Perry County still at low risk for COVID-19


The Perry CountyBoard of Public Health made quick work of its agenda during its meeting on June 21 at the Catalyst Center for Business. The board ran through many of its financial reports without much trouble before Director Liz House gave a few health updates.
She noted that Perry County is still classified as a “low risk” county.
“Based on our sewer shed, our COVID-19 numbers were going up,” House said. “According to the state’s dashboard we are still considered low. It’s a little higher than we may want it, but still not enough to change our levels with the state.”
House noted that some northern counties are either at medium or high risk, compared to Perry County.
“St. Louis City and county are at high risk and every county that touches St. Louis is at a medium risk right now,” House said. “Most of the counties south of us are still at a low risk as well.”
The Perry County Health Department is partnering with Perry County Memorial Hospital in providing Perry County residents with breastfeeding counseling.
This service will be provided to mothers who are pre-natal or in the postpartum stages of their pregnancy.
“It’s all pretty exciting,” House said.
A question was raised about any changes in the baby formula shortage in the area.
“There is a company that produces Similac that opened and then closed again,” House said. “We do have some moms who are WIC clients, who we are working with for some different alternatives to the formula. Other than that there is not much we can do on our end. WIC limits some of the things we can do and I’m not sure if it will get much better anytime soon.”
The next meeting was set for July 19 at 9 a.m.


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