The largest health Department in Southwest Missouri is focusing its efforts on a rise in COVID-19 infections among children under the age of 12 – a group that is not eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. Springfield- Greene County Health Director Katie Towns said Tuesday that the Department is focusing its limited disease investigation capacity on children as the state continues to experience an overall increase in infections, hospitalised patients, and deaths, despite the state’s low immunisation rates.
Towns said, “We’ve seen a rise in cases in that 0-11 age group, and we’ve also seen outbreaks in settings like day cares and camps. We’ve moved to prioritize those types of cases so we can hopefully control disease spread among those who are most vulnerable.” According to Mercy Springfield’s chief medical officer, Dr. Gregory A. Ledger, the illnesses among children are likely the result of the highly virulent delta variety spreading through the population.
The virus will stop circulating once we reach a sufficient number of vaccinated residents, and we will be able to put this incident behind us for a while. Meanwhile, Springfield hospitals are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in the roughly two dozen counties they serve. CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards said his hospital boosted morgue capacity this week after it and nearby Mercy Springfield saw a total 34 deaths in two hospitals over a four-day period. In recent months, the average age of those dying has dropped dramatically.