Cooper County starting to see uptick in COVID-19 cases

Boonville Daily News

Cooper County Public Health Center Director Melanie Hutton said Cooper County is starting to experience an increase of Covid-19 cases, an increase of 150% over the past week.

Hutton said signs and symptoms include: headache, runny nose, sore throat (Fever and cough are less common), Loss of smell/taste were not experienced by many.

"Most people think they do NOT have Covid-19 and are infecting others and not seeking medical care or testing. To help stop the spread of Covid-19, wear a mask indoors or when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained, wash your hands, social distance of 6 feet from others and get vaccinated. If you suspect that you have Covid-19 schedule a test and isolate yourself while managing your

symptoms."

Cooper County Public Health Center does offer free testing by appointment only.

Hutton said this year the toolbox is not empty. "We now have Covid vaccine available," Hutton said. "We STRONGLY encourage all eligible individuals ages 12 and up who are NOT VACCINATED to come to the health center for vaccination as soon as possible."

The Covid-19 vaccine shows that two doses are 88% effective against symptoms and 96% effective against hospitalization of the Delta variations, along with one dose at 33%. Hutton said current county wide 32% vaccination rate can be much improved by the end of August if we start now."

The Cooper County Public Health Center has vaccination clinics by appointment on Tuesdays and walk in (no appointment necessary) on Thursdays until 7pm.

If you know of any organizations or employers that would like to host a vaccination clinic at their facility, please call and talk to Erin Davis our emergency planning nurse to schedule an event. Phone is 660-882-2626.  

Follow Cooper County Public Health Center on Facebook for more information.