The Nodaway County Health Center gained two new board of trustees members at the January 20 meeting. Taking their oath of office is Bridget Kenny and Debra Hull.

The Nodaway County Health Center swore in the two new board of trustees members appointed by the Nodaway County Commissioners at the board’s January 20 meeting.

Board President Marlin Kinman gave the oath of office to Bridget Kenny and Debra Hull. The two will serve until the Tuesday, April 6 election.

The health center has been busy with compiling a list of people who are in the 1A and 1B categories for COVID-19 vaccinations. On January 19, the first day of the registration, the center had signed up 900 people, half through the website and the other half by phone.

Administrator Tom Patterson wants people to be patient, the vaccine program for coronavirus is an extended campaign over several months. The release of state and federal dates for the tier program of vaccinations won’t always meet the supply of vaccine available in Nodaway County. He urged people to monitor local news media for information concerning the local vaccination program.

The health center is expecting 300 doses of the vaccine the week of January 25. However, those doses may be reallocated to another area in Missouri.

He said Nodaway County Health Center is fortunate to have local partners including Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville and local pharmacies requesting supplies of the vaccine. He is sure Northwest Missouri State University is also requesting vaccines but will use those for their staff and students.

On communicable disease, “COVID-19 cases have continued to stay in single digit and teens. Flu is still slow; confirmed cases are low in our area and throughout the state,” Patterson said. “I think some counties don’t even have a confirmed case.”

Four people have filed for the two open positions on the board of trustees.