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Latest News on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Published on May 11, 2020

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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:

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*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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