To develop and promote public health policies, to listen to all people, to establish priorities and to deliver services to protect and enhance the health of Laclede County residents to the best possible standards within available resources.
Please help our local hospitals with the huge influx in patient visits. Know when/where you should go for COVID testing and care needs.⚠ IMPORTANT: Missouri’s hospitals need your help! Emergency departments are not the place to go for COVID-19 testing. Help us keep those critical resources available by encouraging your loved ones to seek the appropriate level of COVID-19 care based on their symptoms and medical history. Those who have questions about the type of medical care needed should contact their health care provider for further direction.
Winter months are high volume for hospitals every year, with seasonal influenza, accidents and other routine health emergencies driving the need for care. The COVID-19 surge — with approximately 3,800 inpatient beds filled presently — has led to an overwhelming demand. The ED often is the “front door” for hospitals. When nonemergency care is added to emergency care, patient triage becomes difficult and wait times increase for all patients.
Free testing resources: 🚗 20+ Missouri community testing events (PCR): Health.Mo.Gov/communitytest 🏡 State at-home test portal (PCR): Health.Mo.Gov/test 🧪 Federal at-home test portal (antigen): COVIDTests.gov 📍 Federal pharmacy partnership (PCR and antigen): DoINeedACOVID19Test.com and my.castlighthealth.com/corona-virus-testing-sites/
Thanks to our partners at the Missouri Hospital Association for the helpful graphic!