COMTREA On The Air

COMTREA On The Air - Drive-Thru COVID TEsting

January 11, 2021

Topic: COMTREA is offering free drive-thru COVID testing events in Jefferson County and Cape Girardeau. Christian Hayes, Primary Care Clinical Systems Manager, explains the process pre-registering, what community members can expect at an event, and other services the agency is offering to assist during the pandemic. Listen to the full interview now. 

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COMTREA On The Air

Unified Planning for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Jefferson County

January 11, 2021

Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Comtrea and the Jefferson County Health Department have unified efforts to plan for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine to county residents. Current planning includes developing a communications plan to inform residents when they are eligible to receive the vaccine and developing a registration system for quick and easy access to local immunization sites.

Our organizations are required to work within the guidelines of the State of Missouri COVID-19 priority distribution plan. The state plan dictates what priority populations are eligible for the vaccine and when vaccinators are allowed to open immunization registrations to the next eligible phase. The state is currently in Phase 1A which includes patient-facing health care workers, staff who come into contact with patients, and long-term care facility staff and residents.

At Mercy Jefferson, the immunization process started with co-workers facing the highest risk of exposure through direct contact with COVID patients then working through lower risk co-workers who have contact with any patients and visitors. Long-term care facilities throughout the county have received vaccine through a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens. Comtrea and the Jefferson County Health Department have been approved as vaccinators and are awaiting their initial allocations of vaccine.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will determine when county vaccinators can move to the next phase of eligible recipients. Mercy Jefferson, Comtrea and the Jefferson County Health Department continue to monitor updates to the state distribution guidelines and will adjust our local plans accordingly. More information on who falls into each phase is available on the state’s website: covidvaccine.mo.gov/.

For more information, please visit:

www.mercy.net/newsroom/2021/01/08/questions-and-answers-about-the-covid-19-vaccine

www.comtrea.org/covid-19-info

www.jeffcohealth.org/coronavirus-covid19

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COMTREA On The Air - Celebrating a Holiday as a Domestic Violence Survivor

December 28, 2020

Topic: Barb Tenholder, Director of A Safe Place, and Norinee Thomas, Manager of Therapeutic Services - ASP, speak on what it is like to be a domestic violence survivor during the holidays. Tenholder and Thomas express the difficulty of being displaced or living at a shelter, and how A Safe Place makes the holidays special for residents. Tenholder provides an update on Mary's House of Hope at A Safe Place.  

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COMTREA On The Air - Huamn Resources Update

December 17, 2020

Topic: Katie Harman, VP of Human Resources, and Donna Harris-Brekel, Senior Human Resources Generalist, speak on transitions to recruitment, policies, and employee opportunities due to the pandemic. Learn more about employment openings and working at COMTREA on our HR page.   

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