public health

Missouri’s first COVID vaccine doses are on the way. How do you get people to take them?

BY: - December 14, 2020

Nestled in the pages of Missouri’s initial plan for how to distribute the highly-anticipated coronavirus vaccine was a paragraph touting that “Missouri’s population understands the importance of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.” A month later, in a revised version of the report, the paragraph was gone.  Instead, the updated plan featured a new section that targeted […]

Health departments are ‘slammed.’ Missourians asked to contact trace on their own

BY: - November 30, 2020

New cases of the novel coronavirus are so rampant that Missouri’s local health departments can’t investigate them all, meaning some residents may never hear from public health officials. It’s far from ideal. Case investigations and contact tracing are “a core disease control measure” that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points to as one […]

‘Emotional rollercoaster’: County health agencies struggle to get federal COVID-19 funds

BY: - October 29, 2020

In Ripley County, if you want to get tested for the novel coronavirus, your options are limited. It’s been two years since the county’s hospital closed its doors. An urgent care clinic that offers COVID tests has opened in its place, but it’s only open weekdays. Sometimes mobile drive-through testing sites come through. But many […]