“I thought this would be really good timing (for my deployment),” Garza said, “and then came the delta variant. It’s hard to tell what the state is thinking right now. That̵
The day we spoke, Springfield in deep red southwestern Missouri hit its record for the most hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the entire pandemic. The next day, Parson whipped out officials at Springfield Hospital – without naming them – to raise alarm bells. He then instructed his headless health department to tell the federal government that their “agents” were not welcome to go door-to-door in Missouri and force residents to get vaccines, an idea that had never been considered.
At a time when the White House was pushing back on Parsons’ latest irresponsible act as head of a state that is one of the worst performing in the country in terms of vaccinating its population, the disgraceful governor went back with his statements and bid the federal aid welcome – and financial resources – from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This moment is very reminiscent of the start of the pandemic, Garza. Then the virus rushed into the state from the coasts to St. Louis and Kansas City and eventually infected each county. This time the hot spot is in rural Missouri, and it’s growing fast – the delta variant is more “virulent” than the original virus, says Garza – and without quick action it will hit Missouri cities and spread to the nation.