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Gasconade County COVID 19 Update

June 20, 2022

6/20/22

COVID-19 in Gasconade County

Gasconade County registered 16 new laboratory diagnosed cases of COVID-19 last week, which is a few more than the previous week, but not a part of a clear trend.  Most of the new cases have not been seriously ill, and the antiviral medications (Paxlovid & Molnupiravir) appear to be helping people get better faster and avoid complications, and will hopefully be available from local pharmacies soon.

Regional Community COVID-19 Levels

Gasconade and Montgomery Counties remain “Low”, while many of the counties east of us are “Medium”, and St. Louis City, St. Louis County and Jefferson County remain “High”.  Statewide hospitalizations are trending up a bit, but are still very low.  Most importantly, the current COVID Omicon strain driving cases in St. Louis (BA.2.12.1) and other metropolitan areas seems to be leading to fewer ICU admission and deaths.  

COVID-19 Vaccines News

This past weekend, the FDA & CDC approved a lower dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine for children aged 6 months to 5 years.  The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) now recommends that all children 6 months through 5 years of age should receive COVID-19 vaccination to better protect them from COVID-19, including children who have already had COVID-19.  It may be a couple weeks before these doses of vaccine are available at health departments and clinics.  

Gasconade County CDC COVID Level is: Low (GREEN)

The Current CDC recommendations for this level of Community COVID are:

  • People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines

Michael Rothermich, MD

Chief of Staff

Hermann Hospital