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Delta Variant Continues Its Spread In Greene County

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The Springfield-Greene County, Missouri Health Department continues urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Assistant health department director, Jon Mooney, said at a press briefing Tuesday they’d seen a 22 percent increase in cases in the last week.  There were 156 new cases reported on Monday.

According to Mooney, based on genomic testing and testing of wastewater samples, the health department has greater confidence the increase in cases is due to the more aggressive and contagious delta variant.

He said those who have not gotten the vaccine “are extremely high risk” for getting COVID-19.

There were 179 people in Springfield hospitals Tuesday with the illness, and 68 were in critical care.

If you have symptoms you should get tested and stay home, according to Mooney.

The rate of vaccinations picked up last week amid the rise in COVID-19 cases.  Mooney said 3300 people were vaccinated last week in Greene County.

Find out where to get a COVID-19 vaccine at vaccine417.com or call 417-874-1211.