by: JonChristopher Collins
Taney County Health Department (TCHD) Director Lisa Marshall delivers an update late last week on COVID-19 vaccines; the video update is posted on the Taney County Health Department Facebook Page.
Marshall said that no new vaccines were received but that TCHD was able to do some second doses. “We’re now doing those vaccine clinics out at the Activity Center in partnership with CoxHealth and the Branson schools,” Marshall said. She added that their first clinic there went well.
“We have requested vaccine for next week, so we’ll see if we get new vaccine.” She said they are expecting to have clinics for second doses if they obtain a new round of vaccine.
“We are right now seeing the bulk of our vaccines are going to our healthcare system, so we encourage our community to go ahead and get on those lists either with CoxHealth, Mercy or with us. Whoever gets to you first, go ahead and go for those appointments. We want to be sure our community gets vaccinated as quickly as possible.”
Marshall said COVID-19 related numbers are improving slightly and that the peak number was seen on Dec. 1. “We do see a little bit of spike after every major holiday and also those events where people are gathering, such as the Super Bowl.” Although an increase in case numbers is expected with the Super Bowl, Marshall said that numbers are dropping overall. She said increased numbers of people vaccinating and decreased tourism play roles in the drop in numbers.
“We’re still encouraging our community to take those preventive measures. Still continue the physical distancing, the hand hygiene, staying home if you’re sick and getting tested if you do have symptoms.”
Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s website addresses additional preventative measures.