St. Louis, Missouri 2021-06-23 17:00:00 –
Springfield, Missouri (KMOV / AP) — Missouri leads the country with the highest new COVID-19 infection rates due to delayed vaccinations. From June 13th to Sunday, 1 in 1,349 people in the state was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Lisa Cox, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said the north-central and southwestern parts of the state are driving a surge. While 53.3% of the American population has begun vaccination, most counties in southern and northern Missouri are well below 40%.
Also, in a few counties in southern Missouri, less than 20% of residents are vaccinated.
This is of particular concern as Delta COVID-19 variants have passed through the state and have begun to invade more populous areas. It has been confirmed to be present in both St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Delta mutants are more contagious, lead to more serious illnesses, and health officials encourage vaccination.
Hospital officials in Springfield, Missouri, reported 86 patients in the ICU on Friday. All of them were unvaccinated.
Dr. Faisal Khan, director of health in St. Louis County, said: “It’s only a matter of time before hospitalizations begin to increase across the St. Louis region, perhaps at most a week or two.”
Kahn emphasizes that existing vaccines are effective against delta variants, and efforts are underway to target people who are hesitant to take them before it’s too late to control more serious strains. .. Initially, mass vaccination sites were the preferred distribution method, but authorities are now adopting a hyperlocal approach to focus and disseminate information to specific areas.
“Within 12 hours, you can transition from mild respiratory distress to respiratory distress,” he said. “Unvaccinated individuals are really betting on their lives in facing this.”
Even if an individual is previously infected with COVID-19, antibodies from that infection do not protect them from mutants.
Kahn also said that while the health department and hospital system are doing their best to dispel false information and reach unvaccinated individuals, their efforts involve interaction between individuals at the community level. He said he would need it.
“If you have one appeal I want, not only get the shot, but also convince the other unvaccinated person to get the shot. This overcomes this problem. That’s the level of involvement needed to do this, “he said.
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