On Monday, Joplin reported 136 active COVID-19 cases, which is a good sign and follows a national trend of a slowing of new COVID cases. One of the key metric in understanding the direction of COVID-19 cases, the rolling 7-day average of new cases, is now at 21. At it’s most recent peak, two weeks about the city was experiencing just over 43 new COVID cases per day. Joplin’s Assistant City Manager Dan Pekarek is encouraged. “Our 14-day cases per 100,000, which is another metric that we follow, is also down it was well over 1,000 cases per 100,000 that we’re down to 665, which is also very good news.” Joplin city officials also said they were waiting to hear from the state about the next shipment of COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines have been in short supply in Joplin and Southwest Missouri. To see the local vaccinator map and whose eligible, visit COVID VACCINE.MO.GOV
The number of new COVID-19 cases has slowly declined in Joplin since a recent spike two weeks ago. The decrease in new cases is apart of a broader trend that is being experienced throughout the United States. During Joplin’s COVID-19 update on Monday, former Joplin health Director and current Assistant City Manager Dan Pekarek said that the decrease in new COVID cases is likely due to various factors such as the cities mask mandate. “I do personally believe that the ordinance that the city council put in place, mandating masks, I think that’s helping us. I see a lot of people wearing masks in the community, and I still see people to be, yanoo, careful when they’re in public places trying to social distance.” Pekarek also highlighted that over 10 percent, or about 5,400 Joplin residents, have tested positive for the COVID and that many asymptotic people never showed symptoms. Both are determining factors in lower new case numbers. As of Monday, Joplin had 136 active cases and 112 COVID-19 related deaths.
Later this week, Missouri Governor Mike Parson will deliver his 2021 State of the State Address. Parson will touch on various topics, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Missouri’s budget. The Governor is anticipated to speak about implementing the expansion of Medicaid, which passed in Missouri with 53 percent of the vote last year. Before its passage, Parson was publicly bullish about Medicaid expansion, saying it would drain the state’s budget. Jen Bersale, the Executive Director of Missouri Healthcare for All, says healthcare should not be a partisan issue. “We have said from the beginning that this shouldn’t be a political issue, this shouldn’t be a partisan issue. We know that people across the political spectrum want their neighbor to have access to healthcare, and that’s really what this is about.” Parson will deliver this 2021 State of the State speech Wednesday at 3 pm.
Reported cases of COVID 19 in Joplin appear to be slowing. According to the latest data Sunday from the Joplin Health Department, the 7-day average case growth rate has decreased by 10 cases per day over the past 10 days. This is down from a high three months ago of 47 new cases per day. The number of new cases that have been reported has declined nearly 35 percent in the past two weeks. Currently, the city is reporting 191 active cases and 105 COVID – 19 related deaths. According to the Missouri Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, 21 percent of Southwest Missouri’s ICU beds are ready, with 74% of ventilator capacity available. Free COVID-19 is taking place this Friday from 9 AM until 1 PM at Access Family Care on South Maiden Lane. It’s open to all Missouri residents. No insurance is required. For more information and to register, visit health.mo.gov/community test.
The eyes and ears of Missouri will turn to Jefferson City this week as Governor Mike Parson will give his 2021 State of the State Speech. The address is expected to provide updates on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the State’s economy. The governor is also anticipated to speak about the expansion of Medicaid in Missouri, which passed last year even though he opposed the ballot measure saying it would drain the State’s budget. Executive Director of Missouri Healthcare for Care for All Jen Bersdale says that isn’t the case at all. “Medicaid expansion in particular is a really great financial deal for the State because the federal government will pay 90 percent of the cost for the increased populations. For as long as we’ve got it.” The amendment that Missouri voters approved in 2020 enshrined Medicaid Expansion into the State’s Constitution, preventing lawmakers from adding work requirements or premiums. There are now only 12 states, mostly Republican-led, that have NOT expanded Medicaid in the US. Parson will deliver his State of the State speech Wednesday at 3 pm.
New cases of COVID-19 in Jasper county continue their decline. Two-week ago today, the county experienced the peak of new cases with 137 in one day. That day, the county had a rolling 7-day average of just over 68-news cases per day. As of Wednesday, the seven day-average of new COVID-19 cases in Jasper county is now 33, according to the COVID tracking information at All Things Missouri dot org. Over the past 14-days, new cases of the coronavirus have plunged over 53 percent. Currency, the country is reporting 200 active cases and 113 COVID related deaths. Governor Mike Parson said that he would activate the National Guard in each of the 9 Missouri State Highway Patrol regions. Free COVID-19 testing is available tomorrow in Joplin from 9 AM until 1 PM. It’s taking place at Access Family Care on South Maiden Lane. No health insurance is required to receive a test. For more information and to register, visit health.MO.GOV/community test. Or call, 1-877-435 8411
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to improve in Joplin. The rolling 7-day average of new cases in the city has dropped by 7 over the past month. In mid-December 2020, the cities health department reported an average of 30 new cases per day. On Wednesday, the health department reported that the average for new cases daily is now 23. Over the past two weeks, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported by the Joplin Health Department has declined by over 44-percent. Currently, the city has 186 active cases, with 105 COVID-19 related deaths. Governor Mike Parson said Wednesday that he would activate the National Guard to assist with COVID vaccinations. Free COVID-19 testing for all Missouri residents is taking place tomorrow in Joplin at Family Access Care on South Maiden Lane from 9 AM until 1 (PM) in the afternoon. No insurance is required. To register and for more information, visit Health.MO.GOV/communtiytest. Or call, 1-877-435 8411
Reported COVID-19 cases in Jasper county and Missouri appear to be declining, according to the latest information from All Things Missouri dot org and the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 data tracker. The All Things Missouri COVID-19 tracker, last updated on Sunday, indicates the county has seen a nearly 35 percent decline in the number of reported cases in the past two weeks. At the same time, Johns Hopkins is reporting a substantial decrease in the number of new COVID-19 from Missouri’s highs the second week of November. On November 11th, 2020, the Missouri Department of Health reported nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases statewide. As of Sunday, that number was just over 2,100. A more than 50 percent in the drop of new cases statewide. This Friday, free COVID-19 testing for Missouri residents is taking place in Joplin at Access Family Care on South Maiden Lane. For more information and to register, visit health.mo.gov/community test.
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline in Joplin; it’s also part of a national trend. At the same time, there is minimal vaccine to go around in Joplin. Earlier this week, at the Joplin City Council meeting, Health Director Ryan Talken said that the department is ready to administer vaccines, but local pharmacies and hospitals had very few does. “The city of Joplin is prepared. We are in the final stages of getting the coalition site in place, basically putting the finishing touches on it. Waiting on, vaccine, vaccine continues to be the limiting factor.” On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson tweeted that the state currently has 265,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine, although supply continues to be tight across the state. The Missouri Department of Health has also created mass vaccination teams that could inoculate as many as 2,500 Missourians per day. No word though on when one of those teams would arrive in Southwest Missouri.
On Thursday, Joplin’s arts and entertainment non-profit Connect 2 Culture announced the groundbreaking date for the Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex in downtown Joplin. The ceremony will take place on Monday, February 1st, at 1 pm at 212 West 7th Street. The 46,000 square foot complex will be constructed on what is now the parking lot of Veteran’s Memorial Hall. The new building will include a 470-seat indoor performance hall and feature an outdoor amphitheater that will be able to accommodate up to 2,000 visitors. Connect 2 Culture and the Spiva Center for the arts will be the complex’s primary occupants once it is completed. It’s expected to be finished in late 2023 or early 2024.