FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Community Testing Events to Follow New Sewershed Surveillance Data
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Recent results from community sewershed surveillance in Hannibal are indicative of possible increases in COVID-19 transmission in the area. During the weeks of July 12th and 19th, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) saw increasing trends in concentrations of COVID-19 genetic fragments in wastewater from the Hannibal (Marion County) sewershed. Sewershed surveillance metrics are not a direct estimate of the COVID-19 positive human cases in the area. Rather, they provide an indication that COVID-19 transmission is likely increasing among the population in sewershed areas.
During the weeks of July 5th and July 12th, DHSS also saw mutations in genetic fragments in wastewater from Hannibal that suggested the presence of the Delta variant (B.1.617.2), which may be more infectious than the parent strain of the COVID-19 virus or other variants.
DHSS and the Marion County Health Department encourage you to attend an upcoming free testing event, whether you are experiencing symptoms or not. Community testing events such as this can provide you helpful information to better protect yourself and your family. It also provides extremely valuable information to public health officials for monitoring COVID-19 transmission in Missouri.
The event in your area will be held on August 4th at the American Legion, 3819 Hwy Mm, Hannibal, from 11am to 7pm. No registration is required. For information on this event and other free testing options in Missouri, visit health.mo.gov/communitytest or call 877-435-8411. Translation services are available.
We are offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics every Friday.
Please call 573-221-1166 for an appointment.
Marion County COVID-19 update for 7/30/21:
Total Cases: 4324
Current Hospitalizations: 6
POSITIVITY RATE 7/21/21 – 7/27/21: 26.3%
**Occasionally total case numbers and total recovered/released numbers are adjusted to correct reporting and/or count errors.
For more information, visit the DHSS website or the CDC website
Missouri COVID-19 hotline: 877-435-8411.
As of July 30, 2021 for Marion County per Missouri’s COVID-vaccine dashboard:
COVID-19 Doses Administered: 18,843
COVID-19 Vaccine Regimen Initiated: 10,222
COVID-19 Vaccine Regimen Completed: 9,179
Percent of Population Initiating Vaccination: 35.8%
Percent of Population Completing Vaccination: 32.2%
Administrator Update — July 20, 2021
Marion County Health Department will be involved in re-construction for the next 6 – 8 weeks. We are updating the front entrance and lobby area. There will be no admittance at the two front doors. The EAST side door will be the entry and exit for persons receiving services at the health department. The doors will remain locked. Please call 573-221-1166 to gain entrance or service. Please continue to make appointments, as necessary. We are continuing to require masks properly worn inside the building.
Please avoid construction area for safety. We apologize for any inconvenience this project may cause. Our staff will continue to provide needed services. Thank you for your support and assistance in this endeavor.