Coronavirus Concerns

Adair County becomes “COVID-19 Hotspot” according to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry have created COVID-19 Hotspot Advisories in light of the rapidly rising case counts in north-central and southwest Missouri, including Adair County which confirmed another 11 cases bringing their case count to 2670. The Hotspot Advisories are designed to keep […]

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Governor Parson announces Donald G. Kauerauf to lead Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Governor Mike Parson announced that he has selected Donald G. Kauerauf to be the next Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, effective September 1, 2021.  “We are excited to welcome Don to Missouri and look forward to the great work he is sure to accomplish in service to all Missourians,” Governor […]

COVID-19 Delta Variant

Audio: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issues COVID-19 hotspot advisory

A COVID-19 surge has prompted the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to issue a hot spot advisory.     This hotspot advisory list the southwest Missouri counties of Greene, Jasper, McDonald, Newton, Barry counties, and the City of Joplin area. There is an increase in cases and COVID patients in the hospital.  The […]

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Grundy County Health Department reports on COVID Delta Variant, breakthrough cases and spread of COVID by water

As of June 29th, 16 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Grundy County since vaccination began in the county. One of the 38 active cases on June 29th was a breakthrough case. Health Department Administrator Elizabeth Gibson says that is about typical for breakthrough cases.     Two thousand four hundred eighty-four Grundy […]

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services urge continued vaccination as close monitoring of Delta variant continues

Missouri is experiencing a rise in individuals contracting the Delta variant (B.1.617.2, first detected in India) of the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2. It was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday that the Delta variant has been reclassified as a “variant of concern” in the United States. The Missouri Department of […]

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Plain language guide on COVID-19 and vaccine for those with disabilities now available

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, along with the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council, released a new resource, the “Missouri Plain Language Guide for People with Disabilities, their Families and Caregivers,” on COVID-19 and the vaccine. Through this partnership, the new guide will ensure that important information related to COVID-19 and vaccine access is more […]

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Livingston County adds 20 cases of COVID-19 in 24-hours; Caldwell County to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinic

COVID-19 cases have increased by 20 in Livingston County since June 3rd, which makes the total 1,811. The health center notes 132 cases are active, which is down one. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ website shows Livingston County’s PCR positivity rate at 20.6% for the last seven days using the Centers for […]

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COVID-19 detected in wastewater from Linn County sewershed

Results from community sewershed surveillance in Brookfield indicate possible increases in COVID-19 transmission. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services saw increasing and elevated trends of concentrations of COVID-19 genetic fragments in wastewater from the Brookfield (Linn County) sewershed during the weeks of May 17th and 24th. During the week of May 17th, the […]

Summer Food Service Program

Online map and text number will help families locate summer food programs

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has been helping families in need during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Through the Summer Food Service Program, thousands of meals have been provided and will continue to be provided all summer. The program is designed to provide breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks to children living in eligible […]

B.1.1.7 variant of COVID

Livingston County Health Center confirms United Kingdom and Indian variants of COVID-19 circulating within the county

Livingston County Health Center has announced lab confirmation from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services of both U.K. and Indian variants of COVID-19 circulating in Livingston County. B.1.1.7-UK is labeled a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has shown to be 50 percent more contagious than […]

Covid-19 vaccine

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service partners with agencies to ensure vaccine for the homebound

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced a partnership between the Area Agencies on Aging, local public health agencies, and Emergency Medical Services to ensure homebound adults have a streamlined and accessible vaccination experience across the state. Understanding that various communities have already developed a plan for vaccinating homebound individuals in their area, […]

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Department of Health and Human Services authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine administration for children

Robert Knodell, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and Dr. George Turabelidze, State Epidemiologist, signed the standing order for PfizerBioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administration for individuals 12 to 15 years in the state of Missouri. This is following the decision by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend to […]

Janssen Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: “Missouri vaccinators to resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine”

Missouri COVID-19 vaccinators will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. This decision was made following the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it has studied and confirmed that the pause on its use can be lifted. It was concluded that the known […]

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Missouri’s work toward vaccine accessibility for those with disabilities highlighted at national level

Representatives from Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine planning team will present to a national audience on the state’s efforts toward prioritizing those with disabilities for vaccination. The White House COVID-19 Response Team and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting the virtual forum – Breaking Down Barriers for People Who Have Challenges Accessing COVID-19 Vaccination. […]

Governor Mike Parson named Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) effective immediately. Mr. Knodell has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Parson since 2018. Over the past year, he has played an integral part in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts and taken a leading role in vaccine rollout and distribution in Missouri. “As Deputy Chief of Staff, Robert brings valuable knowledge and leadership experience to our team and the entire state of Missouri,” Governor Parson said. “For more than a year, he has also played a leading role in Missouri’s COVID-19 response efforts, and I am more than confident in him to take over as Acting Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services.” Governor Parson accepted a letter of resignation from Dr. Randall Williams earlier today. “Dr. Williams has been a huge asset to Missouri, especially this past year in dealing with COVID-19,” Governor Parson said. “We greatly appreciate all the work he has done for the people of our state and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Governor Parson names Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Governor Mike Parson named Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services effective immediately.  Mr. Knodell has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Parson since 2018. Over the past year, he has played an integral part in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts and […]