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On Monday, the Webster County Health Unit began its soft reopening.

Although clients will not have free access to the health unit as the doors will continue to be locked, all services will be available and provided by appointments only, and clients must call ahead to schedule, officials said. Clients will continue to be screened (temperatures taken and a few questions asked) before gaining access to the health unit.

“You will also be required to wear a mask throughout your entire visit,” explained Terre Banks, the health unit’s administrator. “Only the client needing the service will be allowed inside the building unless it’s a minor and needs to be accompanied by the parent or guardian.

“If you do not call ahead but wait upon arrival, you may be seen but only when there is a available appointment. You may be required to wait outside or in your car until there is a available time slot. The number of clients located in the lobby will be kept to a minimum. As clients leave, additional ones will be given access.”

Banks said all environmental-health services will restart, which includes all food-establishment inspections and/or complaints, on-site septic inspections and/or complaints, onsite water-test collection and temporary food-vendor inspections.

She said residents will need to call Rachel Van Hoozer, environmental public-health specialist, to schedule a time to come to meet with her. No appointment is needed to drop off a water sample to be send in for testing; however, the sample needs to be here at the health unit no later than 11:30 a.m.

In addition, Banks said WIC will continue to mail out checks through June 30 to existing clients. Residents who want to sign up for WIC services can call 417-859-2532. By calling, residents can find out how to get signed up for WIC services and get an appointment, if needed.

To make arrangements for services from the health unit, call 417-859-2532 before arriving.

Any questions about COVID-19 can be answered by calling toll free at 877-435-8411.

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