ST. LOUIS — Missouri remains one of the hardest-hit states in the country for new cases of COVID-19 as local health officials compete to get more people vaccinated ahead of the outbreak. of the coronavirus at the delta
Some fear the numbers will deteriorate after crowds gather this weekend for barbecues, fairs and fireworks displays on the 4th of July.
Springfield-Green County Health Department which is the center of various districts southwestern Missouri There is a huge increase in patients 156 new cases reported Monday.
That brings the daily average of 116 new infections, up 22 percent from the previous week. The county started this month averaging just 38 new cases per day.
Studies suggest that the delta variant is up to 60% more infectious than the now dominant alpha variant, first identified in the UK.
Jon Mooney, assistant director of health at Springfield-Green County, said: “With the rise and fall of infections, We think the epidemic is likely to continue to grow more and more,” Jon Mooney, assistant director of health at Springfield-Green County, told a news conference Tuesday.
Mooney urged unvaccinated people to take self-protection measures during the holiday season, such as wearing masks.
“Watch carefully,” he said. if you feel sick don’t go out in public Don’t hang around with the people you love. Get tested and make sure you don’t have a virus.”