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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