Joplin officials sounded more optimistic on Monday at the cities COVID-19 update.
Later this week Joplin will surpass the 1-month mark since the city council passed the cities second mask mandate on November 19 by a 6 to 3 vote. Joplin was average just over 50 new cases per day the day that the order was put into effect. Today the rolling 7-day average of new cases in the city is at 35. This has lead to a decrease in the number of active cases in the city, which as of Monday stood at 260. Joplin Mayor Ryan Stanley on Monday looked toward the future, “People tend to think that when the human spirit has to, has to buckle down, and kind of suffer through that it kind of wears on us, and that it will wear us out. And in my opinion, from my perspective, it’s an invigorating moment.” Joplin Assistant City Manager Dan Pekarek says the COVID vaccine should arrive in Joplin no later than next week. The first to be vaccinated will be front-line health workers, long term care staff, and their patients.