More than half of the population has not taken a COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri, which is dealing with one of the worst coronavirus situations across the country.
As parts of the United States emerge from the pandemic, other parts of the country are experiencing a completely different reality with the virus. Few states illustrate the gap better than Missouri.
The state has the second largest cases per. Population next to neighboring Arkansas, according to The New York Times database.
The Missouri Health Department has recorded a total of 533,670 cases of coronavirus as of Friday, an increase of 1,544 from the day before.
According to KMBC 9 News, this is the third day in a row that the state had more than 1
According to state data, only 45.1 percent of the population has begun vaccination, and 39.6 percent are fully inoculated.
Hospitals in the state have reported that they are drained by the increase in infections and need to adapt quickly.
And the state’s problems are likely to get worse because of the delta variant, which is becoming more and more common across the country and has the power to spread rapidly through unvaccinated communities.
“This is a mass accident event happening in slow motion,” Springfield, Mo., fire chief Dave Pennington said on Twitter. “EMS resources are depleted and hospital systems are overwhelmed. Our society is in crisis. ”
The state has also been at the forefront of political disputes over coronavirus, as some Republican officials across the country have criticized the Biden administration’s focus on getting people vaccinated.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) slammed the White House this week over his door-to-door vaccination campaign in disadvantaged communities, which is part of the administration’s efforts to deal with outbreaks in hotspot areas.
He also responded directly to Pennington’s remark, saying Friday that the state’s “health care system remains stable.”
Government officials had asked for help last week, and a member of a federal “response response” team arrived this week to provide epidemiological support.
Vaccines have been shown to prevent the spread of the virus, and cities and states with high vaccination rates have lifted restrictions and generally do not slip back into the situations faced by states like Missouri and Arkansas.
Still, Parson pushed back on the Biden administration’s door-to-door coronavirus vaccination strategy, arguing that it was not a “welcome strategy.”
He suggested that people in his state did not want federal officials to visit them.
“I have instructed our health department to let the federal government know that sending state employees or agents door-to-door to force vaccination would NOT be an effective OR a welcome strategy in Missouri,” Parson tweeted.
White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen Psaki Civil Rights leaders find meeting with WH ‘encouraging’ amid battle with voting rights Pentagon sees places to send Afghan interpreters as Biden promises evacuations before the end of July. Rand Paul promises to introduce public transport mask mandate repeal MORE said the door-to-door campaign was led by local people, and Jeff ZientsJeff Zients Researchers estimate that COVID-19 vaccines have saved over 280,000 lives White House signals new COVID-19 strategy as delta variant spreads Zients skirts questions about whether low-vaccinated areas should reintroduce mask mandates MORE, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, later pushed back on the proposal that federal employees go door to door to encourage vaccination.
“For those individuals, organizations who feed misinformation and try to reject this type of trusted messenger work, I believe you are doing a disservice to the country and the doctors, faith leaders, community leaders and others who work to get people vaccinated, save lives. and help end this pandemic, ”Zients said in a briefing.
Missouri health officials said Friday that the White House has not told them how the response teams can work, but that federal officials agreed that people from abroad could not go in to convince residents to get vaccinated.
It’s far from just Missouri dealing with a serious coronavirus situation.
According to an analysis by USA Today, cases are rising in almost half of all US states. Nevada’s COVID-19 positivity rate has exceeded 8 percent for the first time since February, with the increase partly due to the delta variant.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the variant now accounts for a majority of cases in the United States
But experts still say that the best way to protect against the variant is to get vaccinated. And there is still a red / blue gap when it comes to vaccinations.
The 21 states with the highest vaccination rates in the country were all won by, according to the Times database President BidenJoe BidenJohn Kerry visits Moscow officials to discuss ‘global climate ambition’ Civil rights leaders meet WH’s ‘encouraging’ amid battle over voting rights Pentagon looks at places to send Afghan interpreters as Biden promises evacuations before the end of July MORE. The 19 states at the bottom were all won by Trump.