Welcome to the Hickory County Health Dept. Website
We have been serving area residents since 1966, and are dedicated to promoting the health of all county residents.
Our commitment to disease prevention is the driving force behind the many health services we offer you.
On our site you'll find information about the services we offer, WIC information, and a list of resources for many different health issues and questions.
Contact us by phone, email or by visiting our office.
PLEASE READ THE CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION BELOW
JEFFERSON CITY, MO –The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. At 8 a.m. today, the hotline opened and can be reached at (877) 435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“Communication is vital to our response to this rapidly-evolving situation,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of DHSS. “For several weeks, our COVID-19 webpage has been and continues to be a great resource for the public, but having the hotline as an additional resource will likely be invaluable as citizens seek guidance for their concerns.”
To date, 46 patients in Missouri have been tested for the virus that causes COVID-19; one of those has tested positive.
“It is important to know what to do if you have concerns about an illness during this outbreak,” said Williams. “For those who may be at risk for COVID-19, we encourage them to utilize this hotline or call their health care provider or local public health agency to inform them of their travel history and symptoms. They’ll be instructed on how to receive care without exposing others to the possible illness.”
Simple preventive actions that help prevent the spread of all types of respiratory viruses include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Hickory County Health Department’s Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
Effective March 1, 2019, the Hickory County Health Department will take a leadership role on the major public health issue of tobacco use by implementing a tobacco-free environment policy on the campus located at 24885 State Highway 254; Hermitage, MO.
The tobacco ban will apply to all employees, clients, visitors, contractors and vendors. Our tobacco-free policy will prohibit the use of tobacco of any kind on Hickory County Health Department’s property, including within our buildings and on our grounds.
Hickory County Health Department will not ask employees and clients to stop using tobacco; however, we are requiring them to refrain from tobacco use on our property. To assist with this, the Health Department is developing programs and providing resources for employees and clients to support tobacco cessation or symptom management.
As an organization committed to public health and safety, the Hickory County Health Department’s primary mission is to protect the health of those in our community, while promoting a culture of health. Implementing a tobacco-free policy expresses this commitment and is a positive step towards eliminating the use of tobacco in our community.
Get all the facts. Have your kids ready for their first day of school, or come in for adult or adolescent vaccines. Read more here.
Is it true that tuberculosis is on the rise in the US? What can you do to avoid this disease? Click here to learn more.
Rabies is a viral disease of mammals and is transmitted primarily through bites.
Annually, 7,000 to 8,000 rabid animals are detected in the United States, with more than 90 percent of the cases in wild animals.
Rabies is found naturally in Missouri, occurring primarily in bats and skunks, although other animals are also found rabid each year, including domestic species such as dogs, cats, horses, and cattle.
Learn more about Rabies here.
Visit Our Farmers Market Website!
Visit the site! See what's happening at the market and what's on sale this week!
And if anyone is interested in being a vendor at the Farmer's Market ( or if you know someone who might be) we welcome everyone to come. Please call the Hickory County Health Department at 745-2138.
Click here for Rules of Hickory County Farmers Market.
Hello Farmers and Ranchers! Are you looking for a new wholesale market for your products?
There is a vast untapped market near you: LOCAL SCHOOLS.
Area schools are interested in becoming part of the ever-growing farm-to-school movement. These schools are interested in discovering how to produce local agricultural products and incorporating them into their food service.
We want to help facilitate the farm-to-school plate process. By working together and pooling our resources, we can get organized and start supplying some of the food needs for our schools.
You may think your farm is too small to sell into the market, but our goal is to accommodate all farm sizes, with the ultimate goal of creating a strong local market for farm-to-school products that will help increase economic opportunities for farmers in our rural community.
Please call us at 417-745-2138 and ask for Dawn or Sandi if you are interested in learning more and/or getting involved.
Call the Hickory County Health Department and ask for Dawn or Sandi 417-745-2138.
Visit the Farm to School website to learn more.
Contagious Diseases: Know More
Zika Virus Infections
Recognizing, managing, and reporting Zika Virus infections in travelers returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Click here to learn more.
To learn more about influenza, click here.
For more information about meningitis please visit the CDC website.
Free Dental Screening available at the Hickory County Health dept. Call to schedule your appointment today!
Live Well Restaurants
Live Well Restaurants offer healthy menu items to their customers. Want to become a Live Well Restaurant? Learn how and apply here.
We are happy to let you know that Smith's, Our Kitchen Table, Ru's Cafe, and 5- Star Supermarket have become Live Well Restaurants. All offer two healthier menu items and are now smoke-free environments.
Healthy Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Courtesy of Cooking Matters
- 4 large radishes
- 1 small carrot
- 1 cup salad greens
- 3 sprigs fresh herbs (parsley, dill, cilantro, or combination)
- 1 lemon
- 2 ounces low-fat Swiss or cheddar cheese
- 1 large, ripe avocado
- ¼ cup nonfat plain yogurt
- 3 (8-inch) whole wheat flour tortillas
- 5 ounces thinly sliced roasted turkey
- Box grater
- Cutting board
- Medium bowl
- Measuring cups
- Sharp knife
- Small bowl
- Vegetable peeler
1. Scrub and rinse radishes and carrots. Rinse salad greens. Pat all veggies dry.
2. Use vegetable peeler to peel radishes and carrots into long, thin strips. Collect strips in a medium bowl.
3. Rinse herbs. Pluck leaves off stems. Tear leaves into smaller pieces.
4. Rinse lemon. Zest using the small holes of a box grater. Cut in half and remove seeds.
5. Grate cheese.
6. Slice avocado lengthwise. Remove pit. Scoop avocado out of shell.
7. In a small bowl, use a fork to mash avocado. Stir in yogurt.
8. Squeeze a little lemon juice onto avocado mixture. Add herbs and a pinch of lemon zest. Stir.
9. Warm 1 tortilla in the microwave for 30 seconds, or longer as needed.
10. Place the warm tortilla on a cutting board. Spread 1/8 avocado mixture over center of tortilla. Layer with 1/8 each of greens, veggies, cheese. If using turkey, add 1/8 turkey now. Squeeze more lemon juice over the mixture.
11. Roll tortilla and toppings into a log shape. Use a knife to slice wrap into four “pinwheels.”
12. Repeat process for the other 2 tortillas. You will end up with a total of 12 pinwheels.
- Use any of your favorite seasonal veggies in this wrap. Grate, chop, or peel into thin slices before adding.
- Use 1 cup homemade guacamole in place of avocado.