Delta variant confirmed in Lawrence County

(Lawrence County Health Dept., June 29, 2021) We received confirmation late yesterday that the Delta variant is officially in our county.

Over the past 7 days, we have opened 117 new cases and we are still working on more that were received between yesterday and today. It is becoming a challenge again to keep up with the volume of cases, but we are doing our best to reach out in a timely manner.

We ask that you still consider getting vaccinated. You can call our office to schedule 417-466-2201 (we have both Moderna and J&J) or you can go to https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. You can put in the vaccine you are looking for and your zip code and it will list locations near you.

If you are not vaccinated, is important to continue to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings and wash your hands.

Lawrence County Health Dept. updates:

(Lawrence County Health Dept., June 29, 2021) We received confirmation late yesterday that the Delta variant is officially in our county.

Over the past 7 days, we have opened 117 new cases and we are still working on more that were received between yesterday and today. It is becoming a challenge again to keep up with the volume of cases, but we are doing our best to reach out in a timely manner.

We ask that you still consider getting vaccinated. You can call our office to schedule 417-466-2201 (we have both Moderna and J&J) or you can go to https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. You can put in the vaccine you are looking for and your zip code and it will list locations near you.

If you are not vaccinated, is important to continue to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings and wash your hands.

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept., March 25, 2021) We preface our weekly update with sad news. The passing of another Lawrence County resident who was in their 60's. We send our condolences to the family and friends of this loved one.

(Lawrence County currently has 2 cases in isolation.) This is the first time we have seen single digit isolation numbers in many, many months. It's thrilling to see the number of cases decrease every week and we are hopeful this will continue.

We encourage our residents to seriously consider vaccination if you are able. If you would like to read more about the vaccines here is a great page that may answer some of your questions if you are hesitant. At the bottom of the page it addresses many of the rumors floating around. https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts/

(Lawrence County Health Dept., Feb. 23, 2021) We are sad to report 2 more COVID related deaths since our last post - a person in their 80s and one in their 90s. We send our condolences to the family and friends of these loved ones. We also have several people currently hospitalized due to complications from COVID.

While it is wonderful that our numbers have decreased considerably everyone still needs to be mindful that the virus is still circulating. It is tempting to want to go back to "life as normal", but we are not quite there yet. We all need to continue taking prevention measures. We cannot stress that enough.

It is such a good feeling to be vaccinating so many of our residents. To see such happy, eager faces at our clinics brings us joy. We hope to continue to vaccinate more and more of our residents as we get shipments. We know the rollout has been slow, but we are starting to see an increase in both supply and vaccinating sites in the area. The months ahead are looking promising!

(Lawrence County Health Dept., Feb. 9, 2021)

We received notification of two additional COVID-19 related deaths. A woman in her 60's and a man in his 80's. We send our condolences to the families of these loved ones.

Our total case count grew by 140 since January 28th, 2021. Numbers have continued to stay at a smaller daily volume, however, this does not mean it is a good idea to ease up on your prevention efforts.

We are continuing our COVID-19 vaccination efforts. We received 300 doses this week and are in the process of calling people on our waiting list in the order they signed up. As we receive shipments, we will continue this process. We are never guaranteed that orders will be fulfilled by the state. We do our best to work as quickly and efficiently as possible to vaccinate our residents who fall within the current priority groups with what we do receive.

(Lawrence County Health Dept., Jan. 28, 2021)

We received 200 doses of Moderna vaccine this Wednesday, Jan. 27, and have already made appointments for these spots from our waiting list. We are continuing to add to the waiting list for any additional vaccine we receive (we don't know when that will be), but you must fall within the phases listed here https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority/ Please review these phases before you call 417-466-2201. As of right now, calling our office is the only way to get on this list. We will not take names from facebook comments.

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept., Jan. 22, 2021) We are starting a waiting list for people who live or work in Lawrence County and fall within the following phases ONLY. This is per the State of Missouri guidelines.

• Phase 1A

• Phase 1B- Tier 1

• Phase 1B- Tier 2

To see where you fall in the phases go to https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/

If you are not in the above phases, you will not be added to the list at this time.

Please be patient when you call us at 417-466-2201. We have limited staff and phone lines.

Governor appoints Pam Robertson as recorder of deeds

 

Governor Mike Parson has appointed Pam Robertson as Lawrence County recorder of deeds, filling a vacancy that occurred with the passing of Gary Emerson on Nov. 5, 2020.

Robertson retired from the position two years earlier; but she interrupted that retirement to help out in the office after Emerson became seriously ill from COVID-19. The county commission appointed her acting recorder of deeds after Emerson's passing.

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