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Springfield, MO a COVID hotspot, CDC recommends masks for vaccinated

Springfield remains a national hotspot of COVID-19 infections, and a flurry of decisions on both the local and national levels this week aimed to slow the Delta variant’s spread. 

As the week ended, Greene County was reporting 265 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, which is over 30 more patients than were admitted two weeks ago. Of that 265 number, 113 patients were in critical care. 

But over the past week, an average of 181 new coronavirus cases were reported in Greene County each day. This is compared to a 218 daily average a week ago.

According to data collected by the New York Times, Springfield’s daily average of cases is three times the national average, while Branson is four times the national average.

Just over a week ago, these two cities were ten and eleven times the national average, respectively. However, most of that difference has been the rest of the country’s average catching up with Southwest Missouri while Springfield’s high number of cases has remained steady.


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