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On Wednesday March 30, 2022, Governor Parson Announces End to COVID-19 Crisis in Missouri  and that the state will be shifting to an endemic phase of the pandemic on Friday, April 1, 2022. 

A whole-of-government COVID-19 emergency response was taken for more than two years, an effort that responded to the needs of all Missourians during the global pandemic and sustained state operations as more was learned about the novel virus. Vaccines, testing resources, and treatments are now readily available for all Missourians, and much of the population now has some immunity to the virus.  “Over the past two years, we have learned a lot that will help us respond to future outbreaks and challenges that may come our way,” Governor Parson said. “We don’t know if this virus will ever completely go away, but we do know that there is no longer a need to live in crisis mode and that we can shift our response to meet the current needs of Missourians. The COVID-19 crisis is over in the state of Missouri, and we are moving on.” 

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, is expected to continue to circulate in communities, meaning it will be considered endemic like many other diseases. The endemicity also means that surveillance priority will change from monitoring case numbers to monitoring disease severity and societal impact as new waves of infection come and go. This transition does not minimize the continued importance of public health surveillance, investigation, and response activities, as is necessary to mitigate any disease.  “As we enter this phase of our state’s recovery, we continue to encourage Missourians to safeguard their own health and the health of loved ones through tried and true public health measures,” said Department of Health and Senior Services Acting Director Paula Nickelson. “Missourians should feel confident that we will remain vigilant when monitoring COVID-19 levels throughout the state.”

Over the past two years, the state was able to achieve some incredible milestones in responding to COVID-19:
    *Testing Capacity
    *More than 14 million tests performed by public health partners
    *Treatment Options
    *More than 81,000 treatment courses distributed by the State of Missouri
    *Vaccine Availability
    *More than 8.7 million doses administered by public health partners

In addition to vaccines, testing, and treatment options, which are some of the most effective tools to fight COVID-19, Missouri has expanded capabilities over the past two years in areas of personal protective equipment (PPE), hospital capacity, and data collection. These capabilities allow Missouri to adapt to changing needs regarding COVID-19 in the future.  Missouri’s approach moving forward will allow state and local health officials to closely monitor community level of COVID-19, determine which variants of SARS-CoV-2 are circulating through the genomic surveillance, and assess disease severity and impact of COVID-19-associated illnesses.

Beginning Friday April 1, 2022, the Department of Health and Senior Services will provide weekly dashboard updates that will include 7-day case rate data, activity by region and county, statewide data on COVID-19 hospitalizations, and circulating virus variants. This is a flexible approach allowing accommodation for future surges, should they occur, and require more frequent updates and additional datasets.

If you would like more information about Butler County's COVID Health Metrics visit: https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/data/public-health/health-metrics/county.php

Coronavirus Testing 
The Butler County Health Department is offering free COVID testing for those who are showing symptoms. If you are not symptomatic, please do not make an appointment. Scheduled Rapid Testing will be done every Wednesday by appointment only. To schedule a test, please click the "Book Now", icon above

Showing up on a day you are not scheduled will result in not receiving a test until your scheduled appointment.
If you choose to retest somewhere else, PLEASE, cancel your existing appointment.

Other COVID19 Testing Locations:

  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Dillie’s Pharmacy
  • Key Drugs
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy
  • Walmart Pharmacy

MO Department of Health and Senior Services offers at-home test that can be shipped to any individual in the state of Missouri. Click here and complete the form. The COVID19 test kit will be shipped to your home free of charge.  

The federal at-home testing kit program, Covidtests.gov The site offers 4 free tests available for every residential address in the U.S. You may go online at Covidtests.gov and submit your request. It is fast and very easy.

Coronavirus Vaccine
The Butler County Health Department is facilitating weekly vaccination clinics here at the health department! Clinics will  be held every Friday 8am-3:30pm. There will be one late night clinic each month from 5pm-7pm; please call 573-785-8478 to see when  late night clinics are available. The health department only offers Moderna and Pfizer for those 5 years of age and older. Initial, second and booster doses are available.

Give us a call at 573-785-8478 to set up your appointment!

PEDIATRIC PFIZER

If your child is over the age of 5, they are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Experts at the FDA and CDC have reviewed data from Pfizer clinical trials supporting the efficacy of a smaller dosage in children ages 5 to 11. Prior to that authorization, Pfizer was made available for children ages 12 to 17.

Immunocompromised

Moderately to severely immunocompromised is due to a medical condition or combination of immunosuppressive medication or treatments including but not limited to the following:

  • Immunocompromised due to solid organ transplant and taking immune suppressing medications
  • Immunocompromised due to active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Immune compromised due to Receipt of CAR-T cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (eg., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich Syndromes)
  • Immunocompromised due to Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Immunocompromised due to “Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress immune response: high dose corticosteroids (ie.,≥ 20 mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blocker or other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory”

In line with federal guidelines, Missouri uses a self-attestation model for individuals seeking a third dose. Individuals will not be required to provide documentation of their health status, and they can get third doses at all venues where first and second doses are available 

Self-attestation form for third doses (immunocompromised)

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