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Missouri’s Extreme Temperatures

February 19, 2021
Newsletter

Missouri and other parts of our nation were hit with frigid temperatures this week, putting added stress on America’s power grid, streets, livestock, and businesses. Thankfully, it looks like the weather is going to warm up this weekend so life can get back closer to normal with kids going back to school on Monday and road conditions improving. As always, please stay safe during inclement weather and check our state's road conditions at traveler.modot.org if venturing outside.

If you’d like to stay up-to-date on news happening in our district and Washington, please follow my Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest information. More on this week’s events can be found below.

Missouri’s Extreme Temperatures

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America and our state have experienced extreme temperatures and snow this week. I continue to pray for regions of our country that are encountering rolling blackouts. Linemen and road crews have been working overtime for our nation's communities and we are eternally grateful for their life saving efforts.

As power is being restored to America’s homes, it’s important to note that these outages could have been minimized. Many of our nation's wind turbines and solar panels remain frozen and out of service, making it clear we can’t solely rely on these energy solutions for all of our needs. It is paramount we have an all-of-the-above approach which values coal, natural gas, and nuclear in addition to wind and solar to heat our homes for our families. If we don’t, situations like these could become more commonplace.

Seeing Our Vaccination Process In Action

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L to R: Tom Greenlee, MU Health Retail Pharmacy Manager; Jonathan Curtright, MU Health CEO; Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler; Brad Myers, Executive Director, MU Health Pharmacy and Laboratory Services; and Dr. Richard Barohn, MU Health Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

As we get through this pandemic together, Missouri has formed a network of sites where those in need of a vaccine can receive the shot.  It was a privilege to visit one of these locations at the University of Missouri’s Faurot Field in Columbiawhere I saw firsthand how this process is moving along.

I was impressed to learn the process is so efficient the average person can get in and out in 15 minutes!  Smiling workers begin by greeting individuals, verifying their appointment and taking their temperature. Those with appointments then travel to the next station where a health survey is filled out and their personal information is recorded. After that step, the next station verifies their appointment again and then they are vaccinated by a healthcare professional.  Afterward, they move to an area where they can sit for 15 minutes to be monitored for any possible reaction, if they choose. Once complete, the individual can return to work or go home. 

Over 60 personnel have been assembled to make this operation as quick and professional as possible. Our community is fortunate to have so many dedicated individuals working to ensure vaccinations can go out so efficiently.

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L to R: Dr. Richard Barohn, MU Health Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs; Jonathan Curtright, MU Health Care CEO; Brad Myers, Executive Director, MU Health Care Pharmacy and Laboratory Services; and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Despite the snowy day, several hundred people still stopped into the stadium to get the second of their two doses needed for immunization. I appreciate the great work they are doing to end this pandemic and help restore some semblance of normalcy to our state. Thank you for having my team, MU Health Care!

Our Hardworking Congressional Interns

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L to R: Alex Rodman, Austin Rucker, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Madelyn Derks, and Brandon Ford

This week, I had the opportunity to chat with some of our interns who have been working hard in my Columbia office this fall and winter.

Alex, Austin, Madelyn, and Brandon have embraced our community and contributed greatly to our congressional office. All are eager to enter the next phase of their lives, whether it’s moving to Washington, attending law school, or focusing on finishing their undergraduate degree. I am certain they will be successful in their future endeavors.

Thank you for your efforts helping Missouri’s 4th Congressional District!

Missouri COVID-19 Vaccination Update

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Thankfully, the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Missouri has declined from 24.4% last November to less than 7% this week. For the first time in eight months, the Kansas City VA Medical Center has no COVID-19 positive patients in the hospital, and over 10% of our state population has now been vaccinated with at least one dose.

Overall, Missouri has administered approximately 162,905 vaccinations in the past week, averaging about 23,272 per day. Authorized administrators are currently vaccinating residents in Phase 1B – Tier 2 and above. This includes healthcare workers, first responders, senior citizens aged 65 and older, and patients with pre-existing conditions.

Missouri residents can obtain vaccinations in any county regardless of their primary home address as long as they meet vaccine criteria. The governor has prioritized Missouri residents, although out-of-state residents who are employed in Missouri may participate if their employer sponsors a vaccine clinic. The statewide vaccination plan administered by the Department of Health and Senior Services is frequently revised to adapt to changing circumstances. Unfortunately, many of the mass vaccination events were canceled this week because of inclement weather, but I would encourage you to continue monitoring the state COVID-19 website for updates on times and locations.