit covidvaccine.mo.gov/

 

*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 12/28/20:

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*UPDATE as of 7:23 AM 12/24/20:

As a reminder, Phelps Health’s drive-through respiratory screening station, located across from the Emergency Department, will close early at 2:00 PM today (Thursday, December 24). The station will be closed Christmas Day, Friday, December 25.

The station is normally closed on weekends. Patients who wish to been seen while the station is closed should go to the Emergency Department.

*UPDATE as of 10:00 AM 12/23/20:
 
Please see the most recent Phelps Health COVID-19 updates. Phelps Health will release these updates every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM.
 
These statistics are specific only to Phelps Health and will likely differ from numbers reported by other organizations.
 
Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community with these healthy habits:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth while in public places.
- Stay six feet away from others.
- Avoid large social gatherings.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
- Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
 

COVID-19 Data Updates

 

*UPDATE as of 10:00 AM 12/18/20:

Please see the most recent Phelps Health COVID-19 updates. Phelps Health will release these updates every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM.

These statistics are specific only to Phelps Health and will likely differ from numbers reported by other organizations.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community with these healthy habits:

- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth while in public places.

- Stay six feet away from others.

- Avoid large social gatherings.

- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

- Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 Updates

*UPDATE as of 4:30 PM 12/17/20:

Please see update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

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*UPDATE as of 10:00 AM 12/16/20:

Please see the most recent Phelps Health COVID-19 updates. Phelps Health will release these updates every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM.

These statistics are specific only to Phelps Health and will likely differ from numbers reported by other organizations.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community with these healthy habits:

- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth while in public places.

- Stay six feet away from others.

- Avoid large social gatherings.

- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

- Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

*UPDATE as of 8:00 AM 12/16/20:

Sign up for our special Phelps Health lunch episode of The Scope happening tomorrow, December 17.

We will discuss important pandemic updates, answer questions and talk about what our community can do to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Register now: https://bit.ly/3qnyBcI

*UPDATE as of 4:30 PM 12/14/20:

Please see COVID-19 update for Phelps and Maries counties"

 

*UPDATE as of 10:00 AM 12/11/20:

Please see the most recent Phelps Health COVID-19 updates. Phelps Health will release these updates every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM.

These statistics are specific only to Phelps Health and will likely differ from numbers reported by other organizations.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community with these healthy habits:

- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth while in public places.

- Stay six feet away from others.

- Avoid large social gatherings.

- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

- Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

dec 11

*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 12/10/20:
Please see update from Phelps-Maires County Health Department:

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*UPDATE as of 11:32 AM 12/10/20:

Please see COVID-19 update from Dent County Health Center:

On December 7, 2020, three hotspot counties for COVID-19 like illness (CLI) were identified in ESSENCE: Dent, Dunklin and Texas. The counties are highlighted in red on the ESSENCE heat map (Figure 1) for CLI. These potential hotspot counties for CLI need close monitoring for increasing COVID-19 cases in the county.

Data Source: The data of Emergency Department (ED) visits come from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Reportable Disease Informatics, Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE) version 1.20. Missouri ESSENCE receives ED data from 82 (73%) hospitals in Missouri.

ESSENCE Query: This report contains the percentage of ED visits due to COVID-19 like illness (CLI), the CLI query used for obtaining the data is: ^fever^,and,(^cough^,or,^shortness of breath^,or,^difficulty breathing^).

Definition: The hotspot county for CLI in ESSENCE is defined as following: the percentage of ED visits due to CLI for the most recent 3 days in the county are higher than the 14-day exponential moving average (EMA), and the county has low case reporting of COVID-19 at the time of analysis.

Data limitations: ESSENCE data are based on patient’s chief complaints rather than actual COVID-19 diagnosis. A hotspot county in ESSENCE will not always become a hotspot county based on the COVID-19 case incidence. According to a small internal pilot study of the method for identifying CLI hotspot counties in ESSENCE, a hotspot county for CLI had a 25% chance becoming a hotspot county for COVID-19 case reporting in about 5 days (range, 1 to 9 days). This initial observation may change as more data accumulates. The CLI hotspot analysis is intended as an added tool for early notification of potential COVID-19 outbreak, and should not be interpreted as a definite outbreak.

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*UPDATE as of 5:45 PM 12/3/20:
Please see update from Phelps-Maires County Health Department:
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*UPDATE as of 11:32 AM 12/3/20:

Please see update from Phelps-Maires County Health Department:

We are aware the CDC has released new quarantine guidance and are reviewing the revised guidance and corresponding studies. At this time, our recommendation is still to quarantine 14 days from most recent exposure. We are working with state and regional partners to determine next course of action and if the revised quarantine guidelines can or will be implemented. We will update when a decision has been made.
 

*UPDATE as of 10:13 AM 12/3/20:

"We [Phelps Health] believe the best way to reduce positive rates of COVID-19 in our community is to do everything we can to ensure the fundamentals of preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease are followed -- wearing masks, social distancing, limiting social gatherings and practicing proper hand hygiene." - Ed Clayton, Phelps Health CEO

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*UPDATE as of 7:22 PM 11/30/20:

Please see COVID-19 update for Phelps and Marie’s Counties.

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*UPDATE as of 12:35 AM 11/30/20:

"Phelps Health’s current positive test rate over the last three weeks is 27.7% and only continues to rise. It is imperative that the community wear masks, social distance, limit social gatherings and practice good hand hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19."

- Rachelle Gorrell, DO, Division Chief of Primary Care, Phelps Health Medical Group

*UPDATE as of 10:00 AM 11/30/20:

 

If your symptoms of COVID-19 are mild and your doctor recommends isolating at home, follow these guidelines for recovery.

● Drink lots of water and get plenty of rest.

● Manage symptoms with over-the-counter medications.

● Stay at home and away from others.

● Designate one room as yours.

● If possible, designate a bathroom for your use.

● Wear a mask if anyone is near you.

● Cough or sneeze into a tissue.

● Sanitize all "high-touch" surfaces.

● If you begin to have trouble breathing or become excessively fatigued or confused, seek medical attention right away.

Learn more about COVID-19 at https://phelpshealth.org/COVID-19.

 

*UPDATE as of 7:30 AM 11/27/20:

“We take it for granted that the hospital is always open – that it [Phelps Health] is always able to take care of emergencies. The truth is this: because of COVID-19, that is no longer the case. Right now, you and your loved ones may not be able to get the care you need, in the manner you want, in the time you deserve. Wearing a mask, socially distancing and practicing good hand hygiene are the best ways to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” -Nathan Ratchford, MD, Phelps Health Hospital Chief Medical Officer

*UPDATE as of 10:21 PM 11/26/20:

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Limiting social gatherings is important to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The more people there are in a group, the chance that you will encounter the virus increases. According to a risk assessment tool from Georgia Tech, a group of just 10 people, there is a 32% chance that at least 1 of those 10 people is infected with COVID-19. In a group of 25 people, there is a 62% chance that at least 1 of those 25 people is infected with COVID-19 and In a group of 50 people, there is a 86% chance that at least 1 of those 50 people is infected with COVID-19.

View the risk assessment tool here: https://covid19risk.biosci.gatech.edu/ 

*UPDATE as of 12:57 PM 11/25/20:

"Phelps Health Hospital has been setting records for the past three weeks - records that we won’t brag about. Monday morning, there were 32 patients with COVID-19. There were 48 patients on isolation. There were 28 of our own employees out sick Monday because of the coronavirus disease. Wearing masks is one way to protect our community and ensure those numbers don’t continue to rise." - Nathan Ratchford, MD, Phelps Health Hospital Chief Medical Officer

*UPDATE as of 9:45 AM 11/25/20:

The Phelps County Commission passed a face covering order for Phelps County. The order requiring face coverings will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, and be in effect until Feb. 2, 2021. Read more about the countywide order here.

A copy of the Phelps County order can be found here.

*UPDATE as of 9:40 AM 11/25/20:

Please note the following changes to hours of operations for the Phelps Health’s drive-through respiratory screening station, located across from the Emergency Department:

Wednesday, November 25: Open 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26): Closed all day

Friday, November 27: Open 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Saturday and Sunday, November 28-29: Closed all day, both days

Monday, November 30: Open 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

If the drive-through station is closed, patients should go to the Emergency Department to be seen.

 

*UPDATE as of 11:43 PM 11/23/20:

The Rolla City Council voted to pass a new COVID-19 ordinance requiring the wearing of a face mask to limit the spread of COVID-19. The ordinance will go into effect on Friday, November 27 at 9:00AM. Please read story here

Mask Ordinance.pdf

 

*UPDATE as of 4:13 PM 11/23/20:

Please see COVID-19 update for Phelps and Maries counties:

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*UPDATE as of 12:27 PM 11/23/20:

https://www.phelpscountyfocus.com/news/article_e6d09354-2daf-11eb-b00d-674502b88213.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR0yEpyZwH_d8EUSbt6E-0y1k8_MkeZiNBDpWCHv_F4YW8BUo5aZ9yyaZJY

*UPDATE as of 4:19 PM 11/20/20:

Please see public health notice below.

 

State of Missouri Public Health Warning issued November 19, 2020 from Governor Parson. Refer to page 3 for categories and action plans.

Maries County

PCR 7-day positivity rate: 25%

7 day case rate per 100K: 448.4

Category: 1 (Extreme Risk)

Phelps County

PCR 7-day positivity rate: 16.49%

7 day case rate per 100K: 471.1

Category: 1 (Extreme Risk)

Recommended Action Plan:

• Business occupancy limits reflective of social distancing.

• Social group size: 10 or less

• Masks - strongly advised in all offices and businesses where social distancing is not possible

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*UPDATE as of 12:02 PM 11/20/20:

The number of positive COVID-19 tests performed at Phelps Health has increased significantly over the last several months. In June, our COVID-19 positive testing percentage was 1%. Currently, our positivity rate is 29%. This increase in COVID-19 cases in our communities has led to an increase of hospitalized patients. We need your help to control the spread of COVID-19.

The best ways to stay safe and reduce the spread of the virus is to limit gatherings with other people, wear your face mask when in public, practice hand hygiene and stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

By following these recommendations, you can reduce the infection rate and help prevent additional hospitalizations.

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*UPDATE as of 10:21 AM 11/20/20:

Ed Clayton, CEO of Phelps Health gave an update about COVID-19 on Thursday, November 19, 2020 on the Morning Mayor radio show.

https://soundcloud.com/use.../covid-19-update-edward-clayton

 

*UPDATE as of 7:56 PM 11/19/20:
Please read press release from Phelps-Maries County Health Department below:

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page 2 covidAs COVID-19 testing expands and cases increase across the state, health departments are struggling to keep up with contact tracing. Delay in contact tracing has resulted from a variety of factors:

• it may take several days for local health department to receive positive results;

• not all lab results are received;

• not all lab results have the correct contact information and many do not have contact information at all;

• many people avoid answering the phone or do not give complete information;

•an increasing number of positive cases are declining to disclose their direct contacts and instead report that they will notify their contacts on their own;

• an increasing number of contacts believe they are incorrectly being named as direct contacts by cases and would rather be contacted by the person they know than a public health professional;

Health Departments across our region have worked tirelessly to contact each and every positive case as well as all close contacts. However, cases continue to rise. With widespread community transmission of COVID-19, contact tracing has shown to be ineffective in determining where a case may have been exposed to COVID-19 or which individuals they may have exposed during their communicable period. After exploring expedited contact tracing and community mitigation strategies, the Phelps/Maries County Health Department, in conjunction with the Region I Health Departments, are shifting to a modified approach to contact tracing which will allow positive cases to immediately notify their contacts as soon as they receive positive lab results.

Moving forward, individuals do not need to wait for instructions or information from their respective health department. Those that are positive for COVID-19 should refer to the ‘COVID-19 Patient Guidance Tool’. This form will be pinned to the top of our Facebook page. An emailed copy can be requested by calling (573) 458-6010 or emailing phelpsmariesCOVID19@phelpscounty.org.

Given the rapidly increasing cases of COVID-19 on a daily basis, the health department will also be prioritizing case investigation to our vulnerable populations. All positive cases will be expected to notify their contacts. This will eliminate the wait time and hopefully, stop people from unknowingly spreading the virus. We are also hopeful that people will feel more comfortable telling their contacts about their positive result versus a stranger on the phone.

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department will continue to assist places where outbreaks are more likely to occur, such as businesses, schools, and long-term care facilities. Contact tracing may still be implemented in those situations.

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department will no longer be calling close contacts of positive cases. We will focus efforts on case investigations and household contact quarantine. If you get a call from your doctor with a positive result, you need to take immediate action to slow the spread of the virus within your friends, family and coworkers by following the outlined steps on ‘COVID-19 Patient Guidance Tool’ handout. Please DO NOT wait for a call from the health department to implement your own contact tracing.

You will need to notify everyone with whom you have had close contact. A close contact is anyone that you were within 6 feet of for more than 15 minutes total starting 2 days prior to becoming symptomatic, regardless of the use of cloth face coverings. A close contact is also someone that you were within the same closed space for an hour or longer, such as a small room or a vehicle. If you had to do that today, how many people would that be?

Please take action now to reduce that number on a daily basis. Keeping your distance from those outside of your household is important in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has observed clusters of positive cases at local businesses, group gatherings, and long-term care facilities. We have also seen numerous cases from household exposures to a known case.

We are urging everyone to continue to take responsibility for their own health and to protect others. Please reconsider hosting or attending gatherings that bring together people that are outside of your normal interactions, especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained. These activities are high risk for transmission of the virus. Please adhere to physical distancing recommendations and limit contact with others outside of your household.

In addition to limiting social interactions, the Phelps/Maries County Health Department is still strongly recommending that everyone take precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the virus.

• Stay home if you are sick.

• Adhere to all social distancing recommendations and avoid being within 6 feet of others outside of your household

• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating. If not available, use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

• It is recommended that face coverings be worn anytime maintaining 6 feet of separation from anyone outside of your household at all times may be difficult. Cloth face coverings are effective at limiting spread of the disease by reducing the distance that infectious travel from around 6 feet to a much smaller area closer to your face. Infectious droplets are droplets of saliva or mucus that are expelled when speaking, sneezing, or coughing. This does not protect you so much as all those that are around you. A person becomes infectious with the disease two full days before they have any idea that they have been infected themselves.

Cloth face coverings are not considered an acceptable substitute for social distancing. Interactions within 6 feet of a positive case for more than 15 minutes total will be considered an exposure regardless if either person is wearing a cloth face covering.

Cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. Cloth face coverings should be replaced frequently as consistent washing will degrade the fabric and decrease the effectiveness.

It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering. For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/.../pre.../diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

As this situation changes, the Phelps/Maries County Health Department will be posting additional information on our Facebook page on a regular basis. If you have questions, please consult a factual source, such as http://www.CDC.gov or www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus. The community can also call Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline (877) 435-8411 to address questions or concerns related to COVID-19.

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*UPDATE as of 5:00 PM 11/19/20:

Please see COVID-19 update for Phelps and Maries counties.

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*UPDATE as of 12:04 PM 11/19/20:

Beginning Friday, November 20, our visitor policy will be at a level Red, which means the following guidelines will be in place for visitors at all Phelps Health locations.

Before visiting one of our facilities, please familiarize yourself with our visitor rules. You can find these guidelines here: https://phelpshealth.org/visiting-hours

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*UPDATE as of 1:25 PM 11/18/20:

Many traditional Thanksgiving activities can be high-risk for spreading diseases, such as the flu or COVID-19. Below are some safe ways to celebrate Thanksgiving:

-Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household

-Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that does not involve contact with others

-Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family

-Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday

-Watching sports events, parades and movies from home

Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/.../daily.../holidays/thanksgiving.html

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*UPDATE as of 9:43 AM 11/17/20:

The Rolla City Council decided by consensus Monday to hold a special meeting Nov. 23 for the purpose of considering passage of a local ordinance requiring wearing a face mask in public settings and limiting public gatherings to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more here. 

*UPDATE as of 9:29 AM 11/17/20:

Flu and #COVID19 have similar symptoms and can be spread in similar ways. Stay safe from both – wash your hands, maintain social distance and #WearAMask. www.aha.org/wearamask #MaskUp #UnitedAgainstFlu
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*UPDATE as of 5:00 PM 11/16/20:

 

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*UPDATE as of 1:19 PM 11/16/20:

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To protect patients and staff from the threat of COVID-19, Phelps Health Auxiliary members were asked to sew cloth face masks for distribution. Every volunteer who chose to participate in sewing cloth face masks was provided as many sewing kits as they wanted from Phelps Health. “I would finish my kits and bring them to the hospital to get new ones," said volunteer Roberta Snyder. "I’ve made over 300 masks since I started.”

Read more about Roberta's story below: https://phelpshealth.org/news/featured-stories/sewing-cause-phelps-health-volunteer-makes-over-300-masks

 

*UPDATE as of 3:07 PM 11/13/20:

Please see public health statement regarding COVID-19 from Phelps County medical leaders.

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*UPDATE as of 7:00 PM 11/12/20:

Please see updated COVID-19 dashboard for Phelps and Maries counties.

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We will no longer be reporting hospitalized individuals in our updates. Obtaining accurate information is no longer possible as residents are being hospitalized at healthcare facilities around the state.

As more testing sites become available, we are encountering difficulties obtaining all necessary information to case investigate. More test results are coming in with only the individual’s name and no contact information. We have also had an increasing amount of individuals reaching out to us with their positive test result that was never reported to the local or state health department. We are working with these sites and DHSS to bring these sites into compliance with reporting requirements.

*UPDATE as of 5:35 PM 11/10/20:

Please see press release from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

During the course of case investigations, a public place of exposure to COVID-19 has been identified:

Saturday, November 7 - (non-school sponsored) Rolla High School Homecoming event at Matt’s Steakhouse

We are currently monitoring multiple positive COVID-19 cases that were in attendance. We are asking all attendees and their households to self-monitor for develop of symptoms, limit non-essential activities, and immediately isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.

*UPDATE as of 11:24 AM 11/10/20:

Flu and COVID19 are caused by different viruses, but their spread can be prevented the same way: #MaskUp! www.aha.org/wearamask #UnitedAgainstFlu

*UPDATE as of 6:33 PM 11/9/20:

Please see press release from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

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Unfortunately we are 3-4 days behind in contacting positive cases. Please be patient with us.

In the mean time, if you are sick, pending a test result, or have received a positive test result, please isolate away from others. Notify your contacts of their potential exposure.

Preventative measures that can be taken to help mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 include:

• Avoid crowded spaces, public or private events and gatherings

• Do not go to school, work, or any place of public accommodation if experiencing any symptoms of illness

• Avoid contact with people who are sick

• Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others

• Clean your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

• Wear a mask when in public or around people outside of your household. (A mask helps prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.)

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw tissue in trash, and perform appropriate hand hygiene measures

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily

• Get a flu shot to decrease the chance of co-infections

 

*UPDATE as of 6:33 PM 11/5/20:

 

Please see press release from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

Results for the two DHSS Community Testing Events held in Phelps County:

September 30: 170 tested - 5 positives (2 Phelps, 1 Maries, 2 Pulaski)

October 28: 78 tested - 7 positives (2 Phelps, 1 Maries, 1 Franklin, 1 Osage, 1 Shannan, 1 Texas)

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*UPDATE as of 8:31 PM 11/4/20:

Please see press release from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

Update - For a 12 hour period, 87 reported positive cases of COVID-19 all with test dates of November 2, 3, and 4 and from all locations within Phelps and Maries Counties.

So far today, 73 new positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported to the Phelps/Maries County Health Department. This number of new daily cases surpasses the ability of our staff to conduct case investigations and contact tracing within 24 hours.

We ask that if you are pending a test result or have received a positive COVID-19 test result to please isolate yourself away from others. Notify any individuals that you may have been within 6 feet of for more than 15 minutes for the 48 hours prior to your symptom onset. If you are notified that you have been a direct contact, please quarantine for 14 days from date of last exposure. Do not go to work, school, or places of public accommodation to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Priority case investigation and contact tracings will shift to maintain compliance of the August 7, 2020 order issued by the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, Dr. Randall Williams: “Upon receipt of a positive COVID-19 test for any individual at least three (3) years of age but no older than twenty-one (21) years of age, the local public health agency, as defined by 19 CSR 20-20.010(27), shall begin contact tracing such individual as soon as possible, but no longer than twenty-four (24) hours from the time of receipt.”

Preventative measures that can be taken to help mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 include:

• Avoid crowded spaces, public or private events and gatherings

• Do not go to school, work, or any place of public accommodation if experiencing any symptoms of illness

• Avoid contact with people who are sick

• Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others

• Clean your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

• Wear a mask when in public or around people outside of your household. (A mask helps prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.)

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw tissue in trash, and perform appropriate hand hygiene measures

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily

• Get a flu shot to decrease the chance of co-infections

*UPDATE as of 3:56 PM 11/4/20:

Phelps Health CEO says testing shows COVID-19 increase. Read article here.

*UPDATE as of 6:45 PM 11/2/20:

Phelps Health's CEO, Ed Clayton talks to KRCG 13 about COVID-19 here

*UPDATE as of 6:31 PM 11/2/20:
Please see COVID-19 dashboard updated from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

Care facilities with current positive cases: Maries Manor, Missouri Veterans Home, St. James Living Center, Presbyterian Manor, Ferndale Residental Care Facility

Maries County Deaths: Total 3 - Maries Manor 1

Phelps County Deaths: Total 29 - Missouri Veterans Home 20, St. James Living Center 1

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*UPDATE as of 1:25 PM 10/30/20:
Please see COVID-19 dashboard updated for Dent County.
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*UPDATE as of 8:00 AM 10/30/20:

Updated Visiting Restrictions During COVID-19

Updated: October 30, 2020

We recognize that the support of family and friends can make a significant difference in the healing and recovery process for our patients. Beginning today, Friday, October 30, our visitor policy will be at a level Yellow, which means the following guidelines will be in place for visitors at all Phelps Health locations:

  • Adult Inpatient/Rehab—One visitor per day during designated hours. For inpatients, visiting hours are from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • End-of-life care—Two visitors at one time. The two visitors can be rotated to include other individuals, but one person must leave the patient’s room before the next person will be allowed to enter.
  • Emergency Department and Immediate Care—One visitor
  • Surgical and procedural areas—One visitor for the duration of the procedure
  • Clinics—One visitor
  • Prenatal appointments—One visitor
  • Obstetrics, labor and delivery—One support person for duration of hospitalization
  • Pediatrics (including clinic visits, procedures, emergency and/or urgent care and pediatric inpatients)—Two parents or guardians

In addition, please be aware of the following rules:

  • No one under the age of 18, with the exception of those seeking medical care, will be allowed at any Phelps Health locations or facilities.
  • Visitor restrictions for the Transitional Care Facility (TCF) are based on the recommendations from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). Visits to TCF will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Exceptions to the current visitor policy may be made by the department manager or designee, such as a charge nurse or supervisor.
  • For pediatric appointments where the parent does not have child care options for an additional children, the patient and family will wait in the care area until called in for direct rooming.
  • Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry of any Phelps Health facility and will not be allowed to visit if COVID-19 symptoms are present.
  • All patients and visitors entering Phelps Health facilities will be required to wear a mask or face covering, and they are encouraged to bring their own mask, if possible. If the patient or visitor does not own a face mask, one will be provided to them upon entry at Phelps Health.
  • Visitors must perform hand hygiene when entering and exiting a patient's room or exam room and are encouraged to stay six feet away from the patient.
  • Visitors are asked to limit movement within Phelps Health to only the patient’s room and public restrooms.
  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been quarantined from an exposure cannot visit until they are out of isolation or quarantine per their primary care provider or local health department.  

Stay up-to-date with our visiting information by clicking here

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 10/29/20:

Please see COVID-19 update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

Oct 29

Unfortunately we are again encountering a significant number of individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19 who are declining to provide us with potential sources of exposure and/or identify any potential direct contacts. While this is the individual’s right to do so, this negatively impacts our ability to effectively contact trace and notify individuals of their exposure to COVID-19. This means there are individuals still attending work, school, public and private events that have been exposed to COVID-19, may or may not be aware of their exposure, and are potentially further spreading COVID-19 amongst the community. Unfortunately this increases the chance that COVID-19 will unknowingly enter our schools, long-term care facilities, and places of business. When we call you after your positive result, we ask that you are honest and thorough, so that we can confidentially notify the contacts of their exposure to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

A friendly reminder that if you are tested for COVID-19 you must quarantine/isolate until you have your test results back. Please do not get tested and then return to school or work. Unfortunately we have numerous individuals who continue to go work or attend school after being tested only to be called later with a positive test result. This unnecessarily exposes others to COVID-19.

Care facilities with current COVID-19 outbreaks include: MO Veterans Home, St. James Living Center, Ferndale Residential Care Facility, Presbyterian Manor (staff only), Maries Manor (staff only)

For voting during quarantine, please contact the County Clerk for further guidance and instruction. Maries County (573) 422-3388. Phelps County (573) 458-6115.

*UPDATE as of 5:00 PM 10/26/20:

Please see COVID-19 update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:
Oct 26

 

*UPDATE as of 3:07 PM 10/23/20:Lily PadIf you cannot visit the Lily Pad Gift Shop at Phelps Health Hospital in person, we now offer a large assortment of gifts, including flowers, candy, balloons, cards and stuffed animals on our online gift shop. You can place an order, and we will have your item(s) delivered to your loved one staying with us in the hospital.

Visit https://phgiftshop.com/ to start shopping!

*UPDATE as of 1:08 PM 10/23/20:

Wearing face masks is a good way to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19 and the flu. Sometimes, when people wear face masks for long periods of time, acne can form on the skin under the mask -- a term sometimes referred to as “maskne.”

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Answers by Phelps Health Nurse Practitioner Amanda Creamer

Q: What are the contributing factors to acne getting worse due to wearing masks?

A: “Maskne” is thought to be formed by hair follicles being blocked due to friction and pressure from the mask. In addition, the combination of heat and moisture can alter the microbes on the skin.

Q: What are some ways to prevent acne associated with mask wearing and what treatment options are available?

A: Daily skin care routine is key. Remember the following:

• Cleanse and moisturize your face daily with a gentle fragrance-free cleanser.

• Minimize makeup use.

• Use a mask that has a comfortable but snug fit, and try not to frequently adjust the mask.

• Take a mask break, as needed, in a designated area.

• If your mask is reusable, wash with a hypoallergenic laundry detergent after every use.

• Consider other contributing factors such as stress and diet.

• Avoid high-fat and high-glycemic foods, which can trigger acne.

• Treatment can include spot treatment with antimicrobials such as benzoyl peroxide.

Q: Why is wearing a mask still important even if you are experiencing skin issues?

A: Wearing a mask is important, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, to protect your personal health as well as the health and safety of patients, their families and other staff members.

*UPDATE as of 5:00 PM 10/22/20:
Please see COVID-19 update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

oct 22

*UPDATE as of 2:09 PM 10/22/20:

FACT CHECK: How does COVID-19 spread?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread more easily in some ways but less commonly in other ways.

how does covid-19 spreadDuring Close Contact (Most Common):

- People who are physically near a person (within 6 feet of a person) with COVID-19 or have direct contact with that person are at greatest risk of infection, mainly through exposure to respiratory droplets.

- When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, sing, talk or breathe, they produce respiratory droplets.

Airborne Transmission (Sometimes):

- There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away.

- These airborne transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation. Sometimes the infected person was breathing heavily (for example, while singing or exercising).

Contact with Contaminated Surfaces (Less Common):

- A person could possibly get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

- However, touching surfaces is not thought to be a common way that COVID-19 spreads.

Between People and Animals (Rarely):

- The CDC is aware of a small number of pets, including cats and dogs, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.

- At this time, the risk of COVID-19 spreading from animals to people is considered to be low.

Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/.../prevent.../how-covid-spreads.html

*UPDATE as of 9:13 AM 10/21/20:
Do you have questions about COVID-19? Visit our COVID-19 FAQ page at: https://bit.ly/3hS095f or call the Phelps Health COVID-19 information line at (573) 426-2684.covid-19 questions

*UPDATE as of 8:01 AM 10/20/20:

Halloween COVID-19Traditional Halloween activities, like trick-or-treating, are fun, but some activities can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Below are some ways to make trick-or-treating safer this year:

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Bring hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) with you and use it after touching objects or other people.

A reminder about masks

  • Wear a mask when trick-of-treating.
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
  • Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. Doing so can make breathing more difficult.
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing

Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/.../daily.../holidays/halloween.html

*UPDATE as of 2:30 PM 10/19/20:
Please see COVID-19 update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

oct 19

*UPDATE as of 9:16 AM 10/19/20:

The Phelps Health drive-through respiratory screening station serves patients seeking treatment for respiratory-type conditions (including symptoms of COVID-19). Patients can be diagnosed and treated safely right from their vehicles.

This station is open from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Mondays through Fridays. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3hS095f or call (573) 426-2684.

 

*UPDATE as of 2:30 PM 10/15/20:
Please see COVID-19 update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

oct 15

*UPDATE as of 9:00 PM 10/13/20:

Please see COVID-19 dashboard for Phelps and Maries counties.
oct 13

*UPDATE as of 3:19 PM 10/13/20:

Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading diseases, such as the flu or COVID-19. Below are safer, alternative ways to celebrate Halloween:

- Carving or decorating pumpkins with people you live with

- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends

- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest

- Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with

- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance

- Doing a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with people you live with in or around your home rather than going house to house

Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/.../daily-life-coping/holidays.html

*UPDATE as of 12:11 PM 10/13/20:

As #fluseason approaches, it is more important than ever to follow @CDCgov guidelines and protect yourself against both flu and #COVID19 – wash your hands, maintain social distance and #WearAMask.

Call your primary care provider (PCP) for questions about flu shots and other vaccines.

Learn more: https://phelpshealth.org/conditions-treatments/primary-care

*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 10/8/20:
Please see COVID-19 update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:
oct 8
 

*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 10/5/20:
Please see COVID-19 dashboard for Dent County.
Oct 5

*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 10/5/20:
Please see updated COVID-19 dashboard for Phelps and Maries counties.

Oct 5

*UPDATE as of 10:05 AM 10/5/20:
testingFree COVID-19 testing is available Tuesday, October 6th through @HealthyLivingMo. This testing is available to any Missouri resident and does not require a referral. You can find more information or preregister online at https://dcphdo02redcap.azurewebsites.net/redcap/surveys/...

*UPDATE as of 5:00 PM 10/1/20:
Please see COVID-19 update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:
oct 1

*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 9/28/20:
Please see COVID-19 update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

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*UPDATE as of 11:40 AM 9/22/20:
Please see COVID-19 update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

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*UPDATE as of 11:40 AM 9/22/20:

A COVID-19 community testing event is scheduled for September 30, from 2:00-7:00 PM at Lions Club Den and Park in Rolla. This event is put on by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

These are free COVID-19 tests. You do not have to show symptoms, and you do not have to reside in the county where the event is being held.

The test is a PCR test done by a nasal anterior nares swab to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This is not an antigen or antibody test.

Pre-register at health.mo.gov/communitytest.

Mo DHSS Phelps County Testing Sept 30

 

*UPDATE as of 11:00 AM 9/22/20:

More than 300 individuals were tested for COVID-19 and/or had antibody testing performed during a drive-through testing event held Saturday, September 19, at the Phelps Health Waynesville Medical Plaza. This was a joint effort between Phelps Health and the Pulaski County Health Center. Thank you all for your support.

If you have questions about COVID-19, including test results, please call the Phelps Health COVID-19 information line at (573) 426-2684.

 

*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 9/21/20:

Please see the following update from the Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

It is with deep sorrow that we have to report four (4) additional deaths related to COVID-19 for Phelps County that occurred over this last weekend. This brings the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 for Phelps County to six (6). Maries County has not had a COVID-19 related death at this time.

Phelps County now has 414 confirmed PCR positive COVID-19 cases. Our first case was reported on April 1, 2020. Our 100th case was reported on August 10, 2020(131 days later). It has only taken 40 days to confirm an additional 300 cases of COVID-19 on September 19, 2020 to bring our total into the 400s. Our 14-day rolling percent positivity rate is 12%.

Missouri S&T has had a total of 96 positive COVID-19 cases. Of those 82 have remained in Phelps County and are accounted for in our cases.

Health Dept COVID Update Sept 21

*UPDATE as of 10:00 AM 9/18/20:

What is the difference between influenza (flu) and COVID-19?

Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.

It is possible to test positive for flu (as well as other respiratory infections) and COVID-19 at the same time.

Learn more about the similarities and differences of flu and COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm

COVID and Flu Symptoms

*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 9/17/20:

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*UPDATE as of 3:00 PM 9/17/20:

Bohdan Lebedowicz, MD, CMD – also known as “Dr. Dan” – a senior care and internal medicine physician with the Phelps Health Medical Group, answers some common questions about COVID-19 and older adults. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2ZNPUbk

 

*UPDATE as of 5:00 PM 9/14/20:

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*UPDATE as of 3:09 PM 9/14/20:

Sign up for FREE COVID-19 and Antibody testing at Phelps Health Waynesville Medical Plaza on Saturday, September 19. http://bit.ly/waynesvilletesting

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*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 9/10/20:

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*UPDATE as of 10:54 AM 9/10/20:

With so much attention on the COVID-19 virus, it’s easy to forget that other medical emergencies, such as strokes and heart attacks can still occur. Remember the safest place to be during a medical emergency is at the hospital. Don't delay, call 911.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/33b5vCE

*UPDATE as of 4:08 PM 9/9/20:

Register for The Scope at Lunch, a special lunch edition of The Scope podcast. Our panel of experts at Phelps Health will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted people living with diabetes and share best practices to improve care.

There is no cost to register or listen. Register here: https://bit.ly/2DKzQiy

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*UPDATE as of 8:46 PM 9/8/20:

Please see COVID-19 dashboard for Phelps and Maries counties. Totals include Missouri S&T cases. Active cases include both active PCR (confirmed) and antigen tests.

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*UPDATE as of 9:40 AM 9/8/20:

For questions about COVID-19 testing, insurance and test costs, test results, respiratory screening station hours, and general information, please call the Phelps Health COVID-19 information line at (573) 426-2684.

 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 AM 9/7/20:
As a reminder, Phelps Health’s drive-through respiratory screening station is closed today, Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day. The station will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8, at 8:00 AM. Patients who wish to been seen while the station is closed should go to the Emergency Department.

 

*UPDATE as of 2:40 PM 9/4/20:

Please keep yourself and others safe this holiday weekend by following these three simple steps:

1. Wash your hands often or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

2. Stay at least 6 feet away from people who do not live in your household.

3. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.

Learn more at https://phelpshealth.org/COVID-19.

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*UPDATE as of 1:09 PM 9/4/20:

As a reminder, Phelps Health’s drive-through respiratory screening station, located in the Phelps Health and Missouri S&T parking lot off 10th Street, across from the Emergency Department, will close at 4:30 PM today, Friday, September 4. The station will reopen Tuesday, September 8, at 8:00 AM. Patients who wish to been seen while the station is closed should go to the Emergency Department.

*UPDATE as of 10:09 PM 9/3/20:

Please see COVID-19 update for Dent County.

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*UPDATE as of 7:32 PM 9/3/20:

Please see COVID-19 dashboard for Phelps and Maries Counties.

sept 3

 

*UPDATE as of 2:15 PM 9/3/20:

Phelps Health’s drive-through respiratory screening station, located in the Phelps Health and Missouri S&T parking lot off 10th Street, across from the Emergency Department, will close at 4:30 PM Friday, September 4. The drive-through station will remain closed throughout this weekend and Labor Day (September 5-7) and will reopen Tuesday, September 8, at 8:00 AM.

If the drive-through station is closed, patients should go to the Emergency Department to be seen.

*UPDATE as of 1:30 PM 9/2/20:

In this episode, Phelps Health President and CEO Ed Clayton discusses the latest COVID-19 updates.

 

*UPDATE as of 11:47 AM 9/2/20:

Do you have an upcoming appointment or procedure at Phelps Health? Do you plan on seeking care at one of our convenient Phelps Health locations?

Whether you are coming to the hospital, emergency room or any Phelps Health clinic or provider’s office, remember to first check the link below to see the latest visitor policies in place and what to expect during your next visit.

https://phelpshealth.org/visiting-hours

Phelps Health has implemented these safety practices to continue protecting our patients, staff and communities from the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions about visitor policies or what to expect during your next visit, please call your care team.

 

*UPDATE as of 8:49 AM 9/2/20:

 

Public Health Notice - September 2, 2020

We have been notified by the Crawford County Health Department that one of their positive COVID-19 cases has identified a place of exposure within Maries County.

Risk of exposure to COVID-19 occurred at the following locations, dates, and times:

Sunday, August 30, 2020 - Union Hill Church in Vienna. Individual was symptomatic at this time.

Any individuals that were present at that location need to be alert for development of symptoms of COVID-19, practice social distancing, and wear a mask while in public for 14 days from date of potential exposure. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself from others immediately and alert your healthcare provider.

We cannot stress enough that even if you are experiencing very mild symptoms (frequently described as allergies, tickle in the throat, feeling of needing to cough to clear one’s throat, runny nose, or congestion) to stay home, isolate from others, and refrain from attending any public event or place of public accommodation until symptoms resolve.

Individuals with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. It is important to acknowledge that some individuals experience no symptoms at all during their course of illness but may still be spreading the virus. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

* Fever or chills

* Cough

* Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

* Fatigue

* Muscle or body aches

* Headache

* Loss of taste or smell

* Sore throat

* Congestion or runny nose

* Nausea or vomiting

* Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC continues to update the list of potential symptoms as more is discovered about COVID-19.

It is best to assume that every location you visit is a location of potential exposure and take the appropriate precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your communities. It is critical that each and every one of us continues to practice preventative measures to help keep the spread of communicable diseases to a minimum. These precautions include: social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.

 

*UPDATE as of 12:15 PM 9/1/20:

Please see press release from Pulaski County Health Center:

We apologize for the delay in our post; due to the large increase in cases this week, it took a bit longer to get the report together.

Year-to-date, as of 4:00 pm on 8/31/20, Pulaski County has the following status:

• Aggregate total of 558 confirmed COVID-19 test results

• Increase of 148 over the past week

• 1 case currently hospitalized

• 2 Deaths

• 369 Active Cases*

• 3855 Negative PCR tests

• 476 Negative Antibody Tests

• 50 Positive Antibody Tests

*(There is no set or consistent definition for “recovered”, therefore, this is an estimated number. Patients have a varied severity level and longevity of symptoms making this is a difficult statistic to track accurately. The state’s proposed definition considers a case recovered after 30 days if the person is not deceased. This active number was figured by subtracting today’s numbers with those 30 days ago.)

While we do investigate and post public places that may have been a higher risk of public exposure, it is best to assume that every location you visit is a location of potential exposure and take the appropriate precautions to protect yourselves, your families, and our communities. Individuals who are identified as a close contact to a confirmed positive case will be notified.

It is critical that each and every one of us continues to practice preventative measures to help keep the spread of communicable diseases to a minimum. These precautions include: social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.

Free drive-thru testing is provided in Pulaski County by Central Ozarks Medical Center each Wednesday, from 5 pm – 7pm. You can also obtain testing through Mercy-St. Robert, Phelps Health and other healthcare providers.

We apologize for the delay in our post; due to the large increase in cases this week, it took a bit longer to get the report together.

 

*UPDATE as of 3:45 PM 8/31/20:

Please see press release from Texas County Health Department:

Covid-19 Report - August 31, 2020

We are saddened to report another COVID-19 related death in a Texas County resident. The resident was in their 70’s. They tested positive for COVID-19 on August 20, and had been hospitalized since.

In isolation at home 10

Hospitalized 3

Deaths 2

Recovered (off isolation) 90

Total Cases to Date: 105

 

*UPDATE as of 1:19 PM 8/21/20:

Please see press release from Missouri S&T.

A Missouri S&T student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student is in isolation and recovering at his off-campus fraternity residence.

Missouri S&T student health staff are working with public health officials to identify others who have been in contact with the student recently and have initially quarantined nine other fraternity members as a safety precaution. Additional contact tracing is in process.

This is the first reported case of a positive test result for a Missouri S&T student. The student is a member of Delta Tau Delta, 2631 Vienna Road.

“It has always been a question of when, not if, COVID-19 would affect our campus,” says Missouri S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani. “Missouri S&T and the Rolla community have been fortunate through the spring and summer months, as the rate of transmission in our area has been low. We are continuing to urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to keep transmission to a minimum and to ensure a safe and successful opening of the fall semester.”

Missouri S&T and public health officials continue to emphasize the importance of following safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include:

  • Limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people outside of classroom settings
  • Maintaining physical (social) distancing of six feet or greater
  • Wearing a facial covering in classrooms, offices, teaching and research labs, common areas such as hallways, restrooms and food courts, and when sustained physical (social) distancing of six feet or greater is not possible
  • Washing hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds
  • Establishing “social bubbles” of three to five people to limit interactions that may increase the risk of transmission
  • Constant monitoring personal health for fever or other symptoms, and reporting those symptoms to covid@mst.edu.

Any students who suspect they might have COVID-19 should contact Missouri S&T student health services at 573-341-4284 or covid@mst.edu. For more information about Missouri S&T’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.mst.edu.

 

*UPDATE as of 10:43 AM 8/21/20:

Please see the COVID-19 dashboard for Dent County.
COVID-19 dashboard

*UPDATE as of 10:00 AM 8/21/20:

The pandemic has caused us all to make some difficult decisions. In an effort to continue protecting our patients, staff and communities from the spread of COVID-19, Phelps Health has implemented stricter visiting restrictions and additional safety precautions.

Learn more about your next visit to Phelps Health by visiting https://phelpshealth.org/visiting-hours.

 

*UPDATE as of 8:28 PM 8/20/20:

Please see COVID-19 update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department.

COVID-19 dashboard

COVID-19 dashboard

*UPDATE as of 1:08 PM 8/20/20:

Did you miss Ask the Professional's radio show this morning? Listen to our recorded show here: https://bit.ly/3j3yuyn

Phelps Health host Paige Marsolais-Heitman speaking with Interim Director for the Auxiliary and Pastoral Care at Phelps Health, Phil Cox, about coping with grief and loss during COVID-19.

*UPDATE as of 10:59 AM 8/20/20:

Dr. Katie Cameron, a pediatrician with the Phelps Health Medical Group, helps parents by answering some questions about COVID-19 and children.

To learn more about Phelps Health Pediatrics, please visit https://phelpshealth.org/conditions-treatments/pediatrics.

*UPDATE as of 9:13 PM 8/19/20:

Please see COVID-19 exposure information below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- August 19, 2020
During investigation of a positive Pulaski County resident, a public place of potential risk of exposure was identified:

Walmart Super Center in St. Robert Beginning on 8/5/2020 until 8/19/2020.
Mt. Gibson Baptist Church August 9, 2020
Mercy has been removed due to investigation with the hospital and St Robert clinic. The person identied as going actually reported they cancelled these appointments. Due to getting tested.
If you think you may have been exposed and are exhibiting symptoms, contact your health care provider and find out about getting tested. You can also visit one of the free testing sites in the area provided by Central Ozarks Medical Center: Tuesday from 5-7pm in Osage Beach; Wednesday from 5-7pm in Richland, and Thursday 5-7pm in Camdenton.

*UPDATE as of 9:11 PM 8/19/20:

Please see COVID-19 update from Dent County Health Center.

Health Center staff has received notification of 6 additional cases today. Please note the changes in reporting discussed below.

The Dent County Health Center will no longer be issuing press releases with each confirmed positive case. Instead we will update our Facebook COVID-19 Dashboard with information pertaining to confirmed positive cases twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays

As community transmission increases, it is best to assume that every location you visit is a location of potential exposure. It is critical that each of us continue to practice preventative measures to help keep the spread of COVID-19 to a minimum. These precautions include: social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.

Individuals with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

Most common symptoms include:
• Fever
• Dry cough
• Tiredness
• Aches and pains
• Sore throat
• Diarrhea
• Conjunctivitis
• Shortness of Breath
• Headache
• Loss of taste or smell
• a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes

The Dent County Health Center is working diligently to keep our community safe. We will continue to monitor for COVID-19 cases and perform contact tracing as recommended by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider before seeking care or call the toll-free hotline at 877-435-8411.

*UPDATE as of 2:13 PM 8/19/20:

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 transmission in the community, Phelps Health is changing its visitor policy.

In an effort to continue protecting our patients, staff and communities from the spread of COVID-19, Phelps Health is temporarily suspending all visitors at all of our locations beginning Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Until further notice, no visitors* will be allowed at Phelps Health Hospital or clinics with the following limited exceptions:

- Intensive Care Unit (ICU)—ICU visitor guidelines are listed here: https://bit.ly/2DYBIVl
- Patients receiving end-of-life care in the ICU and other areas
- Patients under the age of 18—One parent or guardian
- Obstetrics/Labor and Delivery—One support person designated for patient’s entire stay
- Intellectually disabled patients—One support person or caregiver
- Prisoners—Law enforcement officers as required
- Obstetrics Ultrasound—One visitor or support person over the age of 16

*Please note: The no visitor policy also applies to same-day surgeries or procedures, unless the patient is under the age of 18.

If the above criteria are met, all visiting individuals must be adults (18 years or older) and will be required to complete a health screening for wellness (including checking for fever and respiratory symptoms), wear a mask, sanitize hands and practice social distancing upon entry at Phelps Health.

All Phelps Health patients will be asked to identify one person as their primary contact. Staff will communicate via phone with the designated primary contact throughout the patient’s stay at Phelps Health.

These additional restrictions will help us continue to remain open, safe and ready to serve you. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your cooperation.

*UPDATE as of 11:43 AM 8/19/20:

Please see COVID-19 exposure information in Pulaski County.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- August 19, 2020
During investigation of a positive Pulaski County resident, a public place of potential risk of exposure was identified:

Tiger Typhoon Aquatic Center- Friday, August 14 - Monday, August 17 in the Evening hours.
Waynesville High School - 9th grade Transition Orientation AM session
August 14, 2020.
Waynesville sports activities were:
WHS Swim Team Practice, August 18
Tiger Performance Training, August 18, AM session

This information is being provided for general knowledge. If you are identified as a close contact to the individual(s), you will receive a phone call from the Pulaski County Health Center with information regarding isolation requirements. If you are not contacted by the health department and are contacted by the positive individual or Waynesville School District, you may notify the Pulaski County Health Center for further information.

If you think you may have been exposed and are exhibiting symptoms, contact your health care provider and find out about getting tested. You can also visit one of the free testing sites in the area provided by Central Ozarks Medical Center: Tuesday from 5-7pm in Osage Beach; Wednesday from 5-7pm in Richland, and Thursday 5-7pm in Camdenton.

*UPDATE as of 10:31 PM 8/17/20:

Please see COVID-19 update for Pulaski County provided by the Pulaski County Health Center.

Year-to-date, as of 3:00pm on 8/17/20, Pulaski County has the following status:

• Aggregate total of 341 confirmed COVID-19 test results
• Increase of 77 over the past week
• 1 case currently hospitalized
• 186 Active Cases*
• 3556 known negative tests

*(There is no set or consistent definition for “recovered”, therefore, this is an estimated number. Patients have a varied severity level and longevity of symptoms making this is a difficult statistic to track accurately. The state’s proposed definition considers a case recovered after 30 days if the person is not deceased. This active number was figured by subtracting today’s numbers with those 30 days ago.)

While we do investigate and post public places that may have been a higher risk of public exposure, it is best to assume that every location you visit is a location of potential exposure and take the appropriate precautions to protect yourselves, your families, and our communities. Individuals who are identified as a close contact to a confirmed positive case will be notified.

It is critical that each and every one of us continues to practice preventative measures to help keep the spread of communicable diseases to a minimum. These precautions include: social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.

Free drive-thru testing is provided in Pulaski County by Central Ozarks Medical Center each Wednesday, from 5 pm – 7pm. You can also obtain testing through Mercy-St. Robert and Phelps Health and other healthcare providers.

 

*UPDATE as of 10:29 PM 8/17/20:

Please see the COVID-19 dashboard for Dent County.

dashboard

*UPDATE as of 4:21 PM 8/17/20:

We are starting to receive questions regarding case counts and incoming Missouri S&T students. Yes, if any Missouri S&T student becomes positive for COVID-19, the student WILL count as Phelps County cases. Typically communicable diseases are tracked based on permanent residence. If an individual is physically residing in our area for an extended period of time (attending college, residential living facility, long-term care facility, incarcerated, etc), the physical location of the individual is used to determine jurisdictional control of the communicable disease case.

 

*UPDATE as of 2:33 PM 8/13/20:

welcome back students

The Phelps Health respiratory screening station, located in the parking lot across from the Phelps Health Emergency Department, will be open to Missouri S&T students only this weekend (August 15-16). Missouri S&T will use Phelps Health's facilities to offer screenings to its students for the upcoming fall semester. The screening station will reopen to the general public on Monday, August 17. Normal operation hours are Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.

*UPDATE as of 1:43 PM 8/12/20:
For questions about COVID-19 testing, insurance and test costs, test results, respiratory screening station hours, and general information, please call the Phelps Health COVID-19 information line at (573) 426-2684.

*UPDATE as of 11:52 PM 8/11/20:

Press release from the Pulaski County Health Center: 

During investigation of a positive Pulaski County resident, a public place of potential risk of exposure was identified:

8/5 evening Casey's in Richland and Cracker Barrel in St. Robert. Reports was wearing a mask
8/6 and 8/7 Country Mart Dixon Missouri reports wearing a mask
8/8 Phelps County Fair 7:30pm-10pm Not Masked.
08/01/2020-08/11/2020 at various times at Lumber Company in Dixon, Country Mart,and Dollar General in Dixon.

If you think you may have been exposed and are exhibiting symptoms, contact your health care provider and find out about getting tested. You can also visit one of the free testing sites in the area provided by Central Ozarks Medical Center: Tuesday from 5-7pm in Osage Beach; Wednesday from 5-7pm in Richland, and Thursday 5-7pm in Camdenton.

*UPDATE as of 5:02 PM 8/10/20:

Press release from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

If you have been tested for COVID-19, please continue to strictly quarantine at home until you receive notification of the test result. We are seeing an alarming number of cases return to work and/or attend gatherings after being tested while awaiting results. Even more unsettling are the number of cases we are seeing that are having symptoms, have been tested, and continue to go to work and/or attend gatherings before receiving the positive result. This unnecessarily exposes many others in the workplace and within the community. Thank you for your assistance in this important matter.

This evening we wanted to provide you a snapshot of the cases within our jurisdiction in relation to location and age range. As you will see, the majority of the area has been impacted and all age ranges affected. Data is listed by age range and not in the order that cases were received by the health department. This is not a data point that will routinely be provided, but it is one the health department monitors quite closely. (Yellow represents active cases, green represents cases released from isolation, and blue represents cases that have required hospitalization related to COVID-19.)

COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 Dashboard

*UPDATE as of 4:42 PM 8/6/20:

Press release from the Phelps-Maries County Health Department:
COVID-19 Dashboard

The majority of cases have identifiable sources of exposure to COVID-19 (out of state travel, travel to an area with known community spread, participation in a high risk activity, large gatherings). At this time, our area is experiencing minimal community transmission, but we do not expect that trend to continue.

The health department is seeing a substantial increase in the number of direct contacts related to each confirmed case. It is not uncommon to have ten or more direct contacts for each confirmed positive case. Whereas a month ago and more, we were monitoring two or three direct contacts (primarily direct household members) per confirmed case. This has placed a substantial increase in workload on public health staff with contact tracing efforts and disease mitigation. An increasing number of direct contacts are becoming symptomatic and testing positive during their quarantine period which continues to drive the total confirmed case count higher.

Several community events are still set to take place in our area and surrounding areas over the next several weeks. We cannot stress enough that even if you are experiencing very mild symptoms (frequently described as allergies, tickle in the throat, feeling of needing to cough to clear one’s throat) to stay home, isolate from others, and refrain from attending any public event or place of public accommodation.

Individuals with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. It is important to acknowledge that some individuals experience no symptoms at all during their course of illness but may still be spreading the virus. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

* Fever or chills
* Cough
* Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
* Fatigue
* Muscle or body aches
* Headache
* Loss of taste or smell
* Sore throat
* Congestion or runny nose
* Nausea or vomiting
* Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC continues to update the list of potential symptoms as more is discovered about COVID-19.

It is best to assume that every location you visit is a location of potential exposure and take the appropriate precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your communities. It is critical that each and every one of us continues to practice preventative measures to help keep the spread of communicable diseases to a minimum. These precautions include: social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.

*UPDATE as of 8:46 AM 8/4/20:

Parents, we know this school year will look different. Be on the watch over the next several weeks for information from Phelps Health regarding back to school safety and preparedness.

Here are seven tips to help you and your family start preparing for the new school year.

 

COVID-19 Back to School Tips

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*UPDATE as of 11:06 AM 7/23/20:
Please see notice from Phelps-Maries County Health Department regarding potential COVID-19 exposure.

Public Health Notice - July 22, 2020

The Franklin County Health Department has notified the Phelps/Maries County Health Department that a St. Clair player that participated in the Licking Volleyball Camp in Rolla the dates of July 16, 17, and 18 has tested positive for COVID-19. The player became symptomatic on July 18 and is considered infectious 48 hours before symptoms appear. The St. Clair team traveled back and forth each day and did not stay at any lodging facility.

Any individuals that were at these locations need to be alert for development of symptoms, practice social distancing, and wear a mask while in public for 14 days from date of potential exposure. If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others immediately and alert your healthcare provider.

Risk of exposure to COVID-19 occurred at the following locations, dates, and times:

Rolla High School building
July 16 10:00 am St. Clair II vs Licking II
July 16 12:00 pm St. Clair II vs Lawson II
July 16 1:20 pm St. Clair II vs Lawson III
July 17 10:00 am St. Clair II vs Sullivan II
July 17 11:20 am St. Clair II vs Sullivan III
July 17 12:40 pm St. Clair II vs Bunker
July 18 11:20 am St. Clair II vs Licking II

Rolla Junior High School building
July 16 2:40 pm St. Clair vs Ft. Zumwalt N. II

Individuals with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. It is important to acknowledge that some individuals experience no symptoms at all during their course of illness but may still be spreading the virus. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

* Fever or chills
* Cough
* Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
* Fatigue
* Muscle or body aches
* Headache
* Loss of taste or smell
* Sore throat
* Congestion or runny nose
* Nausea or vomiting
* Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC continues to update the list of potential symptoms as more is discovered about COVID-19.

The Franklin and Phelps/Maries County Health Departments are working to determine close contacts at this time and notify all participating school districts. The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has notified the event organizer as well as the City of Rolla and Rolla Public Schools about the potential of exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. Prior to the event, the event organizer had submitted a health and safety plan and received approval from the City of Rolla per City Ordinance requirement.

As Missouri continues to reopen, it is best to assume that every location you visit is a location of potential exposure and take the appropriate precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your communities. It is critical that each and every one of us continues to practice preventative measures to help keep the spread of communicable diseases to a minimum. These precautions include: social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.

*UPDATE as of 1:03 PM 7/22/20:

Join our expert panel of physicians and Phelps Health leadership on July 29. We’ll discuss COVID-19 hospital and community efforts and what you can look for in the future.

Register here so you won't miss out on this live conversation that allows you to ask questions to our panel: https://bit.ly/2Zbpb8M.

Don't worry if you can't make the webinar, the full recorded webinar will be available afterwards on our Facebook page.

*UPDATE as of 2:36 PM 7/21/20:

Please see press release about the extension of the COVID-19 restrictions in Rolla here.

*UPDATE as of 5:45 PM 7/20/20:

COVID-19 Dashboard

*UPDATE as of 8:44 AM 7/16/20:
When preparing for the arrival of your little one, a thousand questions may be swarming your mind, especially during COVID-19. Phelps Health Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) Physician Jenny Pennycook, MD helps answer some common pregnancy questions during COVID-19. Read Q & A here. 

*UPDATE as of 8:06 AM 6/30/20:

Follow these tips provided by Nathan Ratchford, MD, for a safe and healthy summer during the COVID-19 situation: https://phelpshealth.org/…/fe…/summer-safety-during-covid-19.

*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 6/29/20:

Epidemiologically linked to the Great Circle COVID-19 Outbreak: Phelps (23), Maries (2), Dent (1), Pulaski (1) - specific information regarding individual test results will not be released

All active cases have been under appropriate quarantine/isolation so there are no locations of potential exposure to report.

 

June 29 Phelps

*UPDATE as of 4:44 PM 6/27/20:
Epidemiologically linked to Great Circle COVID-19 Outbreak: Phelps (17), Maries (2)

Of the 5 remaining active cases for Phelps not connected to the current outbreak, 3 are direct household members and 2 are not linked to any other case.

June 27 Phelps

 

*UPDATE as of 4:56 PM 6/25/20:
Please see the following announcement from the Phelps/Maries County Health Department.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 25, 2020

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department is currently investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 amongst a cluster of employees at the Great Circle Campus located in St. James. To date the number of cases per county related to this outbreak are: Phelps (8), Maries (2), Dent (1), and Pulaski (1). One positive case from Phelps County and one positive case from Maries County are direct household contacts to employees that have tested positive. One case does remain hospitalized, requiring ventilation at this time. The remainder of the cases are isolated at home.

The health departments have been working closely with Great Circle, Department of Health and Senior Services, Department of Social Services, and Department of Mental Health to quarantine, isolate, and contain the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Prompt action was taken by Great Circle to assist in providing the health departments with information necessary for contact tracing to ensure all potential contacts were identified and contacted directly by the appropriate health department. All necessary precautions have been and continue to be taken by Great Circle to ensure the safety of their staff, residents, and our communities. Facility wide testing has been conducted, so there is a possibility of a continued increase in case counts as pending test results become available. Due to an increased concern for privacy, no further information related to this outbreak will be released other than to update case numbers if pending test results are positive.

Great Circle has provided the Phelps/Maries County Health Department with the following statement:

Statement from Great Circle
June 25, 2020

Nothing is more important than the health of our clients, their families and our staff.

As part of everyday operations, Great Circle follows stringent policies and procedures to minimize the risk of exposure to all infectious diseases. This commitment to care, as well as guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health authorities, has guided our COVID-19 response plan since early March.

All plans and procedures were in place when Great Circle was notified of staff who work at our residential campus in St. James, MO testing positive for COVID-19. We immediately implemented our safety measures, which include the quarantine of all potentially exposed staff and clients in our care, and we are fully complying with measures recommended by local public health authorities.

As Great Circle redoubles efforts to support the behavioral health needs of the children and families we serve, we remain vigilant in our infection control efforts and are doing all we can to support efforts to combat this pandemic.

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*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 6/25/20:

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*UPDATE as of 3:43 PM 6/25/20:
Please see the below press release from the Dent County Health Center.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 25, 2020

Dent County Health Center Announces Third Positive COVID-19 Case

*****NO Locations of possible public exposure in Dent County have been identified******

DENT COUNTY, MO – The Dent County Health Center has confirmed its third positive case of COVID-19 in Dent County. The patient’s identity will remain confidential, we will not be releasing any personal information about this case. The person has been notified that they have tested positive for COVID-19. We are working with this individual to insure they are following Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in regards to isolation.

The Dent County Health Center has identified and reached out to close contacts in order to monitor them for symptoms and contain spread. If you are identified as a potentially exposed person, you will be contacted by the Dent County Health Center.

The Dent County Health Center is taking necessary precautions to keep our patients and community safe and will continue to diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow CDC guidelines to help protect the public health and limit spread of this infection.

It is important that each and every one of us continue to practice basic preventative measures to help decrease the spread. These measures, as outlined by the CDC, include: avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.

We highly encourage, if you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider before seeking care.

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*UPDATE as of 11:53 AM 6/25/20:
A total of 326 individuals were tested for COVID-19 and/or had antibody testing performed during a drive-through testing event held Saturday, June 20, at Phelps Health Medical Group-Salem. All individuals tested have been or will be notified of their results – whether positive or negative. Thank you all for your support.

For more information about COVID-19 testing and antibody testing results in your area, please visit https://health.mo.gov/…/com…/novel-coronavirus/analytics.php or your local health department’s social media pages.

*UPDATE as of 9:43 PM 6/24/20:
A household contact of a previously reported case has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts are always potentially increased risk associated with sustained (continuous) near proximity exposure.

The patient is following public health guidance and isolating at home. Our hearts and our support are with the family as they recover from the Covid19 respiratory illness. There are no additional potential community exposure locations to report.

AS A REMINDER, anyone who wants to be tested Saturday, June 27 at Mountain Grove (or any of the community testing events DHSS currently has listed); Register at this link. https://dcphdo02redcap.azurewebsites.net/redcap/surveys/…

 

*UPDATE as of 10:10 AM 6/24/20:
Please see press release below.

Texas County is reporting a 3rd positive COVID-19 test. Patient and close contacts are following public health guidance to help prevent the spread. The public health nurse contact tracing investigation indicates case is linked to a Howell County case. The potential community exposure locations from West Plains will be listed at https://www.facebook.com/Howell-County-Health-Department-170310842983730/.

Texas County dates/time include Sunday, June 21 Licking church services approx. 9:45am-12:15pm. Church members with potential exposure from this location are being notified and advised to monitor for symptoms. One location in Dent county, Sunday June 21, Pizza Inn, Salem approx. 1-1:45pm

Public notification of dates/times are made when a general public potential exposure (large number of “unknown” potential contacts cannot be identified). When we do not report these on a particular case it means there was NO travel outside the home within 48 hours prior to symptoms or a positive test.

Please keep in mind COVID-19 has been confirmed throughout the entire United States. You should presume every place or location has some potential for risk. Continue to practice basic preventative measures to help decrease your risk and the spread of COVID-19. These measures include: avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.

We highly encourage, if you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider before you go so they can assist you in taking precautions before coming inside the office.

For anyone who wants to be tested at a community (drive through) test site there will be one this Saturday June 27th at Mountain Grove, 10am-6pm. Below is the link to register for the testing.
https://dcphdo02redcap.azurewebsites.net/redcap/surveys/…



*UPDATE as of 10:30 AM 6/23/20:

We are proud to announce that the Happy Hauler service has resumed transport services on the Phelps Health main campus parking lots in Rolla, MO. The Happy Hauler can pick up and drop off patients to and from their vehicles and Phelps Health main entrance points. Passengers will have their temperature taken before getting in the van. Passengers also must practice proper hand hygiene and wear a mask while being transported in the Happy Hauler.

View new happy hauler policy. 

*UPDATE as of 7:26 PM 6/22/20:
The Phelps/Maries County COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated to display information pertaining to confirmed positive cases and known negative test results on Mondays and Thursdays.
COVID-19 dashboard

*UPDATE as of 7:21 PM 6/22/20:

Please see press release from Phelps-Maries County Health Department.

Public Health Notice - June 22, 2020

* Locations listed are for more than one case.

Individuals at the following locations on the date below are at low risk for contracting COVID-19, and should self-monitor for symptoms:

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
* DVS Liquidation in Rolla approximately 3 pm to 3:30 pm (symptoms, no mask)
* Dickey Bubs Farm & Home in Rolla approximately 4:15 pm to 4:30 pm (symptoms, no mask)
* Dollar General Forum Drive Rolla approximately 4:30 pm to 5 pm (symptoms, no mask)

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
* Wal-Mart in Rolla approximately 11 am to noon (used self-checkout) (symptoms, no mask)
* Wal-Mart in Rolla approximately 6 pm for unknown length of time (symptoms, no mask)

Saturday, June 20, 2020
* Wal-Mart in Jefferson City 63 South approximately 12:30 pm for about 5 minutes used self-checkout (no symptoms, no mask)

If any further locations of potential exposure are determined, we will release those as more information is obtained.

Symptoms include: Fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, loss of sense of smell and/or taste, and generalized muscle aches and pains.

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including: social distancing, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.

We encourage anyone that suspects you have COVID-19, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, to call your healthcare provider before seeking care, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.

For general information and questions regarding Coronavirus please call the MO DHSS COVID-19 hotline at (877) 435-8411. Our office number is 573-458-6010. Please do not contact us via Facebook or this post. Because of the overwhelming number of comments, we may miss someone.

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*UPDATE as of 8:25 AM 6/22/20:
As summer activities take off, we are all anxious to get out and have a great time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is important to be cautious when venturing into public places. COVID-19 continues to spread, but by wearing a mask, you can do your part to protect yourself and others from infection.

COVID-19 Transmission Graphic

*UPDATE as of 4:59 PM 6/21/20:

Please see press release below from Phelps-Maries County Health Department: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 21, 2020

MARIES COUNTY - The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has been notified of its fourth (4th) confirmed case of COVID-19 for Maries County. This individual is a household member of the positive case identified yesterday and is currently isolated at home.

The health department is diligently working through the contact tracing as recommended by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Identified contacts will be notified directly by the health department and any public locations of potential exposure will be released.


*UPDATE as of 6:30 PM 6/20/20:

Please see press release below from Phelps-Maries County Health Department: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 20, 2020

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has been notified of a third confirmed case for Maries County. This individual is currently requiring hospitalization at a healthcare facility outside our jurisdiction.

The health department has also been notified of its 8th, 9th, and 10th confirmed cases for Phelps County. One of the confirmed cases for Phelps County was identified as a probable case yesterday. Test results for the two remaining probable cases are still pending.

The health department is diligently working through the contact tracing as recommended by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Identified contacts will be notified directly by the health department and any public locations of potential exposure will be released.


*UPDATE as of 6:29 PM 6/20/20:

Please see press release below from Dent County Health Center:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 20, 2020

Dent County Health Center Announces Second Positive COVID-19 Case

DENT COUNTY, MO – The Dent County Health Center has confirmed its second positive case of COVID-19 in Dent County. The patient’s identity will remain confidential, we will not be releasing any personal information about this case. The person has been notified that they have tested positive for COVID-19. We are working with this individual to insure they are following Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in regards to isolation.

The Dent County Health Center is currently working with this individual to identify close contacts in order to monitor them for symptoms and contain spread. If you are identified as a potentially exposed person, you will be contacted by the Dent County Health Center.

No locations of possible exposure were identified within Dent County.

The Dent County Health Center is taking necessary precautions to keep our patients and community safe and will continue to diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow CDC guidelines to help protect the public health and limit spread of this infection.

It is important that each and every one of us continue to practice basic preventative measures to help decrease the spread. These measures, as outlined by the CDC, include: avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.

We highly encourage, if you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider before seeking care.

*UPDATE as of 10:21 PM 6/19/20:

Please see press release below from Phelps-Maries County Health Department: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 19, 2020

PHELPS COUNTY - The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has been notified of its seventh (7th) confirmed positive case and identified three (3) probable cases of COVID-19 for Phelps County. We cannot stress enough the importance of staying isolated if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

The confirmed case and one probable case are connected to a congregate living facility within Phelps County. The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has begun the investigation and is working with the facility and MO DHSS to identify potential contacts. Contacts are being notified directly with monitoring and/or quarantining instructions. The facility is following CDC and public health guidelines in regards to monitoring and quarantining procedures within the facility. There are no other individuals associated with the facility reporting symptoms of COVID-19 at this time. In order to protect privacy, no further information will be released at this time.

The three (3) probable cases are symptomatic household or close family members awaiting test results. These cases are also being thoroughly investigated with contact tracing occurring.

Individuals at the following locations on the dates below are at low risk for contracting COVID-19, and should self-monitor for symptoms:

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 around noon
* Wal-Mart Rolla for approximately 5 minutes and utilized self-checkout stations. Symptomatic and not wearing a mask.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 and Thursday, June 18, 2020 from approximately 7 am to 6 pm each day
* Vaughn Pools in Rolla - no symptoms, not wearing a mask

Friday, June 19, 2020 from approximately 7 am to 6 pm
* Vaughn Pools in Rolla - became symptomatic, not wearing a mask

If any further public location of potential exposure is determined, we will release those as more information is obtained.

Symptoms include: Fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, loss of sense of smell and/or taste, and generalized muscle aches and pains.

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including: social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.

We encourage anyone that suspects you have COVID-19, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, to call your healthcare provider before seeking care, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.

For general information and questions regarding Coronavirus please call the MO DHSS COVID-19 hotline at (877) 435-8411. Our office number is 573-458-6010. Please do not contact us via Facebook or this post. Because of the overwhelming number of comments, we may miss someone.
 

*UPDATE as of 5:26 PM 6/19/20:

Updated Visitor Policy

On April 3, in an effort to continue to protect our patients, staff and communities from the spread of COVID-19, we suspended all visitors at all of our locations. However, we realize in some cases, limited exceptions are needed.

Beginning Monday, June 22, one visitor or support person will be allowed in Phelps Health’s surgical, ancillary and diagnostic waiting rooms. Visitors must first complete a wellness screening, remain masked and follow social distancing guidelines.

Our other existing visitor restrictions at Phelps Health remain in place. See below for the current policy:

  • Hospital Inpatient Units—One visitor
  • Emergency Department—One visitor
  • Transitional Care Facility (TCF)—No visitors
  • COVID-19 Units (e.g., patients who have been tested for COVID-19)—No visitors
  • Patients under the Age of 18—One parent or guardian
  • Obstetrics/Labor and Delivery—One visitor
  • Intellectually Disabled Patients—One visitor or caregiver
  • Prisoners—One law enforcement officer
  • Obstetrics Ultrasound—One visitor or support person over the age of 16
  • Surgery, Ancillary and Diagnostic Waiting Rooms—One visitor or support person

Call your provider’s office if you are not sure if you can bring someone with you to your appointment.

If the above criteria is met, please note the following guidelines:

  • All visiting individuals must be adults (18 years or older).
  • All visiting individuals will be required to complete a health screening for wellness (including checking for fever and respiratory symptoms) upon entry at Phelps Health.
  • Individuals showing signs or symptoms of illness will not be allowed to visit.
  • All visiting individuals will be required to wear a mask while at Phelps Health. If someone does not arrive wearing their own mask, one will be provided for them.
  • Visitors will only be allowed during the hours of 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. 

 

*UPDATE as of 3:00 PM 6/18/20:

Free COVID-19 and Antibody Drive-Through Testing in Salem on June 20

Phelps Health is pleased to offer free drive-through antibody testing in addition to testing individuals for COVID-19 this Saturday, June 20, in Salem, MO.

Both types of testing will be available to residents in Dent County and surrounding areas June 20 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the Phelps Health Medical Group-Salem clinic located at 1415 West Scenic Rivers Boulevard in Salem, MO.

Phelps Health will test individuals to see if they currently have COVID-19. This type of test involves a swab to take a sample from inside the nose.

Additionally, SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody testing, which involves taking a blood sample from a person and identifies possible past infection with the COVID-19 virus, will be available for ages 12 and up.

Having symptoms of COVID-19 is not required for people interested in being tested. Individuals who have previously been tested for COVID-19 can sign up to receive antibody testing.

There are still spots available. Pre-register online at https://health.mo.gov/communitytest or call (877) 435-8411 option 3 for help with registration.

Please note: Due to patient privacy concerns, no videos or photos will be allowed at this testing site. This includes media, patients, volunteers and staff.


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*UPDATE as of 9:40 AM 6/1/20:

From the comfort of your home, you can connect with your care provider through a Telehealth visit -- a safe, secure and confidential way for you to visit remotely with your provider from your smartphone with audio and video capabilities.

Call your Phelps Health provider’s office to find out if they are offering Telehealth visits, or to learn more visit: https://phelpshealth.org/conditions-treatments/telehealth-visits

 

*UPDATE as of 8:48 AM 6/1/20:

Please see press release from U.S. Army Fort Leonard Wood who announced about 70 of their soldiers tested positive for COVID-19:
 

DATE: May 31, 2020 5:00:34 PM CDT

Fort Leonard Wood COVID-19 update

Public Affairs Office

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 31, 2020) — During a two-day period, military health professionals with the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital at Fort Leonard Wood conducted COVID-19 testing on about 500 Soldiers and trainees assigned to the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, and of those, about 70 had positive test results. Due to the aggressive mitigation strategies in place, the number of infected and exposed individuals has been minimized to the greatest extent possible, and contained within one training unit. Affected individuals have been isolated or quarantined as appropriate and in accordance with CDC guidelines. In addition, all impacted buildings, dining facilities and training areas within the unit area have been sanitized in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Upon arrival to Fort Leonard Wood, all 500 Soldiers and trainees were medically screened and tested by GLWACH health professionals at the beginning of their 14-day controlled monitoring phase of basic combat training and all test results at that time were negative. Four days after the end of the group’s controlled monitoring phase, a trainee reported to Harper In-processing Health Screening Facility with symptoms, and immediately, all 500 were tested again, resulting in the increased positive test results.

All those who tested positive are being cared for and monitored according to CDC guidelines and have been isolated to prevent the potential spread to others. Most of those who tested positive are asymptomatic and none have been hospitalized at GLWACH.

Contact tracing continues to be performed and aggressive measures are continuing to be used to ensure that further spread of COVID-19 is minimized. Fort Leonard Wood continues the strict enforcement of social distancing and the wearing of cloth face coverings to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Our people — military, civilians and families — and their health, welfare and safety are our highest priority. We continue to assess, refine and coordinate prevention and response efforts on post and in the local area to ensure the well-being of our personnel and local population. Fort Leonard Wood leadership remain in close coordination with local and state public health authorities and have assessed that the local communities are not at an increased risk.

Additional information can be found on the installation website: https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/coronavirus.

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About Fort Leonard Wood

Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 75 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains more than 80,000 military and civilians each year.

Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.

Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.

More information about Fort Leonard Wood is at: https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/about/mission

*UPDATE as of 8:15 PM 5/29/20:

Please read press release from Camden County Health Department regarding an individual from Boone County who tested positive for COVID-19 after being in the Lake area during Memorial Day weekend (May 23 & 24).

Press Release:
Camden County Health Department has been notified of a Boone County resident who has tested positive for Covid-19 after being in the Lake area on May 23 & 24. The case arrived here on Saturday and developed illness on Sunday, so was likely incubating illness and possibly infectious at the time of the visit. Due to the need to inform mass numbers of unknown people, we are publicly releasing the following timeline, which was provided by the case. Investigation is in progress by Boone County Health Department, with Lake Area Health Departments assisting with local contacts. There have been no cases reported in Camden County residents this week.
Saturday May 23

Backwater Jacks ~1-5pm
Shady Gators and Lazy Gators Pool 5:40pm-9pm
Backwater Jacks 940pm-10pm

Sunday May 24
Buffalo Wild Wings 1pm-2pm
Shady Gators ~2:30pm until~6:30-7pm
Taxi from Shady Gators to private residence around 7pm

The public who may have been in these places is asked to please monitor for symptoms:
fever,
cough,
shortness of breath,
body aches,
headache,
nausea, vomiting,
diarrhea,
loss of taste or smell
If you develop symptoms, please contact your physician, and isolate until test results are known. Please Stay Home If You Are Sick!

Locally, testing is available at Lake Regional Urgent Care and COMC facilities (beginning June 2). There are also numerous testing sites around the state, please see
https://health.mo.gov/…/novel-coronavirus/mobile-testing.php for listings of a site near you.

*UPDATE as of 1:46 PM 5/29/20:

Here is what you can expect at your next appointment at Phelps Health. If you have any questions about your next appointment, please call your provider's office. We are open, safe and ready for you.

 

 

*UPDATE as of 7:15 PM 5/27/20:

Dr. Erik AuBuchon takes you on a tour of what it is like to go to your next appointment at Phelps Health. We are open, safe and ready for you. Schedule an appointment today!

To learn more about Telehealth services, please visit https://phelpshealth.org/conditions-treat…/telehealth-visits.

To learn how Phelps Health is safely reopening, please visit https://phelpshealth.org/reopening-healthcare-services

*UPDATE as of 4:42 PM 5/22/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 520
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 608
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 823

Last updated: May 22, 2020, at 4:42 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

 

*UPDATE as of 2:15 PM 5/22/20:

Phelps Health’s drive-through respiratory screening station, located in the Phelps Health and Missouri S&T parking lot off 10th Street, across from the Emergency Department, will close at 8:00 PM Friday, May 22. The drive-through station will remain closed throughout this weekend and Memorial Day (May 23-25) and will reopen Tuesday, May 26, at 8:00 AM.

Effective Tuesday, May 26, the drive-through station hours of operation will be from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Mondays through Fridays. If the drive-through station is closed, patients should go to the Emergency Department to be seen.

During the new hours of operation, this station will continue serving patients seeking treatment for respiratory-type conditions (including symptoms of COVID-19). Patients will continue to be diagnosed and treated right from their vehicles. Also effective May 26, patients who use the drive-through station will be billed by the Phelps Health Medical Group as a clinic visit instead of an Emergency Department visit.

Laboratory services will continue to be billed by Phelps Health.

As a reminder, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires all COVID-19 testing and related services to be completely covered by government insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, and most private insurance plans. In addition, visits to doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, emergency rooms as well as telehealth visits must be covered by insurance companies as long these visits relate to providing or administering a COVID-19 test or determining the need for such a test.

Providers and staff working at the respiratory screening station also will continue to provide COVID-19 testing for patients who arrive at the screening station with an order from their primary care provider as well as those patients whose signs and symptoms meet the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) recommended screening criteria.

In addition, patients at the drive-through station who have an order from their primary care provider will be eligible for antibody testing for COVID-19. For more information about the screening station, antibody testing and COVID-19 updates, visit phelpshealth.org.

*UPDATE as of 1:17 PM 5/22/20:

Please read Pulaski County Health Center's latest update on the DHSS Targeted Testing that took place in Pulaski County.

"As of today, we have had no new COVID-19 cases in 3 weeks! We are still waiting on about 75 test results to come back from the lab from last weekend’s testing clinic. Due to a delay at the lab, it may be early next week before we are able to post those results. However, the good news is that 620 of the 695 people tested last weekend had negative results! We will continue to keep you updated as we get new information. Thank you all for your support! #pulaskistrong #movingforward"

*UPDATE as of 1:13 PM 5/22/20:

At Phelps Health, we are following guidelines from national, state and local health organizations to ensure that our facilities are safe for when you come in for an appointment. Follow this quick guide that shows what you will experience when you come in for your next appointment at Phelps Health. #OpenSafeReady

To learn more, please visit https://phelpshealth.org/reopening-healthcare-services.

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*UPDATE as of 1:09 PM 5/22/20:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 22, 2020

PHELPS COUNTY, MO – The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has been notified of its fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Phelps County. The individual is currently isolated at home.

The individual has maintained proper self-quarantining practices after a potential exposure outside of our area. There are no contacts or locations of potential exposure to report.

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including: social distancing, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.

We encourage anyone that suspects you have COVID-19, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, to call your healthcare provider before seeking care, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.

Status Update as of 1:00 pm on 5/22/2020:

Phelps County
Total Confirmed Cases: 4
Total Probable* Cases: 1
Active Cases (confirmed and probable): 2
Recovered Cases: 3
Known Negative Results: 773

Maries County
Total Confirmed Cases: 2
Total Probable* Cases: 2
Active Cases (confirmed and probable): 0
Recovered Cases: 4
Known Negative Results: 78

*Probable cases have not been tested for COVID-19 but meet clinical criteria for diagnosis and have close contact to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 disease or have traveled to or reside in an area with sustained, ongoing community spread. For example: a physician may clinically diagnosis patients who have become ill that live or work with a confirmed or probable case. Probable cases are managed the same as confirmed cases by the health department.

 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 5/21/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 502
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 590
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 804

Last updated: May 21, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 22, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 5:40 PM 5/20/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 482
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 570
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 783

Last updated: May 20, 2020, at 5:40 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 21, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 8:40 AM 5/20/20:

In this episode of The Scope, Dr. Rachelle Gorrell, division chief of primary care for Phelps Health Medical Group and a family medicine physician, discusses COVID-19 and antibody testing.

*UPDATE as of 5:00 PM 5/18/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 444
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 532
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 736

Last updated: May 18, 2020, at 5:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 20, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 1:09 PM 5/18/20:

Press release from the Pulaski County Health Center:

Community partnerships allowed 695 people in Pulaski County to be tested for COVID-19 this past weekend. The Pulaski County Health Center worked with the Pulaski County Commission, Phelps Health, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, the City of St. Robert and the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership to set up a large drive-thru clinic in a week’s time. The goal of the weekend was 1000, and although we fell short of that goal, there was still a great turnout. The weather presented a few challenges but the staff was able to adapt and continue moving people through the site as quickly as possible.

The objective of random sampling is to gauge community spread. As community spread becomes less and less, the public health emergency orders can also start to lift and move things closer to normal. Results should be in by the end of this week and we will share accumulative results. If you were one of the individuals tested this weekend, you will be notified by phone from a member of the Phelps Health team. For all of those that helped share the information about the clinic, sat up and worked the clinic, participated in the clinic, and supported the effort, WE THANK YOU!

 

*UPDATE as of 10:46 AM 5/18/2020:

Please see the following public health notice from the Phelps-Maries County Health Department regarding possible exposure of COVID-19 in the community:

Part of the Phelps/Maries County Health Department’s duty to protect the public’s health is informing of potential COVID-19 exposure in the community.

Individuals at the following location on the dates below are at low risk for contracting COVID-19, and should self-monitor for symptoms.

Symptoms include: Fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, loss of sense of smell and/or taste, and generalized muscle aches and pains.

Locations of potential exposure are:
* Love’s Travel Stop 3500 Hy Point Industrial Drive Rolla, MO
- Thursday, May 7, 2020 overnight into Friday
- Friday, May 8, 2020 evening
- Sunday, May 10, 2020 overnight into Monday
- Tuesday, May 12, 2020 overnight into Wednesday

If any further locations of potential exposure are determined, we will release those as more information is obtained.

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including: social distancing, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.

We encourage anyone that suspects you have COVID-19, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, to call your healthcare provider before seeking care, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.

For general information and questions regarding Coronavirus please call the MO DHSS COVID-19 hotline at (877) 435-8411. Our office number is 573-458-6010. Please do not contact us via Facebook or this post. Because of the overwhelming number of comments, we may miss someone.

*UPDATE as of 10:46 AM 5/18/2020:

Please see press release from Phelps-Maries County Health Department regarding a third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Phelps County:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 16, 2020

PHELPS COUNTY, MO – The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has been notified of its third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Phelps County. The individual is currently isolated at home.

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department is working diligently to conduct an investigation in an effort to identify any individual that may have come in close contact with the positive individual to monitor them for symptoms and assist in the containment of the virus. Any close contact will be contacted privately by the Phelps/Maries County Health Department.

If any locations of potential exposure are identified, we will release those as more information is obtained.

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including: social distancing, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.

We encourage anyone that suspects you have COVID-19, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, to call your healthcare provider before seeking care, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.

Status Update as of 10:15 pm on 5/16/2020:

Cases in MO: 10,675
Deaths in MO: 589
Tested in MO: 139,340 (5/15/2020)

Phelps County
Total Confirmed Cases: 3
Total Probable* Cases: 1
Active Cases (confirmed and probable): 1
Recovered Cases: 3
Known Negative Results: 773

Maries County
Total Confirmed Cases: 2
Total Probable* Cases: 2
Active Cases (confirmed and probable): 0
Recovered Cases: 4
Known Negative Results: 78

*Probable cases have not been tested for COVID-19 but meet clinical criteria for diagnosis and have close contact to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 disease or have traveled to or reside in an area with sustained, ongoing community spread. For example: a physician may clinically diagnosis patients who have become ill that live or work with a confirmed or probable case. Probable cases are managed the same as confirmed cases by the health department.

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 5/15/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 398
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 484
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 693

Last updated: May 15, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 18, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 4:00 PM 5/14/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 380
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 466
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 674

Last updated: May 14, 2020, at 4:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 15, 2020, at 6:00 PM
 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 5/13/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 365
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 451
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 656

Last updated: May 13, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 14, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 5/12/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 350
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 436
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 636

Last updated: May 12, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 13, 2020, at 6:00 PM
 

*UPDATE as of 12:43 PM 5/12/20:

FREE COVID-19 drive-thru testing will be available to all Pulaski County residents on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the St. Robert Community Center.

The Pulaski County Health Center and Phelps Health will be conducting the testing. No symptoms or pre-requisites are required for this testing.

Pre-registration is highly recommended. 

The direct registration link is: https://health.mo.gov/communitytest. After going to this link, select the testing event for Pulaski County to register. Any Pulaski County resident can also register by calling the MO COVID Hotline at 877-435-8411. Choose option 3 to register.

**Testing is for the virus only. No antibody testing will be performed.**

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 5/11/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 337
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 423
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 621

Last updated: May 11, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 12, 2020, at 6:00 PM
 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 5/8/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 317
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 403
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 599

Last updated: May 8, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 11, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 5:40 PM 5/8/20:
 
Updated Visitor Policy

On April 3, in an effort to continue to protect our patients, staff and communities from the spread of COVID-19, we suspended all visitors at all of our locations. However, we realize in some cases, limited exceptions are needed.
 
Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, the following visitor policy will go into effect:
  • Hospital Inpatient Units—One visitor
  • Emergency Department—One visitor
  • Transitional Care Facility (TCF)—No visitors
  • COVID-19 Units (e.g., patients who have been tested for COVID-19)—No visitors
  • Patients under the Age of 18—One parent or guardian
  • Obstetrics/Labor and Delivery—One visitor
  • Intellectually Disabled Patients—One visitor or caregiver
  • Prisoners—One law enforcement officer
If the above criteria is met, please note the following guidelines:
  • All visiting individuals must be adults (18 years or older).
  • All visiting individuals will be required to complete a health screening for wellness (including checking for fever and respiratory symptoms) upon entry at Phelps Health. 
  • Individuals showing signs or symptoms of illness will not be allowed to visit.
  • All visiting individuals will be required to wear a mask while at Phelps Health. If someone does not arrive wearing their own mask, one will be provided for them.
  • Visitors will only be allowed during the hours of 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

In all other Phelps Health patient care areas, no visitors will be allowed. Limited exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 5/7/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 309
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 394
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 591

Last updated: May 7, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 8, 2020, at 6:00 PM

*UPDATE as of 8:30 AM 5/7/20:

Emergencies don’t stop for COVID-19. Heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest symptoms are always urgent. Don’t hesitate to call 911 or come to the Emergency Department.

Emergencies

 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 5/6/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 296
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 381
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 578

Last updated: May 6, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 7, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 2:50 PM 5/6/20:

Please read press release below from Phelps Health's CEO, Ed Clayton. 

patient letter

*UPDATE as of 5:45 PM 5/5/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 290
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 374
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 568

Last updated: May 5, 2020, at 5:45 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 6, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 5:45 PM 5/4/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 278
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 361
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 558

Last updated: May 4, 2020, at 5:45 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 5, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 5/1/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 265
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 347
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 542

Last updated: May 1, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 4, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 5:49 PM 5/1/20:

Phelps Health’s drive-through respiratory screening station continues to remain open seven days a week from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Patients who are experiencing signs and symptoms of respiratory-type illnesses (including symptoms of COVID-19) can receive a medical screening right from their cars. Patients who need to be seen after 8:00 PM should go to the Emergency Department for care.

Providers and staff working at the respiratory screening station continue to provide COVID-19 testing for patients who arrive at the screening station with an order from their primary care provider as well as those patients whose signs and symptoms meet the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) recommended screening criteria.

Since late March, the providers and staff working at Phelps Health’s respiratory screening station have seen and/or treated over 500 patients from our local communities.

 

*UPDATE as of 3:14 PM 5/1/20:

Phelps Health Rehabilitation is offering televisits for new and established patients. See flyer for more details.


*UPDATE as of 2:38 PM 5/1/20:

Please see press release from Phelps-Maries County Health Department regarding the DHSS Targeted Testing:

targeted testing

*UPDATE as of 11:05 AM 5/1/20:

 

According to our data, Missouri reached peak hospitalization on April 7 at 1,242 cases. With the exception of the St. Louis region, the total number of hospitalizations had decreased significantly in every region across the state by April 25:

-Kansas City region: 41% reduction
-Central region: 38% reduction
-Northwest region: 41% reduction
-Northeast region: 67% reduction
-Southwest region: 63% reduction
-Southeast region: 45% reduction
-St. Louis region: 8% increase

As Governor Mike Parson has emphasized in his daily briefings, Missouri's health care system is not currently overwhelmed. Governor Parson and his team will continue to monitor data trends as the Stay Home Missouri order is lifted on May 4. To learn more about the Governor's Show Me Strong recovery plan, visit ShowMeStrong.Mo.Gov.

To learn more about what you can do to protect you and your family from COVID-19, visit Health.Mo.Gov/coronavirus.

*UPDATE as of 10:33 AM 5/1/20:

Due to precautionary measures and guidelines for social distancing recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the cancellation and postponement of events and support groups at all Phelps Health facilities has been extended again through May 15, 2020.

This includes Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) classes, support group meetings, prenatal classes and more. Visit phelpshealth.org/calendar for more information on cancellations.

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/30/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 256
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 338
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 531

Last updated: April 30, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: May 1, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 12:31 PM 4/30/20:

See message below from Phelps-Maries County Health Department about the DHSS Targeted COVID-19 Testing.
 

**Target Testing Results Pending**

377 out of the 400 tests were completed Sunday, April 26 through Wednesday, April 29. More time was provided by DHSS in an attempt to reach that 400 mark. Some results have started to return but the entirety of the results are not yet available from the MO State Lab. DHSS has reported that all test results for Phelps County will be available by tomorrow, Friday, May 1. The health department will publish those results as soon as the data is available.

As individual results are received, the individual is being contacted by Phelps Health and made aware of their test result. The health department is continuing with any case investigations as necessary.

*UPDATE as of 8:32 AM 4/30/20:
Wearing a cloth face covering correctly can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. When you go out on essential trips, keep in mind the following:

If you have a child, remember those under age 2 should not wear a face covering. Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/…/prevent…/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/29/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 247
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 328
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 520

Last updated: April 29, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: April 30, 2020, at 6:00 PM
 

*UPDATE as of 3:10 PM 4/29/20:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently added several new symptoms to its existing list of symptoms for COVID-19.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

For more information about COVID-19 symptoms, visit https://www.cdc.gov/…/2019-n…/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html



*UPDATE as of 5:40 PM 4/28/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 232
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 313
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 504

Last updated: April 28, 2020, at 5:40 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The number tested does not include the numbers associated with the DHSS Targeted Testing. 

Next approximate update: April 29, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 9:30 PM 4/25/20:

Please read press release below from Phelps-Maries County Health Department regarding a COVID-19 positive in Phelps County. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 25, 2020

PHELPS COUNTY, MO – The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has been notified of its second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Phelps County. A probable case* is also being announced for Phelps County. These cases are connected to a previously announced positive case from Crawford County.

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department is currently working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to conduct an investigation in an effort to identify any individual that may have come in close contact with the positive individual to monitor them for symptoms and assist in the containment of the virus. Any close contact will be contacted privately by the Phelps/Maries County Health Department.

Individuals at the following locations on the dates below are at low risk for contracting COVID-19, and should self-monitor for symptoms.

Symptoms include: Fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, loss of sense of smell and/or taste, and generalized muscle aches and pains.

Locations of potential exposure are:
* Wednesday, April 15, 2020 approximately 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Price Chopper, Rolla (previously announced)
* Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - The Flooring Nook, Rolla
* Thursday, April 16, 2020 - The Flooring Nook, Rolla

If any further locations of potential exposure are determined, we will release those as more information is obtained.

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including: social distancing, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. It is of the utmost importance that any individual experiencing symptoms isolate from others.

We encourage anyone that suspects you have COVID-19, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, to call your healthcare provider before seeking care, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.

For general information and questions regarding Coronavirus please call the MO DHSS COVID-19 hotline at (877) 435-8411. Our office number is 573-458-6010 or after hours please email us at phelpsmariesCOVID19@phelpscounty.com. Please do not contact us via Facebook or this post. Because of the overwhelming number of comments, we may miss someone.

Status Update as of 9:00 pm on 4/25/2020:

Cases in MO: 6,826
Deaths in MO: 273
Tested in MO: 69,748

Phelps County
Confirmed Cases: 2
Probable Cases: 1*
Recovered Cases: 1

Maries County
Confirmed Cases: 2
Probable Cases: 2**
Recovered Cases: 4**

*Probable cases have not been tested for COVID-19 but meet clinical criteria for diagnosis and have close contact to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 disease or have traveled to or reside in an area with sustained, ongoing community spread. For example: a physician may clinically diagnosis patients who have become ill that live or work with a confirmed or probable case. Probable cases are managed the same as confirmed cases by the health department.

**For the purpose of consistent reporting, two known probable cases from Maries County will also be included in our case counts. These probable cases are household members to a previously reported and recovered case. THERE IS NO RISK OF EXPOSURE TO THESE CASES IN MARIES COUNTY. These cases are representative of past NOT current cases.

 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/24/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 208
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 288
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 463

Last updated: April 24, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Next approximate update: April 27, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 5:15 PM 4/24/20:

Press release from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

**COVID-19 Targeted Testing for Phelps County**

Phelps County was selected by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) as one of eight COVID-19 targeted testing locations to provide surveillance data. The targeted testing effort will include 3,200 (400 per location) tests for both symptomatic and asymptomatic Missouri residents.

“Once I received word from DHSS that our area was selected for targeted testing, I contacted Keri Heavin, Chief Nursing Officer at Phelps Health, to present this opportunity. Heavin and other leaders at Phelps Health agreed to allow the hospital to serve as a testing location for this service – even with the rapid turnaround time. Our community is very fortunate to have a healthcare facility ready and willing to immediately step up to a challenge of this magnitude,” said Ashley Wann, Phelps/Maries County Health Department Director.

Wann acknowledges that this event is going to happen with short notice. “We are working under the guidance and request of DHSS. Yes, we know this will happen fast. However, all partners involved recognize this is an opportunity that cannot be passed up,” she said.

“When we heard about the chance to test more individuals in Phelps County, it was an opportunity we could not pass up. This targeted testing will give us a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation in our area,” said Ed Clayton, President and CEO of Phelps Health.

The COVID-19 targeted testing for Phelps County will occur Sunday, April 26, 2020, and Monday, April 27, 2020, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM each day. The current Phelps Health drive-through respiratory screening station located in the Phelps Health and Missouri University of Science and Technology parking lot across 10th Street from the Emergency Department entrance will be utilized. Individuals will not be charged for this testing, and Phelps Health will be responsible for notifying these individuals of their test results.

Having symptoms of COVID-19 are not required for individuals interested in being tested. The only requirement is that the individual being tested must currently reside in Phelps County. The testing will involve a swab to take a sample from inside the nose, and this swab can be uncomfortable.

Testing will be completed for the first 400 Phelps County residents to pre-register using the online survey provided by DHSS at the following link: https://redcap.link/mocovidcctesting. Pre-registration is required to access the testing, and those who register will be provided with a designated two-hour testing time window through a follow-up email once their registration is completed. This will help to ensure the testing is as efficient as possible, as the only information collected at the time of the test will be symptoms present on the day of testing, if any. Consent to testing and acknowledgement of responsibilities will be included in the registration process.

Specimens will be tested at the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory in Jefferson City. The other locations selected for targeted testing are Nodaway County, Taney County, Dunklin County, Adair County, Perry County, Saline County, and Kansas City (five specific zip codes).

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/23/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 192
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 270
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 442

Last updated: April 23, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Next approximate update: April 24, 2020, at 6:00 PM
 

*UPDATE as of 8:00 AM 4/23/20:

Phelps Health's drive-through respiratory screening station, located in the Phelps Health and Missouri University of Science and Technology parking lot off of 10th Street, has modified its hours to accommodate patient needs.

Effective Friday, April 24, the screening station will be open seven days a week, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. If the drive-through station is closed, patients should go to the Emergency Department to be seen.

For more information about the drive-through respiratory screening station and COVID-19, please visit phelpshealth.org/covid-19

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/22/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 186
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 264
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 432

Last updated: April 22, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Next approximate update: April 23, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 1:30 PM 4/22/20:

Edward Clayton, President and CEO of Phelps Health speaks about COVID-19 in his second update video. To learn more, please visit phelpshealth.org/covid-19.

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/21/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 184
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 262
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 426

Last updated: April 21, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Next approximate update: April 22, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/20/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 180
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health (Includes Tested and Non-Tested Individuals): 258
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 417

Last updated: April 20, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Next approximate update: April 21, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 3:38 PM 4/17/20:

Dr. Evan Cameron helps answer some frequently asked questions about COVID-19. Learn more at phelpshealth.org/covid-19.

 

*UPDATE as of 11:00 AM 4/17/20:

Ed Clayton, CEO

Friday, April 17, 2020

Ed Clayton, President and CEO of Phelps Health speaking with KTTR-Results Radio hosts Lee Buhr and Kent Bagnell about COVID-19. Clayton answers several questions regarding COVID-19 testing, surge planning, visitor restrictions, cancellations of elective surgeries, social distancing and more.

To learn the latest updates about COVID-19, please visit phelpshealth.org/covid-19.

 

*UPDATE as of 9:10 AM 4/17/20:

During this current COVID-19 outbreak, Phelps Health’s Orthopedics Injury Clinic is OPEN to serve and treat patients with URGENT* orthopedic needs.

If you or a loved one experiences a bone fracture, sprain or other urgent orthopedic injury, avoid the emergency department and call the Orthopedics Injury Clinic at (573) 364-5633 to make an appointment. The clinic is located in Suite 400 of the Phelps Health Medical Office Building in Rolla, MO.

*Urgent conditions include ones in which if evaluation and treatment are delayed, the issue will become worse. Urgent conditions may include the following:

  • New or recent bone, joint or muscle injuries
  • Possible sprains/strains of foot, ankle or knee
  • Injuries to shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand
  • Possible fractures

For questions about whether your condition is urgent, please call (573) 364-5633.

If you have a serious or life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.

INJURY CLINIC HOURS:

Mondays-Thursdays: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

Fridays: 8:00 AM-Noon

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of our patients, staff and community, please DO NOT come to the Orthopedics Injury Clinic if any of the following apply:

  • You are experiencing a fever, cough or shortness of breath or other flu-like symptoms.
  • You have been diagnosed or exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • You have traveled to an area where community spread of COVID-19 is occurring.

 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/16/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 163
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health: 239
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 381

Last updated: April 16, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Next approximate update: April 17, 2020, at 6:00 PM

*UPDATE as of 3:54 PM 4/16/20:

Please see press release below from Missouri Governor, Mike Parson, about the extension of the “Stay Home Missouri” Order through Sunday, May 3rd.

"Missouri is incredibly diverse, and our reopening efforts will be careful, deliberate, and done in phases.

Today, I am extending the “Stay Home Missouri” Order through Sunday, May 3rd , so we can prepare to REOPEN the economy and get Missourians BACK TO WORK.

Between now and May 4th, we will continue to monitor the situation and work with Missouri's hospitals, health care providers, public health experts, business leaders, and state departments to develop a plan.

The timing may not look the same in every community – our hardest hit areas like St. Louis and Kansas City may take longer to fully recover.

We must be ready for a slow but steady road to recovery, with some sort of social distancing continuing even as we begin to reopen the economy.

Thank you again for your efforts and sacrifices during this difficult time. I look forward to seeing Missourians safe, healthy, and BACK TO WORK."

*UPDATE as of 12:50 PM 4/16/20:

Dr. Rachelle Gorrell helps answer some frequently asked questions about COVID-19. Learn more at phelpshealth.org/covid-19.

*UPDATE as of 10:13 AM 4/16/20:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- APRIL 16, 2020

Pulaski County Health Center Announces Nine Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases

PULASKI COUNTY, MO- The Pulaski County Health Center has received notification of nine additional case of COVID-19; eight of these cases are temporary Pulaski County residents that are direct contacts to the six cases announced on Tuesday; one case is a Pulaski County resident.

The patients’ identities will remain confidential. The Pulaski County Health Center is currently working with public health system partners to conduct an investigation in an effort to identify any individual that may have come in close contact with one of the positive individuals to monitor them for symptoms and assist in the containment of the virus. As part of the regular practice of disease investigation, the Health Department will notify people who have had close contact with the patients.

It is important that every member of the community continue to follow the CDC basic hygiene preventative measures. These measures include: avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick. If you go out into public places extra modes of precaution can be practiced to help mitigate spread into your household: wear a mask when in the public, remove shoes before going back into your home, change and wash clothing, and wash your hands and possibly even shower.

COVID-19 Case Count as of 4/16/20
US Cases: 605,390
MO Cases: 4,895
Pulaski County Confirmed Cases: 25
Pulaski County Probable Cases*: 1
Pulaski County Deaths: 1

*A probable case means that it is highly probable that an individual has the disease but it was not confirmed via test. For example: physicians may clinically diagnose such patients who have become ill that live in a household with a confirmed positive case.

 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/15/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 158
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health: 232
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 371

Last updated: April 15, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

At the time of this post, there are no patients admitted to Phelps Health with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Next approximate update: April 16, 2020, at 6:00 PM

 

*UPDATE as of 5:15 PM 4/15/20:

Dr. Nathan Ratchford helps answer some frequently asked questions about COVID-19. Learn more at phelpshealth.org/covid-19.

 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/14/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 153
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health: 226
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station since March 30: 355

Last updated: April 14, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

As of the time of this post, Phelps Health has had no confirmed cases of COVID-19.


Next approximate update: April 15, 2020, at 6:00 PM

*UPDATE as of 2:37 PM 4/14/20:

Due to precautionary measures and guidelines for social distancing recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the cancellation of events and support groups at all Phelps Health facilities has been extended again through May 1, 2020.

This includes Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) classes, support group meetings, prenatal classes and more. Visit phelpshealth.org/calendar for more information on cancellations.

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/13/20:

Phelps Health COVID-19 Data

Total Tested for COVID-19 at Phelps Health: 145
Total Told to Self-Quarantine by Phelps Health: 218
Total Served by Phelps Health Drive-Through Respiratory Screening Station in Last 14 Days: 338

Last updated: April 13, 2020, at 6:00 PM 

As of the time of this post, Phelps Health has had no confirmed cases of COVID-19.


Next approximate update: April 14, 2020, at 6:00 PM

*UPDATE as of 8:50 PM 4/9/20:

To learn more about COVID-19 testing at Phelps Health read the article from Phelps County Focus here.

*UPDATE as of 12:11 AM 4/9/20:

As the world faces a global pandemic, there are so many heroes on the frontlines during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis who are selflessly caring for our community. As a small sign of our gratitude, students from @RollaPublicSchools have crafted some messages to all of the doctors, nurses, emergency personnel, first responders and community members who have helped and continue to help us during this critical time of need. This reminds us as a community that one of the best ways to contribute to their tireless efforts is to stay home to help save lives.

#InThisTogether

*UPDATE as of 3:28 PM 4/8/20:

Status Update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department.

Status update as of 3:00 pm 4/8/2020

Cases in MO: 3,327
Deaths in MO: 58
Tested in MO: (will update when available)

Phelps County
Confirmed Cases: 1
Recovered: 1
Known tested: 68

Maries County
Confirmed Cases: 2
Recovered: 2
Known Tested: 15

We are no longer monitoring any positive cases for Phelps or Maries Counties. All prior positives have been classified as recovered either by CDC clinical guidance for recovery or two repeat negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

We do continue to have an increase in the number of direct contacts and quarantined (not tested) that we are monitoring at a minimum twice daily.

 

*UPDATE as of 1:04 PM 4/8/20:

Phelps Health is here to meet your needs and is now offering TeleVisits. Learn more about TeleVisits here.

 

*UPDATE as of 6:00 PM 4/7/20:

Status Update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department.

Status update as of 5:45 pm 4/7/2020

Cases in MO: 3,037
Deaths in MO: 53
Tested in MO: 33,820

Phelps County
Confirmed Cases: 1*
Known tested: 66

*DHSS has counted the prior “inconclusive” case as a confirmed case for Phelps County.

Maries County
Confirmed Cases: 2
Recovered: 1
Known Tested: 14

Our count of self-monitoring and quarantined individuals continues to climb daily. Quarantine due to exposure to another county positive case is becoming more common. It is vital that you stay home unless absolutely necessary, use caution if you must go out, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and stay home if you’re sick.

*UPDATE as of 8:49 AM 4/7/20:

Rolla’s stay-at-home ordinance went into effect Monday, April 6, 2020. PLEASE NOTE: The statewide order that also went into effect today does not supersede more strict local (county or city) orders already in place or that could be enacted in the future.

For a list of frequently asked questions about Rolla’s stay-at-home order, please click here.

You can read Rolla's full stay-at-home order here.

A stay-at-home order also went into effect Monday, April 6, 2020, for all of Missouri. 

This statewide order directs all Missourians to avoid leaving their residences unless necessary and to practice social distancing when they need to travel outside their homes. This order does not require all businesses statewide to close or cease operation. Please see the FAQs from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for more information about this order.


*UPDATE as of 5:46 PM 4/3/20:

Please read the CDC’s new recommendation on the use of cloth face coverings below:

"Breaking: CDC’s recommendation on use of cloth face coverings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission of COVID-19. Read more at link below.

Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.

In light of new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings to slow spread of COVID-19 in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) esp. in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Maintaining 6-feet min. social distancing remains important to slowing spread of COVID-19. CDC also advises use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The cloth face coverings recommended to slow spread of COVID-19 are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those critical supplies must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. https://bit.ly/2Ravt42"

*UPDATE as of 5:21 PM 4/3/20:

Please see the press release below ordering a statewide stay-at-home order from Missouri Governor Mike Parson.

"Building on Missouri’s efforts to control, contain, and combat COVID-19, we issued a statewide “Stay Home Missouri” Order effective beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.

The Order explicitly states that individuals currently residing within the state of Missouri shall avoid leaving their homes or places of residence unless necessary.

First and foremost, I want everyone to know that I love this state and the people of this state. The people of this great state clearly define who we are in Missouri, and as Governor, I have no greater responsibility than to protect the health, well-being, and safety of all Missourians.

This is not about any one individual person. This is about our families, friends, neighbors, and the entire state of Missouri.

For the sake of all Missourians, be smart, be responsible, and stay home, Missourians."

Learn more here.

 

*UPDATE as of 9:00 PM 4/2/20:

Status Update from Phelps-Maries County Health Department.

Cases in MO: 1,834
Deaths in MO: 19
Tested in MO: approximately 21,191

Phelps County
Confirmed cases: 0 (1 monitoring from another county)

Maries County
Confirmed cases: 2
Recovered: 1

The second case for Maries County was confirmed positive this evening. All potential contacts have already been notified.

It is essential that you do your part in protecting yourself, your family, and our community. Take preventive measures. Stay home.

 

*UPDATE as of 1:00 PM 4/1/20:

To our community:

We hear your words of encouragement. We feel your presence. We see your generosity and kindness.

We will always be here for you, just like you have always been here for us.

This is for you.

#InThisTogether

*UPDATE as of 9:44 AM 4/1/20:

­­­In an effort to continue protecting our patients, staff and communities from the spread of COVID-19, Phelps Health is temporarily suspending all visitors at all of our locations beginning Friday, April 3, 2020. Until further notice, no visitors will be allowed at Phelps Health Hospital or clinics with the following limited exceptions:

  • ICU—No visitors except for end-of-life care. ICU visitor guidelines are listed here.
  • Patients under the age of 18—One parent or guardian
  • Obstetrics/Labor and Delivery—One support person
  • Intellectually Disabled Patients —One support person or caregiver
  • Prisoners—One law enforcement officer

If the above criteria is met, all visiting individuals must be adults (18 years or older) and will be required to complete a health screening for wellness (including checking for fever or respiratory symptoms) upon entry at Phelps Health. 

All Phelps Health patients will be asked to identify one person as their primary contact. Staff will communicate via phone with the designated primary contact throughout the patient’s stay at Phelps Health.

We hope these additional restrictions will help us protect others from coming into contact with COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your cooperation. 

 

*UPDATE as of 12:09 PM 3/30/20:

Today, Phelps Health is honoring doctors for National Doctors’ Day. Join us by making a donation in honor of your caregiver. Your gift will be used to provide aid and supplies for COVID-19 as Phelps Health works tirelessly to protect the health and wellness of employees, patients and our communities.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/1074896426199904/

 

*UPDATE as of 5:50 PM 3/27/20:

See link below for a list of Missouri COVID-19 testing sites:

https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/mobile-testing.php?fbclid=IwAR30EvAJS3zeVyjIrtVBCNAhPcBIenetamnEfhwpCUEMlXgPX2jg1B5Q83w

 

*UPDATE as of 5:30 PM 3/27/20:

Please see message below from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

Cases in MO: 670
Deaths in MO: 9

Phelps County

0 - confirmed cases
18 - negative results
8 - pending results (private labs)
1 - monitoring positive from another county
1 - traveler monitoring

Maries County

0 - confirmed cases
4 - negative results
0 - pending results

We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the weekend. Individuals with pending test results are given quarantine instructions at the time of testing.

Negative results numbers may not be accurate due to private labs only recently being ordered to report negative results as well as positive. Negative results received prior to that order are not included in this count.

 

*UPDATE as of 4:11 PM 3/27/20:

Due to precautionary measures and guidelines for social distancing recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the cancellation of events and support groups at all Phelps Health facilities has been extended through April 15, 2020.

This includes Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) classes, support group meetings, Define Your Shine classes and more. For more information on cancellations, visit phelpshealth.org/calendar

*UPDATE as of 9:55 AM 3/27/20:

Press Release from Phelps Health Foundation:

As you are aware, Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has had a huge impact on the world and on the people of our region.

Phelps Health has purchased supplies to accommodate increased testing and implemented new IT protocols to handle the drive-up respiratory screening station; in addition, these supplies will aid employees working remotely who are practicing social-distancing to limit potential exposure.

Phelps Health has spent in excess of $200,000 that was never budgeted to make the community safer. As this virus spreads, we could have significantly more expenses. During these difficult times, many have asked how they can help, and one easy way to make a difference is to consider a gift to our Greatest Needs Fund. This fund is intended for a situation just like this—the greatest need of the people in our region. All dollars raised to support this fund will be used to provide aid and supplies as Phelps Health employees work tirelessly on living our mission of improving the health and wellness of people in our region.

Thank you for understanding why we are asking for your support now, and thank you for any gift you are able to make.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/1074896426199904/10157406625507449/

*UPDATE as of 8:30 PM 3/26/20:

*UPDATE as of 3:10 PM 3/25/20:

Phelps Health Auxiliary and Volunteer Services, along with individuals, groups and businesses from the community, have generously offered to help assist in our preparedness efforts by sewing cloth masks. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not suggest cloth material as a first-line defense against the coronavirus causing COVID-19, cloth masks work well for other conditions and can help conserve precious reserves of N95 respirator masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). At this time, the request for donated cloth masks is a precautionary measure only.

If you would like to donate handmade cloth masks to Phelps Health, please contact Crystal Lorah, manager of Auxiliary and Volunteer Services, at (573) 458-7947 or clorah@phelpshealth.org.

Suggested materials and a recommended sewing pattern for Phelps Health are available here.

*UPDATE as of 7:17 PM 3/24/20:

To protect our patients, staff and communities, Phelps Health is limiting the number of visitors to its locations. We understand that visitor restrictions can have a major impact on our patients, but we are following these steps to help limit the exposure of people to COVID-19 and help prevent the spread of this disease. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Until further notice, the following visitor restrictions will apply at Phelps Health:

  • Starting​ ​Wednesday, March 25, 2020, no visitors will be allowed in the ICU. ​Please read more about the ICU visitor restrictions ​here​.  
  • No visitors will be allowed in the Behavioral Health Unit, Transitional Care Unit (TCU) and Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Phelps Health Hospital.  
  • Visitors of Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Nursery patients at Phelps Health Hospital are restricted to parents only or one support person who is older than age 18.  
  • Only one designated family member will be allowed per patient for all surgeries.
  • In all other Phelps Health patient care areas, including the hospital and all clinics, only one designated family member will be allowed per patient. 

 
If the above criteria is met, visiting adults over the age of 18 will asked to complete a health screening for wellness (including​ ​checking for fever or respiratory symptoms) upon entry at Phelps Health.

 
Please note: As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve over the next few days and weeks, Phelps Health may include additional visitor restrictions. Please check our social media pages and website for the latest on Phelps Health’s response to COVID-19.  
 

*UPDATE as of 5:13 PM 3/24/20:

Please see message below from Phelps-Maries County Health Department:

It is PMCHD duty to inform and protect the resident’s in our community. While Phelps and Maries Counties continue to have no confirmed positive COVID-19 cases designated to our area by DHSS, we are acknowledging that we are currently monitoring a positive case of COVID-19 that is currently present in our area but does not typically reside here. After a lengthy interview process and contract tracing with this individual and another county, it has been determined there is no further risk for exposure to the community. This individual and household members are being monitored by the PMCHD and are compliant and cooperative. No further information will be released about this individual at this time.

*UPDATE as of 12:38 PM 3/23/20:

donations

*UPDATE as of 12:27 PM 3/23/20:

Phelps Health's drive-through respiratory screening station, located in the Phelps Health and Missouri University of Science and Technology parking lot off of 10th Street, served more than 100 patients over the weekend. The drive-through screening station is open seven days a week from 8:00 AM to midnight. These hours will remain the same until further notice.

All patients screened over the weekend were seen for respiratory-type conditions such as the flu, asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis or strep throat. Patients were diagnosed and received treatment quickly so that they could go home and get better. Phelps Health currently has no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The purpose of this drive-through respiratory screening station is to triage patients for the Phelps Health Emergency Department, which has been exceeding capacity of patients seeking treatment for respiratory-type conditions. This new service will allow patients to receive a medical screening and will serve as an extension of our Emergency Department.

For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit phelpshealth.org/covid-19.

 

*UPDATE as of 8:58 AM 3/23/20:

Eric Schneider

Please read news release from Missouri S&T about their efforts, along with the community in 3-D printing protective medical gear for Phelps Health.

*UPDATE as of 2:16 PM 3/22/20:

Please read the press release below from the Pulaski County Health Center about the third and fourth confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County Health Center today announces the third and forth confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pulaski County.

To protect the patients’ right to privacy, identifying information will not be provided. As part of the regular practice of disease investigation, the Health Department will notify people who have had close contact with the patients and should be in quarantine.

Health Department staff are working with public health system partners to determine any close contacts of individuals who were possibly exposed. If so, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.

More information will be released upon further investigation of these cases and the contacting close contacts has been made.

*UPDATE as of 4:35 PM 3/21/20:

See below a message from Missouri Governor Mike Parson regarding a statewide order related to COVID-19.

The Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, finding it necessary to protect public health and prevent the further spread of COVID-19,pursuant to the authority granted under section 192.020, RSMo, hereby orders the following:

1. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people. For purposes of this Order, “social gatherings” shall mean any planned or spontaneous event or convening that would bring together more than ten (10) people in a single space at the same time.

2. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed throughout the duration of this Order.

3. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, people shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance.

4. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, schools shall remain closed. This Order does not prohibit schools from providing child care and Food and Nutritional Services for those children that qualify. Teachers and staff may enter the building as long as they follow the directives set forth in this Order.

This Order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including maintaining at least six feet (6’) of distance between all individuals that are not family members.

For offices and workplaces that remain open, individuals shall practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this Order will expire.

Local public health authorities are hereby directed to carry out and enforce the provisions of this Order by means of civil proceedings.

The Order will take effect beginning 12:01 A.M. Monday, March 23, 2020 and remain in effect until 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 6, 2020 unless extended by further order of the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services with said extensions not to exceed the duration of the effective period of Executive Order 20-02.

This is a serious time for our state and nation, and we must continue taking all steps necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The more people reduce their public contact, the sooner the virus will be contained and the sooner we can overcome this challenge.

Click here to read the full release.

*UPDATE as of 12:30 PM 3/21/20:

As the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has indicated personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies are limited across the state. We are currently accepting donations of new and unused PPE in an effort to remain proactive, as we do not know how long the COVID-19 situation will last. At this time, the request for donated PPE items is a precautionary measure only.

Supplies at Phelps Health are still currently stocked; however, we have received calls from grateful individuals and suppliers who are willing to donate PPE for our employees.

In order to ensure that we continue to have the supplies we need, the types of PPE that we are now accepting include the following:

•Masks – The CDC has modified its acceptable mask guidelines for the prevention of infection. We will accept any new and unused masks, including N95 respirator and ear loop surgical masks. These masks also can be used in large farming operations, construction, painting and other types of industrial jobs where workers may be exposed to dust or other small particles.
•Eye Protection – Any clean eye protection also is being accepted. This includes goggles and safety glasses from other industries. 
•Hand Sanitizer – We also are accepting personal-sized hand sanitizers. Per the CDC, hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol are the most effective.

If you have supplies and are willing to donate them to Phelps Health, please contact Michael Barton, director of supply chain management, at (573) 458-7585, or mbarton@phelpshealth.org.

*UPDATE as of 2:46 PM 3/20/20:

Phelps Health's drive-through respiratory screening station will be open over the weekend from 8:00 AM to midnight. These hours will remain the same until further notice.

Located in the Phelps Health and Missouri University of Science and Technology parking lot off of 10th Street, across from the Phelps Health Emergency Department, the drive-through screening station has served over 100 patients as of March 18, 2020.

For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit phelpshealth.org/covid-19.

*UPDATE as of 3:35 PM 3/19/20:

Several people and businesses in the community have generously donated food and beverages to Phelps Health staff working in the Emergency Department and the drive-through respiratory screening station, which serves as an extension of the Emergency Department. We cannot express how appreciative we are of those people in our community who want to help and are supporting our efforts to care for the health and wellness of people in our region.

All individuals or businesses who would like to donate food or beverages to our staff should call or email Tania Lambert, marketing assistant, at tlambert@phelpshealth.org or (573) 578-0496, prior to delivering items to Phelps Health.

*UPDATE as of 2:22 PM 3/19/20:

The Phelps County Commission today (March 19, 2020) has issued a state of emergency for Phelps County. Click here to read the complete commission order.

*UPDATE as of 1:45 PM 3/19/20:

As of yesterday, March 18, 2020, Phelps Health has served over 50 patients at the drive-through respiratory screening station located in the Phelps Health and Missouri University of Science and Technology parking lot off of 10th Street, across from the Phelps Health Emergency Department.

Because of the drive-through respiratory screening station, the Phelps Health Emergency Department was better able to care for patients with critical and emergency needs.

All patients at the drive-through yesterday were seen for respiratory-type conditions such as the flu, asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis or strep throat. Patients were diagnosed and received treatment quickly so that they could go home and get better. No patients who presented at the drive-through met the criteria to be tested for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The drive-through respiratory screening station will be open from 8:00 AM to midnight every day, including during the weekend. These hours will remain the same until further notice.

The purpose of this drive-through respiratory screening station is to triage patients for the Phelps Health Emergency Department, which has been exceeding capacity of patients seeking treatment for respiratory-type conditions. This new service will allow patients to receive a medical screening and will serve as an extension of our Emergency Department.

Phelps Health is committed to improving the health and wellness of people in our region. We thank you for your continued support as we work to care for our patients, staff and visitors.

Due to recent developments, please refer to this post at this time regarding Phelps Health’s drive-through respiratory station. Any prior information is now outdated.

This drive-through station is an evolving project at this point, and things are changing on a daily -- and sometimes hourly -- basis, much like the COVID-19 situation in Missouri and around the nation. As new developments become available, we will keep you informed by continuing to update this page as well as our website.

 

*UPDATE as of 11:25 AM 3/19/20:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- MARCH 19, 2020

Pulaski County Health Center Announces First Positive COVID-19 Case

PULASKI COUNTY, MO- The Pulaski County Health Center has received notification of the first case of COVID-19 of a Pulaski County resident. The patient’s identity will remain confidential, but this case does not appear to be travel related. We are working with this individual to insure they are following Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in regarding isolation.

Due to the unknowns in this case we are recommending as of March 20, 2020, that all schools, public and private, to remain closed for at least 14 days. We also order that restaurants and bars no longer offer dine-in services. Drive-thru and carryout orders are still permitted.

The Pulaski County Health Center is currently working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to conduct an investigation in an effort to identify any individual that may have come in close contact with the positive individual to monitor them for symptoms and assist in the containment of the virus.

It is important that every member of the community continue to follow the CDC basic hygiene preventative measures. These measures include: avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.

The Pulaski County Health Center has taken and will continue to take the necessary precautions to keep our 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 spread of the infection.

We encourage anyone that suspects anyone that suspects you have COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to call your healthcare provider before seeing care, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.

*UPDATE as of 8:39 AM 3/19/20:

Due to precautionary measures and guidelines for social distancing recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), events and support groups at all Phelps Health facilities have been canceled through April 1, 2020.

This includes Basic Life Support classes, cancer support group meetings and more. For more information on cancellations, visit phelpshealth.org/calendar

#socialdistancing

*UPDATE as of 10:35 AM 3/18/20:

screening station

Due to recent developments, please refer to this post at this time regarding Phelps Health’s drive-through respiratory station. Any prior information is now outdated.

This drive-through station is an evolving project at this point, and things are changing on a daily -- and sometimes hourly -- basis, much like the COVID-19 situation in Missouri and around the nation. As new developments become available, we will keep you informed by continuing to update this page as well as our Facebook and social media pages.

The drive-through respiratory screening station located in the Phelps Health and Missouri University of Science and Technology parking lot off of 10th Street, across from the Phelps Health Emergency Department, will be open today (March 18, 2020) from 8:00 AM to midnight. These hours will remain the same at least through March 20.

The purpose of this drive-through respiratory screening station is to triage patients for the Phelps Health Emergency Department, which has been exceeding capacity of patients seeking treatment for respiratory-type conditions. This new service will allow patients to receive a medical screening and will serve as an extension of our Emergency Department.

Illnesses or conditions that can cause respiratory issues include, but are not limited to, COVID-19 (if patients meet the required criteria by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services), influenza (the flu), asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis or strep throat. Our team of nurse practitioners and/or physicians who are working in the station can help diagnose and treat patients right from their cars.

To enter the parking lot for a respiratory screening, vehicles should enter from 10th Street onto Innovation Drive. From there, patients will be directed where to go once in the parking lot. See map here

Phelps Health would like to thank the following organizations for their help in assisting us with the logistics of getting this respiratory screening station up and operational: Phelps/Maries County Health Department, Rolla Police Department, Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, Missouri S&T, Missouri Department of Transportation, Meyer Asphalt and McCarthy.

Phelps Health is committed to improving the health and wellness of people in our region. We thank you for your continued support as we work to care for our patients, staff and visitors.

 

*UPDATE as of 6:15 PM 3/17/20:

**Test Results Negative** Notification was received late afternoon of March 17, 2020 from the MO State Public Health Laboratory that the COVID-19 test results were available for the sample submitted by Phelps Health on March 17, 2020. After proper notification of the individuals tested, the Dent County Health Center can confirm that the test results are negative. The individuals tested do not have Novel Coronavirus 2019. There are no further pending COVID-19 tests for Dent County through the Mo State Public Health Laboratory. Kendra Mobray, Administrator

*UPDATE as of 3:13 PM 3/17/20:

Effective today (March 17, 2020), the Happy Hauler courtesy van (which shuttles patients and visitors around the main Phelps Health campus in Rolla, MO) and valet parking services will be temporarily suspended until further notice at Phelps Health. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Phelps Health is taking steps to limit interactions and protect our patients, staff and visitors. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit phelpshealth.org or our social media pages.

*UPDATE as of 10:25 AM 3/17/20:

The following is a press release from the Dent County Health Center:

Press Release – COVID-19 03/17/2020

COVID-19 Test Results Pending

Since the State of Missouri began testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) more than 200 individuals have been tested with only 8 confirmed positive. Dent County currently does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19.

On the night of March 16, 2020, a Dent County family presented to Phelps Emergency Department in Rolla, Mo, that met criteria to be tested for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The Dent County Health Center has been working closely with Salem Memorial District Hospital and Phelps Health for such a time when an individual would meet criteria for COVID-19 testing. Phelps Health followed all CDC and MO Department of Health and Senior Services protocols and policies regarding testing of this individual. At this time, the test results are pending.

More information is expected over the next 24 hours and will be released by the Dent County Health Center when available. At this time, we are closely monitoring the situation and there is no elevated risk to our community.

The Dent County Health Center continues to work closely with local officials and agencies in regards to COVID-19 response

Preventive measures you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your community are:

• Handwashing – use warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
• Hand sanitizer – if handwashing is not readily available, the use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is recommended.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Practice good cough etiquette. Cover your mouth and nose with facial tissue and immediately throw tissue away into trash receptacle. Immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. If facial tissue unavailable, cough into bend of elbow.
• Stay home if you are feeling sick. Do not send children to school until child is at least 24 hours fever free without use of fever-reducing medication and no longer showing signs of illness.
• If you are showing symptoms of a respiratory illness, please contact your primary care physician or emergency room before your arrival. Follow the directions given to you by your primary care physician, health department, or healthcare facility.

The MO Department of Health and Senior Services has activated a call center (877-435-8411) for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19. The call center is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The call center has been given authority to approve COVID-19 testing if deemed appropriate.

Kendra Mobray, Administrator

 

*UPDATE as of 4:10PM 3/16/20:

To protect the health and safety of patients, staff and visitors, and to prevent unnecessary contact with people who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Phelps Health has placed visitor restrictions at all of its facilities. Until further notice, the following visitor restrictions will apply at Phelps Health:

  • No visitors will be allowed in the Behavioral Health Unit, Transitional Care Facility (TCF) and Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Phelps Health Hospital.
  • Visitors of Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Nursery patients at Phelps Health Hospital are restricted to parents only or one support person who is older than age 18. No siblings will be allowed. Grandparents will only be permitted to visit if they are part of the patient’s designated support system.
  • Only one designated family member or support person will be allowed per patient for all surgeries.
  • In all other Phelps Health patient care areas, including the hospital and all clinics, only one designated family member or support person will be allowed per patient.

All visitors will be subject to an initial screening process and must pass the screening in order to be allowed to visit patients. People who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who have a suspected case of COVID-19 will NOT be allowed to visit Phelps Health patients.

As COVID-19 spreads, we anticipate more screenings will occur. Please follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for avoiding large gatherings by practicing social distancing, which refers to preventing sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people to reduce the spread of diseases.

Visit phelpshealth.org/covid-19 for more information and updates about COVID-19.

*UPDATE as of 5:10PM 3/12/20:

**Test Results Negative** The patient does NOT have COVID-19.

Notification was received late afternoon of March 12, 2020 from the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory that the COVID-19 test results were available for the sample submitted by Phelps Health on March 11, 2020. After proper notification of the individual’s potential contacts, the Phelps-Maries County Health Department can confirm that the test result is negative. The individual does not have Novel Coronavirus 2019. There are no further pending COVID-19 tests for Phelps and Maries Counties through the MO State Public Health Laboratory. As the Director of the Phelps/Maries County Health Department, I want to commend the variety of community agencies that were involved in this event. We are all unified with one common goal: Protecting our community.

*UPDATE as of 9:46AM 3/12/20:

The Phelps-Maries County Health Department has been in communication with the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory. Results are still pending. We have been assured that the health department will be contacted “sometime today.” Realistically we are expected to hear something over the next 12-24 hours.

*UPDATE as of 8:58AM 3/12/20:

Test results are still pending. It could take up to 72 hours for the test results to come back.

*UPDATE as of 4:30PM 3/11/20:

At this time results are still pending. We will have no further updates this evening. Please check back tomorrow.

*UPDATE as of 3:17PM 3/11/20:

Phelps Health followed all CDC and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services protocols and policies regarding testing of this individual. At this time, the test result is pending. More information will be released when available. At this time, we are closely monitoring the situation and there is no elevated risk to our community. The decision made by Missouri S&T to cease sponsored events was not related to the current individual being tested at Phelps Health. The individual being tested has no connection with Missouri S&T.

*UPDATE as of 11:51AM 3/11/20:

THIS IS NOT A CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE. AT THIS TIME, THERE HAS ONLY BEEN ONE CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 IN MISSOURI IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY. Test results are still pending. Check back on our social media pages and website for updates as they become available.

ORIGINAL POST:

On March 11, 2020, a patient presented to the Phelps Health Emergency Department in Rolla, MO, who met the criteria to be tested for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Phelps Health is following its established COVID-19 policy and procedures, and has isolated the patient. Test results are pending. Phelps Health is working closely with its Infection Prevention team as well as local and state health departments. As of March 11, 2020, there has only been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Missouri in St. Louis County.

Phelps Health patients should continue to keep their scheduled appointments and seek treatments without fear of being at risk.

To help minimize the risk of spreading infections, make sure you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid being close to people who are sick, and cover your cough or sneeze with your bent elbow or a tissue and then throw away the tissue.

Visit phelpshealth.org/covid-19 for more information and updates about COVID-19.

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